Saturday, 31 May 2008

Quilt National entry deadline: 5 September 2008

5 September 2008 is the deadline for entries into Quilt National 2009, an international contemporary textiles exhibition held at The Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, Ohio USA. Start planning your entry now!

For more information, see:

Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Quilt Show Countdown

In just two weeks, Hall 3 at the Darling Harbour Exhibition Centre will be buzzing with Guild volunteers setting up for Sydney Quilt Show 2008. It's not too late for you to send in your completed Volunteer Form or to contact the office on (02) 9283 3737 with your availability. The quilt show is a significant undertaking and a strong pool of volunteers will ensure that the team is fresh and enthusiastic to carry out the following important tasks:

  • set up (Tuesday 10 June) especially in the morning;
  • floor monitoring/white glove duties;
  • catalogue sales;
  • membership renewals and inquiries;
  • raffle ticket sales;
  • demonstrating quilting skills;
  • treasurer assistance; and
  • take down (5.00-7.30pm Sunday, 15 June).
We are especially looking for white glove quilt monitors for Sunday at the quilt show.

If you are entering a quilt in this year's show, it's time to check that your quilt is correctly labelled with a hanging sleeve/velcro strip (as applicable) and to make contact with your "Drop Off Lady" regarding delivery of your quilt. Quilts must be delivered to Drop Off Ladies by Wednesday, 4 June.

Finally, this week is your last chance to purchase tickets for the Gala Dinner. Don't miss out!

Monday, 26 May 2008

Hunters Hill Quilt Show: opening 29 May 2008

The Hunters Hill Quilters' Inc invite you to their 2008 show:

Hunters Hill Town Hall Alexandra Street, Hunters Hill Opening at 7.30pm Thursday 29 May 10am-4.30pm: Friday 30 May, Saturday 31 May and 1 June Admission $6 including catalogue

Over 80 quilts by members. Many new and old quilts for sale. Spectacular raffle quilts. Tea, coffee, scones and sandwiches. Quilt Shop - Material Obession.

Proceeds to Redkite - supporting children, young people and their families through cancer.

Enquiries: Kathie de Palo (Show Coordinator) 9817 5131 or Audrey Lindsay (President) 9449 9076.

Friday, 23 May 2008

Brenda Smith @ Burwood Meeting: 31 May

The next general meeting is at Burwood RSL (96 Shaftsbury Avenue) on Saturday, 31 May at 1pm.

Before the meeting, at 11am, Brenda Smith will be demonstrating some alternatives to binding quilts. She will also be the guest speaker at the meeting, presenting a selection of her vibrant quilts (including her contributions to the Twelve by Twelve Collaborative Art Quilt Project) and discussing the role of serendipity in quiltmaking.

Pick up some goodies from Oatley Cottage, the shop for this meeting. There are also a number of door prizes. Non-member guests are welcome.

Autumn Splendour by Brenda Smith
Autumn Splendour - When Nature Goes to Pieces
by Brenda Smith
2006 Guild Challenge: Going to Pieces

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Forster Quilt & Craft Show: 24 & 25 May

The Forster Arts & Crafts Exhibition will be held on this weekend:

Quilt & Craft Show & Quilts of Love
Forster Arts & Crafts Centre, Breese Parade, Forster NSW
(near Council Chambers/Library, opposite Stocklands)
24th & 25th May 2008
10am-4pm each day
Contact 02 6554 6900 (10-4pm every day)
Entry "Gold Coin Donation

Forster Arts & Crafts is one of the largest community arts and crafts centres in NSW. Their inaugural Quilt & Craft Exhibition in 2007 was such a success, with several hundred people attending, they have decided to make it an annual event. Last year over 60 quilts and wall hangings were displayed together with many other members' crafts and another 150 Quilts of Love made for Ronald McDonald Family Respite Beach House.

Friday, 16 May 2008

Gala Dinner Menu & Reminder

Don't forget to reserve your place at the Gala Dinner. Bookings with payment must be received by Friday, 30 May 2008 at the Guild office. Come along for great company and a sumptuous dinner as well as an presentation from guest speakers Sarah Fielke and Kathy Doughty from Material Obsession, who have just released a book with the same name.

Gala Dinner, 6pm for 6.45pm dinner: Friday, 13 June 2008
Novotel Rockford, , Darling Harbour
Cost: $55 per person, 3 course menu
  • Entree: Potato gnocchi with wild mushroom veloute and white truffle oil OR Tiger prawn salad with avocado and tomato tian, mango and ginger dressing
  • Mains: Roasted beef sirloin with honey roasted veges and onion gravy OR orange marinated duckbreast with potato bundled veges and maidera jus.
  • Dessert: tiramisu with espresso anglaise OR an australian cheese platter with honey scented yoghurt
Please contact the venue directly on (02) 8217 4000 regarding any specific dietary requirements.) Disabled access is available.

Thursday, 15 May 2008

Central Coast Craft & Quilt Expo

The Central Coast's 11th Annual Charity Doll & Bear Fair and Craft & Quilt Expo will be held this weekend:

9.30-4pm, Saturday and Sunday
17 and 18 May 2008
Wyong Race Club
$6 Adults $2 Children
The aim of the expo is to raise money for cancer care services at Wyong and Gosford Hospitals and the Cancer Council of New South Wales.

For information.please contact Jan on (02) 4393 1576.

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Dutch Quilter looking for Sydney Accommodation

A Guild member from the Netherlands is proposing to travel to Sydney for the quilt show next month. She's planning on spending four or so days at the show and has visited Sydney before. She would love to stay with an Australian quilter from Monday - Monday (9-16 June). Tonny has her own quilt shop! and is an experienced quilter. Please telephone (NOT e-mail) the office on 9283 3737 if you are interested in having Tonny to stay.

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Homespun Search for Young Designer of the Year

Australian Homespun is proud to announce their search to discover Australia’s best young craft designer. If you, or someone you know is 18 years of age or younger, on 25 July, 2008 (the official closing date of the competition) start creating and designing a project suitable for publishing. Conditions of entry and forms can be found in April, May & June issues of Homespun.

Entries close on 25 July 2008.

Friday, 9 May 2008

Arcadian Quilters Exhibition:9-11 May

The Arcadian Quilters are holding their annual quilt exhibition at Swane’s Nursery Glasshouse, 490 Galston Rd, Dural NSW, featuring a display of members’ work, a raffle quilt and trading tables. All proceeds go to cancer research and local charities. Open: 9am-4pm. Entry: $5 (children free).

For information, call Maxine O’Toole (02) 9653 1380.

Thursday, 8 May 2008

My Place Exhibition:Call for Entries:

Australian quilt artists are invited to submit an entry into the forthcoming My Place exhibition. Entries close on 23 June. The exhibition will travel to South Africa for the South African National Quilt Festival 2008, before touring other venues in South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Europe. The quilts will be displayed at Taia Textile Gallery, Wellington during Symposium 2009 (New Zealand).

  • Entries must be 50 cms x 50 cms (square) finished.
  • Entries may be any kind of fibre art.
  • Each selected artist will provide a photograph of themselves plus a 75 word statement that describes the inspiration for their "My Place" themed piece.
  • Each piece should be sturdy enough to travel without special requirements ( pieces that havesignificant 3 dimensional features, require special hanging apparatus, or are delicate or require special handling will not be selected)
  • Entry submission will be due on 23 June 2008 ( please not Express post delivery does not operate to the organizers’ address).
  • Selected works must be delivered by 15 July 2008.
  • Artists’ whose work is selected will pay a $20 administration fee to assist with travel and
  • administration and the return of quilts.
  • The work will be available to travel for 2 years and will not be released during this period.

See the entry form or contact Dijanne Cevaal for more information.

Monday, 5 May 2008

Update on Key Dates for Sydney Quilt Show

Due to an administrative hiccup, quilt show acceptance letters (including your exhibitor ribbon and Drop Off Lady details) will not be posted out until later this week. In the meantime, please note that all 344 quilt show entries that were received by the closing date have been accepted.

Other key show dates to keep in mind include:

  • 18 May - please return raffle ticket monies to the Guild office by this date. (You can, of course, purchase more raffle tickets at the show.)
  • 30 May - last date for bookings (and payment) for the Quilt Show Gala Dinner
  • 4 June - exhibition quilts must be delivered to Drop Off Ladies by this date
  • 8 June - judging day
  • 10 June - set-up day
  • 11 June - Opening Day and Awards Ceremony
  • 15 June - Final Day and Take Down
If you have not already done so, please complete and return your Volunteer Form to the Guild Office.