Thursday, 21 December 2006

Advertising in the Guild Newsletter

Is your favourite quilting business advertising in guild's newsletter, The Template? The Template reaches 1000 dedicated quilters every quarter, a worthwhile market for any quilting business, and our quilt show is the largest in Australia, with entries from members across Australia.

Advertising rates start from $82.50 (inc GST) for an eighth of a page ad, with discounts for ads running over four consecutive issues - see our advertising brochure for more details.

To advertise in The Template, contact the Publicity Officer

The deadline for submissions for the next [March 2007]issue of The Template is 8 January 2007 so don't delay!

Wednesday, 20 December 2006

Blog Housekeeping

Apologies to any subscriber that received multiple updates overnight. This happened because yesterday this blog was upgraded to Beta Blogger. In the process, some of the layout was also a little scrambled so you may notice some "tweaking" from time to time as I get images of those lovely Mini Marvel quilts back into the side bar.

The good news is that the new format enables "labels" to be applied to posts. This means that you can quickly find all blog entries relating to Quilt Show 2007 or Workshops and so on by clicking on the relevant label at the end of the post. Try it and see what I mean!

Monday, 18 December 2006

Calling Junior Quiltmakers

If the young quiltmaker (or prospective quiltmaker) in your home is at a loose end over the holidays, why not encourage them to make a quilt to enter into Sydney Quilt Show 2007?

There are some great prizes on offer including an encouragement award of Bernette 80E sewing machine generously sponsored by Bernina. What's more, there is no entry fee for guild members under 18 years of age to enter their quilts into the show.

Grinspoon by Nicolette Ahern
3rd prize - Junior Member B - Quilt Show 2006

Visit the guild website to view other winners of the Junior Member A (up to 12 years) and Junior Member B (13-18 years) categories from last year's quilt show and to download a membership application form.

Thursday, 14 December 2006

Festive Artist Trading Cards

Here is a selection of festive artist trading cards (3 1/2in x 2 1/2in) exchanged at the last general meeting at Burwood:

Monday, 11 December 2006

Meroogal Women's Art Prize

The Meroogal Women’s Arts Prize is a regional non-acquisitive competition and exhibition across the fields of visual arts, crafts and design. It is open to a work using any media made by a woman 18 years and over who is a resident of the south coast and greater Illawarra region.

This year's exhibition with the theme Reduce, recycle & renew at Meroogal includes Lisa Johnson's striking woollen quilt "Red Blankets Are Warmer" and Judith Bentley's wagga-style quilt "John's Jumpers".

Members and guests of The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc receive free admission and a complimentary cup of tea or coffee when visiting the exhibition at:

Historic House Trust Members Lounge
The Mint, 10 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW
10 October 2006 – 29 January 2007
Open Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 5pm

Sunday, 10 December 2006

The Template's cover: 2006 challenge winner

How good does Tanya Coxsedge's quilt look on the cover of The Template?
Tanya won the Guild's 2006 Challenge, Going to Pieces. In this issue, she writes about making this quilt - not an easy task, with such a confronting image being stitched.
In each issue, you'll find a piece about the cover quilt, so you can find out its story. This was one suggestion from the Guild's recent survey - the committee received lots of valuable input from this and is working through it all.
This issue doesn't use the usual Template masthead - mostly because the quilting hoop/needle would have done unkind things to Tanya's head!
Tanya included this comment about participating in Guild challenges:
I really enjoy the NSW Quilters' Guild challenges, for they force me to consider ideas I wouldn't have imagined on my own.
Read more about the Guild's 2007 Challenge, Looking Forward : Looking Back. Entry doesn't close until September 2007, and is open to all Guild members.
Look for your copy of this issue (Vol. 25 No. 1) in your letter box in mid-January.

Saturday, 9 December 2006

It's Show Time!

Well almost...the Sydney Quilt Show 2007 will be at the Darling Harbour Exhibition Centre from 27 June to 1 July 2007. The forthcoming issue of The Template includes an article setting out ways you can help make this 25th members' exhibition the best show ever. Pending the mail out of the entry form, here is a link to the categories and conditions of entry for Quilt Show 2007. These details are also set out in the attached pdf (60KB) document.

This is the beautiful Feather Medallion raffle quilt made by St Ives Quilters. The needle turn applique is just exquisite and is complemented by machine quilting by Jenny Campbell of Coastal Quilting.

Wednesday, 6 December 2006

Where's my Template?

Thanks for asking!

Coming soon, is the answer. If you'd like a taster of the contents of the new look Template, check The Template page on the Guild website - click here.

As the Guild's newsletter, it's packed with Guild news - and I do mean packed, it's remarkable how many activities are undertaken under the Guild's umbrella. So many people doing great work.

Monday, 4 December 2006

A Colourful Guild Calendar

Around sixty 12inch (30cm) quilts were entered into the Guild's calendar quilt challenge which closed last week. What a wonderful response! The quilts utilise a wide variety of techniques and styles. Here is a very small sample of entries that are already in the public domain:

The quilts will be on display at the 25th Sydney Quilt Show in June 2007 and the calendars for 2008 will be on sale. The quilts will then become another suitcase exhibition available to groups.

By the way, Lisa Walton, Nicole Bridges, Brenda Smith, Erica Spinks and rooruu also happen to have blogs and you will find links to their blogs on the side bar. If you are a guild member and would like your blog to be added to the list, please contact the Guild Webmaster.

Saturday, 2 December 2006

Official Blog Launch

Today is the final Guild general meeting of the year and, as a kind of Christmas present to Guild members, we will be officially launching this Guild blog. Welcome to all new readers who are visiting for the first time!

The Committee hopes that members (and prospective members!) will find this blog a valuable resource to catch up on all the latest Guild happenings. To ensure that you don't miss out, we encourage you to electronically subscribe to blog updates by either of these methods:

Enter your email address to receive new postings to this blog via e-mail
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If you subscribe with Bloglines, this allows you to set up a list of your favourite blogs on your computer. Then you can simply go to the list to see if a new article has been added to any of the blogs. This is much more efficient than manually checking the blogs one by one and means that you can quickly get back to quilting or other activities:-)

Neither of these services will notify you if comments have been left on the Guild blog. Nevertheless, we hope that you will leave comments from time to time as this is part of the fun of blogging and blog reading. Comment moderation has been set up on this blog which means any comments will be reviewed and approved before they show up but we anticipate that most messages will be cleared promptly. Alternatively, if you have a news item that you think might be suitable for posting on the blog, you can e-mail details to the Guild Webmaster.

As far as we know, this is the first blog by a major Australian quilting guild. The Committee is very excited about this initiative and welcomes feedback from members. Come back soon to see a selection of festive Artist Trading Cards from the swap at today's meeting:

Friday, 1 December 2006

Sydney Quilt Show Button

Preparations for the Sydney Quilt Show 2007 and Guild's 25th anniversary are well under way. If you would like to add the QS2007 button to your blog or website, here is the html code to insert into your blog template or webpage:

<a href=""><img src="" alt="Sydney Quilt Show 2007" /></a>

The button should look like this:
Sydney Quilt Show 2007
Please contact the Guild Webmaster if you require assistance.

Thursday, 30 November 2006

Guild Teacher Accreditation Program

Teacher accreditation is a valuable service provided by the Guild. This is not a training program, but rather recognition of proven skills of present and future teachers. The Guild now offers three programs of teaching accreditation to Guild members:

  • Program A - this is the full three-stage program for those people considering teaching, or relatively new to teaching traditional patchwork and quilting. Participants need to demonstrate broad knowledge and good technical skills in the basics of drafting, template making, piecing and applique, quilting and finishing methods. (Application fee $60);
  • Program B - this is a fast tracking version of the above program for teachers of traditional quiltmaking and is available to those who have established careers as teachers and those holding accreditation from an interstate Guild. (Application fee $30); and
  • Program C - this program is for those teachers who specialise in various advanced techniques used in innovative, art or traditional quiltmaking, without ever teaching the basics of patchwork and quilting. Of course, the work demonstrated should still demonstrate a broad knowledge of basic techniques in assembly and finishing. (Application fee $30.) Award winning quilt artist Kay Haerland was recently accredited under Program C.
On successful completion of either Program A or Program B, the applicant will be awarded Accredited Teacher of Patchwork & Quilting. Those completing Program C will be awarded Accredited Teacher - Special Techniques.

See this brochure (57KB pdf) for more information or contact the Teacher Accreditation Coordinator.

The Road to Budgewoi by Kay Haerland

Saturday, 25 November 2006

Christmas @ Burwood Meeting - 2 December 2006

The final general meeting for 2006 is at Burwood RSL (96 Shaftsbury Avenue, Burwood), this Saturday, 2 December 2006:

11am: Demonstration by Maree Gebhardt
1pm: General meeting with guest speaker, Isobel L - Guild Treasure!
Shop: Threads & Things - a mobile patchwork and quilting supplier

Bring something yummy to share for afternoon tea. You are also encouraged to bring ONE festive themed Artist Trading Card (3 1/2" x 2 1/2") to go into a draw to swap with other participants.

New and prospective members welcome!

Thursday, 23 November 2006

One Week to Go!

Don't forget that entries for the Calendar Challenge close on 30 November. There are some great entries coming forward including Raspberry Sorbet by Nic Bridges.

Monday, 20 November 2006

Rose Quilt Exhibition @ Bou-saada Vineyard

Bou-saada vineyard in Mittagong is hosting a textile exhibition with a rose theme until 23 December 2006. Co-ordinated by Alison Muir, the exhibition features works by 18 art quilters, including other guild members Helen Godden, Dianne Firth and Beth Miller. Click HERE for images of the beautiful quilts and more details about the exhibition.

Flaming Passion by Helen Godden

Friday, 17 November 2006

re-fabricating difference

If you attended the Sydney Quilt Show in June 2006 and enjoyed the re-fabricating retrospective exhibition, then you may be interested in the forthcoming re-fabricating difference exhibition:

Braemer Gallery
Blue Mountains Art Gallery
104 Macquarie Road
Springwood NSW 2777
24 November - 17 December 2006
Gallery Hours: 10am - 4pm Fri, Sat & Sun or by appointment
Tel: 4723 5946

'Belonging' by Christa Sanders (ACT)
featured in the re-fabricating retrospective

Tuesday, 14 November 2006

25th Anniversary Calendar Quilt Challenge

To celebrate the guild's 25th anniversary in 2007, members are invited to make a small quilt, 12 inches square to be judged for inclusion in a calendar for 2008. Any subject and any techniques will be welcome. Send your masterpiece to the Guild office by 30 November 2006. Quilts will be on display at the 25th Sydney Quilt Show in June 2007 and the calendars for 2008 will be on sale. The quilts may then become another suitcase exhibition available to groups.

Click here for a copy of the entry form in pdf format.

Amish Quilt Exhibition - North Sydney

There is a treat in store for Sydney quilting enthusiasts:

Amish Quilt Exhibition - One Week Only
Saturday 11 November to Sunday 19 November
10am - 4pm weekdays and 11am - 4pm weekends
North Sydney Council Chambers (upstairs)
200 Miller Street, North Sydney
Free admission

Wednesday, 25 October 2006

Workshop Information

The Guild organises one and two day workshops for its members. Well-known local, interstate and overseas tutors are engaged for these workshops. Unless otherwise indicated:

  • all workshops are held at the Epping Creative Centre, 26 Stanley Street, Epping;
  • workshops run from 9.30am to 4.00pm;
  • workshop fees are $66.00 per day; and
  • a requirements list will be sent once enrolment is accepted.
Forthcoming workshops include:
  • Dogs Down - Machine Quilting with Sue Dennis - Sunday 19 August 2007 FULLY BOOKED!;
  • Leaf it Alone with Sue Dennis - Monday 20 August 2007;
  • An Introduction to Colour with Judy Hooworth, Saturday 1 September 2007 at the Guild office FULLY BOOKED!; and
  • Winding Ways with Lynn Hewitt, Sunday 18 November 2007.
See the workshops page on the guild website for more information. Please click here for a workshop booking form or call (02) 9283 3737 to make a telephone reservation.

Creating Pattern by Sharyn Hall

Sunday, 22 October 2006

Going to Pieces! Theme Challenge

The theme challenge for 2006 attracted 41 entries. First prize was awarded to Tanya Coxsedge for her striking quilt "Going to Pieces":

Second prize was awarded to Helen Godden for "Screaming to Pieces":

A complete gallery of challenge quilts can be viewed on the guild's website. You can also book this suitcase exhibition to travel to your local community or quilting group. The guild will send the quilts out to you and all you have to pay for is the return postage.