Meetings on 12 & 13 January cancelled

January 8, 2022 | Posted in Meetings, modern quilters, Row-by-row Challenge | By

On the CQ calendar for January there is a ROWmakers meeting scheduled for Wednesday morning (12th) and a Modern Quilters meeting scheduled for Thursday evening (13th).

These have been CANCELLED by the organisers, in the interests of COVID safety.

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2021 Exhibition Raffle Results

December 6, 2021 | Posted in raffle | By

The draw took place last Thursday(2/12) at the evening meeting. Canberra Quilters draws tickets and the drawn ticket holder chooses which prize they want.

This year the first drawn ticket holder was also the the third drawn ticket holder. In keeping with her generosity of spirit, Ruth Schwensen chose only one prize and asked that another ticket be drawn.

First drawn ticket 0677, Ruth Schwensen. Chose the cash prize.

Second drawn ticket 1448, Pam Strickland. Chose the quilt.

Third drawn ticket (originally 0689, Ruth), but 0871 was picked in the redraw. This belonged to Donna Sunderland, so she gets the Bernette 33 sewing machine.

Congratulations to our winners. Thanks to those who sold tickets or bought tickets. Your support is very welcome.

Next year’s raffle quilt is under construction, so look out for the tickets in the new year. We have a shorter turnaround in 2022 as the exhibition is in early June.


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Evening Meeting 2 December- face to face!

November 30, 2021 | Posted in Meetings, raffle | By

Our first face-to-face Thursday Evening meeting in the last six months is this week on Thursday, December 2nd. We are unable to use the hall at Templeton St, instead we will be meeting at the Church for the Holy Covenant, 89 Dexter Street, Cook. There is limited onsite parking. The hall will accommodate approximately 100 people and has its own public address system. Please arrive no earlier than 7.20PM.  As at our usual site, CQ will need to place out chairs plus clean and stack chairs at end of meeting.

This Christmas meeting will have a Mystery Quilt Display – please bring yours if you participated. We will also have the Exhibition Presentation night and draw the 2021 Annual Raffle.

If you had a quilt in the Exhibition, and particularly if you have been notified that you have won an award, please bring you quilt to show.

If it will make you feel more comfortable, please bring a mask.

There is a booking sheet available on-line, feel free to book for friends who don’t have computer access. To book click here. If you are unable to book, please still come along.

We ask that members who want tea or coffee bring their own cups (similar to 45thcelebration). There will be a Lions Christmas cake which would be cut up and pieces on plates/serviettes passed to members through server to enable limited contact.  We will supply tea/coffee and milk.

We will NOT be collecting donations of gifts, but we will be collecting cash donations for charity.

There will be an evening raffle, bu as we will not be on site at the Community Hub there will be no library access.

We will be running a Zoom meeting. If you are unable to attend in person, here are the details:

Join Zoom Meeting ID: 821 2260 1571
Passcode: 2911

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Quilt Show at CMAG

November 26, 2021 | Posted in Member News | By

Threads of Policing

Canberra Museum and Gallery, 6 November until 5 March 2022

A rare opportunity to learn about the Australian Federal Police through quilt blocks stitched by its members.

This unique exhibition combines a series of quilts reflecting the experiences of AFP members with a fascinating look at the varied work of the AFP through its vast museum collection.

Many of the blocks are heartfelt expressions of pride, dedication and sacrifice, and feature a wide range of techniques.

Curated by long-time Canberra Quilter and AFP Museum Curator Chris Cranston, the exhibition is showing at Canberra Museum and Gallery until 5 March 2022.

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Sit & Sew bookings & 2022 Membership

November 15, 2021 | Posted in Drop-in, membership | By

Here are some reminders about some dates for the rest of the year:

Wonderful Wednesday on 3rd Wednesday December will be in our room as the hall is unavailable.

Sit and Sew Bookings
The online calendar for the next few months has been updated. The booking sheets for November 29th and December for Sit and Sew and for Rowmakers (combined sheet) can be found here. Current attendance is limited to a maximum of 24, incliuding co-ordinators. Co-ordinatores do not need to book.

Membership 2022:
Yes.  It is time to begin thinking about your membership for 2022.
$60 remains the membership fee for 2022.
I have even had a couple of members getting in early who are paid up already!
Remember our Membership Year is 1 January to 31 December.
While you do have until the first Thursday in February – 3rd for 2022 –  it is preferable that your payment is made by the end of the year – December 31 2021.
You can pay –

  • Online – please remember to include your Membership Number when doing so.
  • By cheque – post to PO Box 935, JAMISON ACT, 2614
  • At a Library Day or meeting if we are able to have one before the end of the year.


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Exhibition 2021 – important dates

November 15, 2021 | Posted in CQ Exhibition | By

This week and next week have some important dates for this year’s virtual exhibition.

Virtual Exhibition dates:

  • Delivery Day: Friday 19 November between 2pm and 6pm at our rooms at Cook.
  • Judging Day : Saturday 20 November    9am-4pm
  • Photography Day: Sunday 21 November.    9am-4pm
  • Video Shooting:  Monday 22- Friday 26
  • Pick-up Day: Saturday 27 November – 9am – 1 pm (TBC) at our rooms at Cook.
  • Aiming to go live – December 1

(Image in the banner is the raffle quilt.)

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ROWmakers 2021 – final list

October 13, 2021 | Posted in Row-by-row Challenge | By

Joanne West, the convenor of the ROWmakers design group, has released the final combination of ingredients for the year. We are still unable to meet in our normal numbers, so we will have to wait until the COVID safety rules are relaxed a bit.

In the meantime, share your creation over on the CQ members page on Facebook. This is a private group that you need to sign up for, but you are then free to post.

Here is the 2021 list of ingredients:

Month 1 – Yellow, Triangle, Music Group/Artist

Month 2 – Purple, Irregular, Book

Month 3 – Green, Diamond, Saying

Month 4 – Brown, Star, Song

Month 5 – Grey, Octagon, Myth/Legend

Month 6 – Blue, Circle/Curve, Poetry

Month 7 – Orange, Rectangle, Art

7A – Turquoise, Hexagon, Zodiac

7B – Red, Fan, Fairy Tale/Nursery Rhyme

Month 8 – Pink, Heart, Cartoon

Month 9 – White, Ellipse, TV Show

9A – Black, Square, Film

The plan is to start again in February 2022 on the 2nd Wednesday.

(Image in banner is my effort (Liz Rose) for ROWmakers from a previous year. Image by Janet Cruise.

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Exhibition News

October 13, 2021 | Posted in Cook premises, CQ Exhibition | By

Here is a message from Valerie, Exhibition Co-ordinator. Please take note of the dates and times towards the end of the message.

Thank you all for your ongoing patience as we worked through  the implications of COVID and the ongoing health directives over the last couple of months.  The Exhibition sub committee had made  quite a few changes to exhibition plans as we adjusted to each new wave of the virus but sadly made the final decision to not proceed with the last possible plan for the year which was the Quilt display and sales room planned for mid December at the Fitters’ Workshop in Kingston.

I know this will be very disappointing for many of you particularly as the ACT will no longer be in lockdown and consideration would be given to events such as these.  However, the close proximity of people in such a small venue would not be in our or the general public’s best interest and we have regretfully cancelled our plans and bookings for that event.

We will still be proceeding with the Virtual Judged Exhibition and if you have entered a quilt this year, please note the dates below.

If you have only entered items for the sales room (but do not have a quilt entered), a refund will be sent to you.

If you are available to help on any of the above days, please contact our Exhibition Coordinator, Valerie Merritt on 0448409819 or

nb. Rooms will also be closed Monday 22- Friday 26  –  while Katie  conducts video shooting).

We hope to have the virtual exhibition ‘live’ from 1 December.

Valerie Merritt
Exhibition Co-ordinator

Image in banner is the raffle quilt by Marilyn Crabb, quilted by Robyn Cawdron of Robyn’s Plain and Fancy

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Postponement of raffle draw

September 23, 2021 | Posted in raffle | By

A message from the raffle co-ordinator:
Due to Covid restrictions we are unable to hold the draw for our Raffle Quilt as expected on 26 September.
We are looking into options for when and where we may be allowed to do this. It may be possible by the end of November or early in December, but we shall see abide by what the Health Authority tells us.

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Postponed – Canberra Craft and Quilt Fair 2021

August 16, 2021 | Posted in CQ Exhibition, events | By

A message from Expertise Events about this year’s Craft and Quilt Fair:

Sadly the fair will not go ahead as planned for September. The Covid-19 situation in the ACT and surrounding NSW area continues and even if the lockdown ends by late August, the attendance of interstate exhibitors is impacted and the confidence of visitors to attend is also compromised.
In light of all these factors, we have no other choice but to reschedule the fair to Thursday to Sunday, October 21 to 24, Exhibition Park In Canberra.
We extend our warmest regards to everyone in our community, and above all stay safe.
We are pleased to advise that the Canberra Quilters Exhibition is able to run in conjunction with the fair on those new dates.
Of course the situation is changing regularly and we will send out any updates when changes happen. Please check our official website for the latest updates before travelling.
CQ President Katie Ley has posted in the Member’s page on Facebook:
Hi everyone – by now many of us would have received an email from Expertise Events about new dates for the Craft and Quilt Fair. This should not have been a surprise to anyone (particularly given our own situation here with lockdown, and the overall situation in Sydney).
In the coming days Valerie and the Exhibition sub-committee will be able to let us know what this is going to mean for timelines etc.
As we have maintained from the beginning of the year, we are going to be having a judged show, this doesn’t change. We just need to sort out some of the details 🙂
Keep well – Katie

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