Call for entries 2019

December 11, 2018 | Posted in Call for Entries, exhibitions | By

LONG POST – These are coming up in 2019 for members to enter selected exhibitions. Some information is from Janet de Boer’s Fibre Forum e-bulletin.

Here is a rundown of some Australian calls for entry:

Deadline of 5 February 2019 to enter the 2019 AQC (Australasian Quilt Convention) Challenge: the theme is MAGIC; the size is 90cm square. Entries will be judged on design, interpretation of theme and workmanship. A section of finalists will tour the AQC craft events in Australia and New Zealand. Three cash prizes will be awarded: FIRST Prize $3500; Runner-Up $1500 and Viewers’ Choice $500. The AQC annual event is to be held April 11-14, 2019 at the Royal Exhibition Building, Nicholson Street, Carlton Vic (Melbourne). Link to AQC challenge

Also part of AQC, with a deadline of 21 February is the Self Portrait textile art challenge

Link to AQC Self Portrait call for entry

Deadline of 1st March 2019 to enter the Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award 2019 with the award exhibition being held from 1st June – 11th August 2019 at the Wangaratta Art Gallery, Victoria. There is a $10,000 Acquisitive Award. The Wangaratta Art Gallery is proud to present the Contemporary Textile Award, which is a biennial acquisitive award and exhibition celebrating the diversity and strength of Australia’s textile artistry.

Link to Wangaratta contemporary textile award

Deadline of 30th April to submit work for Stitchy Central – Enter the community exhibition Stitching Through Time – A Celebration of 20 Years which includes a People’s Choice Award (cash prizes) in three categories, Group, Individual and Student. Any textile medium welcome, such as embroidery, knitting, crochet, mixed media, textile books, 2D, 3D, wall hanging, sculpture, rugs, wearable etc. Size limited to under 1.5 M any dimension. Contemporary and Traditional styles welcome.

Link to Stitched up festival Community Exhibition

Deadline of 16 June for Dare to Differ Contemporary Quilt Exhibition.

The Quilters’ Guild of South Australia Inc invites all quilt/textile artists resident in Australia to participate in this selected exhibition at Gallery M – Marion Street, Marion Cultural Centre, Oaklands Park Adelaide. Dare to Differ will be in place from 5-29 September 2019. Submissions should be original, innovative,
predominantly fibre, comprising at least two layers stitched together – not framed or stretched. Online Applications to enter become available from 1st May 2019

Link to dare-to-differ

Deadline of 17 June for the Modern Quilt Show Australia.

Sydney Modern Quilt Guild and Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild are proud to present the 2019 Modern Quilt Show Australia! After a break in 2018 we’re teaming up to bring you another fabulous show, featuring the best modern quilts in Australia. We’ll be returning to our beautiful venue from 2015 – The Pavilion, Kiama.

Exhibition dates are 16-18 August, which overlaps the Canberra Quilters Members’ Exhibition(15-18 August). An unfortunate clash, but these things happen!

Link to Modern Quilt Show Australia

Deadline of 19 September for the AQIPP (Australian Quilts in Public Places) Exhibition. Quilters are invited to demonstrate their talents and originality interpreting the theme “Metamorphosis”. AQIPP is a juried, judged and sponsored exhibition which is open to all quilters in Australia. (Major sponsor: Brother International)

Link to AQIPP

International Quilt Shows:

International Quilt Festival Houston, 31 October – 3 November, 2019

  • SAPPHIRE CELEBRATION CELEBRATING 45 YEARS – Call open now through 19 February, 2019
  • QUILTED COMICS & SCI-FI – 5 January 2019 – Entry forms go live, 9 April 2019  – Deadline for entries
  • FINE CHINA – 4 March , 2019 – Entry forms go live at 2 May , 2019 – Deadline for entries

The International Quilt Association runs the judged portion of the International Quilt Festival. Information, rules and entry forms for the 2019 show will be published in the Northern Hemisphere Spring. This is where members Jenny Bowker, Helen Godden and Beth Miller entered their quilts in the 2018 show.

The two websites are very close in name. is the commercial organisation and is the Association mentioned above. Think of as like Expertise Events and like Canberra Quilters.


Festival of Quilts, Birmingham UK, 1-4 August 2019

There are 14 different competition categories planned for the 2019 quilt competition- there are membership constraints. In 2018 there was an open call that allowed non-members to exhibit in a specific category. It is subject to change so check back in early 2019 for the final list.

Link to Festival of Quilts

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Evening Meeting – 6 December

December 6, 2018 | Posted in Meetings, membership | By

The evening meeting is tonight – Thursday, 6 December, 7pm for a 7.30pm start, in the Hall at the Cook Community Hub. The meeting starts with formal committee (and other) reports and news, followed by an activity. This time it is Christmas.

Something to share with the Toy and Gift Drive, something for us with the Fat Quarter Swap, special Show and Tell with a Christmas theme, and Christmas supper – please bring a plate if you can!

Membership Renewal- Don’t forget membership fee is due on 1 January. Renew at the meeting. You need to be a member to stand for the AGM in March. You also need to be a member by 31 March in order to exhibit or sell at the Annual Exhibition in August.

Please bring something along for regular show & tell. We all like to see what everyone is working on.

All the usual meeting fun – lucky door prize, badge draw, raffle and regular show and tell. Don’t forget to stay and chat over a cuppa and check out the show and tell.

Library will be open at this meeting. This is the last evening meeting until February. Borrowing restrictions are relaxed for the summer holiday period.

(Image in banner is this year’s Best of Show, Blurring the Edges, by Beth and Trevor Reid. Image by Janet Cruise.)

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Sponsor News- Addicted to Fabric

November 30, 2018 | Posted in sponsor news | By

One of Canberra Quilters sponsors has introduced a new rewards program. With the introduction of the new sales system the old rewards cards are obsolete. As before, Canberra Quilters members will still receive a 10% on fabric purchases (excluding pre-cuts), but you need to be registered in the new system. You will need to show a current Canberra Quilters membership card when you register.

This is another advantage of being a member of Canberra Quilters – so don’t forget to renew your membership!



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ROWmakers reveal

November 20, 2018 | 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-related project, over the course of the year, using ingredients drawn at random each month. The full list was published here. (ROW=Rowdy on Wednesday)

The next meeting is on Wednesday 12 December, 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. This will be the Christmas get together and perhaps a reveal of some quilt tops.

At the November get together some quilt tops were revealed as well as responses to round 9.

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Wonderful Wednesday – 21 November

November 19, 2018 | Posted in Drop-in, Meetings | By

The next meeting is this Wednesday, 21 November, in the Hall at the Cook Community Hub, from 9.30am until 12.30pm. It is followed by a drop-in at the Canberra Quilters room. The library is open for the first half of the drop-in.

This drop-in is also when the Appliqué Group meets. The Appliqué Group is for members who like to do appliqué – learning from each other, getting help or working on a current project. You don’t have to be part of this group to come to the drop-in.

This is the final meeting of the year. If you choose to do so, you can decorate your table (or yourself) with a Christmas theme. Don’t forget a small plate of food to share. Donations will be accepted of unwrapped toys toiletries. These will be donated to shelters. There will also be an opportunity to make a financial donation.

Don’t forget to bring something for regular show & tell.

For new members, Wonderful Wednesday is held on the third Wednesday of each month except December, normally in the Hub Hall from 9.30am till 12.30pm. It is a good opportunity to do some handwork and meet for a chat. We have Raffles, Lucky Door Prize, and Name Badge Draw, some of the most wonderful morning tea fare and a themed Show and Tell plus the regular Show and Tell.

If you are a newcomer or you haven’t been for a while PLEASE come and sit at Christine’s table (WW convener) where ever that may be, until you get better acquainted with the other members.

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Art Quilters meeting cancelled – 10 November

November 9, 2018 | Posted in Art Quilters Canberra, Meetings | By

Because of the non availability of people to open the room, the Art Quilters’ meeting on Saturday 10 November has been cancelled. Normal schedule will resume for the December meeting on the 8th.

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Modern Group meeting 8 November

November 7, 2018 | Posted in modern quilters | By

The next meeting is 8 November, from 7.30pm, in the CQ room at the Cook Community Hub.

We aim to encourage members to learn about, discuss and experiment with the principles of the Modern Quilt movement. Graphic styles, clear modern colours and renewed simplicity in quilting are sweeping the world!

Bring along show & tell, as well as what you are working on now!

(Quilt in banner is Wanderlust by Clementine O’Sullivan, image by Janet Cruise.)

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Congratulations to Jenny Bowker and Beth Miller

November 7, 2018 | Posted in Member News | By

Congratulations go to members  Jenny Bowker and Beth Miller who have been awarded category prizes at the World of Beauty exhibition, part of the International Quilt Festival currently being held in Houston, USA.

Jenny was awarded second place in the People, Portraits and Figures category for her quilt After the Last Sky.

Beth was awarded Third Place in the Fantasy/ Whimsy category for her quilt Bird Talk.

A number of other Australian quilters also exhibited and were awarded prizes at this show.

Further details and images of the award winning quilts can be seen here.

(Image in banner is another quilt by Jenny Bowker – Christmas Night Shining Bright. Image by Janet Cruise)

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ROWmakers final round

October 21, 2018 | 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-related project, over the course of the year, using ingredients drawn at random each month. The full list was published here. (ROW=Rowdy on Wednesday)

The next meeting is on Wednesday 14 November, 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. This will be the reveal of the ninth and final draw (and perhaps some quilt tops).

Here are the ingredients drawn out for all rounds:

# Colours Techniques Alphabet
1 Green Scraps A
2 Blue Tradition with a Twist L
3 Neutral Appliqué P
4 Yellow Piecing U
5 Orange Pre-cuts/strips W
6 Purple Adapt-a-block S
7 Pink Modern quilting Z.
8 Red Foundation Piecing C
9 Turquoise Improvisation D

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Call for Entries – Royal Canberra Show 2019

October 20, 2018 | Posted in Call for Entries, events | By

Member Valerie Merritt has advised that electronic and hardcopy entries are being accepted for the Crafts Expo at the Royal Canberra Show. Valerie is the steward for the quilting/ patchwork section. Entry forms are to be submitted by 11 January 2019. The Show runs 22-24 February 2019 at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

The maximum quilt size is 240cm, except for the Miniature class.

Don’t just look at the Quilting/ Patchwork classes (categories). You may find something in Sewing (e.g. 806 Fabric carry bag – fashion or utility) or Textile Arts and Millinery (e.g. 905 – any textile item/ mixed media/ wall hanging including techniques such as hand painting, dyeing, printing, stitching, beading), or Miscellaneous Crafts. There is again a theme class, within each section, for the Crafts Expo – Wonderful Water.

Each subsection within the Crafts Expo caters for many skill levels which may include:

  • Beginners (less than 2 years experience in that craft);
  • Non-Professional (more than 2 years experience in that craft);
  • Professional (those that make a living out of their craft);
  • Seniors (non-professional, more than 65 years of age);
  • Students (including College, High School and Primary levels);
  • Children (not yet at School).

Here is a link to the Crafts Expo page of the Canberra Show site. You will be taken to a page that has a link for the show schedule, and the entry forms.


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