2024 Workshop Calendar


Introduction to Machine Quilting and Finishing  (February – March 2024)

An introduction to the basics of machine quilting and finishing a quilt consisting of three, 3 hour sessions on two Saturdays.  Suitable for beginners and those new to machine quilting.

When:    17 February 9.30am – 12.30 pm

2 March 9.30am – 12.30 pm; and

2 March 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm

Teacher: Mary Kennedy

Cost:       $75 CQ members ($100 non-members)

Session 1:  Quilting with a walking foot including quilt marking, adjusting tension, straight line, zig zag and matchstick quilting.

Session 2: Free motion quilting including adjusting tension when using a free motion foot.

Session 3: Finishing a quilt with traditional and peeper binding, and facing a quilt.

Note: Session 2 and 3 are on the same day with a 1 hour lunch break

A sewing machine in good working order with a Walking foot and Free motion (darning) foot plus basic sewing supplies.

Introduction to Patchwork and Quilting for Children

An introduction to Patchwork and Quilting aimed at Junior quilters aged 8 to 17 years.  Over five 3 hour sessions on Saturday mornings students will learn the basics of colour selection, and will sew simple blocks by machine to create a modern sampler quilt using coordinating plain fabrics and one feature fabric.

The class fee includes Junior membership of Canberra Quilters for the 2024 calendar year. All classes will be held from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm on Saturday mornings.  Children aged 8 – 12 must be accompanied by an adult during each class.  This will be a small group with a maximum of 8 students.

Class requirements will be provided following enrolment.  A basic sewing machine is essential. Students should have some prior experience in the use of a sewing machine.

When:    23 March, 6 April, 20 April, 4 May and 1 June

Teacher: Mary Kennedy

Cost:       $125

Reinventing  Loved Fashion – Christine White  – 10 March   $100 ( CQ members)

In this one day follow up class finish your garment from last year or start something new.

Christine will demonstrate how old becomes new again by putting garments and fabrics together to create something new. Features like collars, bands, button closures, and cuffs from old garments can be put to new use. The journey of making something fashion forward from each person’s collection, is a learning process for everyone. Each participant starts collecting items, at least 3, plus some contrasting fabrics, including something striped and something stretch, that all work together.  Christine will provide access to some of her classic patterns and show some embellishing techniques to bring the work together.

NB: This workshop is being offered for Canberra Quilter members, however unfilled places may be offered to non-members.  Please email workshops@canberraquilters.org.au if you are not a member of Canberra quilters and would like further information about workshop fees and waitlisting.

Enrolment and payment details for workshops can be found here.If you require further information please contact workshops@canberraquilters.org.au

Coming soon

Beginners Patchwork and Quilting – starting June

Rachaeldaisy Workshop – tba

Chris Jurd Workshop – 2 and 3 November

Skill share sessions – one block quilt, scrap quilts, fusible applique, small projects

Enrolment and payment details for workshops can be found here.

For further information and enrolment details please contact: workshops@canberraquilters.org.au

Workshop Policy


      • Workshops are held by Canberra Quilters to advance member’s skills.

      • Financial members of Canberra Quilters receive priority bookings. Non members are welcome to attend if there is a place available but will pay an additional 20% of the workshop fee or 50% of the current membership fee, whichever is the greater.

      • Workshops are self-funding and the cost of the teachers, venues and associated costs must be met by the participants.

      • A minimum number of participants is required for each workshop to be held. If this number is not reached, the workshop will be cancelled.

      • The maximum number of participants is determined by the teacher and the space available to ensure that people can work in comfort and safety.

      • Workshops will commence and conclude at the planned times. They will not be delayed for participants who are late.

    Booking a Workshop

      • Complete a Workshop Enrollment Form with is available on the website and at general meetings.

      • A non-refundable deposit of 25% must be paid at the time of booking. The deposit for each workshop will be clearly stated in the information provided.

      • Your place will be secured with a completed Workshop Enrollment Form is received by the Workshop Coordinator and the Treasurer confirms payment of the deposit.

      • A confirmation notice/receipt will be issued.

    Final Payment

        • A workshop must be fully paid for by the date which is specified in the information about the workshop. Usually this is one month before a workshop is held.

        • It is up to you to remember this date. Individual reminders will not be given to participants.

        • PLEASE NOTE: If full payment has not been received by the Workshop Coordinator by the due date, you will lose your place to someone on the waiting list and lose your deposit.


          • No refunds will be issued unless the workshop is cancelled by the Committee.

          • If you are unable to attend a workshop, contact the Workshop Coordinator as there may be people on the waiting list who have priority placement.

          • If there is no one on the list you must make your own arrangements to find a substitute. You must make your own financial arrangements with your substitute.

        Cancellation of a Workshop

            • Workshops may be cancelled due to a variety of factors, for example, insufficient enrollments or illness.

            • If a workshop is cancelled at the discretion of the Committee a full refund is given.