Australia Wide 5 – members selected

July 23, 2016 | Posted in Art quilts, Exhibition, Member News | By

Congratulations to members Dianne Firth, Helen Gray, Beth and Trevor Reid, and Brenda Gael Smith. They have all been selected for the Australia Wide 5 exhibition, a touring exhibition of art quilts from Ozquilt Network.

The exhibitions opens at the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery on 23 September and will tour throughout 2017 and 2018.

(Quilt in banner is Oyster Catchers II – The Shoreline, by Beth and Trevor Reid. It was shown in the 2015 CQ Members’ Exhibition.)

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Congratulations to CQ members at Sydney Quilt Show

June 22, 2016 | Posted in Exhibition, Member News | By

Some members of Canberra Quilters are also members of QuiltNSW and are exhibiting in Sydney this week. Here are details of those who had success in the judging:

Beverley Hunter- 3rd place Predominantly Appliqué (Amateur) for Beautiful   Botanticals.

Michelle Law- 2nd place Small or Wall Quilt (Amateur) for Seven Garden Maze

Dianne Firth- Judges’ Commendation Art Quilt (Open) for Spring Grass

Beth Miller- 1st place Pictorial Quilt (Open) for Bayon Temple

Helen Godden – 3rd place Pictorial Quilt (Open) for Ornithology of Oz

Lynda Nikolovski – Judges’ Commendation Modern Quilt for Fireworks

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A Matter of Time opens 28 June

June 22, 2016 | Posted in Art quilts, exhibitions, Member News | By

Members Dianne Firth and Elizabeth Rose a part of this exhibition, curated by another member, Brenda Gael Smith. Opens Tuesday night 28 June at The Q Exhibition Space in Queanbeyan. It continues until 16 July 2016. (M-F:10am to 4pm, Sat:10am- 2pm)


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AQC Gala Dinner – Awards presented to CQ members

April 16, 2016 | Posted in Member News | By

Just returned to my hotel after attending this awards dinner. Canberra Quilters members were very successful, taking out 3 awards:

Congratulations to Pamela Brockwell for receiving the National Quilt Award (sponsored by Bernina) for her quilt Canzone Rosso (our Best of Show in 2015).

Congratulations to Jocelyn Green for receiving the Lut-da Award for outstanding contribution to their community through quilting. A previous CQ recipient is Iris Hockley.

Congratulations to Beth Miller for receiving the Rajah Award for outstanding contribution to quilting in Australia. Previous recipients include CQ members Margaret Rolfe and Jenny Bowker.

It is an unusual occurrence that all three awards would go to members of the same organisation in the one year.

Just a reminder of Calzone Rosso:

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AGM results and new Life Member

March 22, 2016 | Posted in CQ Administration, Member News | By

The AGM for Canberra Quilters was held on Thursday 3 March, including the election of the committee. The following were elected to the positions indicated:

  • President- Helen Rose
  • Vice President- Marcia McKinnon
  • Secretary- Tony Tisdell
  • Treasurer- Janet Cruise
  • Librarian- Beth Clary
  • Exhibition Coordinator- Jan Gordon
  • Publicity Officer- Karen Brown
  • Communications Officer- Libby Williams
  • Membership Secretary- Elaine Jones
  • Workshop Coordinator- Valerie Merritt
  • Committee Member- Wendy Hirst

Barbara Goddard was awarded life membership at the meeting. The public announcement was delayed until after the Wonderful Wednesday meeting on 16 March, when the presentation was made. Barbara is a long standing member of Canberra Quilters who has served on the committee as Treasurer and President (two stints). She has also supported Canberra Quilters in many other ways, including as a valuer (retired) and in the Sales Room at the Exhibition. Congratulations Barbara and thanks for your many years of service to our organisation.



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Quilts in the library- the first decade of Canberra Quilters

January 26, 2016 | Posted in Exhibition, Member News | By

QUILTS IN THE LIBRARY – Erindale Library, 133 McBryde Cres, Wanniassa ACT

A Selection of Quilts made before 1986

Canberra Quilters Inc celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2016 and this exhibition of quilts is the first of four to be shown this year – one from each decade.  These quilts were all completed between 1976 and 1985.

The fabrics and colours used in them reflect the fashions of that time as do the blocks used by the quiltmakers.   The tools used to make them were basic compared with all the tools and gadgets available to make quiltmaking easier today, particularly for cutting out the patches!   Most, if not all of the quilts, are made almost entirely by hand – hand pieced and hand quilted and the pieces were cut using scissors.

We hope you enjoy them

Erindale library_1986

  The Quilts size (cms)
1 Robyn Oats

In the last 30 years this sampler quilt has spent at least 20 years on a bed, hence the fading. It was made by hand and took 3 years to complete.

225 x 255
2 Pat Savas

This quilt is made with the traditional Churn Dash block in fabrics sourced in Canberra.

240 x 237
3 Grace Stewart

This traditional hexagon coverlet was made by Grace and her mother over a period covering almost 30 years. It was completed by Grace in the early 1980’s.

177 x 247
4 Wendy Saclier

A beautiful applique quilt made by Wendy and her mother Vivienne Mildren. A family treasure.

198 x 224
5 Iris Hockley

A doona cover made by Iris and called Arctic Flame. It has not been used and the colours are as bright as when it was made.”

142 x 205
6 Dianne Firth

A Kimono which matches the quilt on the reverse side and still used by Dianne’s daughter when she visits.

7 Dianne Firth

Some of the fabric in this quilt was over-dyed by Dianne to achieve the colour gradations not possible with the fabrics commercially available in Canberra at the time.

140 x 194
8 Elizabeth Rose

A traditional Log Cabin block in crisp colours which are as fresh as today’s “modern” quilts.

190 x 190
9 Joan Porta

This quilt was a very early one made by Joan with her daughter. We all remember the mission brown so fashionable in the 70’s and early 80’s along with the other toning colours used in this quilt.

128 x 172

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Canberra Quilters in Quilters Companion #77

January 21, 2016 | Posted in Member News | By

Keep your eye out for the new issue of Quilters Companion magazine (#77) – there is a feature on the 2015 exhibition.

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Tasmanian Art Quilt Prize Exhibition: 6-22 November

October 25, 2015 | Posted in Art quilts, Exhibition, Member News | By

Congratulations to members Dianne Firth, Helen Godden and Brenda Gael Smith who are finalists in the Tasmanian Art Quilt Prize “History, Her Story”. Exhibition details:

Tas Art Quilt Prize

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Ozquilt Network – Conference, Gala and Exhibitions

October 9, 2015 | Posted in Art quilts, Member News | By

QUILT CONFERENCE – Geelong, with main event 24 October

  • Places are still available for anyone interested in quilts, both heritage and contemporary, to attend the 2015 OZQN Conference Gala, Art Quilts: Evolution & Revolution.
  • Two exhibitions, papers by experts and study of historic heritage quilts from the National Wool Museum combine into a unique occasion not to be repeated.
  • Take advantage of this low-cost opportunity to exchange ideas and to be inspired at a one-day forum of networking, exhibition enrichment and papers to educate, enthuse and inform.  Optional supporting activities contribute to this rewarding experience open to all quilt makers and textile enthusiasts.
  • Late registration is available at very low cost for just one day or for all activities in this exciting event taking place in Geelong 20-25 October.
  • The attached flyer gives more details, and full information is available on the Ozquilt Network website, or by email from

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Evolution, Change, Challenge: A Contemporary Quilt – Congratulations to members

August 24, 2015 | Posted in exhibitions, Member News | By

Congratulations to CQ members Wilma Cawley, Dianne Firth, Beth and Trevor Reid, and Brenda Gael Smith, who all had work selected for this exhibition.

Evolution, Change, Challenge – A Contemporary Quilt is an exhibition of contemporary quilts exploring the title theme.  There are 28 works from 27 artists. The exhibition runs from 28 August – 8 September and the awards ceremony is at 1pm on Saturday, 29 August 2015.  The exhibition is a collaboration between The Quilters’ Guild of NSW and the Hazlehurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre.

The exhibition is at Hazlehurst Community Gallery, 728 Kingsway, Gymea, NSW. Other events in association with the exhibition include:

  • daily demonstrations of quilting with a contemporary twist
  • 29-30 August: Thread Painting workshop with Cathy Jack Coupland at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery
  • 30 August: Hazelhurst Regional Gallery Open Day – a festival of exhibitions, stalls, food and music
  • 5 September: presentation by Kay Haerland at 11am

Evolution, Change, Challenge – A Contemporary Quilt is being held in conjunction with a curated exhibition of quilts at Hazelhurst Gallery and Arts Centre. Labours of Love – Australian Quilts from 1850 – 2015 will display quilts sourced from The National Gallery Australia, Canberra, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney and noted quilters and fibre artists from across New South Wales.


Information and images from the Quilters’ Guild of NSW.


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