Beginner’s Taste of Patchwork day

October 4, 2016 | Posted in Member Services, Workshops | By

Our workshop coordinator, Valerie Merritt, organized and ran an introductory “Taste of…” workshop on Saturday 1st October, for people who had expressed an interest in Patchwork and Quilting at the Quilt and Craft Fair in August.  The workshop covered the basic elements and the women attending had a go at creating a simple block.

The success of the day was thanks to Valerie’s thorough planning and our amazing volunteers. The visitors rotated through a variety of activities; Jenny Bowker and Marcia McKinnon ran demonstrations of creating simple blocksand Janet Gahan outlined the safe use of rotary cutters,with her group cutting for those making ‘quilt as you go’strip blocks on the machines.  Karen Brown and Christine Stewart helped the ladies on the machines who were putting their strips together.

KimoYes  kindly donated fabric for the day and, together with other fabric donated by volunteers, gave the ladies attending their very first ‘stash’ to take home.

The day was a wonderful success, with the excitement levels up and a lot of fun was had by all those attending, including the CQ members!

We showed our library to the group and talked about the benefits they would get by joining the guild. They were invited to come along to the next Wonderful Wednesday meeting and/or the members’ night meeting on 6 October. So next Thursday night, if you see a new person with a big ‘new Quilter’ badge on, do please welcome them and make them feel at home.


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Get a taste of patchwork – 1 October

September 24, 2016 | Posted in Workshops | By

We are running a beginners workshop on Saturday 1st October for anyone who would like to find out a bit about quilting before committing to a 6 week beginners course. We need a few more people to make the programme viable and are calling on all you experienced quilters who have a friend or acquaintance who has expressed an interest in quilting to let them know of the programme.  At only $25, it would make a great present for a friend.

Contact Valerie (workshops) – click to email

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Report on Jenny Bowker workshop

September 24, 2016 | Posted in Workshops | By

Workshop co-ordinator Valerie has provided the following information about the Kaleidoscope workshop held 17-18 September.

We were lucky enough to have Jenny Bowker run a two day workshop on designing and making a Kaleidoscope Quilt.  Jenny has a unique way of ‘building’ her designs from a grid of triangles and encouraged us to develop our own designs rather than copy hers.  It was surprising  to see so many different interpretations on the design walls.  We all commented on how lucky we are to have such well appointed rooms.  Jenny added that as well as an amazing workspace, the food was superb.


Jenny was generous with sharing her skills and knowledge, including handy hints for making templates, ways to border and bind quilts as well as her ideas around colour selection.  The amazing colours in the quilts Jenny brought in to show us, left us in no doubt that she is a master of colour selection.


The objective of the weekend workshop was not to ‘make a quit’ but to understand the concept behind a Kaleidoscope quilt and leave with the skills to find patterns within the basic grid pattern. Not that anyone wanted to leave, we reluctantly packed up at 4pm on Sunday with many promises to continue with the design and construction and to meet again in November for a follow up.  It will be interesting to see how everyone’s design develops.


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Evening Meeting- (AGM)- 3 March

February 29, 2016 | Posted in CQ Administration, Meetings, membership | By

The evening meeting this Thursday is also the AGM- so don’t forget to come, if you are able, so we have a quorum.

Meeting is 7pm, for a 7.30pm start, in the Hall at the Cook Community Hub.

All the usual meeting fun- lucky door prize, badge draw, raffle and show and tell. Library is open before and after the meeting in the CQ room. Don’t forget to stay and chat over a cuppa and check out the show and tell.

If you are thinking of doing the Intro to Dyeing workshop , you need to have enrolled and paid at this meeting.

Don’t forget memberships are now overdue (due on 1 Jan)- you need to be a member to participate at the AGM and to exhibit and sell at the exhibition.

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Workshop- Basics of Fabric Dyeing, 2 April

February 23, 2016 | Posted in Workshops | By

Mary Kennedy: Basics of Fabric Dyeing Workshop – Saturday 2 April 2016, 10.00am – 3.00pm


Come enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Strathnairn, Holt while learning to dye your own fabrics using procion dyes.  Mary will be teaching how to dye fabrics  in a sequence from light to dark and from a primary colour to a secondary colour. You also get to experiment with a range of pattern making techniques.

Important:  Bookings are essential and payment of the $90 workshop fee must be made by the next Canberra Quilters evening meeting on 3 March 2016.

Here are some images from a previous workshop:

colour purple Drying the rainbow

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Workshop News- Advanced Dyeing, 31 October

September 8, 2015 | Posted in Workshops | By

The Advanced Dyeing Workshop with accredited teacher, Mary Kennedy, will be held on Saturday 31 October 2015 at Strathnairn.

Participants will come home with a “colour wheel” of dyed fabric. The cost of the workshop is $105 (including a $60 material fee).

Bookings and full payment of the workshop fee is due 30 September 2015. Contact the Workshop Coordinator at for more information.

Images from a previous workshop:

colour purple Drying the rainbow


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Reminder – Rose Lewis workshops

May 18, 2015 | Posted in Workshops | By

The deadline for bookings and payment to attend the Rose Lewis workshops and demonstration have been extended to Monday 25 May 2015.  Rose will be conducting a Trapunto Workshop and a Technique Demonstration on Saturday 20 June 2015 and a Machine Applique workshop on Sunday 21 June 2015.  More information here.

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Workshop News – Lisa Walton (Fantastic Fusion), Mary Kennedy (Advanced Dyeing)

April 14, 2015 | Posted in Workshops | By


Here is some important news from our workshop co-ordinator, Anne:

The Advanced Fabric Dyeing Workshop with Mary Kennedy, which is scheduled for 18 April 2015, has been postponed until 31 October 2015 due to insufficient people booked to attend.  If you are interested in attending this workshop please submit a workshop booking form with payment to the Workshop Coordinator.  Final payment of $105 is due 30 September 2015.

Happy Jack Workshops will be held on Tuesday 12 May 2015 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturday 16 May 2015 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the Cook Rooms.  A minimum of five people must be booked to attend a workshop or it will be cancelled. The cost is $10 is to be paid on the day.  If you wish to attend please email the Workshop Coordinator at

URGENT – the Lisa Walton talk on the 29 May 2015 and the Fantastic Fusion workshop on 30-31May 2015 are at risk of being cancelled due to insufficient people booked to attend.  Members interested in attending either of these events are encouraged to contact the Workshop Coordinator ( asap.  Members have until end of April to book and pay the talk fee of $15 and/or the workshop fee of $140 in full.

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Evening Meeting – 2 April

March 30, 2015 | Posted in Meetings | By

The evening meeting will be held this Thursday, 2 April, 7pm for a 7.30pm start, in the Cook Community Hub Hall.

Member Gemma Jackson will speak about her recent trip to the USA to attend QuiltCon in Austin, Texas. QuiltCon is the international show and conference of the Modern Quilt Guild.

All the usual fun at the meeting – lucky door prize, name badge draw, raffles, supper and the library.

The workshop co-ordinator will be there to accept your sign-ups for Lisa Walton workshop, Fantastic Fusion, on 30-31 May.  Lisa will be holding a Talk & Trunk Show on Friday 29 May, 7pm – cost is $15.

Don’t forget that your membership subscription was due on 1 January – join now so you don’t miss out on the benefits of membership. You need to have joined by 31 March to be eligible to exhibit and/or sell at the annual exhibition.

Quilt in banner is ‘Primary Plus’ by Gemma Jackson.

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Basic Dyeing workshop…look what you missed!

March 28, 2015 | Posted in Workshops | By

Here are some images from today’s Basic Dyeing workshop with Mary Kennedy, held at Strathnairn Arts Centre at Holt, ACT.




Drying the rainbow

Drying the rainbow


colour purple

The colour purple


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