Tuesday, 2 July 2019

End of another year at Queanbeyan

The financial year for the club runs from 1st July to 31st June each year. This means two things, membership fees are due and the Annual General Meeting is coming up. At our recent meeting, the members agreed to raise the annual fee by $5, bringing it up to $55. See the membership page for the form and you are welcome to do it either online as instructed or to pay on one of our Friday nights at Letchworth during the month.

The AGM will be held on the 26th July and all positions are declared vacant at that time. You are welcome to nominate for one. An email will go out to members with a form attached.

Here is another teaser for the raffle quilt.
We bought a selection of bird prints from Jocelyn Proust, a wonderful new textile designer who has found her niche! Hope you enjoy her fabrics as much as we do.

Friday, 24 May 2019

Busy quilters and our many gift quilts

Making a Raffle Quilt

A lot of time gets spent on each quilt that we make. It can start with an idea, a theme, a person, a pattern or a line of fabric that needs to be showcased. For one of the club's raffle quilts, it started with the very talented Jocelyn Proust's fabric designs incorporating native species of birds set in soft colours. Above is a view of work in progress, where we try and find 'friends' to talk to and play with the colours of the birds. Then the long process begins of finding the right pattern; must be interesting, striking, original and a good size.

Demonstrating Patchwork Techniques
From time to time, members of the club are able to support our sponsors. In this case, we were able to set up at the local Spotlight store and field questions about quilting in our area, how to use patterns, make quilts and so forth. The resulting quilt top that was being worked on is then hung up for display and when no longer needed handed back to the club. We are so fortunate to have some long arm quilters as members who can help finish off these quilts which then go out to needy organisations.

Bunyip Fire Quilts

This lovely collection of finished quilts was boxed up and couriered off yesterday to Victoria for distribution to unfortunate people displaced or affected by the recent vicious fires through the area.

Organ Donors at Canberra Hospital
At a very emotional and distressing time in people's lives, receiving a soft, colourful quilt can be very comforting. Here are some more quilts which our busy members have made.

Local Refuge
This pile of quilts was recently donated to a local refuge for distribution to families who are temporarily homeless.

Friday, 15 March 2019

Radio interview chat about Queanbeyan Quilters

Recently, Radio Canberra invited the President of Queanbeyan Quilters to have a chat about the club on air. Each week, Anna Vidot goes "clubbing" during the Drive show and finds out about local clubs and groups. This is a link to the podcast of the whole show. The Queanbeyan segment starts at 32.00 and runs for nearly ten minutes.


Wednesday, 9 January 2019

New Year for quilters of Queanbeyan starts this week

On Thursday 10th January at 9.30am, we resume our daytime meetings at the Karabar Community Centre venue. Bring yourself, your project and perhaps some show and tell from your end of year break for everyone to enjoy. Members and guests welcome.

On Friday 11th January at 7pm we resume our sessions at Letchworth Neighbourhood Centre. We have a busy year ahead as we get into gear making raffle quilts, announcing Challenges and generally keeping busy and skilled in our craft. More demo nights coming up and lots of gift quilts to help make. As always, we aim to supply some quilts of all sizes and types for the Refuge and this year we also want to make some for teenagers in care. Let your imaginations soar and remember to make a few for the fellas too.

Looking forward to seeing the results of the kaleidoscope workshop run by Sandra in December. At least three are done, perhaps more will appear.

These blocks were Sandra's demonstration blocks.

These were of the class in progress.

This completed block made by Dacia  is a real stunner.

Saturday, 29 September 2018

September Inspirations

In the show and tell slot for the Inspirations at September's meeting, there was a diverse range of work to see from previous clues. The next set of information was picked out of the box for you to work on for next month.

Grey - eg silver, ash, steel, slate, charcoal, smoke

The letter "B"


Show us what you came up with at the next meeting on Friday 26th October 2018.

Meanwhile, here are what our members made this month:

Featured speaker at the September Meeting

At the September meeting of Queanbeyan Quilters Inc, long-time member Sandra Still had the attention of everyone in the room riveted on her intricate, original, colourful works. Most of her quilts have gone off to a good home, so she showed her smaller pieces and challenges made over the years since 2000 as well as some trial pieces, a possible centre for a raffle quilt for the 2020 exhibition and a brand new top in a pattern from one of the library books.

Sandra confided that her passion is kaleidoscopes, complicated, multi-piece and stitched onto a foundation that she leaves in the work. As there was a lot of interest in her work, Sandra will have a demonstration night on the topic on Friday 7th December 2018. Be sure to come along and see how she does it.

Here is a selection of Sandra's work, starting with a very early piece, not at all in the style or colours she has since come to enjoy and use.

 A very early quilt

 A quilt showing Olympic sport

 The influence of Gloria Loughman

All manner of dyeing, foiling, printing, bleaching etc

From " Spotlight on Neutrals" by Pat Wys

Centre sections of a raffle quilt

Friday, 24 August 2018

Monthly Inspirations have started again

At last month's meeting we got started on the Monthly Inspirations project, which anyone is welcome to join in on. So far, we have had two sets of 'clues'. You can apply them to blocks or bags or rows - for yourself or for our gift quilt program. Interpretation can be very broad.

July's Inspirations
The letter " N "
Colour: Black, ebony, night, soot, pitch, jet, sable


Here are four samples of blocks created using July's clues.

August's Inspirations
The letter " i "
Colour: Green
Technique: modern/improvisational