Thursday 29 August 2013

Members on show at Mandelson's of Goulburn 31 Aug & 1 Sept

Several members of Canberra Quilters will be showing quilts at Mandelson's of Goulburn this weekend,  31 August and 1 September. These are the members of tACTile and the quilts are part of their recent exhibition, 100,  at the Belconnen Arts Centre.
Claire Ayling, joint owner of Mandelson's, is one of our sponsors through her Bali Batiks fabric business. Here is a message from Claire:
The tACTile group comprising Jenny Bowker, Dianne Firth, Helen Gray, Beth Miller, with Beth and Trevor Reid working in partnership, are well known throughout Australia and internationally for their innovative art quilts.
They created 100 art quilts to provide a range of perspectives on Canberra as people, place and designed city.
We are fortunate to have 64 of these magnificent art quilts on display in Mandelson’s Ballroom.
                    DOOR DONATION TO CanTeen

Date: Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September 2013
Times: 10am – 3 pm
Venue: Mandelson’s of Goulburn – 160 Sloane Street Goulburn (corner of Clinton Street)
Goods for Sale:
·         Claire Ayling Bali Batik Fabrics – with a HUGE selection at $10 per metre and remainder at $15 per metre.
·         Julie’s Superior Threads – selling a large selection with MANY on special.
·         Beth Miller Quilts By Pattern – ALL half price
Cash sales only – ATM’S are in walking distance
Morning and Afternoon Tea: served in Mandelson’s glorious Dining Room

Sunday 25 August 2013

Small Japanese projects meeting - 28 August: folded kimono

Here is a message from convener Wendy:
This month Edith is going to show the group how to make a folded kimono. I've included a picture of one - not sure if this is the exact model Edith will demonstrate. 

She may reply to this message giving you details of what's needed. 

Unfortunately I won't be able to make it but I'm sure you'll have an interesting morning. 

Bring along any Japanese goodies you bought at the quilt show. I know I found some lovely things

Tuesday 20 August 2013

Connecting Threads via email

Are you interested in receiving the Canberra Quilters' newsletter, Connecting Threads, by email?

If so, you can give your name and email address to Jakki Cashman or use the Contact Us section of the website to indicate that you would like to join the trial group. The committee will  monitor the response, collect any feedback and consider issues associated with emailed newsletters. 

Saturday 17 August 2013

Wonderful Wednesday meeting 21st August: our exhibition quilts

At the Wonderful Wednesday meeting on 21 August the special show & tell is our quilts which were in the recent Annual Exhibition. Please bring along your quilt for everyone to enjoy again.

This is a sit & sew meeting, held in the hall at the Cook Community Hub. Meeting runs from 9.30 am until 12.30 pm.
Afterwards there is drop-in in the CQ room until 4 pm. The library is open straight after the meeting.

Thursday 15 August 2013

Viewers' Choice results

At the annual exhibition we have three categories for Viewers' Choice. Here are the results:
Quilts:  35, Cinzia White's "Raconteur- The Storyteller's Collection".
Other (Challenge & TT):136,  Colleen Reed's Challenge - "Night D'lite"
Creative Clothing: 157 Dell Armistead's "These Boots are Made for Walking"

All these exhibits were award-winners in their respective categories, so you can see images in the Exhibition album - here

Wednesday 14 August 2013

tACTile exhibition is open at Belconnen Arts Centre, 9-25 August

the tACTile group is holding an exhibition at the Belconnen Arts Centre. If you are interested in quilts, particularly art quilts, this is the exhibition to see. There are 100 pieces in the exhibition. Members of tACTile are also members of Canberra Quilters.

Tuesday 13 August 2013

Normal Service resumes at Canberra Quilters

Now that the Exhibition is over the normal program of meetings resumes.
First up is the ROWmakers group tomorrow (2nd Wednesday).
 Here is a message from convener, Joanne:
Hi Ladies
Sorry I'm a bit late with my reminder for our meeting this Wednesday, but I've spent five out of the last six days at the quilt show.
I thought it was another quality show with quite a variety of quilt styles and very well organised.
The Sales Room was very successful too.
 I might be able to get a chance to just play around. I know exactly what I want to do for the the last three months - I just have to sit down and do them! Just please don't make this month's too "out there".
See you on Wednesday - same place, same time.


Check the calendar for information on further meetings and drop-ins.

Canberra Quilters Exhibition - raffle results

At 4.00 pm Sunday we drew our Exhibition raffle.
We don't nominate first, second and third prizes, but allow the first-drawn ticket buyer to choose their prize. The second drawn ticket-buyer chooses between the remaining prizes and the third-drawn ticket buyer get the remaining prize.

1. M. Christopherson,#623, of Nicholls, chose the quilt
2. J. Green, #1000,  of North Lyneham, chose the 'Kingfisher Design Wall' from Brindabella Quilting Systems
3. P. Matthews, #1486, of Goulburn, wins the Bernina 700D overlocker.

Monday 12 August 2013

Exhibition images available on website

The images of the quilts that won awards are now available on the website, in the album on the home page.
Here is a link.

Sunday 11 August 2013

Did you see the exhibition on ABC TV news, Saturday night?

On ABC TV news last night in Canberra there was an item about our quilt show. President Michelle Law and Best of Show Winner Jenny Bowker, were both interviewed.
You can watch it here

Thursday 8 August 2013

Exhibition opened today, results of the judged portion of the exhibition

The Canberra Quilters Members' Exhibition opened today, in conjunction with the Craft and Quilt Fair, at EPIC in Canberra.
The judging portion of the show was held on Tuesday, 6 August. Images of these quilts and clothing will be on the website soon. Here are the results (long):
Category 1
Bed Quilt (non-professional)
1          23- Snowflake, Lynda Nikolovski
2          2- Big Blue, Joanne Barraclough
3          20- Spinning Tops, Gwen Leonard
Highly Commended -24- Cooper's ABC, Robyn Oats
Category 2
Bed Quilt (professional)
1          35- Raconteur- The Storyteller's Collection,
Cinzia White
2          34- Summer Trails, Anne Haddad
3          97- Fond of Flora, Cindy Watkins
Category 3
Wall Quilt (non-professional)
1          43- Street Art #1, Laraine Culnane
2          36- Canberra Warmth, Dell Armistead
3          38- 17-5641 Colour of the Year, Joanne Barraclough
Highly Commended -54 -Tree of Delight, Kathryn Labour
Category 4
Wall Quilt (professional)
1          70- Bottles, Nobuko Miyake
2          69- Baltimore or Less! The Stately Eight, Helen Godden
3          72- Blue Wren, Cindy Watkins
Highly Commended- 68- Wind Over Katatjuta, Jenny Bowker
Category 5
Mixed Media Quilt (open)
1          81- Silent Killer, Robyn McPherson
2          82- Meadow Argus, Stephanie Newman
3          79- Disappearing, Annette Horvath
Highly Commended -77- Waterway Warfare, Patrise Dowling
Category 6
Art Quilt (open)
1          86- Earth, Air and a Memory of Water, Jenny Bowker
2          96- Flying Colours: Eclectus Parrots- An Eclectic Pair, Brenda Gael Smith
3          90- Canberra, Helen Godden
Highly Commended- 95- Riparian Zone, Judy Robinson Whitty
Category 7
Group Quilt (open)
1          100- Only Way We are Going to Get There, Ann-Maree Jacobs
2          101- Barrier Reef, Beth Miller
3          98- Serengeti, June Browne
Category 8
Commercially-Quilted Quilt (open)
1          126- The Feather Beast: Slayed, Angie Wilson
Quilted by Sunflower Quilting - Raylee Bielenberg
2          113- Flying Free, Robyn McPherson
Quilted by Kay's Quilting - Kay White
3          125- Santa and Friends, Margaret Vinning
Quilted by Altogether Quilting - Helen Smith
Category 9
Challenge Quilt (open)
1          130- Canberra Narrative - Celebrating a Century, Frances Buscombe
2          136 - Night D'lite, Colleen Reed
3          138- Celebrating the Canberra Way, Elizabeth Rose
Highly Commended- 135- Moonlit Backyard, Kay Provins
Category 10
Tiny Treasure Quilt (open)
1          146- Colour Swirl, Patricia Butron
2          156 - Snails in the Storm, Sue Wood
3          151- Tako Bowl, Wendy Saclier
Highly Commended- 155-Triangle Tangle, Sandy ThompsonCategory 11
Creative Clothing - Classic
1          157- These Boots are Made for Walking, Dell Armistead
2          161 - Poppy Parade, Kay Provins
3          158 - East Becomes West, Louise Fredericks
Category 12
Creative Clothing – Art to Wear
1          163- Remembering Virginia Avery, Sandra Farley
2          166- Cleo's Collar, Helen Rose
3          167- Garden Border, Dawn Wilson
Category 13
Creative Clothing - Accessories
No awards made
Category 14
Creative Clothing - Challenge
1          176- My Centenary Garden, Donna Sunderland
2          174- Canberra- It Takes All Kinds to Make This City, Elizabeth Rose
3          172- Celebration, Sandra Farley
Highly Commended- 170 -Time is Something Money Cannot Buy, Dell Armistead
Category 15
Quilts by children in primary school
1          178- Autumn Breeze, Kristina Butron
2          181- Owls Are in the Air, Caylin Thompson
3          180- Brick Path, Hamish Newman
Highly Commended- 179- In the Garden, Gabbi Ciacia
Category 16
Quilts by youths in secondary school
1          183 - Sunrise Birds, Emma Hodgkinson
2          184 - My Dream Beach, Talitha Thompson
3          182- Mother Nature, Maddy Ciacia
Bernina Best of Show
86-  Earth, Air and a Memory of Water, Jenny Bowker
Bernina Amateur Encouragement Award
43- Street Art #1, Laraine Culnane
Best Use of Colour
126- The Feather Beast: Slayed, Angie Wilson
Chiatanya Designs Embellishment Award
138- Celebrating the Canberra Way, Elizabeth Rose
Retaining the Tradition
115- Retreat Station, Janelle Noack
Excellence in Hand Quilting
70 - Bottles, Nobuko Miyake
Claire Ayling Batik Award
8- Not Quite a Rainbow, Janet Cruise
Modern Quilting Award
19 - Across the Universe, Michelle Law
Bernina Excellence Award for a Junior Quilt Maker
183 - Sunrise Birds, Emma Hodgkinson
Margaret Armistead Award (for a first-time exhibitor)
43 - Street Art #1, Laraine Culnane

Allan Armistead Award (for a first-time junior exhibitor)
182- Mother Nature, Maddy Ciacia

Sunday 4 August 2013

No Modern Quilt Group meeting this month

Our rooms are a little sparse this month with everything at the show including tables, so we will cancel this month's meeting and just have a double-fun meeting on September 12.

If you have any suggestions for demonstrations that Jenny and I can do, let us know in the comments or by email. We will also do a scrap swap next month, which was discussed at the July meeting.

We will swap sets of 49 2 1/2 inch squares of different fabrics a la Block A of the Scrap Vomit quilt (see if you don't know what I am talking about).

Even if you don't want to make a scrap vomit quilt, you can use these little squares for a million other things. Look forward to seeing you all the exhibition. Lots of modern quilts on show this year!

 - Michelle and Jenny

Thank You to the Library Display Teams

Image source: Ronnie Chow
Hello Again, it's your friendly Exhibition Coordinator here.  The Exhibition is only 4 sleeps away now! 

If you've been to one of Canberra's great libraries recently you may have caught a glimpse of the fabulous displays that our ladies have put together to help spread the word about the Exhibition.

The displays are so lovely and bright and do a great job of showcasing the fabulous work that Canberra Quilters does. (The picture above is of the display at the Erindale Library.)

I wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all the ladies that helped put together the displays.  I really appreciate the time and effort you all went to to make them look so fabulous.  Thank you!

A quick reminder, if you have raffle tickets they need to be returned to Melinda Coupland Thorne (our Raffle Coordinator Extraordinaire) by Saturday August 10.

Thursday 1 August 2013

A Quilt for All the Senses

"Celebrating the Canberra Way" - Liz Rose
Image source: Melinda Coupland Thorne

Only 7 sleeps until The Canberra Quilt and Craft Fair! Are you as excited about it as I am?

If you want to get a little bit of a preview of the amazing work that's going to be on display you can read about Liz Rose's quilt, "Celebrating the Canberra Way", that has been featured in the Canberra Times.  (You can read the article by clicking on this link.)

The quilt in question makes great use of an unusual embellishment; condoms.  It's an inventive way to add some excitement and colour to a quilt that's for sure.

Early bird tickets will be available at this evenings meeting for $11.  Tickets are valid for entry on any day of the Fair.

Raffle tickets need to be returned by 10 August and can be returned at this evening meeting (or at the Exhibition) to the Raffle Coordinator, Melinda Coupland Thorne.

If you're available on Wednesday to help with the set up of the Exhibition we'd love to hear from you.  Please let Raylee Bielenberg know.