Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Friday Showcase with Fiona Hammond


Friday Showcase

Friday 5th February 2016

10am - 11.30 am

Fiona Hammond

Guild Office Pitt St Sydney
All Welcome.

Fiona Hammond is a mixed-media artist whose love of beads, textiles and fibre has led to an eclectic array of wearable and non-wearable pieces since 1999 – everything from contemporary quilts to jewellery and sculptural forms.  Her main modalities are beadwork, quilting, kumihimo braiding and coiled basketry. She is well-known for her love of vibrant colour and a somewhat quirky aesthetic.  Fiona’s quilts and beadwork pieces have been seen in Australian quilting and beading magazines, as well as various exhibitions. She has received many awards and prizes for her work over the years.  Fiona is an enthusiastic teacher in the field of creative arts and crafts, and loves to share her knowledge and skills with her students. www.chiatanyadesigns.com.au
Rasberry Lime Splice 2009

 Velvet Slivers 2005

Dancing Platter 2014


Monday, 1 February 2016

Call for Entries: Sydney Quilt Show 2016


Entries for the Sydney Quilt Show 2016 are now open!

QuiltNSW once again offers members an online option. This year we have a fully integrated Online Entry Form – payments are made by credit card through our secure ANZ portal and you’ll receive immediate email confirmation of your entry on payment. We encourage you to use the online method as it streamlines the payment and data collection process and allows our volunteers to better administer entries.

This is our last year exhibiting at the Glebe Island location for the Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair. Get involved, put the dates in your diary and bring a friend along this year to introduce them the wonderful, creative world of patchwork and quilting.

Prepare your entry early so that you know that it will be received by the closing date Monday 14 March 2016.

Online Entry Forms & Frequently Asked Questions

Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for members to participate in the Sydney Quilt Show. For your assistance, we have prepared some answers to frequently asked questions about the updated online entry process in 2016.  See the Guide to the 2016 Online Entry Form for further information.

Mail Entries

Members may also submit entries by mail.  Forms are posted out to QuiltNSW members with the February 2016 newsletter. Alternatively, download: 
NB: To enter a quilt in the Sydney Quilt Show 2016, you must be a QuiltNSW member for the 2015/2016 financial year. Membership is due 1 July each year for the year ending the following June. Complete the Online Membership Form or download a Membership Application Form (PDF).

Key dates for 2016

  • 14 March: Closing Date for online and postal entries
  • 1 May: Acceptance letters dispatched
  • 15 June: Deadline for quilts to be delivered to Drop Off Person
  • 22-26 June: Sydney Quilt Show, Glebe Island
  • 3 July: Deadline for quilts to be collected from Drop Off Person

Further questions?

Please direct any queries to:

    Saturday, 30 January 2016

    Quilt Study Group 2016: February Talk by Kerry Easton



    German made Edwardian Sewing basket

    On Saturday the 13th of February 2016, Kerry Easton will give a talk and display of needlework implements for the Quilt Study Group of NSW. Kerry is a member of The Needlework Tool Collectors Society of Australia and has a wonderful collection of the needlework tools that we all take for granted and are of special interest to quilters.  

    Please bring along any examples of your historic needlework implements to show and share with us.




    Avery Butterfly Needle Case
    The talk will start at 2pm and will be held in the Meeting Room at The Glover Cottages, 124 Kent Street, Millers Point in Sydney. Entry is $5 for members of the Quilters' Guild of NSW, $10 for other guests. Afternoon tea is provided.

    Thursday, 28 January 2016

    Whispered Threads 2015 Exhibiton


    Whispered Threads 2015 is on exhibition at Sutherland Library in south Sydney until 7 February 2016.  It is a Chinese Whispers challenge undertaken last year by Quilt NSW members: Christine Kondratenko, Sandra Lyons, Deborah Louie, Robyn Eves, Robert James,Heather Middleton, Gail Sadleir and Denise Sargo. A second series is under way.

    As Robyn Eves explains:
    Whispered Threads arose out of a desire to try a Chinese Whispers style quilt challenge, a version of which I had seen exhibited in the UK in 2014. 
    As I understood it, it starts with an image/photo (or object) shown only to Whisperer (textile artist) 1 who makes a quilt in response to it. That quilt is passed on to Whisperer 2 who makes a quilt in response to it. That quilt is passed on to Whisperer 3 and so on. The quilts were restored to their owners after they had served their purpose and then finally collected for photographing and exhibition (in camera). 
    Each Whisperer was given 5 weeks to complete his or her quilt.
    No one saw any quilt except the one immediately before their own and the quilts were revealed at the same time to the whole group for a private first viewing. 
    It has been a most interesting experience and there has been much discussion about the challenges, and possible changes that we would like to see in Whispered Threads 2016.

    Wednesday, 27 January 2016

    Talking about Colour: Cathy Jack Coupland

    Colour, a solo exhibition by Quilt NSW member Cathy Jack Coupland continues at Timeless Textiles Gallery, 90 Hunter St, Newcastle East NSW until 14 February 2016. Here's a video with Cathy talking about Colour.

    Friday, 22 January 2016

    Australian Embroidery



    Australian Embroidery

    15 - 31 January 2016

    Government House Sydney

    Macquarie St

    Featuring items from the Embroiderers' Guild NSW's collection, highlighting Australiana and Australian embroiderers and textile artists.

    The exhibition includes traditional and contemporary pieces in techniques such as whitework (as seen below), quilting, surface stitchery, machine embroidery and pulled and drawn work.

    Tours are scheduled on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, every half hour from 10.30 am to 3pm. Further information www.governor.nsw.gov.au. Special extended viewing on Australia Day.


    Wednesday, 20 January 2016


    Colour: Cathy Jack Coupland

    an exhibition with the theme 'Colour Me Australia'

    Timeless Textiles Gallery Newcastle

    (90 Hunter St)

    21.1.16  till 14.2 16

    Opening night 6pm - 8pm Thursday 21st Jan. 2016 by Mary Brown.

    'Waratah'

    Sydney based textile artist Cathy Jack Coupland demonstrates her mastery of colour in her first solo exhibition at Timeless Textiles Gallery in Newcastle.
    The works in the Colour: Cathy Jack Coupland exhibition range from bold use of bright, solid colours to the subtlest interweaving of contrasting-coloured threads.

    'Kookaburra'
    Cathy’s works are entirely covered with thousands upon thousands of stitches.  These beautiful works are all free-machine-embroidered, a technique also referred to as ‘thread painting’.   The resulting surface shimmers and undulates with a life all their own.
    “I am thrilled to hold my first solo exhibition at Timeless Textiles in Newcastle.  I want to show how important colour is to me and to my work.  It’s an amazing subject to study and research and it can have a huge impact on our senses and emotions.  It is inspiring and pleasurable for me and I hope, all who view it.”