Small Japanese Projects – 22 February

February 18, 2017 | Posted in Japanese | By

The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group is on Wednesday 22 February, 10am – 12 noon, in the CQ room. It is followed by a drop-in for members until 4pm.

Starts with a chat and then moves onto show and tell of any Japanese inspired items you have and hopefully all of the completed Biscornu pin cushions started (and some finished) at the January meeting.

Yvonne will be leading a mini tutorial on the Ready Threaded Needle Case (images below).

As well as your hand sewing supplies and equipment, you will need to bring the following:

  • 1 piece of cotton fabric 7”x 3”
  • 1 felt fabric 7”x 3”
  • 2 cotton fabric circles 2 ¾” diameter
  • 2 firm cardboard circles 1 ½” diameter
  • 1 piece contrasting (satin) ribbon 3/8” wide (approx) (doesn’t have to be satin) 3 ½” long
  • 1 small (scrap) piece of very narrow ribbon or fine cording 3mm w x 1 ½” long (same colour as ribbon above) (this is for button loop)
  • 2 approx ¾” flat buttons with 2 or 4 holes. I try to use the same colour as the ribbons.
  • 1 tiny button about 3/8” wide.

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Small Japanese Projects – 25 January

January 23, 2017 | Posted in Meetings | By

The Small Japanese Projects group resumes meeting this Wednesday morning from 10am until 12 noon, in the Canberra Quilters room at Cook Community Hub.

The meeting will start with show & tell of all the things you have made (or purchased, discovered) since the last meeting.

The project that will be a Japanese biscornu (a small pin cushion or ornament). Di Ballantyne will be leading the demo. New co-ordinator Karen has sent out a requirements list to the usual participants. If you want to come along for a try, here is what you need to bring:

  • 2 coordinating squares of fabric both of which are the same size and measure somewhere between 3½” square up to 7” square. (Charm squares also work for this project).
  • Usual sewing supplies (Biscornu’s can be assembled by hand or by machine).
  • To finish your biscornu, you will need stuffing and any decorations that you might like to add once assembled.

Biscornu is French word meaning ‘quirky’ and within the world of stitchers, usually means a small eight-sided pillow. These little shapes can be used as pincushions, ornament decorations, scissor fobs, scent sachet, brooch pillow, or anything else. They can be very small through to larger sizes, depending on the size of the fabric squares that you start with, and of course the intended end purpose. Here is an image:

 

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Canberra Quilters meetings and drop-ins resume

January 22, 2017 | Posted in Drop-in, Meetings | By

Canberra Quilters’ regular meetings and drop-ins are resuming after the break for Christmas and New Year. Everything is in the CQ room, unless noted otherwise. Some resume in January, the rest in February. Drop-ins, interest groups and meetings are open to all members. Please remember to wear your name badge so we can get to know your name! Here is a summary-

All the drop-ins resumed in January. They are held on:

  • Monday evenings 7-9.30pm
  • Wednesdays 10am-4pm (note some meetings take the place of a drop-in)
  • 3rd & 4th Thursday 10am-4pm
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd Fridays 10am-2,30pm, 4th Friday 1-4pm
  • 3rd Saturday 10am-1,30pm

There are some interest groups that get together under the umbrella of a drop-in. The William Morris Applique group (Bill’s Girls) meet at the 2nd Wednesday afternoon drop-in. The Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses group meets at the 3rd Wednesday afternoon drop-in.

Wonderful Wednesday (Hall) and Friendly Friday meetings resume in January. WW was held on 18 Jan, the FF will be this Friday (27th) 10am until 1pm.

The Small Japanese Projects interest groups resumes on January 25, 10am until 12 noon.

In February the following resume:

  • Evening meeting on 2 Feb in the Cook Community Hub Hall (1st Thursday)
  • ROWmakers design group, 8 Feb 10am-12noon (2nd Wednesday)
  • Creative Clothing Interest Group, 9 Feb 10am-2pm (2nd Thursday)
  • Modern Quilters, 9 Feb 7.30-10pm (2nd Thursday)
  • Art Quilters, 11 Feb 1-4pm (2nd Saturday)
  • QFO Working Bee, 14 Feb 10am-2.30pm (2nd Tuesday)
  • Beginners Group, 15 Feb 7.30-10pm (3rd Wednesday)

The full calendar of CQ get togethers is published in the newsletter and is available on the online calendar, under the events menu item on this website.

 

 

 

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Small Japanese Projects – 23 November

November 21, 2016 | Posted in Japanese | By

UPDATED

The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group is this Wednesday, 23 November, from 10am until 12 noon. It is followed by a drop-in until 4pm, incorporating the Lucy Boston interest group.

As always, bring something for show and tell – something that you have bought, or made, or you are working on.

Yvonne will be leading a mini workshop making a daffodil gathered purse. Here are the requirements (there is some work to do prior to the meeting!):

  • Cut 2 triangles of contrasting fabric, each side of the triangle measuring 8″.
  • To get the triangle, measure a horizontal line 8″ long, each end being A and B, line up a ruler using the 30 degree angle line with B and rule upwards for 8″ (this gives you a 60 degree angle) the end of this line being C.  Rule a line from C to A.  This completes your triangle.  Machine 1/4″ seam around all edges leaving an opening for turning inside out.
  • This is along the same lines as what we did with Karen’s small bag a short time ago.
  • You will also need 16″ of cording or ribbon and 2 beads.

daffodil-bag

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Small Japanese Projects – 26 October

October 24, 2016 | Posted in Japanese | By

The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group is this Wednesday, 26 October, from 10am until 12 noon. It is followed by a drop-in until 4pm, incorporating the Lucy Boston interest group.

The project this month is a small covered notebook. It’s quick to make, and uses up small pieces of fabric such as fat quarters, sashiko or boro stitcheries. When you’ve made one there is a great temptation to make another three or so.  Wendy will bring some examples, and we will discuss design ideas before she demonstrates sewing one.

Please bring a notebook to jot down the pattern dimensions.

As always, bring something for show and tell – something that you have bought, or made, or you are working on.

sashiko-book-cover

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Small Japanese Projects – 24 August

August 19, 2016 | Posted in Japanese, Meetings | By

The Small Japanese Projects group next meets in the Canberra Quilters room on Wednesday 24 August from 10am until 12 noon.

The project for the day is a chrysanthemum drawstring bag. Instruction will be provided by member Karen M.

Chrysanthemum bag_1 Chrysanthemum bag_2

Here is the requirements list, and as instructed at the end you can do some preparation beforehand if you wish.

  • 25cm patterned fabric for outside of bag ( can be cotton or silk)
  • 25 cm coordinating fabric for lining
  • 2 x 40cm light cords, ribbons or sashiko thread for drawstrings
  • 4 beads large enough to thread cords through
  • Coordinating Sewing threads, needles, pins etc

If everyone wants to do a little before the class they can cut a 9 1/2″ square from both fabrics and sew around them (right sides together) a 1/4″ seam leaving a 1 1/2″ opening. Turn right side out, slip stitch closed and press lightly. The rest will be completed on the day.

This meeting is followed by the drop-in until 4pm, incorporating the Lucy Boston interest group.

 

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Small Japanese Projects – 27 July

July 22, 2016 | Posted in Japanese | By

The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group is Wednesday, 27 July in the CQ room, from 10am until 12 noon.

knot bag

Come along to find out how to make these charming bags. They only take two seams, based on the clever pattern that we will draw up together. The size of the bags can easily be adapted to your needs. Make a present very special by putting it in a bag like this.

If you have one of these bags, please bring it along to show us. To make the pattern in our workshop, you will need

  •  at least 3 pieces of A4 paper
  •  pencil or pen
  •  sticky tape
  •  ruler. A quilter’s square ruler is best, but any ruler is fine.

 

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Small Japanese Projects – 22 June

June 18, 2016 | Posted in Japanese, Meetings | By

The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group is on Wednesday, 22 June in the CQ room from 10am until 12 noon.

The small project being worked is a small quilted hexie pouch by Cica Mora and Elena Mora. A free tutorial is available through PatternPile.com You need to use Google translator as the original pattern is from Brazil, in Portugese. Patricia will be leading the group.

 

 

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Small Japanese Projects group- 25 May

May 21, 2016 | Posted in Meetings, What's On | By

The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group is on Wednesday 25 May, 10am until 12 noon, in the CQ room. This is followed by drop-in until 4pm, incorporating the Lucy Boston interest group.

A message from convenor Wendy, about the morning’s activity:

It’s getting colder. Let’s make scarves! We will talk about what makes a scarf work, and what doesn’t; storing and washing them.  We’ll play with the fabrics so that you can go home inspired to start.

Your task for next Wednesday is this:

  • go through your scarves and think about what size works for you, what fabric works – and what doesn’t. Bring them along. If we are going to make a marvellous new scarf, we want it to be just right.
  • bring along your potential scarf fabrics – lovely silk remnants, cotton pieces, or even fine wool pieces. We can discuss what makes a scarf interesting (Japanese style).

And don’t forget – if you were thinking about making a small drawstring bag, it only takes an hour. Plus the time you spend digging through your fabrics! The promised instructions for the drawstring bag are here.

Wendy Saclier will bring some Japanese fabrics along for sale. Proceeds will go to a charity.

scarf2 scarf1

You can also get some ideas for scarves using Japanese fabric, on the Ann Williamson website

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Japanese Projects meeting – 27 April

April 24, 2016 | Posted in Japanese | By

The next meeting is on Wednesday 27 April in the CQ  room, from 10am until 12 noon.

Convener Wendy will demonstrate how to make a small traditional drawstring bag. It’s the perfect canvas for using some of your lovely Japanese patchwork fabrics. Or for doing some sashiko – or using a sashiko panel that you have already stitched. It’s just right for shibori or hitomezashi.

Wendy will also show you ways that Japanese designers use patterns on part of the bag, to make them look more interesting. You might want to bring a notepad to sketch design ideas.

No equipment is needed as it is a demonstration. Hopefully you will go home inspired to do your own creative take on the bag.

drawstring bag_2 drawstring bag_1

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