Monday 22 April 2013

Canberra Quilters win awards at Australasian Quilt Convention 2013

Congratulations to two of our members for winning awards at the recent Australasian Quilt Convention (AQC) in Melbourne.

Jenny Bowker was selected as the recipient for this year's Rajah Award. This is awarded each year in recognition of a quilter's outstanding contribution to quilting in Australia.

Helen Godden won first place in the AQC challenge for 2013 for her quilt Galloping Wild and Free. The theme for the challenge in 2013 was "Free". This and other quilts from the challenge will be on display at the Craft and Quilt Fairs around Australia and New Zealand this year. Here is a link to the AQC site where you can see the quilt.

The National Quilt Award, sponsored by Bernina, was awarded to South Australia's Rachelle Denneny for her quilt Golden Ivory.  It is a whole cloth trapunto and domestic machine-quilted quilt. Views of the quilt can be seen here, scroll to the bottom of the home page.
This quilt and the other state guild Best of Show quilts will also tour and be displayed at the Craft and Quilt Fairs this year.

Saturday 20 April 2013

Small Japanese projects meeting on 24 April : Silk!

Join the small Japanese projects group at its meeting this Wednesday 24 April, from 10 am to 12 pm. 


How can we use it in patchwork or creative clothing? What do Japanese women do with their silk scraps?
·         Bring some silk (including items such as kimonos) that you would like to show us, or ask questions about.
·         Bring books or magazines with ideas for using silk.
·         Bring needles, fine thread and thimble. We might sew something.

I hope you’ll come away from the meeting with ideas for using the silk you have, rather than leaving it in your cupboard.


Quilts for Coonabarabran on their way

Yesterday, member Anne Arnold set off to Coonabarabran with the 52 quilts made for people who lost everything in the recent bushfires.
Canberra Quilters members contributed some of these quilts and others came from various sources. The Thursday Friendship Group at Addicted to Fabric was involved in this. Addicted to Fabric is one of our sponsors - here is a link to their website.
One page 3 of today's issue of the Canberra Times there is an article and photograph about the quilts.
Here is a link.

Monday 15 April 2013

Bring and Buy at Wonderful Wednesday Meeting- 17 April

This Wednesday the meeting from 9.30am-12 features our bring and buy activity. Members can set up tables to sell their wares- like unwanted fabric, books, tools, pattens etc. If you don't have anything to sell, bring your money - there might be something you can't resist. Prices are very reasonable.
We are back in the Community Hall - morning tea provided.

Friday 12 April 2013

ROW makers meeting held on Wednesday 10 April

At the meeting on Wednesday we gathered again to hopefully bring in our efforts from the second round and choose the elements for the third round. Here is a report from out convener, Joanne:

I love the fact that we're getting over 40 people every month. Our room can comfortably accommodate that many. I expect there might not be so many when the weather turns nasty and the lucky one's head elsewhere. But some of us will still soldier on! (Did I hear someone mumble "martyr complex").
I thought Wednesday's meeting was really interesting. I appreciated the way people were sharing their design decisions.
The INGREDIENTS for next month are:-

 . YELLOW (Margaret Lamb)


A little (!) bit more challenging than the first two months but I'm sure we'll be able to push the boundaries.
Here is an image, taken by our new Secretary Jacquie:

As you can see in the background we only have a couple of blocks/bags/ items each so far - it will build throughout the year.
Recap of ingredients:
1) Green & circles/curves
2) Blue & geometric (squares/ rectangles/ triangles)
3) Yellow & Celtic/ stained glass

Monday 8 April 2013

Storms ahead for Monday drop-in

The Monday drop-in, held on the second Monday each month (TONIGHT) - is going to focus on making quilts using the Storm at Sea block.
Why not join them at 7pm to see what it is all about.

Sunday 7 April 2013

Canberra Quilters 2013 Raffle tickets available now

This is the raffle quilt for 2013, Pantone Premonition. It was made by Barbara Cutmore and Raylee Bielenberg. It was quilted by Raylee Bielenberg of Sunflower Quilting. It is based on the Robbing Peter to Pay Paul block and using white and variations of the Pantone Colour of the Year for 2013 - Emerald Green. The quilt is 251cm square.

The winner of the Canberra Quilters Inc Members Exhibition raffle gets to choose from three prizes:
The quilt "Pantone Premonition" valued at $2700, or
a Bernina 700D overlocker, valued at $699, 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 at 4.00pm on Sunday 11 August 2013 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 4 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.

Wednesday 3 April 2013

Next QFO working bee - 9 April

Are you ready for the next Quilts For Others working bee? It is on 9 April from 10.00 am until 2.30 pm.

Come along and make quilts for charity- there are many ways you can help.
You could help with pin basting quilt layers together ready for someone to take for quilting. You could quilt a quilt - QFO always need help with this.
You could sew blocks or sew quilt-as-you-go blocks.
There may be some hand-finishing such as binding or a label.

Bring your lunch and stay for the day. Morning and afternoon tea provided.
Here are some finished quilts from the March working bee: