Quilt Show at CMAG

November 26, 2021 | Posted in Member News | By

Threads of Policing

Canberra Museum and Gallery, 6 November until 5 March 2022

A rare opportunity to learn about the Australian Federal Police through quilt blocks stitched by its members.

This unique exhibition combines a series of quilts reflecting the experiences of AFP members with a fascinating look at the varied work of the AFP through its vast museum collection.

Many of the blocks are heartfelt expressions of pride, dedication and sacrifice, and feature a wide range of techniques.

Curated by long-time Canberra Quilter and AFP Museum Curator Chris Cranston, the exhibition is showing at Canberra Museum and Gallery until 5 March 2022.

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Exhibition 2021 – important dates

November 15, 2021 | Posted in CQ Exhibition | By

This week and next week have some important dates for this year’s virtual exhibition.

Virtual Exhibition dates:

  • Delivery Day: Friday 19 November between 2pm and 6pm at our rooms at Cook.
  • Judging Day : Saturday 20 November    9am-4pm
  • Photography Day: Sunday 21 November.    9am-4pm
  • Video Shooting:  Monday 22- Friday 26
  • Pick-up Day: Saturday 27 November – 9am – 1 pm (TBC) at our rooms at Cook.
  • Aiming to go live – December 1

(Image in the banner is the raffle quilt.)

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Exhibition News

October 13, 2021 | Posted in Cook premises, CQ Exhibition | By

Here is a message from Valerie, Exhibition Co-ordinator. Please take note of the dates and times towards the end of the message.

Thank you all for your ongoing patience as we worked through  the implications of COVID and the ongoing health directives over the last couple of months.  The Exhibition sub committee had made  quite a few changes to exhibition plans as we adjusted to each new wave of the virus but sadly made the final decision to not proceed with the last possible plan for the year which was the Quilt display and sales room planned for mid December at the Fitters’ Workshop in Kingston.

I know this will be very disappointing for many of you particularly as the ACT will no longer be in lockdown and consideration would be given to events such as these.  However, the close proximity of people in such a small venue would not be in our or the general public’s best interest and we have regretfully cancelled our plans and bookings for that event.

We will still be proceeding with the Virtual Judged Exhibition and if you have entered a quilt this year, please note the dates below.

If you have only entered items for the sales room (but do not have a quilt entered), a refund will be sent to you.

If you are available to help on any of the above days, please contact our Exhibition Coordinator, Valerie Merritt on 0448409819 or exhibition@canberraquilters.org.au

nb. Rooms will also be closed Monday 22- Friday 26  –  while Katie  conducts video shooting).

We hope to have the virtual exhibition ‘live’ from 1 December.

Valerie Merritt
Exhibition Co-ordinator

Image in banner is the raffle quilt by Marilyn Crabb, quilted by Robyn Cawdron of Robyn’s Plain and Fancy

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Postponed – Canberra Craft and Quilt Fair 2021

August 16, 2021 | Posted in CQ Exhibition, events | By

A message from Expertise Events about this year’s Craft and Quilt Fair:

Sadly the fair will not go ahead as planned for September. The Covid-19 situation in the ACT and surrounding NSW area continues and even if the lockdown ends by late August, the attendance of interstate exhibitors is impacted and the confidence of visitors to attend is also compromised.
In light of all these factors, we have no other choice but to reschedule the fair to Thursday to Sunday, October 21 to 24, Exhibition Park In Canberra.
We extend our warmest regards to everyone in our community, and above all stay safe.
We are pleased to advise that the Canberra Quilters Exhibition is able to run in conjunction with the fair on those new dates.
Of course the situation is changing regularly and we will send out any updates when changes happen. Please check our official website www.craftevents.com.au for the latest updates before travelling.
CQ President Katie Ley has posted in the Member’s page on Facebook:
Hi everyone – by now many of us would have received an email from Expertise Events about new dates for the Craft and Quilt Fair. This should not have been a surprise to anyone (particularly given our own situation here with lockdown, and the overall situation in Sydney).
In the coming days Valerie and the Exhibition sub-committee will be able to let us know what this is going to mean for timelines etc.
As we have maintained from the beginning of the year, we are going to be having a judged show, this doesn’t change. We just need to sort out some of the details 🙂
Keep well – Katie

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Exhibition (only) Entry Extension

July 23, 2021 | Posted in Call for Entries, CQ Exhibition | By

A message from Valerie Merritt, Exhibition Co-ordinator:

I know most of you are wondering if our exhibition  will go ahead in these worrying times. The committee have committed to continue with the planning and things  are definitely  progressing behind the scene so that when or if the situation improves, we will have quilts to show and hand crafted items to sell.

So this is a very friendly reminder that if you have some of those lovely hand crafted items to sell, you must submit an ‘Intention to Sell’ form by Friday 30 July 2021, (available on the CQ website). After that date an ‘Inventory Form’ will be forwarded to you with your barcodes and guidelines regarding barcode ticketing, pricing and tagging.

If you are planning on entering a quilt in the exhibition, an extension of one week has been granted.  (Note this is for entries into the Exhibition only, and is separate from submissions to the sales room)    This will give you until the Friday after the August meeting, that is Friday 6th August to get your entry in.

Please email or call me if you are having difficulties with your entry.

Valerie Merritt
Exhibition Coordinator

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CQ Exhibition Dates: back to 23-26 September

July 8, 2021 | Posted in CQ Exhibition | By

The dates for our Exhibition have reverted to the original September dates of 23th -26th.

The deadline for entries is 30th July.


Anyone needing help filling in the Exhibition Entry on-line form or having difficulty reducing the size of a photo is welcome to pop into our rooms between 2pm-4pm on Sunday 18th July. Our President, Katie Ley and the Exhibition Coordinator, Valerie Merrittt will both be there to help. Make sure you bring all your details, including the size of your quilt.

Some key dates are:

  • 30 July  – ​​closing date for submitting entries
  • 11 September ​​ – delivery day at CQ room at Cook
  • 22 September ​- Sales Room delivery day at EPIC
  • 23-26 September​ – Exhibition days at EPIC

AQC dates and venue have also changed again due to a number of factors (venue, AFL Grand Final affecting flights  and accommodation). It will be at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC) on December 2 to 5, 2021


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Exhibition dates have changed!

June 23, 2021 | Posted in CQ Exhibition, Exhibition | By

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.


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Open Now: Exhibition Entries

June 4, 2021 | Posted in Connecting Threads, CQ Exhibition, Sales Room | By

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Request for quilts to hang at Erindale Library

January 28, 2021 | Posted in exhibitions, modern quilters | By

Elaine White is seeking Modern Quilts to hang at Erindale Library for
the next exhibition there, from early February to early May.

Quilts must have a hanging sleeve, with no side larger than 230 cm.  A title, and a short paragraph about the quilt or its maker is also appreciated.  Label preferred but not essential.

Can you please contact Elaine to offer your quilt and organise pickup/drop off? Her contact details are in our newsletter, Connecting Threads.

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Connecting Threads September 2020 + Exhibition Announcement

September 1, 2020 | Posted in Connecting Threads, Exhibition | By

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
Canberra Quilters

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