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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Creative Textile Show – 2-4 May

April 30, 2014 | Posted in events, exhibitions, What's On | By

Don’t forget the Creative Textile Show is on this week, starting on Friday, at the Convention Centre in Canberra City. It is on from 9am to 4.30 pm each day. Canberra Quilters will have a stand, displaying quilts, selling raffle tickets etc.

You can sign up for classes, get supplies and admire the work of many creative people.  Our own Helen Godden will be there demonstrating the Sweet Sixteen machine – you can sign up for a test-drive. See the full range of info here .

The Living Colour quilts are also on display. These are curated by member Brenda Gael Smith. Brenda is doing a floor talk each day at 12.30pm

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Market Day – Saturday 5 April

April 2, 2014 | Posted in events, What's On | By

This Saturday is the Market Day at the Canberra Quilters Room at The Cook Community Hub. It runs from 1.30-4pm.

Members will be selling good quality cotton fabrics, books, tools and quilting notions that are excess to their requirements. Come along for a bargain, to fill the gap in your fabric stash or to discover that gadget you didn’t know existed – but you can’t possibly do without! What treasure will you find?

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Reminder about “My Art Quilt 2013” conference registration deadline- 23 October

October 20, 2013 | Posted in Art quilts, events, exhibitions | By

The annual conference presented by Ozquilt Network Inc is coming up soon, on 1-2 November. There are a number of pre and post conference events to consider attending as well. The deadline for conference registration is this Wednesday, 23 October. Details about the conference package of events and registration info is available on the Ozquilt Network site here.

The post on 9 October gives some details about the exhibitions.

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