Sponsor News- last weekend for Mimosa, 13-14 June

June 8, 2020 | Posted in sponsor news | By

For those who haven’t caught up on the news, CQ sponsor Mimosa Interiors is closing down. The last days they will be open are next weekend, 13-14 June from 11am-4pm.

Mimosa has 50% off all stock (lots of lovely reproductions).  Open Saturday and Sunday. They are at Federation Square at Gold Creek.

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Exhibition Update

June 6, 2020 | Posted in CQ Exhibition | By

From the June CQ Bulletin:

We are continuing with preparation for our annual exhibition, the current dates are:

These dates are of course still open to change with changing circumstances but we will have decided we should open entries on June 5th. At this stage we are NOT asking you to pay the entry fee, for this year only we will be collecting the entry fee on August 29th at quilt delivery day. This means that if the exhibition has to be cancelled or postponed again we will not have to re-imburse all the entry fees. On-line entry will be available here: Exhibition Entry  This year it is ppossible to save a partial entry and return to complete it later, although it must be completed by the closing date of 17 July. If you have any problems with the on-line entry please contact Janet Cruise on communications@canberraquilters.org.au or by ringing 0422 086 209.

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Sponsor News – last weekend for Mimosa Interiors

June 5, 2020 | Posted in sponsor news | By

For those who haven’t caught up on the news, CQ sponsor Mimosa Interiors is closing down. This is the last weekend they are open.

Mimosa has 50% off all stock (lots of lovely reproductions).  Open Saturday and Sunday. They are at Federation Square at Gold Creek.


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Exhibition Quilt Challenge: 2020

May 25, 2020 | Posted in Exhibition | By

,  you started / finished your Challenge Quilt for this year’s exhibition? You still have time as entries don’t close until 17 July and you don’t even have to have it completed at the time of entry.

You  can respond to the theme Twenty Twenty any way you want as long as it meets the size requirements of 70cm x 50cm, portrait or landscape orientation.

You may consider doing twenty blocks. Or take something from 2020 events to focus or comment on – bushfires and COVID19 spring immediately to mind. Or the great toilet paper shortage! You may focus on all the new #hashtags that have come into everyday usage – #stayathome, #socialdistance, #stopthespread, #flattenthecurve …

There is plenty to inspire you, so please make a quilt for the 2020 Challenge.


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June Issue of “Connecting Threads” is out

May 25, 2020 | Posted in Connecting Threads, CQ Administration | By

This morning members should have received the electronic version of the June 2020 issue of Connecting Threads.

There is information about the shutdown and working in isolation, as well as columns from the usual contributors.

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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 (https://makerspace.anu.edu.au/). 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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An update from the CQ President: COVID 19

March 23, 2020 | Posted in Cook premises, CQ Administration, Member News | By

The following message was sent via email earlier this evening. Apologies if you get it twice.


In view of the most recent announcement of the Prime Minister, the Committee and I have sadly decided that all Canberra Quilters’ activities at Cook will be suspended for the time being.  Regretfully the increasing risk to our members has now reached a point where this action needs to be taken.

This suspension will take effect from today and relates to all Special Interest Groups, drop-ins, sew-ins and friendship group meetings.  This also includes all night and day meetings, and includes the AGM which was scheduled for 2 April.  Janice Nangle our Workshop Coordinator will be in touch with members booked to undertake workshops.

For members who are not aware, our Exhibition dates have moved to 10-13 September 2020 which coincides with Floriade.  Further information will be circulated by the Exhibition Coordinator regarding any date changes for entries.

The length of this suspension of activities is uncertain at this time.  Once the Committee has had an opportunity to consider the impact of the directive on the closure of non-essential activities, a further Bulletin will be circulated.

I encourage members to stay in contact with each other either by email or by phone or by virtual means. This may be an opportunity to use Messenger to chat to each other or to use one of the other platforms such as WhatsApp, Google Hangouts, Discord etc. to keep in touch.

I would like to thank Canberra Quilters members for cooperating with, and implementing changes, as they have been put in place.

Raylee Bielenberg

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Change of dates due to COVID-19 : Aerie Retirement Village

March 20, 2020 | Posted in Member News | By

In the last newsletter there was an offer from the Aerie Retirement Village at Narrabundah. Dates have now changed.

Change of dates due to COVID-19

Please note that this visit has now been postponed to Thursday 10 September – 10:30am to 12:00 noon.

Is Anyone Interested In Finding Out What An Over 55 Independent Living Retirement Village Is? – And Fund Raising For CQ At The Same Time!
The managers of the Aerie Retirement Village in Narrabundah are offering us the opportunity to have a look at the Village (no big sell just a morning tea and a chance to have a look around the facilities). As part of their Community Connect Program they are offering a $500 Visa gift voucher donation to Canberra Quilters if we have at least 15 people come along. We think we should be able to get a big enough crowd to obtain the donation for CQ.
Details are:
Date: postponed from Wednesday 25 March TO Thursday 10 September
Address: Aerie Retirement Village, 265 Goyder St Narrabundah
Meet at Villa 21, the Display Villa at for a 10:15 for a 10:30 start (car parking spaces are a bit limited so if you park at Red Hill shops I will meet you there at 10am and drive you the short distance to the Aerie).
RSVP by Wednesday 18 March: Thursday 3 September (evening meeting) Please let me know if you are planning on coming along just so we can give them an idea of how many to cater for the morning tea (and so I know if we need extra people to come along).

Marcia McKinnon
0414290234 or Marcia.mckinnon@outlook.com

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A message from the CQ President: COVID19

March 15, 2020 | Posted in Member News | By

The following was delivered by email to members yesterday. Apologies if you get the message twice.

14 March 2020


On Friday, 13 March, several members of the Committee and I met with Ms Kathy Ragless, AM, Director of Companion House and some key members of her staff.  Members from HAGSOC were also present.

Ms Ragless advised that Companion House had activated its pandemic plan which could have a flow-on impact to other tenants of Block “C” at Cook.  She advised that among its many services, Companion House is a functioning medical facility and has set up a room for its clients who may be experiencing respiratory issues.  Where possible, these clients are met in the carpark and escorted to the room, however some clients may attend Companion House in the usual manner by coming in through the front door.

While the number of clients currently being assessed by Companion House for possible symptoms of COVID-19 are low, should there be an increase, Companion House or the ACT Government may seek to utilise the Hall.  Canberra Quilters will be provided with ample notice should this occur.

There are some actions that Canberra Quilters members should be undertaking now – not only for their own health, but in consideration of other members.

Members with Caring Responsibilities
Feeling Unwell
Canberra Quilters’ Meetings and the AGM
The Room
Local Events
Closure of the Building


If any member has recently travelled overseas, or been in contact with anyone who has travelled overseas, the Committee would ask that member not to attend any meetings for a minimum of 14 days on their return to Australia.  While the Committee accepts the member may not be unwell, we do need to ensure that all members remain healthy.

The Committee is aware that many institutions are also cancelling domestic travel.  We do not wish to restrict members who may have travelled within Australia, but please be aware of anyone you come into contact with and any impact on your health.  If you do not feel well on return to Canberra, please do not attend any meetings.

Members with Caring Responsibilities

Members who undertake the role of primary carer should give consideration as to whether they continue coming to meetings.  The Committee does not wish to ask these members to not attend, but we do ask them to give close consideration to any possible risk to the individual for whom they are caring and make an informed decision as to whether they should continue attending Canberra Quilters’ meetings.  We appreciate this may be a difficult decision but we encourage all members to monitor all health warnings as they are issued.

Feeling Unwell

Again, if any member feels unwell generally, the Committee would ask that member not to attend any meetings at Canberra Quilters until they have recovered.  The illness may not be related to COVID-19 but in the interests of all members, it is preferable that unwell members remain at home.

Canberra Quilters’ Meetings

Hall – at this time, the hall is available for use and Wonderful Wednesday and evening meetings will continue.  As the situation may change at short notice, please keep an eye on messages from our Bulletin or blog.  Our social media sites will also be updated.   Please share all messages – including this one – as widely as possible, particularly with those members who do not have access to the electronic messages.

We anticipate the AGM in April will go ahead but if the Hall becomes unavailable, we may need to hold it in our room or in the corridor of Block “C”.  For the ongoing running of Canberra Quilters, it is legally required that the adjourned AGM go ahead and we urge members to attend so that a quorum can be established.

The Room – while the building is open, Canberra Quilters plans to operate as normal but we do require a few additional processes.

  •  If a room coordinator needs to step back due to their caring responsibilities, own health issues or for any other reason, please let Cornelia, Room Bookings Coordinator know so that opening/closing arrangements can be maintained. Contact details for the Room Bookings Coordinator are bookings@canberraquilters.org.au or 62956214 where a message can be left.
  • Hand sanitiser has been placed in the room – please use this on arrival at the room, and after going to the toilet upon re-entering the room.Companion House will ensure the shared toilets are cleaned regularly to avoid any contamination, and members may wish to use the disabled toilet adjacent to the room.
  •  Please do not overcrowd the room.It is important to ensure the room is well ventilated and that members have sufficient space between each other. Again, if you do not feel well please do not attend the meeting at all. If you become unwell during a meeting, please let the room coordinator know and leave as quickly as possible.
  • Should you use any of Canberra Quilters sewing machines, please ensure they are wiped down after use using a wipe or a damp disposable paper towel.
  • At the end of the session, the last person out (usually the room coordinator) should wipe down the door handles to the room (inside and outside). If wipes are not available, warm water with detergent and a disposable paper towel should be used.

The Committee realises that these steps may sound tedious but it is in the interests of the health and wellbeing of all members that we need to introduce these requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic to minimise any cross infection of members.

Local Events

Noting the Prime Minister’s comments made late Friday afternoon that it is recommended that gatherings with more than 500 participants be not held, Canberra Quilters intends to liaise with the organisers of Craft Alive and be guided by their intentions.  There is still some time before the event is due to be held, but in view of the lead time needed to advise stall holders, sponsors, and the public, the event may not go ahead.  Once confirmation is received the Committee will formally advise members whether the display will or will not proceed.

I have just received advice from Expertise Events that AQC will be postponed to later in the year – with proposed dates of 20-23 August which follows closely on the scheduled dates for our Exhibition.  It is too early to assess any potential impact on our Exhibition at this stage but the Committee will closely monitor developments and liaise with Expertise Events as appropriate.  In the interim we encourage members to continue to complete their quilts and items for the Exhibition and Sales Room.

Closure of the Building

Should the ACT Government decide to close the building members and groups may wish to consider how they intend to keep in touch.  Do they wish to meet elsewhere (a member’s home), communicate by email or use virtual technology.  The Committee recognises that social interaction is a key reason members belong to Canberra Quilters and we would like this to continue in some form or other.  Should the building be closed, we hope it will only be for a short time.  The Committee, through the Room Bookings Coordinator, will keep you informed.

The Committee and I encourage you all to take care, look after your own health and be conscious of the impact that any cross infection may have on other Canberra Quilters members.

Raylee Bielenberg

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ROWmakers Design group – 2020 is the 10th year!

February 23, 2020 | Posted in Row-by-row Challenge | By

The ROWmakers is a design group that meets once a month on the second Wednesday, February – December. The purpose of the group is to design and make a unique quilt or quilt-related project, over the course of the year, using ingredients drawn at random each month.

This year is the 10th year this has been run and the ingredients fall into three categories – colour, shape and theme. The latter has new options and is based on social themes. Each month one item is drawn from each category. The first combination is Pink / Octagon / Legend or Myth

As mentioned in the email from our co-ordinator, Joanne …

 A bit of a challenge, but don’t feel daunted. Pink can be anything from the palest ice pink to the darkest burgundy and it counts if there’s only a dot. Any eight- sided figure can count as an octagon. (I’m planning an elongated one.) The easiest to do is the snowball block. (Blame my friendship group for this one – I needed a twelfth shape and this is what we came up with.) And myths and legends can include anything from Ancient Greek myths to urban myths to present-day sporting “legends” to witches and black cats (what I’m using in my Cat quilt). 

We came up with some other approaches:

  •  Children’s quilts were popular so Fairy Tales/Nursery Rhymes, Cartoons or Movies would be an option for the whole year.
  • Liz suggested if you wanted to do a travel quilt you could chose TV Shows and use “Getaway”.
  • Song lyrics was another suggestion. (“Somewhere over the Rainbow” – and then you could just do the colour!) Another was to base a quilt on the work of a favourite artist.
  • I’m doing a Cat quilt and finding cats in each theme. You could do the same for a House quilt or a Christmas quilt. 
  • You can expand the scope of the category. Zodiac could be western star signs, Chinese horoscope animals, the associated elements (earth, fire, air, water, metal, wood) and the associated gemstones, flowers and colours.
  • Or you could do what a couple of our members have been known to do and ignore the whole category. And then someone in the group will see the block and come up with a connection anyway!I hope everyone has fun and if you’re stuck there’s always Google. (I googled cats and myths and got witches – easy.) 

The next meeting is on Wednesday 11 March, 10am for a 10.30am start, in the CQ room at the Cook Community Hub. It is followed by a drop-in, until 4pm. So you can stay all day to sew.

The full list of ‘rules’ and instructions is available here. (ROW=Rowdy on Wednesday)

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