Friday, 17 April 2015

BOQ : Hourglass

Erica Spinks (BOQ Co-ordinator) has put together a very easy block pattern for members this quarter, and with Sydney Quilt Show Entries probably 'done and dusted' this stress free block could be  attended to with one's eyes shut!

The Hour Glass block is an extremely common name for a number of quilt blocks, and this month's BOQ is a variation of the Hour Glass, sometimes referred to as Buck-eye Beauty, or, simplified Jacobs Ladder.
In fact there are more than 16 names, historically, that have been attributed to the Hour Glass block, extremely simple to both cut and construct.
Full details of colours and prints required and cutting information can be found on page 29 of the February 2015 edition of 'The Template'

Completed blocks may be brought to the Burwood Meeting on Saturday 16th May, 2015, or posted to reach the Guild Office by Tuesday 12th May

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Living Colour Exhibition at Gosford Regional Gallery 18 April-27 May 2015

Living Colour! is a travelling textile art exhibition curated by Brenda Gael Smith and featuring the work of many Guild members including Jenny Bacon, Sue Dennis, Robyn Eves, Dianne Firth, Kay Haerland and Carolyn Sullivan.

Living Colour! tours next to Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford, Australia from 18 April – 27 May 2015.  Come along to the opening and curator floor talk at 2pm on Saturday 18 April.  Other curator floor talks at 2pm on Saturday, 2 May and Saturday, 16 May 2015.  All welcome!

Monday, 13 April 2015

Springwood Community Quilt Show 2015

Springwood are celebrating 10 years of Quilt Shows with their upcoming exhibition next week, and in honour of the event, their Raffle Quilt this year is truly gorgeous. The hand pieced design is based on an original vintage 1930's quilt and is made up of typical 30's (reproduction) fabrics.

'Local' Blue Mountains lady, Rhonda Pearce will be featured as Guest Quilter. Most quilters will know of Rhonda as having owned "Post Office Patchwork" in Glenbrook, and those who witnessed the creation of her Baltimore Classic were unsurprised by her 1st Place in the Professional Applique section, and Viewers Choice Awards at the 2013 Houston Quilt Show. Her quilts are a visual delight.

Rhonda's Quilt Display will be complemented by the usual fabulous quilt exhibition from local quilters, stalls selling craft goodies, and a cafe stop for those needing refreshments.
Please do come to the mountains for a day and support Blue Mountains Rural Fire Service, and Textile Studies at Springwood High School. All will be welcome!

Dates and times     :  Friday     24th April  10-4pm
                                 Saturday 25th April  11- 4pm
                                 Sunday 26th April   10-4pm
Venue : Springwood High School Hall
              Grose Road, Faulconbridge.
              (watch for the signs on the highway at Faulconbridge)
Admission : $6

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Pop-Up Sewing Day : April 2015

Not the Easter Bunny . . but you'd be a bunny to miss the next Pop-Up Sewing Day!

Hobbysew Top Ryde will co-host the next Pop-Up Sewing day with The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc.

Shoppers who usually patronise this store will already know that they are Australia's largest Quilting and Patchwork store, offering a vast array of fabric, accessories, sewing furniture and an in-store "Craft Cafe"

Members who attended the inaugural Pop-Up day a few weeks ago will have, no doubt, already registered for this next event through the Guild's Office, as there has been excellent feedback received by the committee.

This month there will again be a Lucky Door prize and 10% discount offered on purchases.
Numbers will probably be limited to 25, and at this month's event those who bring their machines will find plenty of room to set up, as the venue is large and light filled.
The good thing to know is that ample parking is under cover, right at the door, so no need to transfer a sewing machine any distance.

The best carpark entrance is :

Top Ryde City Shopping Centre - Level 2, Shop MM20 
For easy and direct access, enter via the Pope Street Carpark Entrance - Via Smith Street
 Store Phone:  9877 5067

For those using public transport, take the lift to level 2 and follow the signs to Hobbysew. There are a number of buses to Top Ryde City Shopping centre and it is best to visit the Public Transport Information Website to plan your journey.

The instore Hobbysew Craft Cafe has reasonably priced coffee, drinks, cakes & light lunches, however, members are welcome to bring their own lunch. 
Alternatively there are plenty of lunch options in the shopping centre.

Date  :  Friday 10th April
Time : 10am - 3pm
Venue : Hobbysew Top Ryde
              Shop MM2 faces into the car park near the Myers entrance
Cost   : (Nil) 

Please note : This event is for Members Only

Please book through the Guild Office 

Monday, 23 March 2015

1st Pop-up Sewing Day : Report

Members of The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc who gathered at Quiltsmith last week for the inaugural Pop- up Sewing Day revelled in the convivial atmosphere that only a group of like minded quilters can fully understand and appreciate.
Passers by may have heard many 'Ooh's and Ahh's' and a fair degree of laughter, emanating from the large workroom that Quiltsmith provided for the 10am - 3pm day of shared wisdoms, sewing and  socialisation.

A number of participants were busily putting final touches to their Sydney Quilt Show entries, and it was a privilege to see in detail several of the 'Red and Whites' being created for this year's Challenge.

Complimentary tea and coffee (and cakes) were much appreciated, and whilst there was a little good-humoured chiding about "it being rigged", the Lucky Door vouchers went to the very delighted Lynette T, and Salley G. There was absolutely no difficulty in 'cashing' these in, as Quiltsmith offers an extensive choice of glorious fabrics and sewing essentials.

4 members of the Management Committee also partook in the fun, and enjoyed talking to several younger members.
If a member can't usually attend the Saturday 'Burwood Meetings' then these Pop-Up days will be a great way to feel part of the Guild.

A big 'Thankyou' to the President Linda Butcher and her committee for organising this event, and to Melinda Smith and Quiltsmith staff for generously offering their premises, and friendly, fabric help . . .
everyone had such a lovely day!

Members, please keep an eye on Template Free - 'the blog', for more information about the next Pop-up Sewing Day.
It will be at Hobbysew, Top Ryde on Friday April 10th, 10am - 3 pm.
A Booking can be made through the Guild Office, now, and again numbers will be limited.

It's always enjoyable to see 'new faces' and new quilts, so do think about attending the next Pop-Up Sewing Day.

Your attendance will be most welcome!

Friday, 20 March 2015

Call for Entries: World Quilt Competition 2015

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

March 2015 Friday Showcase Report

The 'unsung hero' of quilting is often discovered at a Friday Showcase and Jan Foster is no exception.
We all 'know' Jan, but as she lives in rural NSW, it is only her local quilt circle who may really be au fait with Jan's creative and technical finesse with a long arm. 
At the March Friday Showcase, city Members were able to observe in greater detail the superb results of Jan's meticulous and extraordinary quilting skills, accompanied by a self-deprecating, yet humorous expose of the artistic journey that has brought Jan to become a well respected and loved teacher on the Central Coast.
In short, we were all gobsmacked by Jan's beautiful quilting.
From her own whole cloth designs to 'edge-to-edge' to Custom work, Jan obviously treats each stitch in each pattern or repeat with care, and considered judgement.
Thankyou Jan, for allowing us the privilege of being able to discover, touch and appreciate your lovely creations.
The next Friday Showcase will be on Friday May 1st, in the Guild Office.
All members are welcome to attend. Entry is $5, and bringing 'your own cup' is most appreciated.