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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Biggest Morning Tea Quilting Bee: Sunday 18 May

May 15, 2019 | Posted in events, member activity | By

Join us and raise funds for cancer research at our Biggest Morning Tea


   Celebrating:    THE YEAR OF THE PIG

Sunday, 19 May 2019, 10-2pm

Cook Community Hub Hall

Templeton Street, Cook


Lucky Door Prizes, MONSTER RAFFLE, Pink Pig Stall (formerly known as a white elephant), Games, Sewing Activities, Morning tea/Lunch

So much fun you will be like pigs in clover


$5.00 entry (tax deductable donation)

Many of our families and CQ members have been affected by cancer. We want to help, so we are extending an invitation to CQ members and friends to join our annual Biggest Quilting Morning Tea, which raises funds for our local ACT Cancer Council. The money funds research, prevention programs and support for those impacted by cancer.

Entry: A $5.00 (or more) taxable deductable donation to the ACT Cancer Society.

Theme: THE YEAR OF THE PIG – celebrating all things piggy

Morning Tea/Lunch: If you can, please bring a plate of food to share at the morning tea/lunch – it’s always an on-going feast!

Activities and fun: There will be lots of raffles, lucky door prizes, table games, a ‘pink pig’ stall, sewing related challenges and of course – lots of fun and laughter and a prize for the best decorated table/people representing something to do with pigs.

Raffle donations: Donations to the raffle prizes are very welcome and must be new or in as-new condition. Please leave them in the tub marked BMT, in the CQ Cook store room or deliver to

 ‘Pink Pig’ Stall: Used or older donations can go to the ‘Pink Pig’ Stall – there are always great deals to find. Please bring your items for the ‘Pink Pig’ Stall on the day. Left overs will be donated to charity.

So, come along – have some fun, a great morning tea/lunch and help raise much-needed funds for Cancer Research. For more information, or, if you would like to help with the BMT, please contact Tricia Morton on 0421131898 or email

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Canberra Quilters is at Craft Alive: 2-5 May

May 2, 2019 | Posted in events, Exhibition | By

Don’t forget that Canberra Quilters has an exhibition at Craft Alive. It is on NOW at Thoroughbred Park Convention Centre, 1 Randwick Road, Lyneham. You can buy entry tickets online, through the link above, or at the door. You can also get directions through the link above.

Dates: 2-5 May 2019

Time: 9.30am – 4 pm, each day

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Call for Entries – Royal Canberra Show 2019

October 20, 2018 | Posted in Call for Entries, events | By

Member Valerie Merritt has advised that electronic and hardcopy entries are being accepted for the Crafts Expo at the Royal Canberra Show. Valerie is the steward for the quilting/ patchwork section. Entry forms are to be submitted by 11 January 2019. The Show runs 22-24 February 2019 at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

The maximum quilt size is 240cm, except for the Miniature class.

Don’t just look at the Quilting/ Patchwork classes (categories). You may find something in Sewing (e.g. 806 Fabric carry bag – fashion or utility) or Textile Arts and Millinery (e.g. 905 – any textile item/ mixed media/ wall hanging including techniques such as hand painting, dyeing, printing, stitching, beading), or Miscellaneous Crafts. There is again a theme class, within each section, for the Crafts Expo – Wonderful Water.

Each subsection within the Crafts Expo caters for many skill levels which may include:

  • Beginners (less than 2 years experience in that craft);
  • Non-Professional (more than 2 years experience in that craft);
  • Professional (those that make a living out of their craft);
  • Seniors (non-professional, more than 65 years of age);
  • Students (including College, High School and Primary levels);
  • Children (not yet at School).

Here is a link to the Crafts Expo page of the Canberra Show site. You will be taken to a page that has a link for the show schedule, and the entry forms.


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Biggest Morning Tea Quilting Bee- 3 June 2018

May 11, 2018 | Posted in events | By

 Going for Gold

Canberra Quilters is hosting a Biggest Morning Tea Quilting Bee on Sunday 3 June, from 10am-2pm in the Cook Community Hub Hall. A tax deductable entry fee of $5 is payable at the door (or you can donate a larger sum). All proceeds go to the ACT Cancer Council for cancer research.

There is a monster raffle as well as a quilt raffle and lucky door prizes. Lots of fun and table games. White elephant stall of used & older items. So bring some money to buy tickets or to grab a bargain.

It would be great if you could bring a plate of food to share at morning tea- savoury or sweet.

The theme is ‘Going for Gold’. Wear something athletic as a tribute to the Commonwealth Games recently held on the Gold Coast – or something gold and glittery because that is who you really are!   Bring a needle and thread to sew as there will be some sewing challenges.

There is a prize for the best decorated table / people, representing a sport from the XXI Commonwealth Games.

Donations of new items for the monster raffle are welcome- place in the marked bin in the CQ storeroom or give to co-ordinators Margaret or Tricia.

Donations of used/ older items for the white elephant table are also welcome, and can be made on the day.

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Exhibition Entry Deadline Extended to June 30 2017

June 21, 2017 | Posted in Call for Entries, CQ Exhibition, events, Exhibition | By

The entry deadline for entering this year’s Canberra Quilter’s Annual Members Exhibition has been extended to (postmarked) 30 June 2017.

To download the entry pack click here.

This extension of deadline will not impact any other Exhibition dates.

Remember, you can submit a quilt for display only (also known as “not for judging”) in the Exhibition. We strongly encourage all members to consider submitting a quilt (even if it’s just for display). You never know, seeing your quilt might just be the catalyst for someone else to start quilting (and we all need there to be more quilters in the world!).

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Kaffe Fassett lecture in Canberra – 19 February 2016

December 3, 2015 | Posted in events, What's On | By

KAFFE FASSETT COLOUR LECTURE TOUR CANBERRA Friday February 19th 7pm – 10pm Tim Murray Theatre at Canberra Grammar School 40 Monaro Cres, Red Hill ACT 2603

Tickets are only $80 and include complimentary champagne, tea, coffee and decadent cupcakes upon arrival, entry into the brilliant hour long lecture followed by a Q&A session, and a book signing with Kaffe afterwards.

For bookings or more information please go to or call 08 8293 8600

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Volunteer needed – Chief Steward (Quilting) at Royal Canberra Show

October 17, 2014 | Posted in events, member activity | By

Canberra Quilters is seeking to help the Royal National Capital Agricultural Society (RNCAS)  find a volunteer to be Chief Steward in the Quilting section for the show. The current Chief Steward, Lisa, is unable to continue as she is recovering from an injury. The Royal Canberra Show runs 27-28 February and 1 March.

The Chief Steward needs to attend one (possibly two) meetings with the RNCAS, before the show.  Then in the week starting 21 February co-ordinate our volunteers during the delivery, judging, and setup of the exhibits, and then supervise the roster at the Show and on Monday 2 March supervise the take down and return of exhibits. There is a team of members from Canberra Quilters who have assisted for a number of years and they would be available to the volunteer. The previous Chief Steward, Yvonne, is willing and available to assist as well – so you wouldn’t be starting from scratch.

Canberra Quilters members are already filling up the roster slots for show days, so there are people to help you then. The Quilting part of the Show can’t go on without this position being filled.

If you want to volunteer please contact the CQ President Helen Rose at

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AMQA extends quilt show entry deadline to 14 August

August 2, 2014 | Posted in events, member activity | By

Here is an opportunity for you to enter quilts in another exhibition. The Australian Machine Quilters Association (AMQA) hosts an exhibition every two years as part of the Australian Machine Quilting Festival at the Adelaide Convention Centre. This year it runs from 3-6 October – that’s the long weekend for some. Both members and non-members of AMQA are able to submit entries.

President of AMQA (and Canberra Quilter), Raylee Bielenberg, provided the following information:

Due to an overwhelming demand, the entry date has been EXTENDED!!!! AMQA Inc. has received many requests to extend the entry date for this show. We understand that life just gets busier for so many of us and many quilters are so close to finishing their quilts. We have listened and are extending the closing date. The new entry deadline is midnight, 14th August 2014 for online entry. If you are going to post your entry-form in, then it needs to be postmarked no later than 10th August 2014. If we have not received it by the 14th we will not be able to accept your entry due to printing schedules.

We acknowledge those entries who adhered to the original date for entry and thank you for your promptness.

If you had considered entering but did not complete the entry, you have a new deadline. Enter by the 14th August 2014 to be a part of the AMQA Inc. Quilt Show.

There are wonderful prizes from our many sponsors and you will have to opportunity to show case your talents to hundreds of visitors. This show only happens every 2 years so don’t wait until 2016. You can find all the rules here.  Entry forms can be downloaded from there as well as being able to submit an electronic form.

See you at the show!

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5th Wednesday – extra drop-in on 30 July

July 27, 2014 | Posted in events | By

In months where there are 5 Wednesdays our “Tea Lady”, Christine Stewart hosts an extra drop-in. The next one is on the 30th of July from 10am until 4pm.

Come along and work on your UFO or anything else that you have underway. Perhaps you need some concentrated sewing time to finish your exhibition quilt or something for the Sales Room.

Tea and coffee available, BYO lunch.

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