Saturday 23 October 2010

QFO donates quilts to Ted Noffs Foundation

This week, Canberra Quilters donated fifteen quilts to the Ted Noffs Foundation in Watson.  These quilts, pictured below were either donated to, or made by members for Quilts for Others.  The Foundation was thrilled to receive the quilts and its Co-ordinator explained that the graduates of its program are able to choose a quilt from those provided by QFO to take with them.  Sometimes their choice of quilt surprises the staff.

Friday 22 October 2010

Images from recent events at Cook

Below are some images from recent CQ events at the Cook Community Hub.

Wednesday daytime meeting on 20 October. This was the first meeting of this group of members at our new venue. It meets in the Community Hall on the third Wednesday of each month (except Dec), between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

Open Day at Cook on Saturday, 16 October.
Quilts For Others(QFO) volunteers at work.
Completed QFO quilts being inspected,
Deputy Chief Minister Katy Gallagher speaking at the Open Day.

Six of the seven life members of Canberra Quilters at the opening of our premises on 10 October.

LtoR: Elizabeth Rose, Margaret Rolfe, Beryl Hodges, Nerida Barges, Wendy Saclier and Margaret Barclay. The seventh life member, Iris Hockley, wasn't at this event.

Friday 15 October 2010

Canberra Quilters Official Opening - 10 October

On Sunday Margaret Rolfe officially opened the Canberra Quilters premises at Cook Community Hub.
Here are some of the images of the day.

Jocelyn Green and Helen Rose, two of the drivers behind getting our own premises, explain the history.
Founder and Life Member of Canberra Quilters, Margaret Rolfe, unveils the plaque commemorating the opening.
Margaret Rolfe and President Susan Blood,
Maragret and Susan cutting the cake.
Members of the audience at the opening.

Cook Community Hub Open Day - 16 October

Everyone is reminded that the Cook Community Hub is having a celebration day on Saturday 16 October, from 11am to 3pm. The address is 41 Templeton Street, Cook, ACT.
All the tenants, including Canberra Quilters Inc will have their premises open. There will be displays and demonstrations and a sausage sizzle. Please come if you are able.

Saturday 9 October 2010

Drop-in sessions at Cook

The CQ room at Cook will be opened regularly for drop-in sessions. These are for members to get together to chat,sew, perhaps use the pinning table to baste a quilt. When the procedures are in place and volunteer training is complete the library will be also open.

At this stage sessions are scheduled for 10-4 on Wednesdays and 1-4pm on Fridays, excepting on Public Holidays. Details will be on the noticeboard near our front door. Two member-volunteers, trained to open and close the premises, will be on duty during those hours.

Quilts For Others are having two working bees - one on 12 October and one on 9 November, from 10.30-2.30.
Please come along and join in.

Friday 8 October 2010

Invitation - Official Opening of Canberra Quilters Premises

At 2pm on Sunday 10 October our premises at Cook will be officially opened by Margaret Rolfe. Members are invited to come along and share tea and cake and enjoy the company.
The address is Building C, 41 Templeton Street Cook ACT

First Evening Meeting at Cook

Last night Canberra Quilters had its first evening meeting at the Cook Community Hub Hall. This will also be the venue for the 3rd Wednesday daytime meeting.
Our room was open before and after the meeting for members to use the library and have a look at the facilities.
The meeting went reasonably smoothly, with few teething problems.
Congratulations to all involved.

Tuesday 10 August 2010

Views of Canberra Quilters' Headquarters

Below are some images of our new meeting and adminstrative space at Cook. It doesn't have any furniture in it yet but you can see what the fitted-out space looks like.

View to entrance from western wall. Note power cords looped to the ceiling- this will be a much safer option during working bees and workshops.

View to NE from western(storage room wall). Good natural light from those north-facing windows.

Facing west towards the storage rooms.

Cup of tea, anyone? We have tea & coffee-making facilities within our space. There will be a bar fridge below the bench. There is a full kitchen, which we share with the other tenants, elsewhere in the building.

Storage space for all our exhibition paraphenalia, workshop equipment and QFO supplies.

Stay tuned for more info - we are having an "at home" afternoon on 31 August, 2-7pm. All members welcome.

Monday 9 August 2010

Raffle Winners

The Canberra Quilters Exhibition raffle was drawn yesterday. These are the winners:
1) Norma Vitnell (sewing machine) - ticket 01844
2) Shirley Reeves - ticket 05531
3) Ayse Stuart - ticket 01992

Congratulations and thanks to every one else for your support.

Thursday 5 August 2010

Exhibition Opening

Today the Annual Members Exhibition was opened by Helen Redmond, Senior Editor at Vogue Living. Here she is being introduced by President, Susan Blood.

Here is an image of the official announcement of Best Of Show- Collections: Hot Lava II by Beth and Trevor Reid. The quilt, a diptych, hangs behind them.

L to R above: Susan Blood, Beth Reid, Trevor Reid, and Greg Alexander from Bernina, the sponsor of the award.

The Bernina Excellence Award for a Junior Quiltmaker was awarded to Ineka Voigt for her quilt Friends of Beatrix and I. Here she is shown with Susan Blood and Greg Alexander.

Gary Fitzroy from Expertise Events, another of our sponsors, used the opportunity to announce the theme for the next AQC/ AP&Q challenge. It is The Seven Deadly Sins. Details will be in AP&Q magazine and there will be $7,500 in cash prizes.
This theme presents plenty of creative opportunity!

Exhibition Sales Room

At the Canberra Quilters Exhibition there is a Sales Room where members are able to sell their wares. This has become famous for the quality and the variety. Here are some shots taken on set-uo day (yesterday) to give you an idea of the bounty available.

The fluoro vests are all part of the set-up. It is a construction site and we must abide by OH & S rules.

The exhibition runs from 10-4.30 over the next four days at Exhibition Park, Canberra

Thursday 3 June 2010

Canberra Quilters Raffle 2010

The winner of the Canberra Quilters Inc Members Exhibition raffle gets to choose from three prizes:
The quilt "Florabundance", designed by member Joanne Westand valued at $2850, or
a Bernina B330, valued at $1499, kindly donated by Bernina Australia, or
a 'Tru Blu' quilting frame valued at $1,295, kindly donated by Jackie McNab of Brindabella Quilting.
The remaining prizes will go to the second and third drawn tickets.
The raffle will be drawn Sunday 8 August at the close of the Canberra Quilters Inc Members’ Exhibition.

This year (until 1 August and within Australia only) you can buy books of 10 tickets by post for $10 each, paid by cheque or money order made out to Canberra Quilters Inc – NO CASH PLEASE!

Send a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope* (for return of the tickets) with your cheque or money order to Canberra Quilters Inc, PO Box 3297, WESTON CREEK, ACT 2611.

Single tickets will be available at participating shops and at Canberra Quilters Inc regular meetings from 3 April:
Evening Meeting, 7.30 pm 1st Thursday of the month;

Southside Day Meeting, 9.30 am 3rd Wednesday of the month;
Northside Day Meeting, 10 1m 4th Friday of every month;
and at participating shops.

* Please note that if no SASE is included then only 9 tickets will be sent as $1 will be deducted for post and handling.

Workshop with Carolyn Sullivan, 3-4 July 2010

Want to spend a relaxing two days doing some hand stitching? Why not sign up for the workshop with Carolyn Sullivan, entitled "Kantha-New Ways"? Kanthas are traditional heavily hand-stiched domestic cloths from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanks and India. Carolyn has adapted this to modern quilting, but still retains the traditional look.

Contact the workshop co-ordinator or check the latest issue of our newsletter, Connecting Threads, for details.

Tuesday 1 June 2010

Art Quilters Meeting: 12 June

The Art Quilters Canberra group meets every month, on the second Saturday at the Civic Library from 1:30 to 3:30pm.

These meetings have: Show and Tell, discussions on experimenting with new techniques, reviews of new books, and information about current exhibitions and future workshops.

We welcome new members! The next meeting is Saturday 12 June 2010.

Friday 28 May 2010

CQX 2010 Closing Date: 4 June

This is a friendly reminder that closing date for entries and roster forms for the Canberra Quilters 2010 members' exhibition is Friday, 4 June 2010.

A complete entry pack for the exhibition is included in the March 2010 issue of Connecting Threads or can be downloaded from the Forms Page of the Canberra Quilters website. Please read the documentation carefully as there are changes. This includes changes to forms, categories, roster requirements and conditions of entry.

Friday 14 May 2010

Biggest Morning Tea Quilting Bee: 22 May

When: 10am - 2pm, Saturday 22 May 2010
Where: Church of Christ, 82 Limestone Ave, Ainslie
Cost: $5 entry and a few dollars for raffles and games

Bring a plate to share, a friend, a project to work on during the morning and show and tell to share with everyone. The theme this year is aprons or pinaforres. Old, embroidered, appliqued, pieced or fancy - show us your apron and you may win a prize.

The ultimate aim of the morning tea is to raise money for cancer research as part of Australia's Biggest Morning Tea. As such, we are seeking donations for prizes and raffles to be held throughout the morning.

Saturday 1 May 2010

CQ Market Day: 8 May 2010

Canberra Quilters is hosting a market day on Saturday, 8 May 2010, 2-30-4pm at Weston Creek Uniting Church Hall.

For the sale of good quality cotton fabrics, books, magazines and quilting notions.

Monday 26 April 2010

Lecture by Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn

Visiting UK contemporary embroiderers will lecture on "Pathways to Stitch". Jan and Jean will talk about how they develop their initial ideas and take these through to finished pieces of work.
Date & time: 2.30pm on 28 April 2010
Venue: Canberra Museum and Gallery, cnr London Circuit and Civic Square
Cost: $20 includes afternoon tea
Enquiries and bookings: 0427 625 145

Tuesday 20 April 2010

1000 Artisan Textiles

Congratulations to CQ member, Brenda Gael Smith who has two quilts featured in the new book 1000 Artisan Textiles that is due to be released in May 2010 and available for pre-order now:

1000 Artisan Textiles features artisan-made examples of quilts, wall hangings, linens, rugs, baskets, wearable art, home accessories, and fashion accessories; incorporating a number of techniques including felting, hand and machine embroidery, appliqué, dyeing and fabric painting, weaving, beading, and all types of surface decoration.

Other Australian textile artists featured in the book include: Elizabeth Armstrong, Gill Brooks, Heather Crossley, Ruth deVos, Sue Dennis, Penny Eamer, Jette Ford, Jody Pearl Lange, Carol McGill, Sharron Shalekoff, Tricia Smout, Svenja and Daniela Tommasi.

Wednesday 31 March 2010

Cutting Corners Calendar Competition

All members of Canberra Quilters are invited to submit a quilt to be featured in our 2011 calendar! The theme for this competition is Cutting Corners.

The shape of the quilt should be square, the size no larger than 50cm x 50cm. Thirteen quilts will be selected, one for each month of the year, and one will be our calendar's cover. No entry fee required. Deadline: 6 May 2010.

See the entry form included (loose) with the March issue of Connecting Threads.

Monday 29 March 2010

2010 Members’ Exhibition - Entry Pack

The annual Canberra Quilters Members’Exhibition is held in conjunction with the Craft
and Quilt Fair at Exhibition Park. The dates are 5-8 August 2010, from 10am until 4.30pm each day. Entry to the Fair includes entry into the Canberra Quilters Members’ Exhibition.

A complete entry pack for the exhibition is included in the March 2010 issue of Connecting Threads or can be downloaded from the Forms Page of the Canberra Quilters website. Please read the documentation carefully as there are changes. This includes changes to forms, categories, roster requirements and conditions of entry.

The closing date for entries and roster forms is 4 June 2010.

Friday 26 March 2010

CQ Annual General Meeting: 8 April 2010

The Canberra Quilters Inc Annual General meeting will be held in conjunction with the April evening meeting on Thursday, 8 April 2010. All Committee positions are declared vacant at the Annual General Meeting and any financial member of Canberra Quilters Inc. is eligible to nominate for a position. Committee meetings are held on the last Thursday of the month and Committee members are expected to attend.

If you are interested in nominating for any of the positions, please contact a member of the Committee. Download Committee Nomination Form & Position Descriptions. Nominations for committee positions must be lodged with the secretary before 8 April.

Thursday 25 March 2010

Membership Renewal due by 31 March

It is time to renew your membership, especially if you want to enter a quilt in the members' exhibition in August and/or sell goods in the sales room. The deadline for membership is midnight on 31 March 2010. If you are posting your renewal, we will deem the postmark date on the envelope ad the date received; it must be no later than 31 March 2010.

Download Membership Form & Information.

Wednesday 24 March 2010

PETITE: Call for Proposals - Closing Date 14 May

Artists working in TEXTILES or FIBRE are invited to submit proposals for artwork to be included in the exhibition PETITE Miniature TEXTILES to be shown in the Gallery WORKSHOP SPACE @ Wangaratta exhibitions Gallery 12 June - 11 July 2010

Proposal Requirements

  • Artists may submit up to 3 works for selection. Entry is free
  • Works must not exceed 30x30x30cm in size but may be smaller
  • Submissions must include a CV or brief artist’s biography and Jpeg files or photographs of the works for selection
  • Include title/s, medium, dimensions, price including 20% commission
  • Submissions must be received by 5pm Friday 14 May 2010. All submissions will be subject to a selection process
  • Artists will be notified of the selection by 21/5/10
  • Selected works must be delivered to the Gallery by Monday 7 June or by prior arrangement. Artists are responsible for all delivery transport or postage costs
  • Artworks will be returned by Express Post at the conclusion of the exhibition on 12/7/10

For more information contact the Exhibitions Officer on 03 57220761 or

Wednesday 20 January 2010

500 Art Quilts

Congratulations to CQ members Dianne Firth, Beth Miller and Brenda Gael Smith whose work has been selected from over 2000 entries to feature in the new book 500 Art Quilts:
500 Art Quilts