Sunday, 30 March 2014

March Meeting

Queanbeyan Quilters Inc had a lively meeting last Friday night with lots of business to cover and some superb Show and Tell. With only a week left before we open our Exhibition, everyone is busy binding quilts, selling raffle tickets, preparing the catalogue for print, distributing flyers, filling rosters, designing the show, making labels and all those other bits and pieces which will help to make it a success.

The ladies involved in the Queanbeyan Hospital Auxiliary came to our meeting to be presented with a quilt which will be one of their Mothers Day raffle prizes. Lots of us eagerly bought tickets. If you too want to buy some, come along to the RB Smith Centre on the 5th and 6th April, opposite the Bicentennial Hall, where the tickets will be on sale.

Here is a little Show and Tell to give you a taste for what is going to be at the Exhibition.

 Presentation of the Modern Quilt to the Queanbeyan Hospital Auxiliary
Made by Julie, Leslie, Cassandra, Kay's Quilts and Lesley.

 Sue shows an item for the Sales Table.

 Narell showed her latest quilt, with below a detail of the custom quilting done by Kay's Quilts.

 Kathy has finished her Potato Chip Quilt in time for the show, with the pieced back shown below.
Kay quilted it.

 Kathy did Jenny Bowker's Shimmering Triangles workshop last year and has produced this with quilting by Kay's Quilts. 

 This creation is by Moni, using her superb hand dyed fabrics.

 Boni showing her Peaceknits wash cloths and the start of another bandage using lovely soft cotton yarn for greater comfort on the skin, especially in hot climates.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

In The Garden - Exhibition by Beth Miller & Wilma Cawley at the Q

In the Garden
25 March – 12 April
Opening Night
Tuesday 25 March 5:30pm to 7:30pm Official opening at 6pm by Annette Ellis
For centuries artists of all genres have been inspired by gardens. Some gardens are formal and structured by fences and gates; others are free with foliage rambling over the edges, creating a riot of colour. Rows of slender trees with colourful leaves, seed pods and birds singing their joyous songs; these elements of the garden have served as inspiration for the textile works of Beth Miller and Wilma Cawley.
Both artists started their artistic journey as traditional quilt makers; and both studied at CIT, Wilma in visual art and Beth in printmaking. Beth uses her own photographic images to translate the designs onto cloth using fusible appliqué; many of the designs are hand painted and larger than life. Hand stitching and embroidery as well as machine quilting are used to render the images realistically. Wilma is best known for her contemporary work and surface design. She specialises in collage, beading, hand stitching and embellishment. Sometimes her work may be three dimensional and incorporate paper, rusted fabric, packing tape, Lutradur and Decovil to express her ideas.
Beth and Wilma have worked together for this exhibition using the sights, sounds, textures and delights of the garden to produce a wealth of textural interpretations, and they welcome viewers to join them ‘In the Garden’.
Beth Miller Ph 0429 658 559, Wilma Cawley Ph 0407 938 168,
Georgina Perri
Cultural Development Officer
Queanbeyan City Council
Ph 6285 6170,

An exhibition by textile artists Beth Miller & Wilma Cawley
The Q Exhibition Space
Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre
Via Lowe St Queanbeyan
Weekdays 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am – 3pm 6285 6290 

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Bungendore Country Patchwork Workshops

During the Queanbeyan Quilters Exhibition, Sheryl-Ann from Bungendore Country Patchwork will be running two classes. These will be in the Harry Hesse room, which is at the back of the RB Smith Centre, across the road from the Quilt exhibition. Please contact the shop for more information.

Saturday 5th April 10 - 4

One Block Creations. 
Choose from three or four very popular one block creations that Sheryl-Ann has designed as great stash busters. Great for beginners through to advanced quilters. 

Sunday 6th April 10 - 4

Is it Stars or Beautiful Diamonds? 
Another great stash buster quilt. This style of quilt is centuries old and a real favourite for quilters of all levels. A creation that requires very little accuracy, just some great strips of fabrics to achieve a wonderful quilt. There will be two patterns utilising the same technique but just slightly different patterns. All that is needed is a great foundation fabric and then lots of strips from your stash.

Please contact Sheryl-Ann at Bungendore Country Patchwork for bookings and further detail. 02 6238 1314

Trading Stalls on the 5th & 6th April during Exhibition

During the Queanbeyan Quilters Exhibition on the 5th and 6th April 2014, there will be some stalls trading in the RB Smith Centre, which is across the road from the Queanbeyan Bicentennial Hall where our Quilt Exhibition  is held.

Meg Bannigan selling fabric.

Chiatanya Designs with Fiona Hammond.

Kerrie Maxwell selling fabric.

The Men's Shed selling wooden toys and sewing accessories.

Patchwork Quint-essential with Pam Davis selling batik fabric.

Moni Potter with her wide range of hand-dyed fabric.

Purring Patterns with Cassandra Philpot selling her handmade glass beads, jewellery and fabric items including quilts.

Quilting Shoalhaven with Carol Tabone selling fabric.

Robyn's Plain n Fancy with Robyn Cawdron selling fabric.

Wabi-Sabi Designs with Shuji Yamazaki selling his Japanese fabrics.

See the quilts and take home the fabric to make your own! 

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Some more February Show and Tell

Geese Across Africa 
by Maryanne Haslam

Picking up from where I left off - Part 2 
 by Chris Rivett
Professionally quilted by Kay's Quilts

This quilt is a fine example of the English paper piecing method of patchwork.

Japanese Lanterns
Made and quilted by Robyn Cawdron

Teddy Bears 
Made by Moni Potter

The back of Teddy Bears 
by Moni Potter using lots of her hand-dyed fabrics.
Who said backs had to be boring?

Space Fling 
by Moni Potter

Midnights Garden 
by Wendy Luff
Quilted by Kay's Quilts

Dancing Blue Dahlias 
by Wendy Luff
Quilted by Kay's Quilts

These last two quilts are based upon the One Block Wonder technique of cutting up your fabric, as described in the books by Maxine Rosenthal and demonstrated in-house to members of Queanbeyan Quilters. Depending on the original fabric,  on what you add and how you put them together, you get very different effects.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

February Meeting Night

It was a busy meeting last Friday, with the demonstration of the ScanNCut by Chris from Canberra Sewing and lots of business was got through too. There was a progress report on the forthcoming Exhibition in addition to the more usual matters. The Show and Tell included some lovely quilts this month, as always. One sample is this Gift Quilt quilted by Kays Quilts. Kay has been very generous, quilting all of the gift quilts that our members send her, allowing Queanbeyan Quilters to perhaps brighten the day of someone who is having a hard time. Fortunately too there are other members happy to bind the quilts and sew labels on them before they are given away.

Gift Quilt made by Leslie Miller
Quilted by Kay's Quilts