Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Fresh Year for Queanbeyan Quilters Inc

On Friday 26th July, Queanbeyan Quilters Inc held their Annual General Meeting. The President thanked the outgoing Committee for their hard work over the year and thanked members for their dedicated and consistent support of the club. The Returning Officer went through the nominations for this year, congratulating each candidate as they were elected.

The Committee of Queanbeyan Quilters Inc for the year ahead 2019-2020 is as follows:

President             -    Cassandra Philpot
Vice President    -     Narell Smit
Treasurer             -    Bryony De La Motte
Secretary             -    Paula Moloney
Committee          -    Liz Hendrickson
                                   Dacia Wells
                                   Lyn Alder

Narell, Cassandra, Bryony, Liz and Dacia

President’s Report
Queanbeyan Quilters Inc Annual General Meeting
 26th July 2019

Queanbeyan Quilters Inc has had a busy year with good attendance at all sessions whether in the light-filled room at Karabar on Thursdays or on Fridays in the spacious and well-lit Letchworth centre which has plenty of available amenities.

A strong committee has kept things running smoothly over the year, only needing to formally convene three times. A revised constitution was adopted by the club and gives specific procedures for particular eventualities, should they ever arise.

I would particularly like to thank Cheryl Taylor for her regular and essential attendance, opening and setting up the tables and chairs for all our sessions and I wish her well during her travels over the coming year.

Narell organised another retreat to Lake Crackenback Spa & Resort, with great food and camaraderie as well as lots of sewing in marvellous picturesque surroundings.

The club continued to support the Queanbeyan Show by providing prizes for junior quilt makers and supplying a steward to receive and hang quilts.

The club also showed support for Braidwood Airing of the Quilts with gift quilts provided to hang in the street and members’ quilts entered in the Indoor Show. Several of our members continue to enjoy their quilting Wednesdays with our Braidwood friends.

We celebrated Christmas at the club at the end of November, at the meeting which was held a week later than usual so as not to clash with Braidwood Airing of The Quilts activities. We also went out for Christmas dinner at the Hotel Queanbeyan where we had our own decorated room and personal service plus bonbons and small gifts from fellow members.

Using our numbers we pre-purchased tickets to visit the Canberra Craft & Quilt Fair last August and enjoyed seeing what Canberra Quilters had achieved. Narell organised a bus to take us to the Sydney show in June but only a few members and guests took the bus. The Show itself was enjoyed by all who went to it, by bus or otherwise.

The Gift quilts program has run away with success. So many have been made, Kay ran out of batting. Donations from businesses have been used up and more batting was ordered. Spotlight had a wonderful sale and members used their discount vouchers on cotton batting. Some members have continued to make either blocks, quilts or laundry bags for Aussie Hero Quilt distribution. Quilts were given to the Pink Party organisers and the August Quiz Night of Rise Above. The club sent quilts to the Bunyip region after their bad fires earlier in the year. A quilt was given to the Hospital Auxiliary for a Christmas time raffle. We are continuing to supply Home in Queanbeyan with quilts, four of them recently. Glenis has made many trips to the Louisa Domestic Violence Service with quilts for them to distribute. Liz Hendrickson has led the sewing, demonstrating how to make zipped bags and encouraged the group to fill up toiletry bags for Louisa. Sandra Still made a beautiful quilt for Walk 4 Babies, a fundraiser for the Queanbeyan Hospital Maternity Ward. A large box of quilts was sent to the Bunyip area of Victoria which suffered in recent fires, just as we did for Tathra the year before. The club has been working on quilts for teenagers in need of support. These will be progressively given out to organisations working with youngsters starting out from adverse circumstances.

Particular thanks are due to my Vice President Chris Charlton who has organised our many speakers at meetings throughout the year. Beth and Trevor Reid brought many quilts and described their quilting journey and how they work together. Anne Pratt from Home in Queanbeyan showed a video about their residents. Kate Vavasour aka ColourAngelbyKV talked about her designs and use of Spoonflower. Leonie Fraser demonstrated Westalee rulers. Club members Sandra Still, Cassandra Philpot and Maryanne Haslam showed some of their quilts from then and now. Marg from Addicted to Fabric talked about what they were doing in the shop and upcoming classes.

Special thanks to Glenis for her many years of looking after the library, adding new books which have been donated or purchased, covering them and keeping records of book loans and stocktake of the books.  There have been many additions to the library over the year; some are donated books, some have been requested by members. We have cut back on magazine subscriptions and note that many have gone out of business.

The club has tried to run technique nights throughout the year based on what people would like to learn or do. Sandra Still prepared a kaleidoscope workshop which was well subscribed and much enjoyed. Bryony prepared and led several nights which led to many gift quilts being made. Julie ran the Crosscut quilt night encore and did a demo of photocopy transfer to fabric. Julie also arranged to make new labels, via Spoonflower, for the club. They are bright and fresh and look good stitched onto the quilts. Members had an Accuquilt cutting demo mutual night. On another night we cut out Hearts for Christchurch to applique onto blocks and we also did a curved block cutting night.

At Spotlight, one of our major sponsors, we had members demonstrate patchwork at the VIP night and Quilt Expo weekend and help customers with their questions.

The Monthly Inspirations has been run this year with several people participating each month. Thanks to Liz Hendrickson for making this happen.

We are now well into preparation for the next Exhibition, to be held 17th to 20th April next year. Two raffle quilts are already made and valued. Challenges have been set. The first one was called “Home” and Liz has the packs with information. A small fee applies as there is something to be used in each piece made. The Community Challenge is called “Living Without 2020 Vision”. Yet to be announced is the Circular Display Challenge.

We continue to work closely with Council and enjoy our facilities. The lighting at Letchworth was patchy but has been replaced and is now bright and even and good for the detailed work we do. We have been successful in obtaining a grant to cover some of our rent for the coming year, very helpful given how costs have increased while membership has slipped somewhat. The club hired some storage space but has now transferred everything to an outside-accessed store room at Letchworth. After keeping our quilt stands under the Bicentennial Hall stage for longer than I’ve been a member, we were finally asked at the end of last year to remove them as they are doing some upgrades to the Hall. With the help of a few members and their husbands, we took all the rods, stands and metal components out and transferred them over to the store room at Letchworth. The amazing thing is, they all fitted inside! Setting up and dismantling the next show is going to be quite a business with the extra    work of transferring them to and from the Exhibition hall.

All in all, it has been an enjoyable and productive year and I thank all the members who make up our friendly club for their continuing support and the hard-working committee and people with special jobs who lighten the load for all of us. I hope you continue to belong and to enjoy our community.

Cassandra Philpot

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 Join the Club 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.