COVID-19 Safety Plan

July 24, 2020 | Posted in Cook premises, CQ Administration | By

CANBERRA QUILTERS COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN
The purpose of this plan is to maintain the health of our members, many whom fall within the high risk category due to age or underlying health issues. The Canberra Quilters (CQ) Committee asks all members to comply with these steps to enable the room to remain open and for members to meet.

This Plan will be subject to amendment as restrictions are lifted by the ACT Government to ensure that CQ continues to comply with relevant requirements.
The Committee has set the room capacity at 12.

In view of the limited number able to attend meetings, Friendly Friday and various special interest group meetings are suspended. Attendances at the room will be for sit and sew purposes only. Members are to bring all their own equipment as no borrowing or sharing of CQ or QFO equipment (including machines) will be permitted at this time.

Members are also required to bring their own cups, tea/coffee, milk and refreshments as no gathering/ socialising will be permitted at the kitchen end.
In the current climate, the Committee asks that members do not invite visitors to attend the room. This is to enable as many members as possible to participate.
Library – other than books being returned in the return box, no library will be conducted on sewing days. Library will be undertaken separately and managed under additional guidelines.

While in the room, members are to comply with ACT health requirements regarding social distancing (1.5 metres); hand washing and cough etiquette hygiene.

1) If a member feels ill in any way, that member is to stay home and not attend the room.

2) On arrival, a member will sanitise their hands. Some members may prefer to wash their hands in accordance with the hand washing protocol. Should a member leave the room for any reason, their hands are to be sanitised/washed on return.
The volunteer/coordinator will undertake the “signing in” process for the member and will confirm with the attendee they are feeling well prior to that member taking a place in the room. Should the member advise of any feeling of not being well, the coordinator will ask them to leave.
If the number of members wishing to attend exceeds the approved number, the coordinator/volunteer will be required to ask those members to wait outside if other members are departing, or ask the members to leave. A separate exit is to be used to room entry.

3) Prior to departure, each member will undertake the cleaning protocol mentioned below of the space they occupied. This will be done when the member departs for the day, whether it is during or at the end of a session.

4) On departure, the volunteer/coordinator will sign the member out. The member will leave by the designated exit door.

5) Good air circulation by opening a window (or door when possible) should be undertaken whenever practicable.

6) Room bookings will be limited to three (3) hour blocks to enable cleaning.

7) Members are to bring all their own sewing items to minimise any sharing. Members are to provide their own cups and refreshments including tea and coffee. Crockery, glasses, tea towels or cutlery currently housed at CQ are not to be used. At the end of the session, all members’ items brought into the room are to be removed.

8) The kitchen area is not to be used for socialising as the physical distancing space is limited at this end of the room. Irons and the pinning tables are set up here.

9) Communal use items (irons, pinning tables) are to be wiped down after use. Irons and pinning tables will need to be wiped after each use, whereas an ironing board would be wiped down at the end of the session.

10) At the end of the booking time, all tables (tops and edges), chairs (seat, back, edges and legs), sink, fridge door and handle, entry/exit doors and handles, are to be sprayed/wiped with the disinfectant/detergent mix provided, dried using paper towel that is then disposed of. There may be other items such as ladders; or the hook pol, if used, will also need to be wiped.
Switches and powerpoints that were touched should be wiped over. This extends to bin lid; blind pulls, zip heater handle; code boxes (and keys) and code pad at front door. Coordinators will no doubt deal with some of items as they are used.
(Note: Fabric of chairs and switches, etc., a damp paper towel should be used.)

Christine Stewart has volunteered to clean the floor once a week as pre requirements.
The coordinator/volunteer will empty the bin as required, before departing and locking the room.

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Another library day on Saturday (18 July)

July 17, 2020 | Posted in Library | By

For those of you who were unable to go to the library day on Tuesday, another Library session is planned for the room tomorrow, Saturday, 18 July (10am-2pm).

Borrowing will be permitted – members will be asked to do this quickly as only a few members will be able to access the cupboards at any one time due to spacing restrictions.  Returned books cannot be borrowed as they will need to be quarantined.

Beth Clary
Librarian

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Today (14 July) is library day

July 14, 2020 | Posted in Library | By

Members are reminded that today is library day at the CQ room. Beth and Cornelia are at the room until 2pm if you want to come over to borrow or return books.

Plenty of opportunity to find something new to sew…or to have some books to lazily browse through if you don’t feel like sewing!

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Sponsor News- last weekend for Mimosa, 13-14 June

June 8, 2020 | Posted in sponsor news | By

For those who haven’t caught up on the news, CQ sponsor Mimosa Interiors is closing down. The last days they will be open are next weekend, 13-14 June from 11am-4pm.

Mimosa has 50% off all stock (lots of lovely reproductions).  Open Saturday and Sunday. They are at Federation Square at Gold Creek.

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Exhibition Update

June 6, 2020 | Posted in CQ Exhibition | By

From the June CQ Bulletin:

We are continuing with preparation for our annual exhibition, the current dates are:

These dates are of course still open to change with changing circumstances but we will have decided we should open entries on June 5th. At this stage we are NOT asking you to pay the entry fee, for this year only we will be collecting the entry fee on August 29th at quilt delivery day. This means that if the exhibition has to be cancelled or postponed again we will not have to re-imburse all the entry fees. On-line entry will be available here: Exhibition Entry  This year it is ppossible to save a partial entry and return to complete it later, although it must be completed by the closing date of 17 July. If you have any problems with the on-line entry please contact Janet Cruise on communications@canberraquilters.org.au or by ringing 0422 086 209.

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Sponsor News – last weekend for Mimosa Interiors

June 5, 2020 | Posted in sponsor news | By

For those who haven’t caught up on the news, CQ sponsor Mimosa Interiors is closing down. This is the last weekend they are open.

Mimosa has 50% off all stock (lots of lovely reproductions).  Open Saturday and Sunday. They are at Federation Square at Gold Creek.

 

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Exhibition Quilt Challenge: 2020

May 25, 2020 | Posted in Exhibition | By

,  you started / finished your Challenge Quilt for this year’s exhibition? You still have time as entries don’t close until 17 July and you don’t even have to have it completed at the time of entry.

You  can respond to the theme Twenty Twenty any way you want as long as it meets the size requirements of 70cm x 50cm, portrait or landscape orientation.

You may consider doing twenty blocks. Or take something from 2020 events to focus or comment on – bushfires and COVID19 spring immediately to mind. Or the great toilet paper shortage! You may focus on all the new #hashtags that have come into everyday usage – #stayathome, #socialdistance, #stopthespread, #flattenthecurve …

There is plenty to inspire you, so please make a quilt for the 2020 Challenge.

 

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June Issue of “Connecting Threads” is out

May 25, 2020 | Posted in Connecting Threads, CQ Administration | By

This morning members should have received the electronic version of the June 2020 issue of Connecting Threads.

There is information about the shutdown and working in isolation, as well as columns from the usual contributors.

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COVID-19 Request for Assistance

April 21, 2020 | Posted in member activity | By

We have received a request from Professor Tim Senden of the Research School of Physics at ANU to work collaboratively with the ANU MakerSpace in the production of face masks for the COVID-19 crisis. These masks will be used to cover gaps in regular supply for health care workers, including local and regional GPs and aged care facilities.

By way of introduction, the ANU MakerSpace is a community of makers that spans science, art and engineering in a series of open workshops across the ANU campus (https://makerspace.anu.edu.au/). Ordinarily, these walk-in facilities allow staff and students from all disciplines to design and fabricate using the latest digital techniques such as laser cutting, 3D printing, electronics and CNC machining. It is a very natural step for this dynamic community to galvanise into action to help bolster the local PPE supply. As a first PPE project, the team has developed a face shield production line in a few short weeks which is now aiming to make 17,000 face shields. These will be distributed across the ACT and NSW to be used if conventional supply becomes strained.

To see full details of the request please click on this link, Letter of invitation.

Your committee thinks this is a worthwhile project to pursue and uses the skills of quilters in a productive way in the current situation. If you are interested in volunteering, please open the letter and click on the link provided in it.

Happy stitching, keep busy and keep healthy.

Your CQ Committee.

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An update from the CQ President: COVID 19

March 23, 2020 | Posted in Cook premises, CQ Administration, Member News | By

The following message was sent via email earlier this evening. Apologies if you get it twice.

COVID-19 AND CANBERRA QUILTERS

In view of the most recent announcement of the Prime Minister, the Committee and I have sadly decided that all Canberra Quilters’ activities at Cook will be suspended for the time being.  Regretfully the increasing risk to our members has now reached a point where this action needs to be taken.

This suspension will take effect from today and relates to all Special Interest Groups, drop-ins, sew-ins and friendship group meetings.  This also includes all night and day meetings, and includes the AGM which was scheduled for 2 April.  Janice Nangle our Workshop Coordinator will be in touch with members booked to undertake workshops.

For members who are not aware, our Exhibition dates have moved to 10-13 September 2020 which coincides with Floriade.  Further information will be circulated by the Exhibition Coordinator regarding any date changes for entries.

The length of this suspension of activities is uncertain at this time.  Once the Committee has had an opportunity to consider the impact of the directive on the closure of non-essential activities, a further Bulletin will be circulated.

I encourage members to stay in contact with each other either by email or by phone or by virtual means. This may be an opportunity to use Messenger to chat to each other or to use one of the other platforms such as WhatsApp, Google Hangouts, Discord etc. to keep in touch.

I would like to thank Canberra Quilters members for cooperating with, and implementing changes, as they have been put in place.

Raylee Bielenberg
President

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