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 ( 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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A Message from the CQ President- Bushfire Response

January 12, 2020 | Posted in member activity, QFO | By

This morning members would have received the following in an email from our President, Raylee Bielenberg:

Our New Year has been smothered in smoke and full of concern for those affected by the bushfires.  Many of us have friends and family in the areas that have been burned or are still in danger from the fires.

It is hard to sit still and many want to contribute to the well being of those affected.

We have collated a number of links for you to explore in order to contribute or donate as you choose, however…

As a group our skillset sets us up for help after the communities start to recover and our QFO group is ideal for this.

Can I encourage everyone to consider making a quilt to be completed through our QFO group.  If we can concentrate our efforts in this area then we will be best placed to respond quickly to the call for quilts to go to those who have lost so much.

Many of you are probably acting ahead of this email and have started making. Thank you. We will need everyone who is able to help to do so and together we can have some comforting quilts ready to send when the time is appropriate. Makers, quilters and binders, everyone can be part of the quilts journey from Canberra Quilters to those who can use a hug in the form of a quilt.

There are various charities that are collecting items to send to help communities get back on their feet, but there is also the issue of storing and distributing those items.  The time for quilts will come when those who have lost their homes and livelihood need both the warmth and comfort we can share through our quilt-making.  Many times on the news they have made the point that if you can give funds that is often better than items that create a secondary issue and take personnel away from more pertinent roles at this time.

Therefore we have time to put our skills to great use and build the stock of quilts through QFO ready for when they are wanted and needed.

I look forward to seeing you soon at our February meeting.

Wishing everyone safety and clear air and praying for rain for our land.


Red Cross Bush Fire Appeal – this is a great site for donating money to help at the ground level.

NSW Rural Fire Services – these are the men and woman that are on the ground fighting the fires in New South Wales.

Animal Rescue Craft Group – this is a Facebook group that works together to make things to help with injured wildlife.

Cool the Vollies – This initiative is looking to make 10,000 cool neck ties for volunteers

Crafty Fog Bushfire Appeal – Laura’s mission; To provide a co-ordinated effort to accept and distribute craft items to those who have been forced to leave behind their supplies. The aim is to provide full kits thereby enabling recipients to be able to get working on their craft without having to chasing up missing supplies.

Anglicare NSW South, NSW West and ACT

WIRES Emergency Fund for Wildlife – for those that want to donate to helping look after the animals impacted by this disaster.


Port Macquarie Koala Hospital


Oz Comfort Quilts – blocks and tops, or whole quilts for those affected


GIVIT – give items or donate


Quilts of Love for fire victims


NSW Rural Fire Service – for info


Animals Australia – will take your fur coats if you still have any, to use for animals.

(Quilt in banner is Wonder in the Woods by Bronwyn Hill. It was exhibited in the 2019 Members’ Exhibition)

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Erindale Library Exhibition Request

January 10, 2020 | Posted in Exhibition, member activity | By

Elaine White has taken over as the Erindale Library Exhibition Co-ordinator. Here is a request from Elaine:


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!




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Drop-in: 18 December (Dear Jane start-up)

December 14, 2019 | Posted in Drop-in, member activity | By

There is no Wonderful Wednesday meeting on the 18th December, however, our room will be open from 10am to 4pm. So come and drop in to finish your last minute Christmas gift or just chill out before Christmas or get your library books, as the library will be open until 1.30pm.

Dear Jane Interest Group

Original Dear Jane

Those of you interested in working on a Dear Jane quilt in 2020 are welcome to attend the Dear Jane start up/ information drop in from, 10am to 12pm. The regular get togethers of this interest group will be on 5th Wednesdays in 2020.

Come and join Christine Stewart and like minded members start, continue or finish their Dear Jane Quilt.

Jane Stickle created her sampler quilt in 1863 during the American Civil War. There are 5602 pieces but you don’t have to make the whole quilt. Although there is no formal class, Brenda Papadakis’s book and CD “Dear Jane” will be used to make all or part  of your quilt. So bring your book, CD and something to read the CD,  plus your ideas,  fabric and enthusiasm to get started.

Jenny Cook is going to bring along her colourful Dear Jane for us to drool over:

Your hostess for this all day drop in is Christine Stewart.


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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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Members Destash Sale: 8 June – book a table

May 14, 2019 | Posted in member activity | By

DeStash Sale

@ Canberra Quilters Cook Hub

Member Stallholders only 

1.30 – 4pm   Saturday 8th June 2019


Clear out your Stash or take home a Bargain or  Both!

Come for a fossick in someone’s guilty overload with a chat & a cuppa.

Find that elusive fat quarter you have been searching for high & low & bathe in the glory of  your incredible Bargain Hunting skills!


Book a $5 table  – limited positions

Contact Nicole Shipway on

A previous sale day:

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Biggest Morning Tea 2018

June 14, 2018 | Posted in member activity | By

Canberra Quilters hosted a Biggest Morning Tea Quilting Bee on 3 June. Over $3400 was raised that will go to local cancer projects.

Here are some images from the day. The theme was ‘Going for Gold’ – with prizes for decorated tables and people.

Many busy hands, sewed, completed puzzles as well as a round the building marathon.

Thanks to sponsors and members who donated items for the day and made it so successful.

Busy hands sewing hexies, drinking tea, keeping on eye on raffle…

Some came prepared with Lego to decorate their table

WHile others raided the dress-up box to make a gold statement

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Biggest Morning Tea this Sunday, 3 June

June 1, 2018 | Posted in member activity | 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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CQ Annual Retreat: 26-28 October 2018

May 8, 2018 | Posted in member activity | By

Preparations are well underway for this year’s retreat. You can download an information sheet and registration form here.

Our Retreat: The CQ retreat weekend is about doing what you love in a friendly relaxed environment. You can bring a sewing machine or work by hand, participate in projects and small learning sessions, or do whatever you bring along, as well as enjoy great quilty-minded company. Come along and join us.

Location: Greenhills Conference Centre, 1437 Cotter Road, Stromlo ACT 2611

Dates: Arrival from 10am Friday, 26 October 2018 until departure by 4pm Sunday, 28 October 2018

Costs: 3 days /2 nights $240 arrival from 10am Friday onwards;

2 days /1 night $145 includes 2 x lunch, 2 x dinner, 1 night accom, 1 x breakfast;

Day stay $50 per day incl lunch and dinner

Deposit/Payments: $50 to be paid asap (fully refundable up to 4 October 2018 subject to minimum numbers being reached). Then regular payments at Thursday night monthly meetings or electronically please.

Requirements: A comprehensive requirements list is sent out several weeks prior to the retreat to help you work out what to take.

Phone/Internet: Please note that mobile/internet reception at Greenhills is patchy but they do now have free wi-fi available from 5pm Friday over the rest of the weekend.

Accommodation: Accommodation is mostly bunk style with 2 share per room (i.e. only lower bunks and single beds are used). Every room has a private en-suite and there is heating in case it gets cold. There are a small number of rooms that can be suitable for people with disabilities, however there is some walking involved to get to all of the rooms.

Dietary Requirements: Most special dietary requirements can be catered for.

Activities/Projects: We plan lots of these over the weekend and encourage people to offer to demonstrate an activity or a small project. Let us know if you would like to volunteer to lead an activity.

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Small Japanese Projects – 24 January + drop in

January 23, 2018 | Posted in Japanese, member activity | By

The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group is on 24 January, from 10am-noon, in the CQ room at Cook Community Hub. It is the first meeting of the year.

The Small Japanese Projects interest group is for members interested in all things Japanese. Each month (or over two months) you will work on a small project, lead by a member of the group.

We will be making a bottle top pincushion.  Bring along a few scraps of fabric and a plastic bottle top, craft glue and your sewing kit. Karen will have toy fill and other bits and pieces.

The meeting begins with a show and tell of what you have made, purchased or done during the previous months. It is always great to hear about your activities.

The meeting is followed by a drop-in until 4pm. The English Paper Piecing (EPP) group meets as part of the drop-in.

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