Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Crowle Foundation Needlecraft Sale: 3 May

This Saturday, The Crowle Foundation will be holding a unique voluntary fundraising project offering generously donated treasures at bargain prices to needle crafters and quilters:

11th Annual Needlecraft and Textile Sale
Saturday 3rd May 2008
Gates open 7.30am
Belmore Street entrance: 76 Belmore Street, Ryde NSW

All proceeds of this one day sale go direct to the Foundation, a community based organisation providing accommodation, training, employment and community access services to adults with an intellectual disability.

In addition, the Foundation plans to have the Emporium (including the existing Fabric Cave) open on Mondays and Fridays and the first Sunday of the month. The Foundation welcomes any donations of quilt and craft fabrics in good condition for resale.

Sunday, 27 April 2008

2 May Friday Showcase: Rae Cashman

Rae Cashman presents the May showcase at the Guild Office at 10am, Friday 2 May 2008. Rae is a longstanding member of the Guild and has shared her traditional-style quilts at the Sydney Quilt Show more than 15 times. Rae is also a "drop off lady" for the Quilt Show - just one of many vital volunteer roles that help make the quilt show happen. If you are able to assist with white glove duty, catalogue sales, raffle tickets sales, on the membership desk or in the Treasurer's office, please complete and return the Volunteer Form to the Guild Office.

My Tribute to Sarah Johnson by Rae Cashman (QS2007)

Friday, 25 April 2008

Eastwood Patchwork Quilters Exhibition: 1-3 May

May 1 –3 10am to 4.30pm
Brush Farm House, 19 Lawson St Eastwood
Admission: $6

A chance to see a spectacular display of traditional quilts made by the members of Eastwood Patchwork Quilters, while visiting historic Brush Farm House, 19 Lawson St Eastwood .

Over 150 beautiful quilts made by our members will be displayed.

Located on bus routes 545 and 550 Chatswood/Macquarie/Eastwood/Parramatta.

Brush Farm House(pictured) was built around 1820 by Gregory Blaxland, one of the first Europeans to find a route across the Blue Mountains. It is one of Australia’s oldest and substantial houses remaining from the Macquarie era. It has been, recently restored and renovated as an exhibition space by Ryde City Council.

We will also use additional exhibition space in the adjacent Corrective Services Training facility.

Refreshments, light lunches, and quilt and craft stores will be available.

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Springwood High Quilt Show:25-27 April 2008

If you are anywhere near the Blue Mountains this Anzac weekend, be sure to visit:

Springwood High Quilt Show
Springwood High School Hall, Grose Road, Falconbridge

Friday 25 April: 11am - 5pm

Saturday 26 April: 9am - 5pm

Sunday 27 April: 9am - 4pm

Entry: $5 (children under 12 free)

Proceeds to Springwood High textiles faculty and Kids with Cancer. Featuring over 150 quilts on display, trading tables, Alices' tea party raffle quilt, free demonstrations during the day and Bygone Beauty's teapot display. Enquiries: Robyn Stuart (02) 4758 8869

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

QS2008 Gala Dinner - 13 June

It's time to book your place at the Gala Dinner held as part of the Sydney Quilt Show 2008. Come along for great company and a sumptuous dinner as well as an interesting presentation from guest speakers Sarah Fielke and Kathy Doughty from Material Obsession.

Gala Dinner
6pm for 6.45pm dinner: Friday, 13 June 2008
Venue: Novotel Rockford, 17 Little Pier St, Darling Harbour

Cost: $55 per person, 3 course menu
Disabled access is available at the venue

Bookings with payment must be received by Friday, 30 May 2008 at the Guild office. (Please contact the venue directly on (02) 8217 4000 regarding any specific dietary requirements.)

Thursday, 17 April 2008

QS2008 Guest Exhibitor: Kim McLean

Award winning quiltmaker Kim McLean is this year's guest exhibitor at the Sydney Quilt Show. Seventeen of her stunning large quilts will be on display including two Sydney Best of Show quilts from the early 1990s, A Tisket A Tasket, Fill up Casey's Basket (1991) and Casey, Santa, the Beach, It must be Christmas (1992) together with Houston prize winners Hexagon Stars and, Turkish Tiles. Each of these four quilts has graced the cover of Quilters' Newsletter Magazine so viewers are in for a real treat.

After a seven year quilting hiatus, Kim started making combined applique and pieced quilts again in the early 2000s. While her early quilts were made from reproduction fabrics, more recently Kim has been using contemporary fabrics. Princess Feathers (pictured) features bright Kaffe Fassett fabrics is a masterful example of a modern quilt made in keeping with the spirit of antique quilts. Be sure to come and look at the quilts in person.

Princess Feathers ©2007 Kim McLean
See the Guild Website for details of other feature displays at the Sydney Quilt Show 2008.

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Nelson Bay Quilters Quilt Show:17-22 April 2008

In 2007, Nelson Bay Quilters held a challenge with the theme Looking through your Window. The challenge quilts along with an exhibition of other member quilts will be available for all to see at:

Nelson Bay Quilters Biennial Quilt Show
10am - 4pm
Thursday 17th to Tuesday 22nd April 2008
Port Stephens Community Arts Centre,
Shoal Bay Rd, Nelson Bay.
Official Opening Friday 18th April at 11am,

$5 entry to opening only, admission free of charge at all other times.
Enquiries: 0413363245

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Raffle Quilt 2008

The cover of the March newsletter, The Template, features the fabulous Guild raffle quilt for 2008. Tuesday's Folly was made by The Piecemakers group from Earlwood. Raffle tickets were distributed with the March newsletter but you can always purchase more from the Guild office or at the Sydney Quilt Show.

Tuesday's Folly by The Piecemakers

Thursday, 10 April 2008

Australia's Biggest Quilting Bee

The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc invites you to participate in a national quilting event and take part in Australia's Biggest Quilting Bee on Saturday 17 May 2008 (or any other date in May or June that suits you).

For every $50 raised, fill in a lucky ticket and return to your ABQB Representative by 30 June 2008 to win fabulous prizes sponsored by Singer, XLN, Mini Jumbuk and Australian Homespun.

For more information, download this brochure (237KB) or contact NSW ABQB Representative Margaret Stephenson (Tel: 02 9771 3189).

Thursday, 3 April 2008

Fairholme Quilters Exhibition: 4-6 April 2008

If you can't make it to the Guild's away meeting on the South Coast, perhaps you would like to attend a local quilt show. The bienniel exhibition of Fairholme Quilters Inc is on this weekend:

Fairholme Quilters Exhibition
10am to 4pm
Friday - Sunday, 4 - 6 April 2008
Thornleigh Community Centre (next door to Bunnings)
Phyllis Avenue, Thornleigh
Enquiries Lynette phone 0412099813 or

Lovely quilts, traders stalls, tea, coffe, lunch, a prize-winning raffle quilt, craft stall just in time for Mothers' Day. Raffle proceeds will go to Hornsby Ku-ringai Mental Health Association.

Away Meeting: Saturday 5 April 2008

The 2008 "away" meeting is this 1pm, this Saturday, 5 April 2008 at the Bocce Club at Malua Bay, 12 kilometres from Batemans Bay. The [new] guest speaker will be Robyn Ahern, editor of Patchwork & Stitching magazine bringing her own brand of humour to the presentation and sharing over 20 of her own quilts together with a selection from her antique quilt collection.

If you are from the Batemans Bay area (or anywhere else for that matter), please join us for a fun afternoon with plenty of door prizes. Non-Guild members welcome!