Monday 31 December 2012

Art Quilt Australia 2013 - Call for Entries


In 2013 Art Quilt Australia will be a curated exhibition of innovative, new contemporary art quilts to celebrate the centenary of the naming of the nation’s capital city as Canberra.

Works will be selected that are inspired by, or reflect on ideas of people, place and nation.

With the definition of a quilt as "a stitched layered textile", the exhibition is open to all artists across Australia. It will be curated by Valerie Kirk, Head of Textiles at the ANU School of Art and be held at Craft ACT Design Gallery in Canberra from 31 October to 14 December 2013.

Entry is open to full members of Ozquilt Network Inc and all Australian artists. Large quilts are preferred but must not measure more than 2 metres in either direction.The closing date for entries is 19 July 2013.
Go to the Ozquilt Network site (click here) to download entry form and get further details.

Sunday 30 December 2012

New Year's Day Mystery Quilt

Want something to while away your New Year's Day?
Each year Janet Wickell of provides instructions for a mystery quilt. Click here to go to the site to get the cutting instructions and then return on New Year's Day to start your quilt.

Monday 26 November 2012

Beneath the Southern Sky @ Queanbeyan: 4-18 December

Textile works by CQ members Jenny Bowker, Dianne Firth and Helen Godden feature in the travelling exhibition Beneath the Southern Sky curated by Brenda Gael Smith.   The exhibition continues on tour in 2012 to the The Q Exhibition Space, Queanbeyan, 4-18 December 2012.  Come along to the opening night function at the Q from 5.30-7.30pm, Tuesday 4 December. Please RSVP to Brenda.
Beneath the Southern Sky

Tuesday 13 November 2012

The UFO Pledge is coming back in 2013!

In 2009 and 2010 Canberra Quilters ran a program where you signed a pledge to complete an UnFinished Object (UFO) by the end of the year. It will be running again in 2013.
Whether you call it a UFO or a WIP (Work in Progress) most people have something started that has stalled for some reason and they would like to finish. Here is your chance to get motivated. Sign the pledge and commit to finishing!
The rules are simple - sign the pledge certificate published in the December newsletter and hand in to Elizabeth Rose by the February 2013 evening meeting (7th Feb). You are committing to complete your quilt by November 2013 and reveal it at either (or both) the Wonderful Wednesday meeting on 20 November 2013 or the evening meeting on 5 December 2013.

You will need to nominate a specific project on the pledge and be ready to show the completed quilt at the meetings mentioned above. You may choose to show the incomplete UFO and tell the story at a meeting between now and February 2013.

You have until February 2013 to make the pledge and you can nominate more than one project to complete. Blank certificates will also be available at the meetings.

To help you stay motivated and work on your UFO the 3rd and 4th Wednesday afternoon drop-ins will be designated "UFO Days" in 2013. Come along for some help and to offer support for others.

Saturday 10 November 2012

Wonderful Wednesday Meeting - Christmas party on 21 November

The Wonderful Wednesday meeting wraps up the year on 21 November. The Meeting is in the Cook Community Hub Hall from 9.30am until 12.30pm.
Tables are decorated, eveyone brings a SMALL plate of food to share, fun and games deciding the best response to the Chrismas fabric challenge. Voting is by coin donation - the one with the most coins wins. Coins are donated to charity.

ROWmakers last meeting of the year- 14 Nov

Joanne has sent a reminder that next Wednesday is the last ROWmakers meeting of the year. We should get to see all those completed tops (at least) from this year's design exercise. Meeting runs 10.00 for a 10.30 start, until noon.
Here is a bit more from Joanne:
I'll be letting everyone know about the outline for next year. It's a little bit different and some advance notice might allow ideas to percolate. But we all need a little bit of a challenge to keep those grey cells active.
If convenient, a small plate would be appreciated. And you might want to bring your cameras.
I'm hoping for a really good turn-out.

The final list of design options is:
1- black, curves/circles, stars
2- orange, diamonds/hexagons, people
3- blue, piecing, plants
4- purple, crazy picing, words
5- white, applique, houses
6- red, spots/ stripes, hearts
7- green, embellished/ embroidered, birds
8 - yellow, pictorial, bugs

QFO working bee - 13 Nov

The monthly Quilts for Others working bee will be on this Tuesday from 10 until 2.30pm. Come along and help - pinning, sewing or cutting. Morning and afternoon tea provided. BYO lunch.

QFO had made and donated over 200 quilts this year to organisations in the ACT - Marymead, Ted Noffs Foundation, various of the refuges, Karinya.

Monday 27 August 2012

Viewers Choice Awards from Exhibition

These are the details of the items that won their respective Viewers' Choice Awards:

    Quilts: Beth Miller, Night Bloomers 
    Challenge and Tiny Treasure: Pam Malone, Red Poppy
    Creative Clothing: Donna Sunderland, Japanese Garden
    Hangers' Award: Jenny Cook, The Eyes of the Allfather

Tuesday 14 August 2012

ROWmakers special get-together- Sunday 19 August

The ROWmakers normally meet on the second Wednesday of the month, but because of the exhibition timing they skipped the regular meeting.
To make up for the gap and to let our "correspondence" participants to come to a meeting we are holding a get-together this Sunday, 19 August, in the CQ room, from 2.00pm until 4.00pm

Members and visitors are welcome to come along and see what this design exercise is all about, join us for afternoon tea and a chat.

The July meeting had a double draw of themes to compensate for the missed meeting. The themes chosen:
Round 6 - red, spots/ stripes, hearts
Round 7 - green, embellished/embroidered, birds

To recap the earlier rounds:
Round 1 - black, curves/circles, stars
Round 2 - orange, diamonds/hexagons, people
Round 3 - blue, piecing, plants
Round 4 - purple, words, crazy piecing
Round 5 - white, applique, houses

Monday 13 August 2012

Link to Canberra Times article about exhibition

For those who missed the Canberra Times on Saturday here is a link to an article by Ian Warden about the Exhibition and the Craft Fair. There are additional images attached to the online version of the article than appeared in the paper.

This is an earlier article by Ian Warden about some of our junior exhibitors, Jonathan and William Bielenberg.

Wonderful Wednesday Meeting on 15 August

Now that the exhibition is over for another year, the normal meeting and drop-in schedule resumes. The first meeting is this Wednesday in the Hub Hall, from 9.30am until 12.30pm.
Members who exhibited quilts and clothing in the exhibition are asked to bring their items for Show & Tell.
This month it is BYO morning tea snacks (tea & coffee are provided).
Library will be open after the meeting in the CQ room.

Members and visitors are all welcome.

Raffle drawn - results

The Exhibition Raffle was drawn at 4.00pm on Sunday. Winning ticket-holders get to choose which prize they wish to take.
First-drawn ticket, 00381 (Sue Bourke), chose the Bernina Overlocker Model 700D.
Second-drawn ticket, 03286 (Fiona Hammond), chose the Kingfisher Design Wall from Brindabella Quilting Systems.
The third-drawn ticket, 04574 (Christine Bell, received the quilt 'Batik Rhapsody', made by Janet Cruise and Elizabeth Rose, quilted by Jenny Bowker.
Congratulations to our winners.

Thursday 9 August 2012

Exhibition opened today - long post

The Canberra Quilters Annual Exhibition opened today, in conjunction with the Quilt and Craft Fair at EPIC in Canberra. Lots of people out and about, with the exhibition being officially opened by Helen Maxwell.
The judging of quilts took place on Tuesday and here are the results (long list):

Special Awards
Bernina Best of Show
Phar Lap Phashion, Helen Godden
Bernina Amateur Encouragement Award
River of Grace, Bronwyn Hill
Bernina Excellence Award for a Junior Quilt Maker
The Mad Hatter's Tea Party, Ineka Voigt
Best Use of Colour
The Quiltmaker, Jenny Bowker
Chiatanya Designs Embellishment Award
A Little Bit Crazy, Margaret Barclay
Retaining the Tradition
Blackgate Interchange, Janelle Noack
Excellence in Hand Quilting
Under the Same Sky, Nobuko Miyake
Claire Ayling Batik Award
Six Part Harmony, Fiona Hammond
Modern Quilting Award
A Little Bird Told Me, Anieta Barendrecht
Margaret Armistead Award
Round the Garden Like a Jelly Bear, Joanne Barraclough
Allan Armistead Award
Mickey and Friends Help the Environment, Chloe Ann Reed

Category Awards
Category 1- Bed Quilt (non-professional)
1          1- Round the Garden Like a Jelly Bear, Joanne Barraclough
2          34- Wings, Sue Wood
3          9- Aqua Log Cabin, Julia Dawson
Highly Commended - 19 - Snowball, Gwen Leonard
Category 2- Bed Quilt (professional)
1          38 -Baltimore Ladies Remembered, Stephanie Newman
2          37- Night and Day, Ann Haddad
3          36- Blue Gentleman, Raylee Bielenberg
Category 3-Wall Quilt (non-professional)
1          61 - Going Round in Circles, Pat Parker
2          46 - Great Southern Flora, Rosemary Butt
3          52 - Happiness, Wendy Hirst
Highly Commended - 62 - Rose-Tinted Memories, Joan Porta
Category 4-Wall Quilt (professional)
1          72 - The Quiltmaker, Jenny Bowker
2          74 - Under the Same Sky, Nobuko Miyaki
3          73 -Feast Days and Festivals, Margaret Lamb
Highly Commended - 76 - A Year in the Land of Aus, Therese Rankmore

Category 5-Mixed Media Quilt (open)
1          79 -Phar Lap Phashion, Helen Godden
2          80 - Maharajah's Fantasy Bloom, Fiona Hammond
3          82 - The Fire, Beth Miller
Category 6-Art Quilt (open)
1          91 - Night Bloomers, Beth Miller
2          88 - River of Grace, Bronwyn Hill
3          87 - Six Part Harmony, Fiona Hammond
Highly Commended -8- Flow #3, Dianne Firth

Category 7- Group Quilt (open)
1          94 - Pop Rock Pools, Helena Ablett
Category 8- Commercially-Quilted Quilt (open)
1          110 - Blackgate Interchange, Janelle Noack
Quilted by Sarah Lennon - Piece by Piece Quilting
2          103 - Travelling the World, Louise Fredericks
Quilted by Fran Wilson - Willowpatch
3          99 - Star, Lynette Adams
Quilted by Kay White – Kay’s Quilts
Highly Commended - 106- Twisted Hexagons, Michelle Law
Quilted by Raylee Bielenberg - Sunflower Quilting

Category 9- Challenge Quilt (open)
1          133 - Red Stones # 3, Dianne Firth
2          137 - Bintang Beauties, Janet Heffernan
3          124 - Red + 1: Shades of Grey, Anieta Barendrecht
Highly Commended - 154 - Is it a Jug or a Vase?, Annabelle Sullivan
Category 10-Tiny Treasure Quilt (open)
1          167-  Mandala, Colleen Reed
2          165 - Mini 30s, Julie Herring
3          170 - Faces in the Crowd, Wendy Saclier

Category 11-Creative Clothing - Classic
1          172 - Once Old, Now New, Louise Fredericks
2          175 - Japanese Garden, Donna Sunderland
3          177 - Think Japanese, Dawn Wilson

Category 12-Creative Clothing – Art to Wear
1          178 - Canadian Adventure, Sandra Farley
2          179 - Gold and Green Leaves, Dawn Wilson

Category 13- Creative Clothing – Accessories
1          180 - Tobiishi Sash, Wendy Saclier
2          181 - Floral on Black, Dawn Wilson
Category 14- Creative Clothing – Challenge
1          185 - Fuchsia Cape, Sandra Farley
2          184 - RE(a)Dy for Anything, Andrea Carew
3          187 - The Promise of Spring, Beres Senden
Highly Commended - 182 - 100 Plus One, Dell Armistead
Category 15- Quilts by children - primary school
1          190 - Keyholes, William Bielenberg
2          194 - Mickey and Friends Help the Environment, Chloe Ann Reed
3          191 - Pink and Purple Parade, Laura Kristina Kleine Butron
Highly Commended - 193 - Beary Best Friends, Charlotte Jackson

Category 16- Quilts by youth - secondary school
1          196 - The Mad Hatter's Tea Party, Ineka Voigt
2          195 - Flame Bird, Jonathan Bielenberg

Now it is back to my job as Exhibition Secretary and hopefully not such a large time gap between posts. I hope to post some images tomorrow evening.

Thursday 28 June 2012

ROWmakers sets interesting challenge for next block

Joanne West, the co-convenor of the ROWmakers meeting on the second Wednesday, has sent a message about the latest meeting. The three ingredients selected for the next block sets an interesting combination for some.
Hi Ladies,
We were a slightly smaller group than normal, but still very enjoyable. I guess quite a few ladies had better offers -half their luck!!!!
Just when we thought we had everything under control, we got this month's INGREDIENTS:
 .WHITE - Liv Gee
 .APPLIQUE - Leonie McPherson
 .HOUSES - Mary Thompson

Anyone doing a Christmas quilt is laughing - as for the rest of us, some serious thinking is required.

I looked up some quilt names in my 5,500 blocks book. As well as the obvious (log cabin, courthouse steps etc), there were blocks with 'housewife' in the title and even ones with 'white house' in the name (white house, lady in the white house, white house rose, white house steps) - a chance to kill two birds with one stone!

Weekend get together
We thought we'd organise something between the July and September meetings.
The possible dates are Sunday 22 July, Sunday 19 August or Saturday 1 September, for afternoon tea.

I would appreciate feedback on which dates are suitable so that we can confirm a date at the July meeting. (Wednesday 11 July) 

Have fun with your next block,

Cheers, Joanne

Monday 11 June 2012

Modern Quilting - 14 June

A reminder that the Modern Quilting interest group is meeting on Thursday 14 June at 7.30pm. Come along and find out what it is about - perhaps try some new directions in your work?

Friday 8 June 2012

Quilts for Others (QFO) working bee - 12 June

The next QFO working bee is on Tuesday 12 June from 10.00am until 2.30pm. Come along and help by cutting, sewing, pinning... BYO lunch, morning tea provided.
This is the second last working bee before the exhibition so lots of activity to prepare kits etc for display and demonstration at the exhibition.

At the May evening meeting 124 were on display, ready for distribution to various organisations throughout Canberra.
Here is an example of a quilt made for QFO. It has been on display in the corridor outside our room.



Evening Drop-in - Queen's Birthday Holiday

The normal drop-in on the 2nd Monday falls this month on the Queen's Birthday Public Holiday. Room is open from 7.00pm until 9.30pm.

Thursday 7 June 2012

ROWmakers meets next Wednesday

The ROWmakers group meets next Wednesday (13th) for the next big reveal. The elements chosen for this month are: purple, crazy piecing, words.

The elements for the first three rounds were:
1- black, curves/circles, stars
2- orange, diamonds/hexagons, people
3- blue, piecing, plants

Here are some of the blocks/ rows from the first three rounds:

Art Quilters meet on Saturday 9th June

The Art Quilters group meets this Saturday from 1.00pm to 4.00pm. Here is a message from the convenor, Buffy :

Activity:  playing with Sharpie permanent markers and Isocol

          Please bring any Sharpie pens you might have and different backgrounds (paper, silk, cotton, lace, etc) for us to mark.  The Isocol will dilute and spread the paint on silk, but we’ll have to experiment and see if they are any good with other materials.  We’ll work on top of freezer paper which I will bring.  I already have bought a bottle of Isocol and have a spray bottle, so you don’t have to bring those either.  See short video:

Evening Meeting tonight

Tonight is the regular monthly evening meeting. Doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. Come along and enjoy the company of quilters. Members can borrow from the library.
This month you can hand in your exhibition entries to the Exhibition Secretary.

Thursday 10 May 2012

Art Quilters Meeting on Saturday 12 May

The Art Quilters meeting this Saturday starts at 1pm. Buffy has sent the following message about the activity and requirements for the day:

It would be fun to play with paper table napkins … so if you are interested, please bring napkins, fusible webbing, background fabric, and felt.

Also bring please new books, Show&Tell, etc

Tonight's the night for Modern Quilting at Canberra Quilters

Tonight is the first meeting of the Modern Quilting group that is being formed within Canberra Quilters.
Come along and see what it is all about. Jenny Bowker is the leader of this new group.
Meeting starts at 7.30pm in the Canberra Quilters' room at Cook.

Tuesday 1 May 2012

Evening Meeting - 3 May: Wendy Saclier guest speaker

At the evening meeting this Thursday (7.30pm start) Wendy Saclier will be speaking about her journey with quilting.
As it is close to Mothers' Day there is a special "Show and Tell" for quilts made for mothers, with mothers or any connection to "Mum".

The adjourned AGM will also be taking place - please along to make sure we get a quorum.

An opportunity from Victorian Quilters Inc

The following message has been received from Linda Bear, Publicity Liaison for the Victorian Quilters Inc. It may be an opportunity members may wish to pursue.

Entries are now being sought for “One Step Further”,an annual juried exhibition for quilters who wish to explore colour techniques and contemporary design strategies
Entry Deadline: October 15th, 2012
To be presented at: Whitehorse Art Space,
Box Hill Town Hall
16th November to 21st December 2012
Entry forms and more information can be obtained from

Saturday 28 April 2012

Quilts and textiles in Queanbeyan this weekend

Don't forget that the Queanbeyan Quilters are holding their exhibition this weekend - 28 & 29 April. It is held in the Bicentennial Conference Centre. Entrance is off Crawford Street, but you can park in the car park at the rear (enter from Rutledge Street).

It is open 10-5 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. Lots of quilts, a sales table of hand made goods, local traders selling their wares. Check out the "On This Day" challenge quilts.

In the adjacent 'Q Exhibition Space' is this exhibition :
Textile Trio
An exhibition of textile-based artworks by three local artists:

Wilma Cawley (Canberra), Sandra Fisher (Braidwood), Fiona Hammond (Lake Bathurst)

April 24 — May 5, 2012

Monday—Friday 10 am—4 pm, Saturday 10 am—3 pm, Sunday 11 am—3 pm

Fashion parade: 11 am Saturday April 28

Cash & Carry section within exhibition space: small artworks made by the artists

Tuesday 24 April 2012

ANZAC Day - No drop-in

The drop-in scheduled for 25 April will not take place.
The next scheduled meeting and drop-in will be on Friday 27 April, 10am until 4pm.

Monday 23 April 2012

AGM ajourned until 3 May

As those in attendance know the AGM had to be adjourned on 5 May. We didn't get the required quorum. It will now be held on 3 May - so please come along. There is very little business to be conducted and it is usually over in 10-15 minutes.  We still have a vacancy for the Treasurer position, all the other positions have nominations.

As an added incentive on 3 may our guest speaker will be Wendy Saclier, life member and one of the founders of Canberra Quilters. Come along and here about Wendy's quilting journey - including the joint quilts she made with her mother Vivienne.

Kay Haerland workshop - June1-3, 2012

There are still some places available in the 3-day Kay Haerland Realistic Landscape workshop. Kay is retiring from teaching next year so this is one of the last opportunities to do this workshop (locally at least). Here is a  link to Kay's website for more details about te workshop.
Contact workshop co-ordinator Jakki, here for details (approx $70/ day). For those already signed up, final payments are due on May 1.

Wednesday 4 April 2012

Canberra Quilters Inc Raffle 2012 - tickets available soon

This is the raffle quilt for 2012, "Batik Rhapsody". The quilt is a log cabin design in batik fabrics in shades of blue, with hints of purple and some black. It was designed by member Elizabeth Rose and made by Elizabeth and Janet Cruise. The exquisite free-motion quilting was done by member Jenny Bowker. The quilting incorporates individual motifs, interspersed with sweeping feathers. All sewing was done on domestic sewing machines. The quilt is 236cm square and will fit a queen-size bed.

Close-up of Batik Rhapsody

The winner of the Canberra Quilters Inc Members Exhibition raffle gets to choose from three prizes:
The quilt "Batik Rhapsody", valued at $2750, or
a Bernina 700D overlocker, valued at $799, kindly donated by Bernina Australia, or
a Kingfisher 65"x 65" Design Wall valued at $240, 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 12 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 935, JAMISON CENTRE, ACT 2614.

Single tickets will be available at Canberra Quilters Inc regular meetings from 5 April:
Evening Meeting, 7.30 pm 1st Thursday of the month;
ROWmakers Day Meeting, 10.00am on 2nd Wednesday of the month;
Wonderful Wednesdays Day Meeting, 9.30 am 3rd Wednesday of the month;
Friendly Fridays Day Meeting, 10.00am 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.

Easter Monday evening drop-in

The evening drop-in this Monday (9 April) is on as normal, despite it being a Public Holiday. Starts at 7.00pm, until 9.30pm. Come along and see what is available - sew with other members, use the pinning table or the library.

AGM on Thursday 5 April

Don't forget the AGM is on this Thursday at the evening meeting- we need members to attend to achieve a quorum. No nominations have been received for Treasurer, Secretary and Committee Member. Please consider volunteering for one of these positions - we can't function without a committee!
 PLUS there is an interesting guest speaker, the reveal of the dragon mini-quilt challenge, presentation of QFO quilts to Canteen and all the usual show & tell, raffles and good conversation.

Tuesday 3 April 2012

Three day landscape workshop with Kay Haerland

Canberra Quilters Inc is thrilled to be hosting award-winning quilter Kay Haerland on June 1-3 for a three day landscape design and embellishment class.
Here is a link to Kay's website if you want to view her work.

The workshop cost is $240, with a non-refundable deposit of $60. Final payment is due by May 1st.
Please contact workshop co-ordiantor Jakki for details and requirement list.

Saturday 31 March 2012

Happy Jack class cancelled- 3 April

Just a reminder that the Happy Jack class on 3 April has been cancelled due to lack of numbers. There is one place available in the class on 14 April. Other classes will be scheduled in the coming months.
Contact workshop co-ordinator Jakki.

Monday 12 March 2012

No drop-in on the afternoon of 14 March

Due to an unavoidable commitment elsewhere of the drop-in co-ordinator there will be no drop-in between 1-4pm on Wednesday 14 March.

QFO Excess Fabric Sale - 17 March (International Quilters' Day)

Quilts For Others (QFO) has been the recipient of some very generous donations of fabric from estates and members' downsizing. To help alleviate some storage issues and to raise funds for batting and thread to be used in future QFO quilts, a SALE of excess fabric and some donated tops will take place on Saturday 17 Feb, between 10am and 4pm. The sale will be in the Canberra Quilters room at the Cook Community Hub in Templeton Street.
Fabric is from $5 a bag, cash sales only.

Here is an example of a quilt made by QFO for donation to charity (over 200 were donated in 2011):

Friday 9 March 2012

Art Quilters meeting - new start time of 1pm

Just a reminder that the Art Quilters will be meeting tomorrow (Saturday), starting at 1pm, until 4pm.
This is a change to the previously advertised start time.
The formal part of the meeting will be first, followed by creative pursuits. The fabric swap projects are due to be revealed at this meeting.

Thursday 8 March 2012

Workshop Vacancy - Advanced Dyeing on 24 March

There is one place remaining in the Advanced Dyeing workshop with Mary Kennedy. You will be using Procion fibre reactive dyes and need to have completed the beginner's class or have some understanding of fibre reactive dyes.
The class is on 24 March from 10am to 3pm, cost is $85. This includes dye supplies.
You will go on a tour around the colour wheel, producing 20 fat quarters by the end of the day.

For further information or to take up this offer, contact the workshop co-ordinator Jakki Cashman, here

Wednesday 7 March 2012

Quilt Show in Goulburn 10 & 11 March

Here is a message from one of our members/ sponsors about a quilt show in Goulburn next weekend:

Quilts at Mandelson’s of Goulburn

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 March; 10am-4pm

Entry by gold coin; all proceeds go to local Anglicare Emergency Accommodation.

This is a quilt show with a difference! There will be a huge array of superb quilts from well known quilters from this area and beyond. Our guest quilters are Beth Miller and Wendy Keegan (from QuiltsbyPattern), and we will also be showing prizewinning quilts from this year’s Canberra Show.

The ‘difference’ is that the quilts will be shown around the magnificence of Mandelson’s, using the building and antique furniture to display them to their best advantage. The quilts vary from traditionally pieced designs to contemporary appliqué patterns, and will be sure to inspire. 

There will be items for sale from Claire Ayling Bali Batiks (contemporary cotton batik fabric), Julie Woods Superior Threads (top quality threads in stunning colours for every occasion), Beth Miller and Wendy Keegan from QuiltsbyPattern (the designs can be seen in the quilts on display), and also Bungendore Country Patchwork will be with us with an array of needs for quilters. Please note that purchases can be made with cash or cheque.

As the quilt show is taking place there will be no High Tea this month, but Claire and Steve will be serving tea, coffee and  wonderful slices and cakes in Mandelson’s dining room.

The Quilt Show is to coincide with Goulburn’s Heritage and Roses Festival.

Mandelson’s is on the corner of Sloane and Clinton Streets in central Goulburn. Entry from the front door in Sloane Street.

Claire Ayling Bali Batiks
4821 0707 / 0421334404

Monday 5 March 2012

Rowmakers group kicks off for 2012

The first meeting for the Rowmakers was on 8 February. The Rowmakers started last year, making a row-by-row quilt throughout the year.
This was the set-up meeting for the rest of the year.  It was well attended, as can be seen by the picture below. We also have a number of members participating "by correspondence" as they can't make it to the second Wednesday.

This year the design challenge will focus on feature blocks, although participants can make more each month and go with rows. Each month three elements will be selected and you have to incorporate at least two of the three.
Here is a message from Joanne West, our co-ordinator (fearless leader?):
What a great meeting! Thanks to everyone who turned up and the positive attitudes. I'm pleased to see we haven't suddenly become quiet. What we need is the decibel meter from the Australian Open. I'm sure we'd beat Sharapova but maybe not Azarenka!

The INGREDIENTS for the first BLOCK (or ROW) are;

.BLACK (Yvonne Williams)

.CURVES/CIRCLES (Colleen Reed)

.STARS (Shirley Rollins)

Remember that you only have to include two of the above, but you can include all three if you wish. And flexibility and interpretations are encouraged.
Don't stress, it will get easier as we go along. (Usually)
Hope to see all of you at our next meeting on Wednesday 14 March.
Have fun!

See you on the 14th with your completed block.  After the meeting, the library will be open until 1.00pm.

Sunday 4 March 2012

Blankets of Love

Blankets of Love is a long-running program of Canberra Quilters, co-ordinated by Joan Porta and Anne Eccleston. Last year 100 quilts were donated to Canberra Hospital and Calvary John James. Joan and Anne want to build up the stocks for this year as the cupboard is nearly bare.
This program also runs throughout the rest of Australia, with local quilt groups co-ordinating the effort with the hospitals in their region.
The program donates quilts (about 50-60 cm square) to the maternity wards and neo-natal units of hospitals for use in the case of a still-birth or a death in the neo-natal unit. The baby is wrapped in the quilt. A small postcard-size quilt, replicating the design of the larger quilt is also donated. This is put in a memory box for the parents and is only one of the important keepsakes included in the box.

If you are interested in making a quilt, here are the guidelines:
Size: 50-60cm square. Postcard quilt is 10cm x 15cm
Fabrics: Your choice- nursery prints, pastels, small prints. Patchwork-weight cottons or poly-cottons, nothing too heavy like furnishing.
Batting: Not required
Backing: Please use flannelette as it is soft and flexible.
Quilting: Minimal or practise some free motion swirls and loops.

Here are some examples of donations made in the last couple of weeks:

All donations gratefully accepted.

Saturday 3 March 2012

Like to meet the members?

At our evening meeting on the first Thursday of the month we have a group of members who perform an important tole. They are "the greeters". They are stationed at the front entrance and welcome people, get you to sign in, give you your lucky door ticket and answer any questions you may have - or point out who you can ask.
For the past two years the members of Allsorts friendship group has performed this role. They are retiring from this and would like to handover to another group. Here is a description from Pam, of Allsorts :
The task is not onerous and we have had a lot of fun taking on this role.

So if it is that great, why aren’t we staying on? Well we did consider this; but for most of our group, our lives have changed very significantly in the last 12 months and we need to step aside for the moment to take up other roles. Life will change again as time goes by.

It is a job we would however highly recommend for a friendship group – or just a small group of friends (3 people per night is a good number – but not everyone will be able to come each time). It is easy, enjoyable, fun.

It is a great opportunity to ‘do your bit’ for a year without taking on a huge role. And you don’t do it alone either! Of all the jobs at CQ this has to be one of the simplest, with very little time commitment, no preparation and minimal responsibility. And you get to meet lots of new (and old) faces.

If you would be interested in having a go, but don’t belong to a friendship group (or you are interested, but your group is not), and you would be happy to work with others in a similar position, then contact Melinda (president) or Tricia (vice-president).  Enjoy!