Wonderful Wednesday Drop-in – 21 December

December 19, 2016 | Posted in member activity | By

There is no Wonderful Wednesday meeting on the 21st, but there is a drop-in all day in the CQ room. It runs from 10am until 4pm.

Join Christine for some last minute Christmas sewing – or to get a head start on next year’s projects. Perhaps you can use the pinning table to baste a quilt to sew over the break.

Merry Christmas and a productive sewing year to you all.

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Beginners’ Group Meeting – evening 14 December

December 13, 2016 | Posted in member activity | By

Canberra Quilters has started a Beginners Interest Group to help those new to patchwork to develop their skills. It is aimed at quilters who have done a beginners course and want to move on to something else. The first meeting was on the 3rd Wednesday evening in November, and the third Wednesday evening will be the regular time slot. For December it will be on 14 December, starting at 7.30pm.

This time the demonstration & try out will be about English Paper Piecing (EPP), lead by Patricia Butron and Anne Eccleston. Patricia will provide the pre-cut papers. Participants need to bring fabric scraps (at least 4″/ 10cm square), pencil, pins, scissors, needle and thread. QFO have donated some of their excess fabric to help the beginners achieve some fabric variety.

Elizabeth Scroope will be demonstrating binding a quilt, using a QFO quilt. This is a demonstration only.

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ROWmakers reveal- round 9

November 22, 2016 | Posted in member activity, Row-by-row Challenge | By

ROWmakers is a group of members who meet monthly to participate in a year-long design challenge- resulting in a quilt at the end of the year. It started with a row-style quilt in 2011, but has since evolved into anything goes. The basic principle is that each month’s ingredients are incorporated.

The reveal of the round 9 responses occurred on 9 November. This was the final round and some people already had quilt tops and quilts for display.

The Christmas meeting will be on 14 December. To go into the draw for a voucher from one of Canberra Quilters’ sponsors, KimoYES, you need to bring this year’s quilt top (or completed quilt for the ambitious!). For those two members who made Blankets of Love, they will go into the draw even if their work has been handed over.

For a Christmas swap, please bring a piece of fabric 10″ square or a fat eighth, with some co-ordinating bits and pieces. These could include buttons and beads or strips and scraps. Place it all in a brown paper bag and go into the draw! Make something out of your luckydip bag to reveal at the first meeting of 2017 on Feb 8.

Please bring a small plate of food to share at the Christmas morning tea on 14 December.

Here are the reveals from 9 November:


Jill’s quilt is well advanced



Liz’s quilt needs a border!


Karin’s block 9, quilt as you go method


Kay decided to start again!


Heather continues her black, white and brights


Jacquie’s house

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June went back to basics with a row quilt and it is finished.

A couple of members( Dianne & Leonie) produced Blankets of Love each month. Here is a selection:

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Sew-in/ Drop-in TODAY – 31 Oct

October 31, 2016 | Posted in member activity | By

It is the last day of the Halloween sew-in today and tables are available if you want to drop-in for some sewing company. Room is open 9.30am until 4pm.

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ACT Playgroups PlayFEST event – 25 October

October 21, 2016 | Posted in member activity | By

One of our neighbours at the Cook Community Hub, the ACT Playgroups Association, is holding their annual PlayFEST event, as part of National Children’s Week. PlayFEST is on Tuesday 25 October, in and around the Hall at the Cook Community Hub.

Canberra Quilters will be having a table at this event as a way of providing information to parents and carers.

ACT Playgroups Association are inviting parents, carers and children under six to join us for this event. PlayFEST offers adults the chance to gather important information and parenting resources and for the children there will be lots of FREE, exciting, fun play-based activities and entertainment.

Children’s Week 2016 is celebrating the 26th anniversary of Australia signing the U.N. Convention on Children’s Rights. In line with the National Children’s Week event, our theme for PlayFEST will be ‘‘Children Have the Right to Reliable Information From the Media’.  ACT Playgroups will interpret this into a multitude of activities for children to take part in.

Details of the event are as follows:

  • Date:               Tuesday 25 October 2016
  • Venue:             Cook Community Hub                        41 Templeton Street, Cook ACT 2614
  • Event time:      10:00 am – 1:00 pm (although the advertised hours are 10am – 1pm, we will be inviting families with children with additional needs to come at 9.30am for a less crowded experience so we would appreciate you being set up by 9.30 am with any relevant/inclusive information and activities)
  • Set up:             from 8:30 am

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First Wednesday drop-in- 5 October- special demo

September 30, 2016 | Posted in member activity | By

At the first Wednesday drop-in on 5 October, member Jakki Cashman will be demonstrating quilting on a domestic machine using Westalee rulers. Jakki has previous demonstrated this at an evening drop-in and was asked for a repeat at one of the daytime drop-ins.

Rulers have been used for a quite a while on long arm machines but a recent innovation has been their use on domestic machines. Westalee (an Australian company) has developed a sewing machine foot and sets of rulers to use with this method of machine quilting.

The drop-in runs all day, from 10am until 4pm, the demo will be in the morning, from 10am.

If you want to have a try and already have the foot and the rulers Jakki has suggested you bring a fat quarter quilt sandwich, your machine, foot and rulers.

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Workshop Finishing School: 27-29 August

August 28, 2016 | Posted in member activity | By

Here are some of the quilts being worked upon at the Workshop Finishing School, this weekend, at Canberra Quilters’ room.

Jan- working on a Kaleidoscope quilt from a Jenny Bowker workshop.

Jan- working on a Kaleidoscope quilt from a Jenny Bowker workshop.

Jenny -working on a quilt from a Kerry Gavin workshop.

Jenny -working on a quilt from a Kerry Gavin workshop.

Yvonne is working on a quilt from a Gloria Loughman workshop

Yvonne is working on a quilt from a Gloria Loughman workshop

Berys is basting, ready to start quilting

Berys is basting, ready to start quilting

Liz is working on a quilt started in a Michelle Marvig class at AQC in 2016. Foundation pieced - lots to go.

Liz is working on a quilt started in a Michelle Marvig class at AQC in 2016. Foundation pieced – lots to go.

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Fabric Sale Day – 7 May 2016

May 3, 2016 | Posted in CQ Events, member activity | By

Want to build up your quilting supplies? Want a bargain? Come to the Canberra Quilters Fabric Sale Day in the CQ room at Cook Community Hub, on Saturday 7 May, 1.30pm until 4pm (if the bargains last!).

Members will be selling good quality cotton fabrics, books and quilting notions and tools.

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Connect and Participate Expo – 19 March

March 16, 2016 | Posted in member activity, What's On | By

Come along and visit the Canberra Quilters stand at the CAP EXPO (Old Bus Depot Markets), this Saturday, 19 March.  It is a fun day, with lots of interesting stands, food and entertainment. We hope to see you there.

Here are more details.

CAP expo

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ROWmakers meeting- 9 March

March 3, 2016 | Posted in member activity, Row-by-row Challenge | By

The second meeting of the ROWmakers design group is on Wednesday 9 March, 10am for a 10.20 start, until noon. This is when the first responses will be revealed.

The first month’s ingredients are:

MONTH 1 – COLOUR BY NUMBERS….6. Shades of YELLOW (Rhonda Clough)

– A TOUCH OF SPICE……….9. THREADS (Karin Malmberg)

– ALPHABET SOUP………….”S” (Pat Savas)

The meeting is followed by the drop-in until 4pm, incorporating the William Morris applique group.

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