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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Small Japanese Projects meeting – 24 October

October 19, 2018 | Posted in Japanese | By

The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group is on 24 October, from 10am-noon, in the CQ room at Cook Community Hub.

The Small Japanese Projects interest group is for members interested in all things Japanese. Each month (or over two months) you will work on a small project, lead by a member of the group.

The meeting begins with a show and tell of what you have made, purchased or done during the previous months. It is always great to hear about your activities.

Our project for this month (and next) is a small bag or large purse, presented by Yvonne.

Requirement List

  • Main fabric- 1 fat quarter of plain or mottled fabric
  • Contrast fabric – 1 fat quarter of patterned fabric or a bundle of patterned scraps
  • Lining fabric – 1 fat quarter , fabric of your choice
  • Batting – 15″ square
  • pins, needles, coordinating sewing thread and sharp scissors

Pre Cutting (optional)

  • Main fabric: 3 squares x 3 ¼”, 6 squares x 3½” , 8 squares x 2 ¾”
  • Contrast fabric: 6 squares x 3 ½”, 8 squares x 2 ¾”
  • Bring leftover fabric from this pre-cutting..

The meeting is followed by a drop-in until 4pm. The English Paper Piecing (EPP) group meets as part of the drop-in.


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SPONSOR NEWS – Fabric at the Right Price SALE; 20 & 21 October

October 17, 2018 | Posted in sponsor news | By

One of Canberra Quilters’ sponsors, Fabric at the Right Price, is having a fabric sale this weekend.

Saturday 20 October & Sunday 21 October. 10am – 4pm each day

20% of all fabric (except those already on sale)

Tea, coffee and bickies provided.

1 Mault Place, Monash, ACT  M: 0411 989 391

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Wonderful Wednesday meeting -17 October

October 15, 2018 | Posted in Meetings | By

The next meeting is this Wednesday, 17 October , 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, until 4pm. 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.

It is bring & buy month. So bring your excess supplies to sell, or bring your money to buy up big.

For the themed show and tell this month, members are asked to bring items they have made from fabric donations left on the stage or the orange tub in the CQ room.

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 13 October

October 11, 2018 | Posted in Art Quilters Canberra, Workshops | By

There will be no Art Quilters meeting this Saturday as there is a workshop with Lisa Walton in the CQ room.

The regular Art Quilters meeting will resume on 10 November at 1pm.

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Security Code Change and Volunteer Training

October 9, 2018 | Posted in Cook premises, What's On | By


The codes to arm and disarm the security for our room will be changing in mid to late December.

The lovely volunteers who take responsibility for opening and closing the room for our many get togethers will be notified of the new codes either at the Volunteers Supper being planned in the next few weeks or via an email.

BUT please note only ‘trained’ volunteers will be notified.  These are people who have been through a familiarisation session on how to arm/disarm the security, and what responsibility they take on by volunteering to help take care of our room.   This is not onerous but such things as who to call and where to go in case of an emergency evacuation are important to know.


If you want to volunteer but haven’t been trained or you need a refresher Helen Rose has scheduled two separate sessions:

  1. Tuesday 13 November at 7:30pm and
  2. Thursday 22 November at 5:00pm.

These will each take about 1 hour.  Please contact Helen via email or on 0410 170 176 if you want to attend.  If these times don’t suit you please contact Helen and another arrangement can be made.


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