Thursday, November 12, 2015

Raffle Quilt 2016 - traditional style

Breaking news...
...One of the major raffle prize quilts has just been completed. You will soon be able to buy tickets
for a chance at winning it for yourself. This has been lovingly made by Sandra Still over countless painstaking hours and custom quilted to set it off beautifully by Kay at Kay's Quilts. A great job, come and show your support for our art by visiting the Exhibition next April.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Raffle Quilt for our Members Exhibition 2016

The first of our two raffle quilts is now complete. This has been a while in the making, from the selection of a design to choosing fabrics, cutting, sewing and the many stages it went through before completion.

Firstly then,  we had to select the design. The group was happy to try and make the gorgeous one we saw in Patchwork Tsushin last August 2014. It could be made using a quilt-as-you-go technique and be hand stitched in showy colourful thread, sashiko style. The quilt was the work of the quiltmaker, Hiroko Uemura. We wrote to the magazine and they put our request to her. Straight away we got a response that she was happy to give us permission to make a raffle quilt with her design. Once finished, we hoped to send her photos to show how it came out. The magazine editor hoped our raffle would be successful and that we would keep enjoying the magazine. So it is with sadness that we recently heard that the magazine has ceased trading, after more than a decade of subscription enjoyment on our part. I hope that through the small world that it now is thanks to the internet, Hiroko Uemura will see what we did with her design.

Quilt by Hiroko Uemura


After many months and many hands, the quilt below is the one that Queanbeyan Quilters Inc has made based upon Hiroko Uemura's design. In it, we used a variety of commercial fabrics as accents to the lovely colour of the fabrics hand-dyed by Moni Potter.

This is the full quilt front.

This is a detail of the hand stitching and applique circles.

This is the back of the quilt.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Last drop-in at the RB Smith Community Centre in Queanbeyan

Tomorrow, Thursday 17th September 2015, is our last drop-in at the RB Smith before it becomes Council office space.

Everything changes in October, venue and which Thursdays in the month you can drop in, so be advised as follows:

  • Drop-in days will be second and fourth Thursday morning of the month.
  • Still 9.30am - 12.30pm.
  • Venue is a room under the Queanbeyan City Library, entrance on the ramp alongside the car park laneway, off Rutledge Street opposite the old Uniting Church Hall.
So in October, you can drop in on the 8th and the 22nd.

Come along and meet some quilters who are happy to share knowledge and skills and provide good company.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Drop in Day details will change from October

Be on the lookout for details of the new venue and days for our drop-in time. We expect it will still be in the centre of town but not at the RB Smith Community Centre, owing to it changing function from meeting space to office space from the end of September 2015.

Details will be posted as soon as they are finalised.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Arabesque workshop 29th & 30 August 2015 cancelled

Arabesque workshop with Jenny Bowker   2 days

This workshop will teach you to play with a selection of patterns to produce designs suitable for quilts made with blocks – but your blocks will be appliquéd like Islamic blocks.

It is really curious that quilters make hundreds of wonderful block designs with geometric piecing, but the moment they think about appliqué they use a cream square and put something in the centre that does not touch the sides. We will work with ways to create stunning tile patterns for appliqué.

Pattern is defined in the Concise Oxford dictionary as "a regular form or order … or design." We will look at the way pattern appears in nature - while there is usually an underlying structure there is often a lot of variation within the basic design. We can play with patterns that nature produces for us or produce patterns of our own using several different systems.
It is a design based workshop where you will not produce a finished quilt, but will work with many small sample design ideas in paper. Most of your time will be used in working up designs

Student Requirements List: is available on Jenny Bowker's website

Skill level: A willingness to work in new ways is necessary for this class. Some experience is useful but not essential.

Jenny Bowker
Jenny has been working in Textiles since 1997 - from the time she finished a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Visual) and decided to make just one quilt.

Her background - life before quilts - was in science. She is moving towards a melding of her fine art work and her textile work. She is interested in the way pattern comes into many parts of our lives and often include some geometrical piecing in her work as she thinks it keeps her technically on her toes and provides a key for traditional quilters to link to her work.

She has four children and a very supportive husband who worked as a diplomat for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. While following him she lived a total of fifteen years in Arab and Islamic countries. This might seem irrelevant to quilting, but has influenced her subject matter and much of her work reflects her love of the Middle East. She has lived in Syria, Western Samoa, Malaysia, Jordan, Jerusalem and Egypt.

She teaches and really enjoys it. There is no greater delight than to offer tools to a quilter who wants to make original work but doesn't know how to access her own ideas.
For more details about her background and experience in quilting go to her website at

Queanbeyan Quilters Inc had their 2015 AGM last week

Another year has rolled around and the Committee has been very busy with meetings, workshops, newsletters and events for the membership. Thank you to all for your hard work, it has been much appreciated. We are sad to see some step away to pursue other interests but it just goes to show what a diverse group of people that we are, with plenty going on.

For those who were not at the AGM, the positions were filled as follows:

President:   Bryony De La Motte
Vice-President:  Julie Herring
Secretary:  Michelle Livanes
Treasurer:  Narell Smit
Library:  Glenis Feltham
Publicity:  Cassandra Philpot
Newsletter:  Julie Herring

Congratulations to all on their new roles, here's to another exciting year and a great Exhibition in April. There will be lots of progress reports on that in the intervening few months.

The Monthly Inspirations for August were:

People and figures

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Drop in this week and take up quilting

This Thursday is the third one of the month, when Queanbeyan Quilters get together to stitch and share news. Bring quilting, sewing, knitting, hand or machine work of any kind and spread out in our light premises at the RB Smith Community Centre at 264 Crawford Street in Queanbeyan. From 9.30 am to 12.30 pm, we look forward to seeing you there.

This is our Challenge pack, why not pick one up and prepare something for our Exhibition next April 9th and 10th 2016. Buy one at our next meeting which is the AGM on 24th July 2015.