Canberra Quilters have been advised that our exhibition dates have changed as a consequence of the Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair being moved (due to COVID, of course).
Our new dates are September 30 – October 3.
Further information on any changes to our key dates (e.g. entry date deadline), will be advised when the sub-committee and main committee have a chance to consider all the consequences of the date change.
Below is information from an email from Gary FitzRoy of Expertise Events, with details of a number of date changes. The CQ Exhibition Co-ordinator, Valerie Merritt, asked that this information be made available to members.
- Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair moves to 1-5 September at Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney Olympic Park.
- Australian Quilt Convention (AQC) moves to 23-26 September and has a venue change to the new section of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
- New Zealand Craft and Quilt Fair rolled to September 2022.
Canberra Quilters Biggest Morning Tea is a little different this year. There is no Morning Tea event this year.
$$ Donations are being taken at the CQ meetings and special interest group meetings, as well as a white/pink/yellow elephant stall at the Wonderful Wednesday meeting in June.
If you have any good quality donations for the stall they can be left in our rooms, MBT box is there, or you can contact Kay Provins to arrange delivery. (Kay’s contact details are in Connecting Threads under Blankets of Love.)
You can also donate on our CQ BMT website at https://www.biggestmorningtea.com.au/fundraisers/CQBMT2021. We are running a raffle for all those who donate which will be drawn at the July Wonderful Wednesday meeting.
Now that we have settled in to a Covid safe routine we are planning to return to the old drop-in system instead of the Sit and Sew sessions. We will no longer ask you to book on-line for drop-ins, with the exception of the Rowmakers, which is often quite heavily patronised.
A 24 person attendance limit will still be enforced and we still ask you to sign in with contact details and also with the ACT Covid Safe app if you have a mobile phone. Please also continue to observe the safe distancing, hand sanitation and cleaning of tables afer a session. On-line bookings will continue for all 3 of the meetings, Thursday evening, Wonderful Wednesday and Friendly Friday and also for Rowmakers.
We will also be trialling a Saturday drop-in to be run by Cornelia Reppin and Katie Ley. This will be on the third Saturday of the month and will commence on June 19th.It will run from 10.00am to 3.00pm. The first session will be in combination with a library Saturday.
The evening meeting is this Thursday, 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 a guest speaker.
In keeping with COVID safe requirements please book in using the form here.
(We are required to keep a list of attendees for insurance purposes and also for COVID tracking. We have a QR code which can be used as you enter the hall or room to register using the Check in CBR app if you have that on your smart phone. The app allows you to check in guests so if you are coming with a member who does not use a smart phone you can check in for both of you. If you do not use the app you will need to do a manual check-in on entry.)
The guest speaker is Sonia Hogan, from The Sewing Shoppe in Fyshwick. We look forward to hearing her talk.
QFO will be having a fabric sale at the meeting, so come along and snap up a bargain.
Please bring something along for show & tell. We all like to see what everyone is working on.
Library will be open at this meeting.
Reminder that the library will be open on Saturday 20 March, 10.00-12.30. Please check your shelves for library books and magazines that need to be returned. The library will also be open tomorrow afternoon, after the Wonderful Wednesday meeting.
COVID safe rules apply, but you don’t need to book to come along.
A book sale is to happen at our evening meeting on 1 April and also the Wonderful Wednesday meeting on 21 April. Funds raised go to the purchase of more items for the library.
Donations for the sale are welcome. If members have been doing a decluttering of books or knick knacks they can be dropped off on Saturday or any time before the sale. There is not a lot of room in the back area so leave tidely in the main area with a note on it that it is for book sale.
Our next Library day will be from 10.00 to 12.30 on Saturday 20 February 2021 , no booking required, but COVIDSafe rules apply. You can borrow up to 20 items, so there are plenty of opportunities to inspire you.
Planning is underway to hold a library fundraiser at the evening meeting of 1 April. To this end, our librarian Beth Clary, is seeking donations of quilting related books and other craft/quilting supplies. There will be a donations box in the back store room.
Membership for 2021 can be renewed online, by direct deposit or by sending a cheque to the Membership Secretary. If you make a direct deposit, please make sure you let the Membership Secretary know your details.
This week the ROWmakers design group resumed meeting, with COVIDSafe rules in place. Because we didn’t get much happening for our 10th year in 2020, the same ingredients and “rules” apply for 2021.
At the first draw on Wednesday these were the ingredients drawn out-
Yellow, Triangle, Music Group/Artist
The next meeting is on Wednesday 10 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. You must book your place to meet the COVIDSafe requirements. Bookings for next month will be on the website towards the end of this month
So here is last year’s post, to refresh your memory and offer some ideas-
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.
As mentioned in the email from our co-ordinator, Joanne …
We came up with some 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 full list of ‘rules’ and instructions is available here. (ROW=Rowdy on Wednesday)
Just another quick reminder that we are having our first meeting in the hall for 12 months this week on Thursday evening. We will have the library available, so come along, return your books and pick up some more inspiration.
The library will be open before and after the meeting. COVIDSafe rules apply. You can return books in the library dropbox. Returned books aren’t available for immediate re-borrowing. Access to the library shelves is limited by distance rules, but you will get your turn! Borrowing limit is now 20 items.
The February e-bulletin came out this morning with the great news that face-to-face meetings return in February, within the COVIDSAFE rules. Here is an extract of the bulletin with all the details:
Great news, we are returning to face to face meetings in February. Appropriate COVID safe precautions will be in force and of course our plans are subject to government policy changes on COVID, but we are going to be holding a meeting in the hall at Cook on Thursday evening, February 4th, starting at 7.30pm. The Wonderful Wednesday on Wednesday 17th will also be in the hall starting at 9.30amand Friendly Friday in our room on Friday 26th.
We are required to keep a list of attendees for insurance purposes and also for COVID tracking. We now have a QR code which can be used as you enter the hall or room to register using the Check in CBR app if you have that on your smart phone. The app allows you to check in guests so if you are coming with a member who does not use a smart phone you can check in for both of you. If you do not use the app you will need to do a manual check-in on entry. For ease of record keeping we would also appreciate it if members who are intending to come could book in online before hand, you can do this at our meeting checkin (see links below).
Any member who would like to attend on the Thursday or Wednesday may do so, whether or not they book in, but it will make the entry to the hall must speedier if you can book if at all possible. Because Friendly Friday is held in the room numbers will be limited to 24, so please book for that so you won’t miss out. If you would feel more comfortable wearing a mask please bring your own, we will provide hand sanitizer.
We look forward to seeing you again.
Sit and Sew:
The Sit and Sew booking sheet for February is now available on the website. Although the attendance limit is now 24 we are still asking you to book for these sessions. You can download the conditions for using the room here: Covid-19 Safety Plan
View calendar for February
To book a space at one of the sessions click here: Booking form
You can also book by going to our website and clicking the link on the calendar page.
Although we are happy for you to book for more that one session if the demand is high we may have to limit the number of sessions that can be attended by any particular member.
2021 Membership payment
Membership for 2021 can be renewed online, by direct deposit or by sending a cheque to the Membership Secretary. If you make a direct deposit, please make sure you let the Membership Secretary know your details. We also plan to have payment days at the Cook rooms on library and QFO drop-off days.