Modern Quilt group meeting – 9 June

June 8, 2016 | Posted in Meetings, modern quilters | By

The next meeting of the Modern Quilt group is on Thursday, from 7.30pm, in the CQ room at Cook Community Hub.

Michelle will be demonstrating how to prepare teeny tiny hexagons – 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch. If you want to have a go bring a sewline glue stick and some fabric.

A special show and tell of traditional quilts done the modern way – whether it be modern fabrics, improve versions or traditional blocks, or wonky versions of traditional blocks using the modern aesthetic. Please bring along any examples where you have made a modern traditional quilt.

As always bring your usual show and tell (unless it falls into the above), for the regular show and tell session, plus the project you are working on. Sewing machines always welcome when space allows.

(Quilt in banner is by Michelle Law – Oranges are not the only fruit)

Read More →

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

Read More →

Art quilters meeting – Saturday 14 May

May 11, 2016 | Posted in Art Quilters Canberra | By

The next meeting of the Art Quilters will be on Saturday, from 1pm in the CQ room at Cook.

For the mini-workshop Anieta will be leading the group in the surface design and construction of an accordion book/ shelf book. You will need to bring:

  •  A piece of fabric cut @ full width of fabric by about 6” to 8” wide.  This should be backed with some heavyish vilene if you wish it to stand up on a shelf, otherwise simple cotton batting or thin wadding fused to the back if you wish to turn it into a fabric book. 
  • These pieces work best if they have a theme so keep collecting ephemera.  None have to be washable as the piece will hopefully never get wet.  Paper, lace fabric, buttons, badges, feathers i.e. just about anything that is not too fat.  It can be attached with stitch, white glue, gel medium, vliesofix or other fusible.  So bring some threads and scraps of fusible to get started.
  • Paints and pens for writing and extra colour.

Don’t forget to bring your Tiny Treasure for show and tell. Plus anything else you wish to share with the group.



Read More →

Small Japanese Projects- 23 March

March 20, 2016 | Posted in Japanese, Meetings | By

The next get together of the Small Japanese Projects group is this Wednesday, from 10am until 12 noon. This is followed by the drop-in until 4pm, incorporating the Lucy Boston interest group.

Here is a message from Wendy H, detailing the project you will be working on – a small cicada purse.

At this month’s get together I thought we would talk about how to use all those small scraps of Japanese silks we have been collecting over the years.  So bring your ideas and lots of examples for show & tell. We can use some of these scraps to make a bag in the shape of a cicada (thank you Yvonne).  See mine below.  It is all hand sewn and I did find it a little fiddly but I got there in the end :).  It’s not as quick as the pinecones we made last month so you will have to finish at home (Easter project?)

Measurements: There are 2 sizes : Large, 12cm long x 7cm wide and small, 11cm x 5.5cm.  Seam allowances are not included on pattern pieces.  Need to add 6mm when cutting out.  I chose to make the large size.

Materials needed to make purse include:

  • scraps of at least 4 different silks, more if you want to make the upper body striped.  I think my fabrics are a little dark so you may want to choose some with more contrast.  It can also be made using cottons.
  • Templastic or cardboard to make pattern (or you can use the pattern I have already made)
  • Thread to match fabrics, needles & usual sewing equipment
  • Sandpaper – used to hold slippery silks while tracing pattern – I will bring 2 sandpaper boards
  •  Fabric marking pen, pencil etc
  •  Small amount of batting, stuffing or cotton wool (to stuff eyes)
  • thin cord/ribbon for drawstring (.9m)
  • safety pin

cicada purse

Look forward to seeing those who can make it on Wednesday to make a little cicada purse and share ideas for other projects using silk.



Read More →

Modern Quilt group meeting – 12 November

November 11, 2015 | Posted in Meetings, modern quilters | By

The meeting is this Thursday, 12 November, from 7.30pm in the CQ room. Here is a message from one of the convenors, Jan, about the night’s activities.

As well as our usual round of showntell I have found a little maths cheat for using up FQ’s that might be of interest to the group. If you would like to participate (as opposed to just observing)  you will need to bring an ugly or otherwise unwanted FQ and a texta or other permanent fabric marker, a small cutting mat and small ruler and rotary cutter, and a school/paper type of glue stick and a sheet of paper or card FQ sized. It would be helpful, but not essential, if the FQ is light enough for the marker to be readable when used on the right side of the fabric.

I have not confirmed her availability, but Mary has also offered to show us how to use a tinting pen to change the value of a fabric. So possibly 2 cheats in one session – a bargain!

As always bring some sit and sew or just come to see what everyone else is up to.

Looking forward to seeing whoever can make it to the November meeting on Thursday night, and who else did more of the raspberry kisses that Michelle showed us last month? Or was it the month before? It’s coming up to silly season and they are a blur as one month runs into the next.


For those of you that did the Saffron Craig screen printing workshop, I finally came up with a way to put mine together and will have it for showntell. It is singularly THE ugliest quilt I have ever made but hopefully the recipient will love it. As he’s 14 we have different ideas on what is appealing!

Read More →

Small Japanese Projects – 28 October

October 23, 2015 | Posted in Japanese, What's On | By

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 28 October, 10am until 12 noon, in the CQ room.

Here are the requirements from Wendy H, for the chiku chiku pin cushion:

SJP_chiku pin cushion_1SJP_chiku pin cushion requirements

Read More →

Art Quilters meeting – 10 October

October 8, 2015 | Posted in Art Quilters Canberra, Meetings | By

The next meeting of the Art Quilters is this Saturday, 10 October, from 1pm in the CQ room. The activity of the day will be mono-printing.

Our next mini-workshop/ requirements list from Anieta:

“How about we explore monoprints by applying paint to glass, swirling etc with sticks, cotton buds and combs before placing pieces of fabric on them and rubbing to lift off the print.  I am trying this right now.  I have a dozen pieces of glass for people to use and they can bring their own paints in a variety of types plus things to make marks like sticks stamps corks etc. They will also need a brayer if they have one and pieces of fabric”.

Don’t forget to bring show & tell – including books of interest and results of workshops you have attended.

Quilt in banner is by Andrea McMillan – Open Your Mind


Read More →

Modern Quilt group meeting – 8 October

October 7, 2015 | Posted in Meetings, Modern Quilt Group | By

Here is a message from the co-ordinators, Michelle, Jan & Jenny about this month’s meeting. Meeting starts at 7.30pm on 8 October in the CQ room at Cook.

We had a great “chillax” last month and have decided to have a chillax month every three months because it was lots of fun.

This month is not for chillaxing, although you are very welcome to do that if you like! I thought we could make the Raspberry Kiss block as per the Wooden Spoon Quilts blog –

You can elect to make a 4 1/4 inch finished or 8 1/2 finished block. I’ll be showing you how to do the 8 1/2 inch block (see photo for some examples), so if you want to join in, please precut the following fabrics:

  • 4 x 2½” background fabric squares (low value)
  • 2 x  2½” cross fabric squares (medium – dark value) CORRECTED
  • 1 x 6½” x  2½” cross rectangle (as above) CORRECTED
  • 2 x 5½” squares, cut on the diagonal (so 4 triangles) (low value)


Also bring your sewing machine and sewing equipment including rulers, mats and rotary cutter. The blocks are quite quick to make so perhaps bring along a couple of blocks cut out. Or else share your machine with a friend (there is never enough space anyway!) and chillax the rest of the time 😉

 If you don’t want to partake in the block making, then please BYO sewing. Also please bring along your show and tell.


Read More →

Modern Quilt Group meeting – Thursday 13 August

August 12, 2015 | Posted in Modern Quilt Group | By

Here is a message from Michelle, one of the convenors of the group, about the night’s activity- start is 7.30pm:

Tina has kindly offered to teach us how to sew the Open Wide Zipper Pouch this week.

She suggests you either watch the demo, and/or make your own bag on the night. So, to the requirements!!:

Whoever wants to participate will need to bring along their machine with a zipper foot.

  • The pouch requires 2 pieces of fabric for the outer bag, 2 pieces for lining and 2 pieces of a lightweight iron (fusible) pellon and a zipper and a strip of either fabric for the zipper tab (approx 2.5” x 4.5”).
  • Sizes required are:
    • Small pouch:  Outer fabric, lining and pellon cut at 7” tall and 10” wide and a 10” coordinating zipper.
    • Medium pouch:  Outer fabric, lining and pellon cut at 9” tall and 12” wide and a 12” zipper.
    • Large pouch: Outer fabric, lining and pellon cut  at  11” tall and 14” wide and a 12” zipper.

It doesn’t take long to whip one up but if they want to have the pellon already ironed on to the outer fabric that will save a bit of time. The outer fabrics can be pieced or have hexagons appliquéd on or whatever…only limited by your imagination!

So how’s that?  Sound good? Please also bring along your show and tell – we always love that part of the night.

Here is some show & tell from the exhibition- the 3rd place quilt in Group Quilts by the Modern Quilt Group:

Modern group_front

and the back:

Modern group_back


The quilt in the banner is by Gemma Jackson, winner of the Modern Quilt Award.

Read More →

Art Quilters Meeting – 11 July

July 8, 2015 | Posted in Art Quilters Canberra | By

Next meeting this Saturday, 11th at 1pm in the CQ room. Wilma will show how to develop an artist’s project notebook with drawing of plans and the recording of process. Don’t forget show and tell, interesting books, magazines and websites.


  • A Matter of Time/ Brenda Gael Smith see deadline for entry 15th January 2016 quilt must be 40cm wide X 100cm long (vertical)
  • Art Quilt Australia and the Wool Corporation deadline 7th August see
  • The Quilters’ Guild of NSW Inc. invites entries for a juried contemporary quilt exhibition to be held at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre from 29 August-8 September 2015. Entries are open to quilters and fibre artists from all Australian states and territories. Membership of the Guild is not a requirement of entry. Entries must address the theme “Evolution, Change, Challenge : A Contemporary Quilt” and measure 70x100cm (WxH) portrait format. Entry is via online entry form only and an entry fee of $25 per quilt is payable.  The closing date for entries is 24 July 2015.

Read More →