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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Japanese Projects- Wednesday 24 Feb

February 21, 2016 | Posted in Japanese, Meetings | By

The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group will be this Wednesday in the CQ room, from 10am until 12 noon.

This month Karen will be showing how to make folded fabric pinecones. Here is the requirements list and some tasks to complete ahead of the meeting:

  • 90mm foam egg
  • Sequin pins (at least 120)
  • White glue that dries clear
  • Lid from jar ( to hold small amount of glue)
  • Lightweight cotton fabric (works best with pattern that has a bit of movement and different shades and sizes within it).

Foam eggs and sequin pins are in stock at Riot Crafts in the Belconnen Mall
To save time:

  • precut approx 60 (not 35 as in previous version of the post) 1 3/4″ fabric squares. Bring some extra fabric just in case you need more.
  • Iron the fabric squares in half to make triangles.


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

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Small Japanese Projects – Wednesday 24 June

June 23, 2015 | Posted in member activity | By

Tomorrow is Small Japanese Projects interest group from 10am until 12 noon. Bring along your show & tell and a hand sewing project to work on. Enjoy a cuppa and good conversation. Did you go to the Sydney quilt show and see anything of interest?

This is followed by the drop-in until 4pm, incorporating the Lucy Boston group. Perhaps you would like to join in with this group, working on their various versions of ‘Patchwork of the Crosses’.


Don’t forget you can also use the room to work on your UFO quilt, or to finish up your exhibition quilt.


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Lucy Boston group- first meeting

June 5, 2015 | Posted in member activity | By

The first meeting of the Lucy Boston group was on 27 May.

Here are some images of the afternoon. Some members are just staring out, others are well advanced with the number of blocks they have created. That’s a lot of fussy cutting to get the design working. Could we see a rum on striped fabric as this gains momentum?


Lots of blocks from Karen


Close-up of one of Karen’s blocks


Another Lucy Boston block


The Lucy Bostonites / Bostonians


It’s all hand done




And more prep…


…and some sewing

If you would like to join this interest group the next meeting is part of the drop-in on the 4th Wednesday of the month: 1-4pm on 24 June.

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Lucy Boston Group starting up

May 22, 2015 | Posted in member activity | By

A group of members are interested in making Lucy Boston quilts and are planning to get together at the drop-in on the 4th Wednesday afternoon, 1-4pm, starting on 27 May. If you are interested perhaps you would like to join them.

So what is a Lucy Boston quilt? This method of English paper piecing uses carefully fussy-cut fabrics and placement to create interesting effects – it uses an elongated hexagon (honeycomb) and a square, usually hand-pieced, but can be machine pieced. The design was inspired by a quilt sewn by Lucy Boston and popularised in the 32 page book “Patchwork of the Crosses” by Linda Franz, prepared with the assistance of Lucy’s daughter-in-law Diana Boston; and an article in Popular Patchwork, October 2000.

Lucy Boston was born in England in 1892, and lived to be 97 years old. She designed and made at least twenty amazing patchworks in her long life, but she is more famous as the author of the Green Knowe children’s books, for her ancient manor house and garden near Cambridge in England, and for her long, creative old age.

Lucy Boston published her first books when she was in her sixties, and she continued to write, sew, and garden when she was in her nineties. She was an extraordinary person, and still inspires affection and admiration today. (from )

There are many images online of Lucy Boston quilts – just do a search!

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