Sunday, July 26, 2015

Arabesque workshop 29th & 30 August 2015

Members and non-members of Queanbeyan are invited to enrol for this design class.

Arabesque workshop with Jenny Bowker 29-30 August 2015
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

Date: 29-30 August 2015 (2 day workshop)
Venue: RB Smith community centre
262 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan

Member ​Cost: $130.00 pp
Non-member Cost: $150.00 ​pp

Full payment due: Thursday 30 July.

Here are the workshop​ payment ​details:
  • BSB: 06 2593  
  • Account Number:  00904804
  • Account Name: Queanbeyan Quilters Incorporated
  • In the Message/Reference box, please write name and purpose of payment. For example, one​ might write " CPhilpot workshop". If required, shorten to "wshop" or "mship".
  • To enable tracking by the Treasurer, if you do make a direct bank payment, you must send an email to that effect. Either via the bank, (Commonwealth has that option), or by printing to PDF the payment record and attaching that to an email which you send to the club:

If you have any questions on the procedure, please email 

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 July 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.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Drop-in on Thursday

Quick reminder that this Thursday is drop-in day at the RB Smith Community Centre in Crawford Street. Come in and join us between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

Here is what one of our members completed recently. Well done Nel, it will be appreciated for years to come.

The front of the quilt.

Even the back is interesting.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

May Meeting and June's Monthly Inspiration

Monthly Inspiration requirements for June were as follows:

Butterflies and insects
Crazy (patch work/quilting)

At the May meeting, several members showed us what they had made with earlier clues. They are all different and it's going to be so interesting at the end to see each one put together.

At the June meeting, we may hear more about the Challenge for next year's Exhibition. I hope lots of members get involved in it and we put on a good show.

Progress has been made on the two Exhibition raffle quilts. Sandra has finished sewing the centre of the double wedding ring quilt and has the fourth side to finish of the beautiful applique border. Unfortunately these days there are not many members who can do fine hand applique work. The contemporary quilt is  going along nicely. On Friday nights members have stitched the 52 blocks together. Now the blocks have been joined into twelve units and sandwiched with batting and backing so that the sashiko style stitching can be done. Here is the first sample unit, with the stitching and the circles in place. Only eleven more to go.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Our April meeting was held tonight

Queanbeyan Quilters Inc had a lively meeting tonight with an interesting guest speaker. Hannah Barrett, textile conservator at the National Gallery of Australia, talked a little about some of the forty quilts the Gallery holds, then went on to describe ways of storing them and what can damage them.

No more quilts on wooden shelves for me! Into dark, airtight, inert polyethylene tubs and must remember to check them at least twice a year for damage or insect attack.

During Show and Tell, a number of lovely quilts were shown which will be given out to the community. Members make them in a range of colours and sizes, varied enough to please someone.

Chris described and showed her lucky win in a raffle, this bright and cheerful scrap quilt.

Blocks were shown from the two Monthly Inspirations themes that have already been given out.

Then the new clues were picked. If you have not been following this, the club is currently running a month by month block, into which three components must be incorporated. Your choice of size, shape and interpretation of themes.

March - Colour red + diamond + birds
April - Colour green + hexagon + words
May - Colour white/cream + circles + hearts

Monday, March 16, 2015

Our prolific group is always making something

We all love to see what others in the group make so here are a few items which have been shown this year so far. Starting in January with Bryony's fresh blue and white quilt, we were fascinated by the method used in this one.

On the first and third Thursday of the month when we meet at the RB Smith Community Centre in Queanbeyan,  lots of interesting work is done too. This lovely stitching was finished by Kathleen in February. Wool felt always gives has a lovely dense colour, perfect for the subject.

We've been following the progress of this lovely quilt, since quilted and handed over to the lucky birthday girl. This is inspiring work from a recent beginner quilter and bound to delight all Frozen fans.

These pictures show what an active group Queanbeyan Quilters is, so many ideas, so little time to put them into practice.

Why don't you come and join us on a Thursday morning or a Friday night for some stitching activity?