Canberra Quilters have been advised that our exhibition dates have changed as a consequence of the Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair being moved (due to COVID, of course).
Our new dates are September 30 – October 3.
Further information on any changes to our key dates (e.g. entry date deadline), will be advised when the sub-committee and main committee have a chance to consider all the consequences of the date change.
Below is information from an email from Gary FitzRoy of Expertise Events, with details of a number of date changes. The CQ Exhibition Co-ordinator, Valerie Merritt, asked that this information be made available to members.
- Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair moves to 1-5 September at Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney Olympic Park.
- Australian Quilt Convention (AQC) moves to 23-26 September and has a venue change to the new section of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
- New Zealand Craft and Quilt Fair rolled to September 2022.
This morning members should have received the electronic version of the September 2020 issue of Connecting Threads.
There is information about the shutdown and room use, as well as columns from the usual contributors. There is no exhibition information in the newsletter as it was too fluid a situation to bring up to date information to members.
A few days ago the decision was taken to cancel the exhibition and President Katie sent a message to all members, via email. Here is the content:
|During the committee meeting on Wednesday August 26th, the decision was taken to postpone the Canberra Quilters Inc. Exhibition until 2021.
Please understand that this does not mean that there won’t be a Canberra Craft and Quilt Fair on at that time. Expertise Events are still planning on holding the fair from November 5-8 2020.
This decision has not been taken lightly and has been done so for a variety of reasons.
Firstly, there is a great deal of uncertainty around the COVID-19 situation across Australia. With the situation in Victoria, the continued border closures, and the need to monitor the changeable “hot-spot” travel restrictions, it makes predicting the overall situation challenging. As we know from our experience with the rooms, creating and managing a COVID-19 Plan is a very complex exercise, and the number of variables with the exhibition made this process very challenging.
Secondly, BERNINA Australia, the principal sponsor of the Best of Australia Award, has announced there will be no Best of Australia award for 2020. The quilts judged as Best of Show in each state and territory during 2019 will be held over until 2021. There will be no BERNINA Best of Show winners during 2020. We supported this decision by BERNINA, and while we had moved to a different format of exhibition which would allow us to have an exhibition of members work, it was not going to be a formally judged show. This had the potential to create challenges when it came to exhibiting the quilts in 2021.
Finally, and most importantly, we have a membership with a variety of challenges which place them in the vulnerable category. As a responsible organisation we must place the health and safety of our members at the core of what we do.
It would have been an easy thing to postpone the exhibition earlier in the year when many of the other guilds took their decisions. We have deliberately waited until as late as we possibly could in hope that the overall COVID-19 situation would allow us to go ahead. Unfortunately, this is not going to be the case.
If you have any questions or comments about the decision, there will be an opportunity to raise them at the next general meeting on Thursday September 3rd at 7.30pm. At this meeting we will also talk through the plans for the 2020 Challenge Quilts.
The link for the September meeting will be sent out with the Bulletin on Monday.
Many thanks for your patience and support.Katie Ley
, 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.
Elaine White has taken over as the Erindale Library Exhibition Co-ordinator. Here is a request from Elaine:
ERINDALE LIBRARY QUILTS – BERYL HODGES’ Quilts
I am calling for quilts from members for the next Erindale Library Exhibition. If you have completed quilts made in classes with our own Beryl Hodges, which you can spare for around 3 months, I would like to hang them at the Library at the end of February. Our ongoing partnership with the Library gets the Canberra Quilters name recognition and publicity, and contributes to a strong community presence.
Quilts need to be a maximum of 230 cm on each side, and I would like the name of the class you attended as well as the title of your quilt. Dates are even better.
Beryl has agreed to provide a couple of quilts as well, so this will be a lovely way of recognising her long career as a Canberra Quilters member and teacher. Please email me with any questions or offers of quilts or you can phone me ( details under sponsors in the newsletter).
Thanks in advance!
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
Exhibition entry forms are live!
Great news for members who wish to lodge their Exhibition entries online – our online entry facility went live on 1 May 2019. It has undergone extensive testing and as a result we think it is working well. If, however, you find a problem with it please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try, within the software limitations, to rectify it. Many thanks to Janet Cruise for her smart and tireless work on these online forms. Thanks also to all the members who tested it for us.
Make sure you download and read the Conditions of Entry and Categories and Awards files before you start filling out the online entries.
Of course, the traditional paper forms are still available for members who don’t want to use the online facility. If you receive Connecting Threads in hardcopy you should already have the Exhibition Pack; alternatively, you can download and print the Exhibition Pack from canberraquilters.org.au which you can then complete and send in the usual way.
ERINDALE LIBRARY QUILTS – NEW EXHIBITION
A new exhibition featuring the work of CQ member Jenny Cook is now hanging at the Erindale Library. Jenny is a prize-winning quilter, with a prolific and varied output. Her quilts make a striking exhibition in the library’s lofty ceiling space. They will be in place until around the end of April. I’m grateful to the members who provided quilts for the recent Seasons themed exhibition.
I’m developing ideas for themes for future exhibitions. The theme for the second exhibition for 2019 (May to July) will be flowers and all things floral. I would love to hear from you if you have a suitable quilt and are prepared to let me have it for the usual 3 months. I would also love to hear from anyone who has an idea for themes for future exhibitions.
Jenny Emerton – Convenor
Canberra Quilters members Beth and Trevor Reid, Helen Gray, Carolyn Sullivan and Dianne Firth are part of the Australia Wide 6 Exhibition which runs at The Q from February 11, until 9 March 2019. They will be giving a floor talk about their work on Saturday 2 March 12 noon – 1pm. Dianne will also include an overview of the exhibition.
Image in banner is by Beth and Trevor Reid
The Viewers’ Choice votes from our Annual Members’ Exhibition have been tallied and here are the results:
Quilts – 86, Subtle Japan, Lyn Keogh
Challenge/ Tiny Treasure – 160, Into the Depths, Pat Parker
(Image to come)
Children/ Youth – 183, Nick’s Rainbow, Nicholas Meszes
(Quilt in banner is Go Dockers, by Meg Cowey and the Quirky Quilters)
All images by Janet Cruise.
The CQ Exhibition Raffle was drawn Sunday at 4pm. Here are the results:
First drawn ticket 2210, Theo Howie. Theo chose the quilt
Second drawn ticket 254, Laura Marcantonio. Laura chose the Bernina sewing machine
Third drawn ticket 765, Bernadette Campbell. Bernadette receives the hamper of quilters tools and supplies.
Congratulations to our winners and thanks to all her bought tickets.