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.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Up coming Quilt Exhibition : Armidale.

The Quilters and Patchworkers of New England are putting the final stitches to their Annual Quilting Exhibition.
Its not too late to plan a trip to this beautiful area of NSW, and with Autumn in full swing, the colours of this rural paradise will be visually uplifting, and stop-offs at local interest spots, wineries and eating venues, will keep the non-quilting visitors just as happy.

Detail of 2015 Raffle quilt.

Robyn Wood, one of the organisers of the exhibition reports : "The Proceeds of our raffle quilt for 2015 will go to the Music Therapy Program run by the New England Conservatorium of Music.
The program provides services to children from 18 months of age, to children making the transition to school, teenagers through to adults in their 60s with a variety of different needs, but mainly for those with autism spectrum disorder, dementia and acquired brain injury (through accident, drug or alcohol abuse).

This area of NSW is 'home' to many quilters, so come and support their lovely exhibition this year.

Dates   : Saturday - Sunday 28-29 March 2015
Venue  : Legacy House, Faulkner Street, Armidale.
Opening Hours : Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm
                            Sunday 9.00am - 4.00pm
Entry Fee : $5

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Brief report : Feb General Meeting 2015

Members attending last month's General Meeting at Burwood RSL were 'entertained' by the gifted and vibrant Guest speaker, Fiona Hammond. 
A colourful and visually inspiring slideshow of Fiona's textural and textile journey was accompanied by a hands on display of amazingly beaded and embellished jewellery, quilts, bowls and 3D fabric whimsy.

Kate Quilts hadn't any difficulty enticing many to purchase her lovely fabric packs and patterns,
and, the "Demonstration" at the commencement of the day, was a timely and extremely worthwhile, instructional presentation by Deborah Laurie, guiding members through the new procedure of submitting their Sydney Quilt Show Entry online.

The afternoon is always made even more colourful with "Show and Tell" and the first General Meeting 'back', in a New Year, consistantly produces a lovely array of quilts completed during the summer break.

The next General Meeting of The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc. will be the Country Meeting on Saturday 21st March, in Tuncurrry, where textile artist and quilter Jan Irvine-Nealie will be the Guest Speaker.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Quilt Exhibition : Wonga Park, Victoria

Quilts in the Barn 
Margaret Sampson-George
A Life's Journey : The work of a quilt teacher and her students

The Big Red Barn at Wonga Park, will be the venue for a very special quilt exhibition.
Wonga Park is a leafy outer suburb, approximately 1 hours drive from Melbourne Airport.

Highlighting the delightful quilts of Margaret Sampson-George, attendees will also be able to see many of the quilts created by Margaret's students from over the years.
This extremely popular and gifted teacher has inspired a generation of quilters with her whimsical ideas and unique approach to quilt design. Her delightful manner and excellent teaching keeps aficionados coming back for more, year after year, and this exhibition is a culmination of hard work and dedication from the many quilters who have been fortunate enough to learn from Margaret.

Highlights from the exhibition will be 
  • 2 x 1 hour workshops with Margaret each day
  • Fabric and quilting accoutrements, handmade items, and patterns for sale
  • Pop-up Shop
  • Refreshments
  • AND
        A Raffle showcasing the Quilt as detailed above, along with many runner-up fabric pack prizes.

This event proudly supports beyondblue  Hope. Recovery. Resilience. 

Dates : Friday & Saturday 27th & 28th March 2015
Times 10.00am - 4.00pm
Venue : 23 Hartley Road, Wonga Park, Victoria
Entry : $8.00