Friday, 29 August 2014

September 2014 : Friday Showcase

Gums At Uluru
Linda Akehurst, Textile designer and quilter is the next presenter for Friday Showcase at the Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc.
She lives in Colo Vale and is a valued member of Southern Highlands Quilters.

Come and listen to Linda's journey from Homemaker Sewer to Quilter, Designer and Teacher. 

Date : Friday 5th September
Time : 10am start.
Venue : Guild Office
             Level 5
             276 Pitt St, Sydney.

All are Welcome!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Spring Quilt Shows 2014

With Spring just around the corner, now is the time to diarise all of the wonderful local Quilt Exhibitions that involve quilters across the state showcasing their creativity.

Moree Quilters                                                                           
Quilt Show - Rapt in Fabric                                                                                                      
Dates : Friday - Saturday 16th August - 13 September                                      
Opening Hours : Monday- Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm, 
Saturday 10.00am - 1.00pm               
Venue : Moree Plains Gallery; cnr Frome & Heber Streets, Moree     
Enquiries: Helen 02 6752 2127

Berry Quilting Exhibition                                                                                                                        
                 Venue : Berry School ofArts, Alexandra Street Berry, NSW 
                 Dates and Opening Hours : 30 & 31 August 2014 : 9.30 - 4.00pm each day.
                 Berry Textiles Art Prize - One Red Thread "Moulin Rouge"
                 " A World of Colour" Textile Art Prize
                 "Desert Threads" Exhibition
                 "The Sentinels" Exhibition
                 Admission $5.00
In conjunction with Berry Patchwork & Children's Medical Research Institute, Gerringong Committee.

Macleay Quilters' Inc.                                                                                                                            
Friday - Saturday 5 - 6th September                                                                                        
Opening Hours : Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm , Saturday 9.00am - 4.00pm
Venue :  Kempsey Showground, Sea Street, Kempsey                                                                                          Enquiries : Ruth Allsopp 02 65617113 

Quilts on The Downs                                                                                                                          Saturday - Sunday 6 -7th September                                                                                      
Opening Hours : 10.00am - 4.00pm
Venue : Heatherton Manor, 108 Sanctuary Drive, Windsor Downs                                                                                                                   
Entry : $5.00                                                                                                                                 Enquiries Heather 02 45740032                                                                                                                                                             

Friday, 15 August 2014

Guild Retreat

. . . 'Show's Over. . . . 
. . . Mini Mod's been put to bed  . . . .

. . . . What's next?

The Guild Retreat, of course!

Catherine Porter is another of those Guild Members who quietly go about creating and administering the amazing calendar of events that The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc offer each year.

The Guild Retreat is Catherine's "baby" and as Retreat Co-ordinator she is hoping to meet many more members at this years' weekend away in The Hunter Valley.

Last year's happy quilters at Blackheath still smiling after two and a half days of grinning, chatting and concentrating!

Catherine promises a weekend of comfortable accommodation, shopping, laughing, wining and dining, and....oh yes....quilting!

The venue, The Hunter Valley Hotel Academy is only 2 hours from Sydney, has plenty of room for the quilter who brings a mountain of stash who needs space to create, and professes to offer lovely food, wine tasting and  ground floor access to all rooms.
This will be the room for sewing at Kurri Kurri, sporting plenty of power outlets for the machine enthusiast as well as for those who like to bring extra lighting. Tables will be provided.

What to sew? Well, any of your own personal projects. Maybe now is the time to break the back of the 2015 Red and White Challenge. All members are welcome: beginners, experienced and experts, and when Catherine uses the words "friendly" and "productive" when describing previous retreats, it is obvious that attendees are in for a treat - at this year's retreat!

Details about the weekend can be found on page 10 of the May issue of The Template.
The booking form needs to be filled out promptly and returned with payment to the Guild Office
Retreat Dates : Friday - Sunday 12-14 September 2014

Final Payments are due August 29

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Reef Dreamscapes Exhibition: Gosford Regional Gallery

Reef Dreamscapes: Gosford Regional Gallery,
2 August- 7 September 2014
Gallery hours: 10am-4pm daily Free Admission

Guild member Maureen Locke-Maclean and Helen Lancaster transform the Foyer Gallery into an underwater world. Corals, seaweeds, jellyfish, starfish, sea anemones and a variety of sea slugs are brought to life through sculptural textile installations using a range of techniques including machine embroidery, dyeing and the ancient art of Japanese Shibori.  See more at

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Suitcase Challenge 2014

Dont despair!
Many a quilt has been produced in far less time than currently available for entry into this years'  Suitcase Challenge.
In three and a half weeks the 40cm x 40cm Mini Modern quilts being collected in the Guild Office will 'disappear' for judging.
Will yours be there?
For those who are wont to leave it "down to the wire" there is still time to peruse these books in the Guild Library for inspiration.
Entry Forms are available for downloading on the website .

'Mini Modern'  : Due Date : 5 September 
Completed quilts to be sent to Guild Office.
Please ensure to post early.
All quilts will be displayed at The Annual General Meeting of The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc on the 18 October at Burwood and Viewers' Choice will be selected at this meeting.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Canberra Quilters Exhibition.

Canberra Quilters Inc members are in the organisational throes of mounting their Annual Exhibition  at Exhibition Park Canberra

If you are planning a trip to Canberra soon, why not have your visit co-incide with the Craft and Quilt Fair

Dates : Thursday 21st - Sunday 24h August 2014
Times : 10am - 4.30pm
Venue : Exhibition Park Canberra

Sunday, 10 August 2014

BOQ : Old Maid's Puzzle

Old Maid's Puzzle blocks, as seen in the guild office this week.
This 10 inch block, so easily rotary cut, is the Block of the Quarter and any delivered to the office of The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc by this Tuesday 12 August, or brought to the guild meeting at Burwood on Saturday 16 August, will go into "the winner takes all" draw at the meeting.

Fabric colours need to be one light yellow and a variety of pinks. The block diagram, cutting and piecing directions are in the May 2014 edition of The Template.

Guild member Erica Spinks  is the volunteer who is responsible for creating the design and publication of this regular activity. Erika is one of many "behind the scenes" volunteers who offer their expertise and commitment to the varied facets of administering our large organisation.
Thankyou Erica!