Monday, 30 June 2008

Needlework Tools Exhibition: 26 & 27 July

You are invited to an exhibition of needlework tools and accessories from the collections of three well-known members of The Needlework Tool Collectors Society of Australia

Saturday 26th July & Sunday 27th July 2008
10.00 am – 3.30 pm
$45 including a light lunch
at The Embroiderers' Guild NSW Inc.
76 Queen Street, Concord West
Tel: 9743 2501

Each day there will be talks by:
  • Dr Genevieve Cummins: Needlework Chatelaines
  • Sybil Harland: Wildlife in the Workbox
  • Heather Joynes: 18th Century Needlework & Needlewomen

Saturday, 28 June 2008

Reminder: Social Meeting at Campbelltown on 6 July

This is a reminder that there is a special social meeting on Sunday, 6 July at the Campbelltown Arts Centre (aka The Art Gallery) Cnr Camden Rd & Moore Oxley Rd, Campbelltown. The program is as follows:

* 10am - 11.30am: sewing and chat
* 11:30am: show and telll
* 12 noon: lunch
* 1pm: Guest Speaker Robyn Ahern. editor of Patchwork and Stitching, will share her extensive collection of new and antique quilts with the gathering
* 3pm: close

There will be special door prizes and we encourage all to bring something to share for morning or afternoon tea.

Friday, 27 June 2008

4 July Friday Showcase: Nicole Bridges

Contemporary machine quilter extraordinaire Nicole Bridges presents the July showcase at the Guild Office at 10am, Friday 4 July 2008. Nicole was awarded the Down Under Quilts prize for Best Use of Colour at the Sydney Quilt Show 2008 for her quilt Touchstones #2 (left below). She was also awarded third prize in the Art Quilt Category for Touchstones #3.
Touchstones #2 by Nicole Bridges Touchstones #3 by Nicole Bridges
Touchstones #2 and Touchstones #3
by Nicole Bridges

Monday, 23 June 2008

Sharing Our Legacy: Australian Quilt Study Group Conference

Every couple of years the Australian Quilt Study Group holds a conference. Southern Queensland Quilt Study Group was asked to host the Conference for 2008. This small group has risen to the task & is holding the conference on the weekend before the Queensland Quilters annual Quilt Show. That is - 17th - 19th October. We invite you to join us for the Conference & stay on for the 2Q Quilt Show which starts on the Wednesday after the Conference. This is a really nice time of year in Queensland - not too hot & humid.

2008 Seminar
Friday 17 October 2008
Watermark Hotel, Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill
Saturday 18 October 2008, Watermark Hotel
Sunday 19 October 2008, Brisbane Environs

Informal Welcome Dinner & Pre Registration Friday 17 October
Seminar ~ Saturday 18 October

  • Research & Reproduction of the Rosewood Redwork Quilt Gail Chalker
  • Nursery Rhyme Quilts Annette Gero
  • Quilting Legacy of Denise & Ruth Karen Barrett
  • Rajah Quilt – Developments & Descendants Margaret Rolfe
  • Conservation of Quilts & Textiles Michael Marendy
  • A Family’s Legacy of Quilts Margie Creek
  • Bayeux Tapestry – To Quilt – The Comparison Pam Holland
  • Viewing of the Quilts from the Seminar
Dinner ~ “Our Common Thread” dinner speaker Patty McCormick and uuction in aid of Qld. Women’s Historical Society

Local Visits ~ Sunday 19 October Choose between:
  • “Miegunyah” (Historic Home administered by Qld. Women’s Historical Soc.)
  • Embroiderer’s Guild Textile Collection
  • A collection of old quilts – venue to be advised.
Registration for Members available immediately $115.00
Registration for Non-members avail from 1 Aug 2008 $125.00
(To qualify for member rate, a person must be a financial member of QSGA as at 30/4/08)
Bookings close 1 Oct 2008

Request a copy of the registration form from: Ms Chris Jones (Convenor)
23 MacIntosh Street, Auchenflower, Q. 4064

All Other enquiries to: Sue Morrison (Publicity, Registration)
Tel (07) 3279 2943

Sunday, 22 June 2008

Forthcoming Workshops

The Guild organises one and two day workshops for individual guild members. Forthcoming workshops include:

Complete your workshop booking form and return it to the Guild office with your payment to reserve your place.

Saturday, 21 June 2008

Eyeline Exhibition @ Fairfield: 31 May - 27 July

Waterline by Dianne FirthThe Eyeline Exhibition of contemporary quilts is open for viewing at:

Fairfield City Museum & Gallery

Cnr The Horsley Drive and Oxford Street
Smithfield NSW 2164
Free admission
Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm
and Sunday 1pm-4pm
(Closed Monday and public holidays)

Eyeline is an initiative of tACTile, a group of Canberra-based textile artists aiming to advance contemporary quiltmaking in Australia. The group includes Dianne Firth, Beth and Trevor Reid, Helen Grey, Jenny Bowker and Beth Miller.

Waterline (pictured) by Dianne Firth

Friday, 20 June 2008

A Red World @ Wangaratta: 21 June - 27 July 2008

Celebrate the opening weekend of textile exhibition A Red World & Wangaratta’s Stitched Up Textile Festival listening to talks by some of Australia’s most respected textile artists: Beth Hatton, Dianne Firth, Ilka White & Pamela Fitzsimons with a light lunch catered by Tread & an opportunity for questions and discussion (11am - 2.30pm, Sunday 22 June - Bookings essential).
Wangaratta exhibitions Gallery
56 Ovens Street Wangaratta VIC 3677
T: 03 5722 0865 F: 03 5722 2969
Hours: 1-4 Sat-Sun, 12-5 Mon-Tues, 10-5 Wed-Fri
Free Entry • Closed Public Holidays + for installation

Newsletter Deadline: 8 July 2008

The next deadline for content for the Guild newsletter is Tuesday, 8 July 2008. If you have details about a forthcoming quilt show, or any other quilting-related news items, that you would like to be included in the newsletter to be distributed in September 2008, please e-mail the information to the newsletter editor, Becky.

Thursday, 19 June 2008

Guild Scholarship Opportunities

The June issue of The Template includes a report from Sue Dennis, a recipient of the Guild Scholarship in 2006. Sue attended a Studio Art Quilts Associates conference in the United States in May 2007 and she refers to these websites in her report:

  • SAQA is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development and documentation;
  • Jeri Riggs who kindly hosted Sue before the conference;
  • Fiber Revolution, a Manhattan Quilters Guild; and
  • Technology Wise Investments for Your Art with Lisa Chipetine
Members who are either highly skilled or in early stages of developing quilting expertise are encouraged to apply for a scholarship. The Guild’s scholarship program has provision to distribute financial support to one or more members during 2008/09. A maximum of $5,000 per annum is available to be shared between two or more successful applicants; maximum to any single applicant is $3,000. Consideration will be given to submissions from individuals or groups with continuous Guild membership of at least three (3) years. Written applications need to be sent (hard copy) to the Vice President at the Guild office address by Friday 29 August 2008. The information that must be included in any application is substantially the same as for 2008. See this blog post or download this flyer for more information.

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Quilting in Cyberspace: Quilts for Children to Make

Quilting in Cyberspace in the June2008 issue of The Template looks at sites for children's quilts and the festive times of year. Why not get a head start on some of your Christmas projects in July?

Crayon Quilts

Free patterns for Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Bill:
Christmas Quilts:
(Note: the internet is an ever-changing medium: we've done our best to provide and check these links, but do be aware that sites can change/vanish overnight).

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Block of the Quarter - June 2008

The second block of the quarter for 2008 is a traditional Ohio star block using blue and cream fabrics. All the instructions for this 12 1/2in block are in the current issue of The Template newsletter but here are some colour images for a guide.


Please note that the Block of the Quarter will be drawn at the Burwood meeting in on Saturday 16 August. You can participate in the Block of the Quarter by bringing your TWO blocks along to the meeting or posting them into the Guild office by no later than Tuesday, 12 August 2008.

Sunday, 15 June 2008

Announcement of Viewers' Choice

Congratulations to Adriana Gismondi and Vicki Jenkin. Their quilts, A Quilters' Encyclopedia - Australian Parrots and Rose Rhapsody, were voted first and second prize in the Viewers' Choice awards at the Sydney Quilt Show 2008.

First Prize - Viewers' Choice Second Prize - Viewers' Choice

You can view all the prize winning quilts on the Guild website at:

Saturday, 14 June 2008

Closing days: Sydney Quilt Show 2008

Sunday, 15 June is the last day of the Sydney Quilt Show 2008 and is your last opportunity to see the displays including:

Don't miss out! and don't forget to buy a raffle ticket too.

Flower Basket Medallion by Kim McLean
(pattern available from

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Sydney Quilt Show 2008 Prize Winners

You can now view the gallery of prize winning quilts for Sydney Quilt Show 2008 online at:

Share the link with all your friends and congratulations to the prize winners including Merelyn Pearce who was awarded Best of Show for her quilt Wheelflower Medallion, another applique masterpiece inspired by the works of Margaret Preston.

Quilt Show Photography

Today is the opening day of the Sydney Quilt Show! A gallery of the prize winning quilts will be posted online around noon so do check back later for the link. In the meantime, if you are able to attend the quilt show in person, don't forget to bring your camera.

Please respect the copyright of the quiltmakers and do NOT publish any quilt images online unless you have obtained the permission of the quiltmaker

Monday, 9 June 2008

Powerhouse Museum talk - Rococo fashion: 11 June @ 12.30pm

After you have attended the awards ceremony at the Sydney Quilt Show on Wednesday morning, you might like to pop over the Powerhouse Museum for an illustrated talk:

Wednesday 11 June, 12.30pm
Rococo fashion - the silver brocade open robe
in the Powerhouse collection
with Louise Mitchell, former Curator of Decorative Arts and Design
(Free with museum admission, no bookings required)

To complement the exhibition Silver: Paul de Lamerie from the Cahn Collection, the Museum is currently displaying a spectacular open robe of silver brocade from the permanent collection. Made in about 1760, the gown can tell us much about fashion in the 1700s. Hear costume Curator, Louise Mitchell tell the story of Rococo fashion with specific reference to the Museum's most spectacular gown.

These talks are part of the Powerhouse Museum Adult Learning Program 2008. For full program go to and follow the link 'Talks After Noon', Wednesday talks and Sunday talks

Friday, 6 June 2008

June 2008 Template - Out now!

The June 2008 issue of the Guild's newsletter The Template has been mailed out to all members. It's a bumper 36 page issue packed full of news and notices including the following special features:

  • Guild scholarship reports from Sue Dennis and Julie Wood and an application form for 2008;
  • reports and images from a number of shows including the Royal Easter Show; the Australasian Quilt Convention and Expo; Forster Show and the Avalon show;
  • news from the April away meeting at Batemans Bay;
  • the 2008 Raffle Quilt Story; and
  • a sneak preview of some quilts from this year's Guest Exhibitor at the Sydney Quilt Show, Kim McLean.
The quilt on the cover is Crysalis by Amanda Daly, first prize winner in the Guild's 25th Anniversary theme challenge, Looking Forward, Looking Back. The theme for this year's challenge is "Coast & Country" and entries close on 26 September 2008. First prize is Select 3.0 Quilting with IDT sewing machine valued at $900 + a five year warranty. See the Guild website for more details.

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Social Meeting at Campbelltown: Sunday, 6 July

If you weren't able to attend last Saturday's meeting at Burwood, you can find out more about the range of alternative quilt finishes (other than binding) via Brenda Smith's listing of online tutorials.

The next Guild meeting will be on Sunday, 6 July at the Campbelltown Arts Centre (aka The Art Gallery) Cnr Camden Rd & Moore Oxley Rd, Campbelltown. This will be a social meeting with the following program:

  • 10am - 11.30: sewing and chat
  • 11:30am: show and telll
  • 12 noon: lunch
  • 1pm: Guest Speaker Robyn Ahern. editor of Patchwork and Stitching, will share her extensive collection of new and antique quilts with the gathering
  • 3pm: close
There will be special door prizes and we encourage all to bring something to share for morning or afternoon tea.

Monday, 2 June 2008

Tour the Textile Art Collection of NSW Parliament : 7 July

You are invited to tour the Textile Art Collection of the New South Wales Parliament with artist Diane Groenewegen on Monday, 7 July 2008.

This tour takes you through the textile artwork of the NSW Parliament. Diane, your guide, will explain these artworks in terms of technique and history and reveal some of the behind-the-scenes stories associated with their creation. At the time these were commissioned she was the President of the Craft Council of NSW and is a well-known textile artist and teacher. Join us for a unique opportunity to view and learn about these important works.

The program is organised by the Education Section of the NSW Parliament.

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL, please call 9230 2047 or email:

Date: Monday 7 July 2008
Times: 10:30am -12noon (registration 10:15am) or
2:30pm - 4:00pm
(registration 2:15pm)

Cost: $10 (includes colour booklet)

Venue: Parliament House is in Macquarie Street, almost opposite Martin Place. Public transport is recommended as parking at the Parliament is not available. The nearest train stations are Martin Place and St James. Participants should enter Parliament via Macquarie Street and make their way to the Legislative Assembly reception desk.

Sunday, 1 June 2008

6 June Friday Showcase: Alan Tremain

The Guild's publicity and sponsorship officer, Alan Tremain, presents the June showcase at the Guild Office at 10am, Friday 2 June 2008. Alan is an accomplished textile artist and uses a wide range of techniques.

Alan's quilt Hitomi's Flower (pictured) features as the quilt for the month of April in the Guild's 25th Anniversary 2008 calendar.
Calendars will be available for purchase at the Sydney Quilt Show for the reduced price of $10. New members (who have not held membership in the last three years) will also receive a free copy of the calendar while stocks last.