Life member Margaret Rolfe has let us know about a webinar being held next week- Practical Solutions: Quilt Care and Display .
Do you have quilts in your collection and are you at a loss as to what to do with them? You are not alone. Quilts are among the most abundant textiles found in our collections. Their large size, complexity, popularity, and history of use can pose a number of challenges to their custodians. This webinar will review the fundamentals of quilt care, including assessment, surface cleaning, stabilization, storage, and display. Along the way, we will dispel common myths, such as the necessity to handle with gloves and vacuum through a screen. Creative problem solving will be emphasized. Technical handouts from the Museum Textile Services website will be provided to walk you through each of the solutions presented.
You do have to sign up to participate, but it is free. Here is the link.
Camille Breeze, Director and Chief Conservator for Museum Textile Services in Andover, Massachusetts will be delivering the webinar on February 16, 2017, 2:00 – 3:30 EST . This time is equivalent to 6am on Friday morning on 17 February AEDT.
One of Canberra Quilters sposors is having a sale:
Addicted To Fabric Two Day Sale
25% OFF EVERYTHING IN STORE
(Excludes workshops and gift certificates; minimum cuts apply)
Select range of fabrics at
$10 per metre
(minimum cut 1 metre and no further discount)
Friday 2 December 7am – 7pm
Saturday 3 December 9am – 4pm
Lucky Door and Bolter’s Prizes on the day
Our workshop coordinator, Valerie Merritt, organized and ran an introductory “Taste of…” workshop on Saturday 1st October, for people who had expressed an interest in Patchwork and Quilting at the Quilt and Craft Fair in August. The workshop covered the basic elements and the women attending had a go at creating a simple block.
The success of the day was thanks to Valerie’s thorough planning and our amazing volunteers. The visitors rotated through a variety of activities; Jenny Bowker and Marcia McKinnon ran demonstrations of creating simple blocksand Janet Gahan outlined the safe use of rotary cutters,with her group cutting for those making ‘quilt as you go’strip blocks on the machines. Karen Brown and Christine Stewart helped the ladies on the machines who were putting their strips together.
KimoYes kindly donated fabric for the day and, together with other fabric donated by volunteers, gave the ladies attending their very first ‘stash’ to take home.
The day was a wonderful success, with the excitement levels up and a lot of fun was had by all those attending, including the CQ members!
We showed our library to the group and talked about the benefits they would get by joining the guild. They were invited to come along to the next Wonderful Wednesday meeting and/or the members’ night meeting on 6 October. So next Thursday night, if you see a new person with a big ‘new Quilter’ badge on, do please welcome them and make them feel at home.
Three of the Canberra Quilters’ Bernina machines are off receiving maintenance. These leaves only one machine available for use.
Members will be notified when the full complement is restored.
Canberra Quilters now have for sale a range of greeting cards, including Christmas cards, all featuring members’ quilts.
Depending on sales results, the intention is to introduce a range of new gift cards following each exhibition. The current set of greeting cards contains six different cards with images from the 2014 exhibition. A wider range will be included in subsequent sets, as the cost of printing is not affected by the number of images. The gift cards are perfect for a variety occasions and also make lovely gifts themselves.
The Christmas cards include ten different images and will be sold in mixed packs of seven.
The cards will be available for purchase at all monthly evening and Wonderful Wednesday meetings, for $10.00 a set. Eventually, members will be able to place orders online, under the ‘Services’ tab.
The Canberra Quilters’ Bernina sewing machines came back from their service today and have already been put to use by today’s Friday drop-in.
One of Canberra Quilters’ sponsors, Robyn of Fabric at the Right Price, is having a sale this weekend.
Dozens of bolts at $10 and $12 per metre. 10% off regular priced fabric if more than $50 is spent. Also scrap bag, bolt ends and fat quarters.
Address: 1 Mault Place, Monash. Entry through side garden gate off Balsillie Street.
When : Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm
Contact: 0411 989 391
The Canberra Quilters’ Bernina sewing machines have gone for their annual service. A post will made on the blog when they are back.
For those of you interested in EQ7 one of our sponsors is holding a seminar on EQ7 and its many features, in Canberra on 28 March– take a look at http://www.sewingmachinedoctor.com.au/request-a-class-or-workshop/
(Image in banner created by Liz Rose in EQ7)
The Canberra Quilters’ sewing machines were returned this afternoon from servicing. They are all ready for your next session in the room…perhaps QFO on 13 May, or one of the drop-ins?