Thursday, 30 October 2008

Quilt Exhibition @ Kincumber: 1 November

A quilt exhibition will be held this Saturday 1 November (8am-2pm) at Kincumber Uniting Church (on the Central Coast north of Sydney)in conjunction with the popular monthly car boot sale.

On the day, there will be a mix of quilting groups, busineses and quilts from private collections and commmunity groups. Devonshire teas will also be available.

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Helen's Houston Hat Trick

Warm congratulations to Guild member Helen Godden who has been awarded three top prizes at the International Quilt Association festival in Houston as follows:

Seasonal Sisters by The Three Sisters

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Sanae Hattori Kimono & Quilt Presentation: 5 November

Japanese quiltmaker Sanae Hattori will be giving a presenation of her beautiful quilts and kimono at the Guild office on Wednesday, 5 November at 10am. Space is limited so please telephone the Guild office (Tel: 02 9283 3737) to reserve your place.

Sanae Hattori studied Japanese embroidery at Joshi Bijutsu (Women's College of Fine Arts) in Hachioji, Japan, and concentrated on traditional design. In 1978 she founded SANAE Art Studio, and began reconstructing Japanese classical designs by using American patchwork techniques. Hattori's quilted uchikake have since become internationally famous.

Sunday, 26 October 2008

Refabricating Environments@ Springwood: 31 Oct - 7 Dec

An exhibition of fine art quilts shows at Braemar Gallery, 103 Macquarie Rd, Springwood in the Blue Mountains from 31 October to 7 December 2008 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10am-4pm).

You are invited to attend the opening of the exhibition on Saturday 1 November at 2pm. The guestspeakers will be Simon Ambrose, the Director of the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, and textile artist, Dianne Firth, who is the guest artist and who has selected this exhibition.

Annabelle Solomon

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Gees Bend Quilts @ Canterbury Next Week!

NSW quilting enthusiasts are in for a treat next week. An amazing display of more than 200 international quilts to be hanging from 31 October to 2 November at the Canterbury Racecourse, Canterbury as part of the Quilt Indulgence Festival presented by Guild sponsor Creative Living Media (publisher of Down Under Quilts).

The quilts include art quilts from Gees Bend USA, charming quilts from France, extraordinarily-executed quilts from Japan, and fabulous quilts from New Zealand and around Australia.

The creators of the quilts from Gee’s Bend are four generations of African American women isolated for decades by geography, outside indifference, and extreme poverty. Their lives were and are rich with family, faith, and community, and they have quietly created one of the most astonishingly beautiful and original bodies of artwork.

Many of the older quilts of Gee’s Bend have received international acclaim at art museums throughout the United States including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Whitney Museum in New York. Hailed by The New York Times as “some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced.”

This is the first time any of these quilts have been seen in Australia, and only the second time outside America.

10-4 daily – Canterbury Racecourse. Free parking, free shuttle bus from Canterbury station.
Visit for more info

Sunday, 12 October 2008

APQ/AQC Fantasy challenge for quilters

Australian Patchwork & Quilting and Expertise Events are both generous sponsors of the Sydney Quilt Show. Now Australian Patchwork & Quilting and the Australasian Quilt Convention, in conjunction with Expertise Events, present their new and exciting quilt competition – the 2009 AP&Q AQC Challenge.

With three generous cash prizes to be won including $5,000 first prize, $2,000 runner-up and $500 for the best entry by a quilter under eighteen years of age – quilters best stop fantasising and start quilting!

The theme for this year’s challenge is FANTASY and is sure to inspire some magical and imaginative quilts. Entrants may choose a traditional or contemporary approach to their quilt and will be judged on their interpretation of the theme, excellence in design and craftsmanship.

A selection of up to thirty finalists will be chosen to form the FANTASY exhibition which will be displayed over four days, February 26 – March 1 2009, at the Australasian Quilt Convention at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton – with winners announced at the event on February 28. The exhibition of quilts will then embark on a nationwide tour throughout 2009, travelling exclusively with the Craft & Quilt Fairs.

Entrants are provided free reign with quilt design and may apply techniques including piecing, appliqué, embroidery, whole cloth and/or manipulated fabric. Any materials may be used but the final result must be flexible in nature and consist of three layers of fabric held together with stitching.

Entries close on 10 December 2008. For more information about this competition, please visit or

Thursday, 9 October 2008

2008 Annual General Meeting: 18 October

This is a reminder to all members that the Guild's 2008 Annual General Meeting is at:

The Quiters' Guild of NSW Inc
Annual General Meeting
1pm, Saturday 18 October 2008

Burwood RSL, Shaftesbury Ave, Burwood

In accordance with the Guild's constitution, the following business will be transacted:
  • confirmation of the minutes of the last AGM;
  • receipt of the Committee's report upon the activities of the Guild in the last financial year;
  • election of office bearers (President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary) and other members of the committee;
  • receipt and consideration of a statement from the Committee regarding the Guild's financial affairs; and
  • the appointment of the auditor.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Sharing Our Legacy Seminar: 17-19 October

The Quilt Study Group of Australia's 'Sharing our Legacy' seminar, which is held every two years, will be in Brisbane between the 17th and 19th of October. It will start with an informal dinner on the 17th October followed by Saturday's full day of presentations by speakers such as Annette Gero, Margaret Rolfe and Pam Holland plus a number of Queensland presenters on local topics of interest to us all.

The details and seminar registration form can be found at

At the same blog address, the current newsletter which contains more details on the agenda and presentations can be downloaded.

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Houston 2008 A World of Beauty Finalists

The International Quilt Association has announced the finalists in Houston 2008 World of Beauty judged show. The list features many talented Guild members including:

What's more, Helen Godden has been advised that all three of her quilts have been awarded a prize including Three Sisters which has been awarded a top level prize. Keep a lookout on the IQA website to see when the winners are announced later in the month.

Friday, 3 October 2008

2008 Wollongong Quilt Show: 11 and 12 October

The 2008 Wollongong Quilt Show is presented by Illawarra Quilters Inc at:

Ribbonwood Centre, Dapto
Saturday and Sunday, 11 and 12 October
9.30am to 4.30pm daily
Admission: $5 per person (12 years and under - free)

Offering an array of superb handmade gifts. A variety of shops will be there to cater to everyone's needs. Delicious morning tea, lunches and afternoon tea will be available both days. The proceeds of this year's raffle will be donated to Wollongong Women's Refuge.

Enquiries: Diana (Tel: 02 4284 4517)

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Twelve by Twelve: A Collaborative Art Quilt Project

Guild member Brenda Smith belongs to the Twelve by Twelve Collaborative Art Quilt Project, an international group of twelve quilt artists who have embarked upon an online art challenge together. Every two months, they each make a small quilted art piece -- 12 by 12 inches – based on a theme chosen by each member in turn.

The group share their process and progress on their blog and the finished works, together with artist statements, are showcased on their dedicated website gallery. The group's latest challenge quilts are due to be revealed online today (1 October US time). The theme is "shelter" and it is always interesting to see how the theme is interpreted

Favela by Brenda Gael Smith
"Favela" ©2008 Brenda Gael Smith

The 12x12inch/30cm square format offers plenty of scope for exploration and experimentation. Don't forget that entries for the Guild's calendar challenge close on 28 November 2008. Entry is limited to individual financial Guild members and quilts (3 layers) must be 30cm square. Details and entry form in the September newsletter.

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

My Country Exhibition@Newcastle: 4-6 October

“My Country” is an exhibition of Novocastrian Quilters exhibition on this weekend:

New Lambton Community Centre
14 Alma Rd, New Lambton, NSW.
4, 5, 6 October - Friday, Saturday & Sunday
9am – 4pm (Friday), 9am – 5pm (Saturday), 9am – 2pm (Sunday)
Entry – $5, Member’s work, 2008

Challenge, Goods Stall, Quilt Raffle
For more informationElizabeth 4967 4363/Joyce 4929 3386