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Braidwood Quilt Event Time is coming!

Yes it is only 4 months until the annual Braidwood ‘Airing of the Quilts’ to be held in the last weekend of November 2018.

Dates and events for your calendar

  • 23rd November - Official opening by Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) mayor Tim Overall at 6pm with drinks and light supper.
  • 24th and 25th November - displays and competitions
    • Indoor Competition - In memory of the late Jill McLeod, who was one of the initial organizers of the Airing of the Quilts, there will be a separate prize of - $200 the ‘Jill McLeod Award for Excellence in Quiltmaking’
      There will be a number of categories all with financial prizes and/or encouragement awards details to be forwarded in mid August.
    • Outdoor Competition – ‘Airing of the Quilts’ will be conducted for 2 days in 2018. There is so much work to organize this event and many more attractions occurring for the ‘2018 Festival of Braidwood’ that we have decided that all outdoor quilts will be hung on both Saturday and Sunday. NOTE: All quilts will be brought in-doors by 4pm on the Saturday and the Sunday
  • Planned changes to Delivery & Collection of Quilts - The Braidwood Quilters hope to be able to provide assistance to entrants from nearby places by having collection point in North Canberra and South Canberra as well as Batemans Bay area. This will save many quilters from postage and/or driving to Braidwood. More news in mid-August.
  • Craft Stalls - We have listened to all those who have held craft stalls in the past few years and have two options and awaiting confirmation. It will not be at the previous location. More news in the coming weeks.
  • Braidwood Festival Events in planning - to keep you all and your family entertained - • Fabric Stalls • In-door Craft Stalls • Out Door Markets • Open Gardens • Garlic Festival • Wedding Dresses through the ages • Vintage Cars • Carriage Rides • and more…….

Stay tuned for more

BQI Annual Luncheon

The 60 attendees at our 18th July annual ‘Christmas in July Luncheon enjoyed a delicious morning tea of homemade slices and a superb two course lunch served by Braidwood's Vanilla Catering.

Throughout the day the ‘Surprise’ raffle was conducted whereby everyone won a prize. There were a number of interesting ‘show and tell’ by attendees as well as ladies delving into the ‘goodies’ bag supplied by Braidwood Community Bank with additional goodies donated by Braidwood Quilters.

Over the past two years challenges of foxes and parrots have been made into quilts and were displayed on the day. These will be sent to children wards in nearby hospitals.

The 2018 challenge created by Braidwood Quilt Shop is the ‘Scarlet Robin’, the template and 10” square of material were provided and guests are asked to return the ‘square’ with their chosen stitching of the Scarlet Robin as soon as practical, so that quilts can be made for children’s hospitals. An additional display was provided by those who attended the recent ‘Free Form Embroidery’ course conducted by Lois McKenzie of Braidwood (you may remember Lois gave a presentation in 2017).

The guest speaker was Crystal McCann from Canberra Modern Quilters who provided an excellent presentation of her life as a quilter and the trend of modern quilting. She also provided a number of her works for guests to view.

The raffle quilt made by Maia Butler from Queanbeyan and Braidwood Quilters was won by Lois McKenzie of Braidwood.

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What do we do?

  • We organise the annual Braidwood Quilt Event and the famous Airing of the Quilts
  • We hold the Braidwood Quilters mid-year Country Luncheon
  • We plan monthly community quilt workshops
  • We get together every Wednesday for sewing, fun and goss
  • Our members support worthy projects
  • We travel quilts to support other quilting organisations
  • We initiate and participate in “fusion events” which cross over into other areas of the arts

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  • like friendship and creativity,
  • enjoy the company of like minded people,
  • appreciate support from your peers and happy to support others,
  • would like to learn or further your skills and techniques or
  • would be happy to mentor others,
  • love rich fabrics and love creating timeless quilts,

then Braidwood Quilters is the right group for you.

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The Braidwood Quilt Event is sponsored by the Braidwood Community Bank