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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Art Quilters meeting- 13 February

February 11, 2016 | Posted in Art Quilters Canberra, member activity | By

The Art Quilters group are meeting this Saturday from 1pm in the CQ room.

Come along to share your work and any techniques you have picked up over the break.

Buffy will bring examples from the Jeanette di Nicholis Meyer ‘Sheer Play’ workshop she did in Hobart. You will play at layering sheers, so bring some pins and scissors. Buffy will share painted silk from the class and you will take any work home for sewing.



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Modern Quilt group- 11 February

February 9, 2016 | Posted in member activity, Modern Quilt Group | By

The Modern Quilt group within Canberra Quilters is having their first meeting of the year this Thursday evening 11 February, in the CQ room at Cook. Here is a message from one of the convenors, Michelle:

We are meeting this Thursday from 7.30 – this month we have Clem showing us how to quilt on a domestic machine using rulers. Clem does beautiful work so this is a must-not-miss demonstration!  

No need to bring anything other that your show and tell, whatever you are working on, and your gorgeous selves. 


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ROWmakers 2016- first meeting 10 Feb 2016

February 8, 2016 | Posted in member activity, Row-by-row Challenge | By

The ROWmakers design group is back for 2016, with the first meeting on Wednesday, 10am for a 10.30 start, until noon. The meeting is in the CQ room.

This group meets monthly to build a quilt over the year, incorporating specific elements each month. Not all members are able to attend, so some participate by correspondence.

Here is a brief outline from convenor Joanne:

The purpose of this project is to design and make a unique quilt-related project. In the past, our challenges have focussed on making a quilt (either “row-by-row”, “block-by-block”, or in the case of a medallion quilt “border by border”) or a series such as placemats or bags “item-by-item” with each row/block/item/border incorporating the challenge ingredients. Once again it’s up to you which structure you chose, however, this year some of us will be choosing to use a “QUILT-AS-YOU-GO” method. Therefore anyone who has a favourite Quilt-As-you-Go technique is invited to share it with the group. I’ll talk about this at the first meeting. As always, this is entirely optional.

As before, each monthly BLOCK (for simplicity’s sake I will use the term block to cover all options) should include that month’s CHALLENGE INGREDIENTS. At each meeting three participants will choose an INGREDIENT, one from each list in the attachment – “2016 ROWMAKERS INGREDIENTS”. Not all three INGREDIENTS have to be included, two will be enough. High achievers or those with over-active imaginations are welcome to have a go at including all three! Imaginative interpretations and ‘thinking outside the box’ are definitely encouraged and have produced some really interesting results.

The details of the chosen elements will be posted on the blog each month, as well as some progress images.

Here are some of the results of the 2015 efforts, remembering they all started with the same choices each month.

Final_1 Final_22 Final_21 Final_20 Final_18 Final_17 Final_16 Final_15 Final_14 Final_13 Final_12 Final_11 Final_10 Final_9 Final_8 Final_7 Final_6 Final_5 Final_4 Final_3 Final_2

Final_19 Final_23

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Quilts for Others Working Bee: 9 Feb

February 8, 2016 | Posted in member activity, QFO | By

The first QFO working bee of the year will be held on Tuesday 9 Feb from 10am until 2.3opm, in the CQ room.

QFO makes quilts for various local charities and organisations- over 400 were made and distributed last year. The working bee has various activities where members can contribute – including pinning tops for quilting, helping with hand sewing of binding and labels, quilting tops, sewing tops, sewing quilt as you go blocks, putting kits together.

Members are asked to bring their own sewing kit, others tools and machines provided.

BYO lunch, but tea and coffee supplied.


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Canberra Quilters at Braidwood Quilt event- 28 & 29 November

November 25, 2015 | Posted in exhibitions, member activity | By

This weekend is the Braidwood Quilt Event. As well as the airing of the quilts in the main street on Saturday 28th, there will be displays at various venues in the town.

Canberra Quilters will have quilts on display at the Services Club (aka Servicemen’s Club) at the end of Duncan Street/Coronation Avenue in Braidwood. When coming from Canberra take a right turn from Wallace Street/ King’s Highway into Duncan Street. We will also be operating a mini Sales Room of high quality goods, made by members. Hours are 9.00am until 4.00pm each day.

(Quilt in banner is ‘Shimmer’ by Jenny Bowker.)

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Desperation Week 2015

November 1, 2015 | Posted in member activity | By

We have just held Desperation Week for 2015. This is the time where members get together for a week in the CQ room to sew on a project they are ‘desperate’ to finish. It is very productive as you can see from the images.

Last year we had the witch finger tool introduced, this year it was a quilted scissor/ tool holder. The pattern was made from folding a piece of A4 paper. Some members were totally captivated and went into a production line or made smaller versions. Full instructions are on the Miss Sews-it-all blog, here.


Scissor holder #1 (Liz)


and a few more to break up the pinwheel production line


Jan worked on her Rowmakers quilt from 2014


Mary worked on a ‘little twister’ quilt – it is a sew/cut/sew method


Here is the final quilt, pin basted and ready for machine quilting


Melinda started her ‘little twister’ Christmas tree – this is the before top – yet to be cut and resewn, like Mary’s


Centre medallion of Libby’s quilt

Side borders and corner pieces, waiting to be added

Side borders and corner pieces, waiting to be added


Libby’s top is all together and ready to go off to the quilter

Jenny made a quilt for a new great-grandchild

Jenny made a quilt for a new great-grandchild


Liz worked on the Canberra Quilters 2nd raffle quilt for 2016


Here are some blocks for the raffle quilt – lots more to come in this size (6″) and smaller

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