This morning members should have received the electronic version of the September 2020 issue of Connecting Threads.
There is information about the shutdown and room use, as well as columns from the usual contributors. There is no exhibition information in the newsletter as it was too fluid a situation to bring up to date information to members.
A few days ago the decision was taken to cancel the exhibition and President Katie sent a message to all members, via email. Here is the content:
|During the committee meeting on Wednesday August 26th, the decision was taken to postpone the Canberra Quilters Inc. Exhibition until 2021.
Please understand that this does not mean that there won’t be a Canberra Craft and Quilt Fair on at that time. Expertise Events are still planning on holding the fair from November 5-8 2020.
This decision has not been taken lightly and has been done so for a variety of reasons.
Firstly, there is a great deal of uncertainty around the COVID-19 situation across Australia. With the situation in Victoria, the continued border closures, and the need to monitor the changeable “hot-spot” travel restrictions, it makes predicting the overall situation challenging. As we know from our experience with the rooms, creating and managing a COVID-19 Plan is a very complex exercise, and the number of variables with the exhibition made this process very challenging.
Secondly, BERNINA Australia, the principal sponsor of the Best of Australia Award, has announced there will be no Best of Australia award for 2020. The quilts judged as Best of Show in each state and territory during 2019 will be held over until 2021. There will be no BERNINA Best of Show winners during 2020. We supported this decision by BERNINA, and while we had moved to a different format of exhibition which would allow us to have an exhibition of members work, it was not going to be a formally judged show. This had the potential to create challenges when it came to exhibiting the quilts in 2021.
Finally, and most importantly, we have a membership with a variety of challenges which place them in the vulnerable category. As a responsible organisation we must place the health and safety of our members at the core of what we do.
It would have been an easy thing to postpone the exhibition earlier in the year when many of the other guilds took their decisions. We have deliberately waited until as late as we possibly could in hope that the overall COVID-19 situation would allow us to go ahead. Unfortunately, this is not going to be the case.
If you have any questions or comments about the decision, there will be an opportunity to raise them at the next general meeting on Thursday September 3rd at 7.30pm. At this meeting we will also talk through the plans for the 2020 Challenge Quilts.
The link for the September meeting will be sent out with the Bulletin on Monday.
Many thanks for your patience and support.Katie Ley
From the June CQ Bulletin:
We are continuing with preparation for our annual exhibition, the current dates are:
- Exhibition: 10th – 13th September 2020
- Entries close: Friday 17th July
- Delivery Day: Saturday August 29th
- Photography day: Sunday August 30th
- Judging Day: Saturday September 5th
- Exhibition space and Sales room set up: afternoon of Tuesday September 8th
- Quilt hanging day: Wednesday September 9th
- Exhibition opens: Thursday September 10th
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by ringing 0422 086 209.
, 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.
Canberra Quilters’ Raffle was drawn at the exhibition on Sunday afternoon. The first and second drawn ticket holders get to choose their prize, with the third drawn ticket taking the remaining prize. Here are the results:
1st – Eveline Ngan, Ticket number: 1061, Prize: Quilt
2nd – Anna Myvalt, Ticket number: 1561, Prize: Hamper
3rd – Margaret Vinning, Ticket number: 0510, Prize: Sewing Machine
Thank you to all who purchased a ticket.
The quilt in the banner is the raffle quilt, made by Kay Provins, quilted by Chris Gould of The Machine Quilter.
The Viewers’ Choice votes from our Annual Members’ Exhibition have been tallied and here are the results:
Quilts: #86 Beth Miller, Bird Talk;
Challenge: #130 Maureen Tolley, Wool Prices are Falling;
Creative clothing: # 140 Wendy Saclier, To Live Another Day;
Children: #143 Timothy Bielenberg, Release the Kraken
The Hangers’ Award went to #69 Sunbury by Wendy Saclier and Jenny Cook
Quilt in banner is #137 Flowers I by Jenny White
All images courtesy of Janet Cruise
The next meeting is this Wednesday, 21 August, 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 month we will revisit the recent exhibition – so bring along your exhibition quilts for a special show and tell.
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.
Quilt above is Usukushi Omoidi (Beautiful Memories) by Lyn Keogh. It was awrded Best of Sho at the exhibition as well as First Place in Small Quilts (Professional) and Best Use of Colour.
The quilt in the banner is Simply Japanese by Jill Kennedy. It was awarded First Place in Small Quilts (Non-Professional).
Images by Janet Cruise.
The Canberra Quilters Members’ Exhibition opens today, as part of the Craft and Quilt Fair. It runs until 18 August, 10am until 4.30pm each day at EPIC, Flemington Road, Mitchell ACT.
Don’t forget the revised traffic arrangements because of the light rail.
Please come along to check out all the quilts and clothing exhibited, the sales room and also the craft fair. From 11am today on this website there will be images of quilts that have won their categories, as well as all the special awards.
At the main desk at the quilt show you can purchase a USB stick with images of all the entries in the show.
Don’t forget you can buy a ticket in the CQ raffle. Prizes include a quilt by Kay Provins (pictured), a Bernina sewing machine (value $699) or a hamper of sewing goodies.
A message from the convenor, Jenny Emerton:
A beautiful selection of quilts featuring floral themes is now hanging at Erindale Library. They are very colourful and cover a range of eras and styles. Some older favourites are included in this exhibition. They demonstrate that flowers are an enduring inspiration for quilt makers. Many thanks to the seven members who contributed quilts for this exhibition.
This exhibition will remain in the Library until early August. After that I’m planning an exhibition of the work of Liz Rose.
The last exhibition for 2019 may have a ‘Stars’ theme if I can get enough stars quilts.
Please be in touch with Jenny Emerton for offers of quilts, ideas for future themes or any other matters to do with quilt exhibitions at the Library.
Erindale Library is in McBryde Crescent, Wanniassa. It is adjacent to the shopping precinct and Erindale Theatre.
Don’t forget that Canberra Quilters has an exhibition at Craft Alive. It is on NOW at Thoroughbred Park Convention Centre, 1 Randwick Road, Lyneham. You can buy entry tickets online, through the link above, or at the door. You can also get directions through the link above.
Dates: 2-5 May 2019
Time: 9.30am – 4 pm, each day
Exhibition entry forms are live!
Great news for members who wish to lodge their Exhibition entries online – our online entry facility went live on 1 May 2019. It has undergone extensive testing and as a result we think it is working well. If, however, you find a problem with it please let us know at email@example.com and we will try, within the software limitations, to rectify it. Many thanks to Janet Cruise for her smart and tireless work on these online forms. Thanks also to all the members who tested it for us.
Make sure you download and read the Conditions of Entry and Categories and Awards files before you start filling out the online entries.
Of course, the traditional paper forms are still available for members who don’t want to use the online facility. If you receive Connecting Threads in hardcopy you should already have the Exhibition Pack; alternatively, you can download and print the Exhibition Pack from canberraquilters.org.au which you can then complete and send in the usual way.