Tuesday, 15 December 2009

SEEKING DESCENDENTS OF IRISH IMMIGRANTS

Seeking descendents of Irish Immigrants who were passengers on the ship Abyssinian in 1862 .

I am from Gartan, County Donegal, Ireland. I have been asked by An Taisce, a conservation organisation, to enquire re the possibility of making a commemorative quilt to illustrate the connections between the Gartan area and Sydney. Most of the people who emigrated to Sydney on the Abyssinian in 1862 had been evicted from their homes in Gartan and this land is now in the Glenveagh National Park. Perhaps some Guild members who have Irish connections might consider being involved. As this project is only in the initial stages, I would welcome a response by email to establish contact.

Yours sincerely,
Ann Quinn
Email anncmquinn@gmail.com
Or write to Ann Quinn, Lacknacoo, Gartan, Church Hill, County Donegal, Ireland.

December 2010 Newsletter - Available Now!

Here's what's inside the latest issue of the Guild newsletter:

  • President’s Report
  • Friday Showcase
  • Vale Narelle Grieve
  • Jamberoo Weekend Away
  • Community Exhibitions & Challenges
  • The New Quilt 2010
  • Quilt Study Group Report
  • Patchwork in Paradise
  • What Tickles My Fancy” Challenge
  • Pam Priday Workshop & QSG Events
  • Notification of Sydney Quilt Show 2010 categories
  • Splinters & Nelson Bay Group Reports
  • Librarian Report
  • Teacher Accreditation
  • Wagga Wagga Away Weekend
  • Block of the Quarter
  • Community Quilts & Campbelltown Report


Don't forget that the newsletter is only sent to members. Is your membership up to date?! If not, complete and send in a membership form.

The deadline for contributions for the March newsletter is 22 January 2010. The newsletter editor always welcomes articles, letters and calendar items.

Please contact the publicity & sponsorship officer if you wish to place an advertisement. (Click here for more information about advertising.)

Friday, 4 December 2009

2010 Guild Exhibitions Entry Closing Dates

The Guild has a busy exhibition program for 2010. Here's a reminder of the relevant closing dates for entries:

  • Art to Wear 2010 - the theme is "Classic Oz Rocks" with a designated palette of ochre 70%, teal 15% & indigo 10% your choice 5%”. Entry is open to all individual Guild members. Download an entry form for Art to Wear 2010. Completed entry forms and associated materials must be received by 31 December 2009.
  • Sydney Quilt Show 2010 - entry forms will be posted to members in late January. Entries close on 1 March. See the December issue of the newsletter for details of categories; and
  • The New Quilt 2010 - entries close on 18 March 2010. Entry is open to all quiltmakers. Download The New Quilt 2010 Entry Form (84KB). For more information, Pamela Fitzsimons - pamela.fitzsimons@gmail.com

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Sydney Quilt Show 2010 New Award - Best Use of Dyes & Pigments

Planning for the Sydney Quilt Show 2010 is well under way. A full listing of categories is set out in the forthcoming December newsletter. Please ensure that your category and quilt size are correct when planning your entry. In addition, there are two new exciting special awards:

  • Best Use of Dyes and Pigments” sponsored by Lynne Britten of Batik Oetoro with a $250 product voucher as a prize. This award will be open to any entrant where they have dyed, coloured or discharged the fabric themselves and this hand dyed fabric forms at least 20% of the quilt top. Again, entrants wishing to be considered for this award must tick the relevant box on the entry form. Entrants are also encouraged to write about the dyeing/colouring/discharge process in their quilt description.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Sydney Royal Easter Show - Postal Entries close 9 December

Postal entries for the Royal Easter Show close on WEDNESDAY 9 DECEMBER 2009 at 5pm but online entries are accepted up to 5pm on Wednesday 3 February 2010. You can lodge your entry online at:
https://www.rasnsw.com.au/OnlineShowEntries/ArtDefault.aspx
PATCHWORK, APPLIQUÉ AND QUILTING
ENTRY FEE: $10 PER CLASS. ONE ENTRY ONLY PER CLASS.
JUDGING: 31 MARCH & 1 APRIL 2009 AT 11AM
Cash Prize for the best Exhibit in Patchwork, Appliqué and Quilting Classes 70 to 75, supported by the Quilters’ Guild of NSW Inc. Prize $200

  • CLASS 70 - Bed Quilt, Traditional, hand quilted. Prize 1st $50
    Cash Prize for the first prize-winning Exhibit in Class 70, supported by Mrs Prudence Charles. Prize $100
  • CLASS 71 - Bed Quilt, machine quilted. Prize 1st $50
  • CLASS 72 - Wall Hanging, Traditional. Must have loops or a
    sleeve for hanging. Prize 1st $50
  • CLASS 73 - Wall Hanging, Innovative. Must have loops or a
    sleeve for hanging. Prize 1st $50
  • CLASS 74 - Miniature Quilt, less than 45cm x 45cm.
    Prize 1st $50 Cash Prize for the first prize-winning Exhibit in Class 74, supported by Threads and Things. Prize $100
  • CLASS 75 - Creative Article. Prize 1st $50

Monday, 30 November 2009

New Junior Group Membership

To encourage increased participation in the junior quiltmaker categories at the Sydney Quilt Show, the Committee has introduced a new class of membership. The new "Junior Group" membership has the following features:

  • an annual subscription fee of $44 (inc GST);
  • junior quiltmakers (up to 18 years of age) from the same school or geographical area can form a group;
  • the group must nominate a contact person;
  • each junior group member is entitled to enter one quilt into the Sydney Quilt show free of charge;
  • a quarterly newsletter will be sent to the group;
  • members have access to the Guild library on the same terms as other members; and
  • two junior members from a group may attend Guild workshops at the member's price.

Spread the word to schools, shops and groups in your area. We look forward to enjoying more junior quiltmaker entries at future member's exhibitions. Download a membership form (180KB pdf).

2010 Guild Calendar - A Great Christmas Gift

In 2010 you can have a quilt brighten every single day with the Guild's calendar now available from the Guild office for the special price of:

  • 10 copies @ $7.70 total $77.00 postage to the same address included
  • Less than 10 copies @10.00 postage included
Download order form. Orders received by 16th December 2009 will be dispatched promptly. Orders received after this date will be dispatched after 10th January, 2010. Just send us a cheque or fill out the credit card particulars. (A fee of $1.50 applies to payments by credit card. )We look forward to your order.

2010 Guild Calendar 2010 Guild Calendar Back cover

The following winning quilts were selected from the entries in last year's calendar challenge:
  • Cover award sponsored by Pfaff Australia: ‘Faites Simple:The Impressionists’ – Cathy Jack Coupland
  • January:We Do Like to Be Beside The Seaside’ – Marilyn Lowder
  • February: Pippy Hunting – Low Tide at Davistown – Elizabeth Long
  • March: Still Life With Picasso #1Helen Godden
  • April: Spring Beauty – Judith Thomson
  • May: Seachange 1 – Alison Muir
  • June: Lift Off – Carolyn Sullivan
  • July: Colour Patch Series:Black, Blue & Red – Sue Dennis
  • August: Simple String Theory - Brenda Gael Smith
  • September: Flannel Flowers Amanda Daly
  • October: Inspiration Unleashed 2Sharon French
  • November: Migration – Carol Timmins
  • December: Still Life – Log Cabin Flowers – Alan R Tremain

Monday, 23 November 2009

Bid 4A Cause Auction Commences 27 November

Bid-4A-Cause is holding a reverse auction of textile works to raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. On November 27 the auction will BEGIN – tell ALL your friends.

There are 14 wonderful A4-sized textile artworks up for grabs. You can add an artwork to your textile collection for a fraction of the price that these artists work normally sell for. All money raised will be sent to the NBCF – no admin or artist’s fees will be required, so every cent you spend will go to this extremely important and worthwhile charity.

Several Guild members have donated textile works to Bid-4A-Cause including: Nic Bridges, Sue Dennis, Helen Godden, Jocelyne Leath, Caroline Sharkey, Erica Spinks, Brenda Gael Smith and Lisa Walton.

Bid 4A Cause

Saturday, 21 November 2009

What tickles your fancy

Thirty one entries for the 2009 Guild Challenge, What Tickles Your Fancy, were on display at the end of year Guild meeting today. First prize and viewers' choice was awarded to Jocelyne Leath for Foot Loose and Fancy Free:

Footloose and Fancy Free by Jocelyne Leath, Churchlands WA

Second prize was awarded to Carolyn Sullivan for Feathers Do!

Feathers Do! by Carolyn Sullivan, Bundanoon, NSW

Judges commendations were awarded to Judith Thomsen and Brenda Gael Smith. You can view all thirty one entries and artist statements via the slideshow below. Thank you to everyone who participated.

The 2010 challenge (which closes on 27 August 2010) is fabric rather than theme-based and each entry must incorporate the mystery challenge fabric. This fabric is available from the Guild office for $2.20. If you would like the fabric to be posted to you, please send your details to the Guild office along with 5x55 cent stamps.
Download 2010 Challenge Entry Form (75KB pdf)

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Burwood Meeting: 21 November 2009

The final Guild meeting for 2009 will be held this Saturday, 21 November at Burwood RSL, 96 Shaftsbury Avenue Burwood. The program includes:

  • 11am demonstration by Nancy Parkinson: Nancy will be demonstrating machine piecing without pins. This promises to be unique and simple, which will be a great help to those who shy away from curves.
  • Shop: Lyn's Fine Needlework - a valued Sydney Quilt Show sponsor
  • Guest speaker: Diane Groenewegen artist and collector will share her creative journey including printmaking.

The "What Tickles Your Fancy" challenge quilts will be displayed for the first time at this meeting and you will have the opportunity to vote for your favourite . We will conclude with afternoon tea and exchange christmas greetings with fellow quilters. All welcome!

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

The Gentle Arts "Textiles" Discovery Tour

This Saturday, the Powerhouse Discovery Centre at Castle Hill in Sydney is having a textiles-focused open day.Here is a brief overview of the day. For more detailed information about the day, go to the Power Museum website.

The Gentle Arts 'Textiles'
Saturday 14 November
10.00am-4.00pm
Join us on Saturday 14th November when the Powerhouse Discovery Centre presents an Open Day celebrating the 'gentle arts', focused on embroidery, quilting and needlework in the Powerhouse Museum's collection. Highlights of the Open Day include; a lecture by Powerhouse Museum Conservator, Suzanne Chee, on textile preservation and how to display needlework; displays and demonstrations of fine embroidery and patchwork quilting and a hands-on workshop where visitors can take part in embroidering a convict bonnet as part of the 'Roses from the Heart' convict bonnet project, developed by Tasmanian artist, Christina Henri. Visitors can also spend time in the Centre's Collection Lab to view a selection of quilt panels from the Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt Project and meet some of the Discovery Centre
volunteers involved in the conservation of the quilts.

Social Meeting at Campbelltown: 15 November

The final Sunday social meeting for 2009 is this Sunday, 15 November.

The venue is Campbelltown Arts Centre. All members, and friends and interested persons, welcome. Gallery opens at 10.00am , Show and tell at 11.30, Café for lunch or bring your own, Guest Speaker, 1.00pm, Afternoon Tea provided, meeting closes at 3.00 pm, Gallery closes at 4.00pm. Wheelchair access, Sculpture Garden, Art Gallery, Japanese Garden.

Monday, 26 October 2009

6 November Friday Showcase: Cathy Jack Coupland

Cathy Jack Coupland presents the next Friday showcase at the Guild office at 10am on Friday, 6 November 2009. All welcome! ($5.50 entry fee). Cathy's stunning work is featured on the cover of the 2010 Guild Calendar.

2010 Guild Calendar 2010 Guild Calendar Back cover

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Art Quilt Australia 09 Exhibition @ Canberra: 7 Nov-19 Dec

Art Quilt Australia 09 ExhibitionCongratulations to Guild members (including Anna Brown, Cathy Jack Coupland, Sue Dennis, Pamela Fitzsimons, Jan Frazer, Helen Gray, Alvena Hall, Alison Muir and Carolyn Sullivan) whose work has been selected for Art Quilt Australia 09, an exhibition of contemporary quilts presented by Ozquilt Network Inc and Craft ACT.

The exhibition opens on Saturday 7 November and continues until 19 December 2009 at the Craft ACT Craft & Design Centre, Level 1 North Building, 180 London Circuit, Canberra City ACT.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Soft Furnishings Project - Old Government House

Fabric Samples Thistle design for Drawingroom sofas.

The Quilt Study Group of NSW visited Old Government House Parramatta on 10th October 2009. Fourteen members of the Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc. visited Old Government House for the last event of the year organised by the Quilt Study Group of NSW. The building, which is home to one of the finest collections of early colonial furniture in Australia, has curtains, braids, bed hangings, mats and othersoft furnishings that were made by hand for the rooms on the ground floor of the house. Because of the expense of sourcing the soft furnishings from commercial sources, the National Trust of NSW decided to call for volunteers to make them instead. Thus was the five year long Soft Furnishings Project created.

There are 20 or so volunteers who form the main team of the Project. They worked under the guidance of Dr James Broadbent, who sourced the fabrics, and Elizabeth Wright who worked on the designs. Some had existing skills but many developed new skills for the tasks at hand. These included painting on velvet, spinning cords for bell pulls, and the painstaking work of binding silk thread over vellum strips to form tassels. Rug making and upholstery skills were also required. The tassels and fringes, which would have cost thousands of dollars if purchased from European workshops, were all made by hand by the volunteers. After a very informative guided tour of the house four of the Soft Furnishings Project volunteers kindly took us back to the rooms where their work was exhibited and explained exactly how they had created the items. Back in the Soft Furnishings Project work room we were allowed to touch the items, and the ladies demonstrated how they had created these amazing braids, curtains, mats etc. Thelma, Sue, Nerida and Fran were all veryhelpful and informative in sharing their knowledge and experience with us.

If you want to see the house and visit the Soft Furnishings Project room to look at their exhibits and source references, the volunteers for the Soft Furnishing Project are at Old Government House on Wednesdays between 10 - 2 pm.  Phone 02 96358149 to confirm the project volunteers will be there before visiting.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Sydney Quilt Show 2010: New Special Award

As announced at the recent annual general meeting, for the Sydney Quilt Show 2010, there will be an exciting new special award - 'Best Reproduction Inspired by an Antique Quilt' with a prize of $500 jointly sponsored by Dr Annette Gero of Historic Australian Quilts & Melinda Smith of Quiltsmith. Entries that are reproductions that are inspired by Australian, American or English antique quilts are eligible for this award. If you would like your quilt to be considered for this award, please tick the relevant box on the entry form and supply supporting particulars identifying the inspiration antique quilt. You will also be required to supply an image of the antique quilt which inspired your entry quilt and from where it has been sourced.

You will find plenty of inspiration, together with patterns of 29 of the heritage quilts, in Dr Gero's book The Fabric of Society available from www.annettegero.com.

Fabric of Society

Saturday, 17 October 2009

2010 Meeting Calendar

2010 is not far away. Here are some key meeting dates to mark in your calendar. All members, and friends and interested persons, welcome.

Burwood General Meetings
General meetings are held at Burwood RSL, 96 Shaftsbury Avenue Burwood at 1.00pm. There is a demonstration at 11 am before each meeting and the program includes a guest speaker and member show and tell.

  • 13 February - market day
  • 10 April - away meeting at Wagga Wagga
  • 22 May
  • 17 July - market day
  • 16 October - AGM with the display of challenge quilts
  • 4 December - end of year meeting
Sunday Social Meetings at Campbelltown
The venue is Campbelltown Arts at Centre Cnr. Camden Road and Moore Oxley By-pass, Campbelltown. Closest major intersection is Narellan Road and Appin Road. Gallery opens at 10.00am , Show and tell at 11.30, Café for lunch or bring your own, Guest Speaker, 1.00pm, tea & coffee and light afternoon tea provided, meeting closes at 3.00 pm, Gallery closes at 4.00pm. Wheelchair access, Sculpture Garden, Art Gallery, Japanese Garden.
  • Sunday, 17th January, 2010
  • Sunday, 21st March, 2010
  • Sunday, 16th May, 2010
  • Sunday, 18th July, 2010
  • Sunday, 19th September, 2010
  • Sunday, 21st November, 2010
Check the Guild website closer to the time for guest speaker and other details.

Friday, 16 October 2009

Braidwood Bus Trip

A visit to the airing of the quilts at Braidwood on 28 November 2009 is proposed.

The bus will leave Sutherland (outside Council Chambers) at 7.30am and pick up at Strathfield Railway Station (Everton Rd-Parramatta Road side of the station) at 8.30am. The cost will be $40.

There are still some spaces on the bus available. Please contact the Guild office (Tel: 9283 3737) to make your payment and to reserve your place. Friends of members are welcome to join the excursion.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Vale Narelle Grieve

An obituary for past President Narelle Grieve appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on 15 October 2009 and can be viewed online for a limited period.

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Exploring the Art Quilt Practice: 7 November Canberra

Art quilters may be interested to know that the Ozquilt Network is hosting a one-day conference in Canberra entitled "Exploring the Art Quilt Practice". The conference will be held at Primal Space,Shop 12 Torrens Shopping Centre, Torrens Place, Torrens ACT from 10.30am - 4pm on 7 November 2009. Speakers include:

  • Valerie Kirk, Head of Textiles, ANU School of Art, “Process, Ideas & Technique”

  • Bea Brickhill, Director – ACT, Australia Business Arts Foundation, “Business Skills for Artists”

  • Barbara Macey, eminent textile artist and founding member of Ozquilt Network Inc, “A Journey in Textiles”
Non Ozquilt Network members are welcome! See the booking form for the full program and other details. Conference papers are available for $15. Bookings for the Ozquilt Network annual conference close on 30 October 2009.

Friday, 9 October 2009

Newsletter Advertising Opportunity

The guild newsletter, The Template, directly reaches over a 1000 dedicated quilters every quarter. The closing date for advertising in the December 2009 issue of the newsletter is Monday, 19 October 2009. The Guild's new printer arrangements mean that all advertisements can incorporate COLOUR at no extra charge and we offer a a range of advertisement sizes and prices.

ADVERTISING RATES including GST:
Eighth Page Horizontal Only 65 x 92mm $82.50 each issue
Sixth Page Vertical Only 136 x 60mm $110.00 each issue
Quarter Page Vertical Only 136 x 92mm $165.00 each issue
Half Page Horizontal Only 136 x 190mm $330.00 each issue
Full Page Vertical Only 277 x 190mm $660.00 each issue

A 20% discount applies if you take out an advert for 4 consecutive editions.

Please contact the Publicity & Sponsorship Officer to place your advertisement. For more information, also see the Guild's Advertising Brochure (285KB pdf).

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Novocastrian Quilters 2009 Exhibition: 17 & 18 October

Celebration of the Tradition - Silver Anniversary 1984-2009

When: Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th October 2009
Where: New Lambton Community Centre 14 Alma Road, New Lambton
Opening Hours:10am - 4pm
Entry:$
5

Display of Members Quilts, Anniversay Challenge Quilts, Local School students Quilts, Handmade gift stall, Merchants stall, Demonstation workshops, refreshments
Quilt raffle in aid of Prostate Support Group
Contact details: Helen 02 49680941 or Elizabeth 0249674363

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Soft Furnishings Project @ Old Government House, Parramatta

The Quilt Study Group of NSW's tour of the soft furnishings project at Old Government House, Parramatta will take place on Saturday, 10th October 2009.
The five year long Soft Furnishings Project was designed to recreate as far as possible the tastes and style of Mrs. Macquarie during the residency of Governor Macquarie until 1821. We will meet at 1.20pm for a 1.30 start to the tour at the entrance to Old Government House. The tour will be up to two hours led by a member of the Soft Furnishing Project. Tour cost is $5 or free for National Trust members (remember to bring your membership card). No backpacks or large bags are allowed in the building but cloaking facilities are available.

Saturday, 26 September 2009

2 October Friday Showcase: Pat Dwyer

Machine quilter Pat Dwyer of Waterfall Manor Quilts presents the next Friday showcase at the Guild office at 10am on Friday, 3 July 2009. All welcome! ($5.50 entry fee)


Simple but Effective by Pat Dwyer
First Prize, Mixed Techniques-Anything Goes (Professional)
Sydney Quilt Show 2009

Friday, 18 September 2009

Made in New Zealand II

Many Guild members dream of visiting an international exhibition. For those of us who can join the festivities at the 15th Carrefour Européen du Patchwork in Ste Marie-aux-Mines from 17-20 September 2009, we can still have the pleasure of viewing Made in New Zealand II - the the largest collection of New Zealand quilts ever assembled to travel overseas.

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Mystery Playday - Mixed Mediums with Fabric: 31 October

Enjoy a playday with Pamela Priday at newly renovated Epping Creative Centre on Saturday, 31 October. (The workshop will set up at 9.00 am for 9.30 am till 3.00 pm.)

You will using paint, glue, stamps, stitch, heat, to make silk, paper and other "fabrics" that can be stitched to fabric for gifts or art wallquilts. You can anticipate being involved with a range of mediums such as papers, Shiva Stiks and paints, silk fibres, painted webbing, Lutrador and other mysterious products. By being introduced to a wide range of mediums, you will understand how they work and learn how they can be incorporated to make an innovative art-quilt or applied to create lovely gifts. Machines will be required for freemachining (dogs down).

You will be using your own fabrics and yarns. For a small additional fee of approximately $20-$30 per person Pamela can also provide a goodies bag and use of mixed mediums to make the day easier and more cost effective for you.

Workshop fees are $55.00 per day for members and $65.00 for non members. Two members of a member group may attend at the member's price. Book now to reserve your place. Download a workshop booking form or contact the office on (02) 9283 3737. Full payment confirms your place in a workshop.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Annual General Meeting: 19 September 2009

The next Guild meeting at Burwood is Saturday, 19 September 2009. The program includes:

  • 11am - for the demonstration, Maree Gebhardt will be talking about valuation procedures
  • 1pm - Annual General Meeting including appointment of office holders and committee members for 2010/2011 (no guest speaker);
  • Member show and share; and
  • Shop - The Remnant Warehouse - a valued Sydney Quilt Show sponsor.
Burwood RSL is located at 96 Shaftsbury Avenue, Burwood.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Social Meeting at Campbelltown: 20 September

The next Sunday social meeting for 2009 is this Sunday, 20 September.

The venue is Campbelltown Arts Centre. All members, and friends and interested persons, welcome. Gallery opens at 10.00am , Show and tell at 11.30, Café for lunch or bring your own, Guest Speaker, 1.00pm, Afternoon Tea provided, meeting closes at 3.00 pm, Gallery closes at 4.00pm. Wheelchair access, Sculpture Garden, Art Gallery, Japanese Garden.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

The New Quilt 2010



The New Quilt exhition will take place at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum from 18 June until 25 July 2010.

The New Quilt is an initiative of the Guild and the Manly Art Gallery & Museum and is held every two years. Entries are juried and selected for this exhibition and it has become one of the major events on the quilt exhibitions calendar not only for quilters but for anyone with an interest in cutting edge textiles.

Entry is open to all quiltmakers regardless of whether they are Guild members. The closing date for entries in 18 March 2010. For further information:

TNQ 2010 Entry Form Download The New Quilt 2010 Entry Form (84KB)


or contact the Guild office or Pamela Fitzsimons - pamela.fitzsimons@gmail.com

Monday, 7 September 2009

Block of the Quarter - September 2009

To celebrate the arrival of spring, members are invited to make the block of the quarter using green and yellow fabrics. This is a Broken Wheel block. All the instructions for this 9in (finished) block are in the current issue of The Template newsletter but here is a colour image for a guide.

Bring your blocks to the Burwood meeting on Saturday 2821 November and hand them in at the welcome table near the entrance to the meeting room OR mail your blocks to reach the Guild office by Tuesday 2417 November.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

September 2009 Newsletter - Out Now

The September 2009 issue of the Guild newsletter The Template has been posted out. Check your copy for a range of articles and the updated Guild events calendar.

Don't forget that the newsletter is only sent to members. Is your membership up to date?! If not, complete and send in a membership form.

The deadline for contributions for the December newsletter is 8 October 2009. The newsletter editor always welcomes articles, letters and calendar items.

Please contact the publicity & sponsorship officer if you wish to place an advertisement.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Guild Committee Opportunities for 2009/2010

This is your opportunity as a member to contribute to the Guild's policy, operations and success through nominating for a position on the Quilters' Guild Committee or as a coordinator of a sub-committee Each year all committee and sub-committee coordinator positions fall vacant however the incumbents in the following committee positions will not be re-nominating due to having served the maximum three year term on the committee or due to changes in their lives:

  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Sponsorship & Publicity

Please take time to read the information about each position and consider nominating. All committee or sub-committee positions can be challenged. A vote will be taken should two or more members nominate. The closing date for nominations is 14 September 2009. Download a nomination form.

VICE PRESIDENT

  • Assist and deputise for the President when necessary
  • Arrange Workshops or Special Lectures as opportunities arise and promote such activities in the Template
  • Manage the Scholarship Program
  • Host the social part of the Guild bi-monthly meetings
  • Attend Judging Day and set-up day of the Annual Quilt Show (if available)
  • Be available for duty at the Quilt Show
  • Prepare quarterly reports for the Template


SPONSORSHIP/PUBLICITY OFFICER

  • Seek Sponsors for Sydney Quilt Show
  • Liaise with President and Exhibition Sub committee to create Quilt Show categories and allocate sponsorship appropriately
  • Prepare full documentation (spread sheet) when Show sponsorship finalised
  • Prepare all prizes for presentation at the show and ensure distribution to the winners
  • Seek door prizes for general meetings
  • Keep comprehensive and complete records of Sponsor contacts and logos.
  • Attend Judging Day and set-up day of the Annual Quilt Show (if available)
  • Be available for duty at the Quilt Show
  • Seek publicity and advertisers for the Guild
  • Liaise with Template Editor and Treasurer to provide advertising and invoicing information for the Template
  • Prepare press releases for the Guild as required
SECRETARY
  • Attend monthly committee meetings
  • Prepare a Preliminary Report for the monthly meeting
  • Reply to all correspondence as directed by the committee
  • Carry out any instructions given by the committee
  • Take minutes of meetings if Minute Secretary is unable to attend
  • Update list of Committee and contacts
  • Attend Judging Day and set-up day of the Annual Quilt Show (if available)
  • Be available for duty at the Quilt Show
  • Arrange Gala Dinner in June

Friday, 28 August 2009

4 September Friday Showcase: Karen Malone

Award winning quiltmaker Karen Malone presents the next Friday showcase at the Guild office at 10am on Friday, 4 September 2009. All welcome! ($5.50 entry fee)

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Festival of Quilts - Birmingham 2009

Congratulations to Guild members, Helen Godden, Lisa Walton and Nicole Bridges on their success at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England last week.

Lisa and Nicole were awarded 2nd prize in the Group Quilt category for Bushfire Sunset:
Bushfire Sunset by Lisa Walton and Nicole Bridges
And Helen was awarded first prize in the Art Quilt category for her quilt Mother Earth. You can view and hear the judge's commentary on this category in this video: Joanna O'Neill Shares Insights into the Art Quits Category.

Sunday, 23 August 2009

A Few Reminders

This is a reminder of some forthcoming Guild events and deadlines:

  • Friday, 28 August - closing date for the 2010 Guild Scholarship. Written applications (hard copy not e-mail) must be received at the Guild office by this date and marked to the attention of the Vice President;
  • Saturday, 19 September - annual general meeting at Burwood. In accordance with the Guild's constitution, ALL committee positions fall vacant and are up for election. Check the next issue of the newsletter for details and a nomination form;
  • Sunday, 20 September - social meeting at Campbelltown;
  • Friday, 25 September - closing date for the 2009 Guild Challenge - What Tickles Your Fancy. The new travelling suitcase has different dimensions so the new quilt size for the 2009 challenge is 40cms x 60cms (16 x24 inches) - portrait or landscape with hanging sleeve;
  • Sunday, 15 November - social meeting at Campbelltown; and
  • Saturday, 21 November - end of year general meeting including the display of the 2009 challenge quilts.

Saturday, 15 August 2009

ArtCloth: Engaging New Visions: 29 August - 11 October

You are invited to the inaugural International ArtCloth exhibition, 'ArtCloth: Engaging New Visions, Fairfield City Museum and Art Gallery, 29th August - 11th October 2009. Opening at 2.00pm Saturday, 29th August by Joan Truckenbrod, Professor of Art & Technology, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA.

The list of participants in the exhibition includes:

  • Laura Beehler, USA
  • Claire Benn, England
  • Regina Benson, USA
  • Jane Dunnewold, USA
  • Susan Fell-McLean, Australia
  • Claudia Helmer, Germany
  • Cas Holmes, England
  • Ken Kagajo, Japan
  • Helen Lancaster, Australia
  • Jurate Petruskeviciene, Lithuania
  • Jeanne Raffer Beck, USA
  • Julie Ryder, Australia
  • Joan Schulze, USA
  • Tjarya (Nungalka) Stanley, Ernabella Arts, Australia
  • Norma Starszakowna, England
  • Tjunkaya Tapaya, Ernabella Arts, Australia
  • Annie Trevillian, Australia
  • Joan Truckenbrod, USA
  • Jurate Urbiene, Lithuania
  • Els van Baarle, The Netherlands
  • Marie-Therese Wisniowski, Australia
For further information visit Jane Dunnewold's website www.artclothstudios.com

Friday, 14 August 2009

Burwood Meeting Update

The demonstration for this Saturday's meeting has been cancelled but we hope you will join us for a bustling market day, meeting and a presentation by Reece Scannell.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

$1,000 Acquisitive Art Award & Braidwood Quilt Event

As part of the Braidwood Quilt Event (27-29 November 2009), textile artists are invited to create a quilt inspired by the work of Australian printmaker and artist Hall Thorpe (1874 – 1947).

The award is sponsored by Cheryl Hannah, Director of Fyre Gallery, Braidwood, in conjunction with an exhibition of Hall Thorpe’s work from November 13 to December 21

Entry forms available from the Quilt Event website www.braidwoodquiltevent.org.au

Email: dunvegan@activ8.net.au Ph (02) 4842 2355 or (02) 4842 2626

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Burwood Meeting: 15 August 2009

The next Guild meeting at Burwood is Saturday, 15 August 2009. It's "Market Day" and members will be selling their wares from 11am. There will also be a demonstration by Gai Rayner. Gai specialises in dyeing fabric with Liquid Radiance, a paint designed to work like a dye. It is a very simple, clean procedure. Not available in shops.

1pm, General Meeting & Guest Speaker (Reece Scannell)
Burwood RSL
96 Shaftsbury Avenue, Burwood

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

All that Glitters Exhibition: 6-16 August 2009

The Southern Highlands Textile and Fibre Network is holding their annual exhibition and sale of work:

Diversity- Creations in Fibre/ All That Glitters
10am-4pm 6-16 August 2009
Fashion Parade: 1pm * August 2009
BDAS Gallery 1 Short Street Bowral

Enquiries: (02) 4872 3375 and (02) 4869 5878

Saturday, 1 August 2009

7 August Friday Showcase: Jennifer Corkish

Jennifer Corkish presents the next Friday showcase at the Guild office at 10am on Friday, 7 August 2009. All welcome! ($5.50 entry fee)

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Braidwood Quilt Event 2009: 27-29 November

The Braidwood Quilt Event 2009 runs from 27-29 November with the "airing of the quilts" taking place on Saturday 28 November only.

$1,000 Acquisitive Art Award – Textile artists are invited to create a quilt inspired by the work of Australian printmaker and artist Hall Thorpe (1874 – 1947). The award is sponsored by Cheryl Hannah, Director of Fyre Gallery, Braidwood, in conjunction with an exhibition of Hall Thorpe’s work from November 13 to December 21

Entry forms available from the Quilt Event website www.braidwoodquiltevent.org.au

Email: dunvegan@activ8.net.au

Ph (02) 4842 2355 or (02) 4842 2626

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Mud Space & Spirit: 31 July - 18 August

July 31 – August 18, Kerrie Lowe Gallery – King Street, Newtown, Sydney NSW. Wood fired ceramics by Chester Nealie and Art Textiles by Jan Irvine-Nealie

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Camden Country Quilters Exhibition: 1-2 August

"Let's Celebrate" is the 20th anniversary of the annual exhibition of Camden Country Quilters.

Dates: 9.30am-4pm 1 and 2 August 2009
Venue: A.H.and I hall in Argyle St Camden
Admission: $6.00

There will be a raffle quilt and tickets may be purchased at the door. Funds raised go to local charities. There will be many beautiful quilts on display, this year we are asking every member to submit a quilt to celebrate this great occasion. Of course there will be a table or two laden with handmade goodies lovingly crafted by our members. There will also be stalls selling fabrics, patterns, kits, sewing bits and pieces and antique quilts. There will be a cafe which will run all day serving teas coffees homemade slices and cakes. As usual there will be sandwiches and soup available for lunch.

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Country Tutors Workshop Program

This is a reminder that the Guild has established the Country Tutors Workshop Program for 2009/2010.

At the time of applying, the applicant must have been a member of the Guild (individual or group) for at least one full year and live in NSW. All workshop participants do not have to be Guild members. Application for funds should be made at least six months in advance of your workshop. The tutor must be domiciled in NSW or Canberra or be in NSW or Canberra already at the time of the workshop. The workshop participants must cover the tutor’s workshop fees themselves.

For your assistance, the Guild website has a list of experienced and Guild-accredited tutors available for teaching in country New South Wales but applicants are not required to engage a tutor from this list.

Download a Country Tutor Workshop Program Application Form.

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Calling for Applications: 2010 Guild Scholarship Program

The Guild’s scholarship program has provision to distribute financial support to one or more members during 2009/10. 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 (hard copy not e-mail) must be sent to the Vice President at the Guild office address by 28 August 2009. Contact the office or download this scholarship flyer for more information.

Friday, 17 July 2009

Upcoming Market Day at Burwood

The next meeting at Burwood on Saturday 15 August is market day. Members are welcome to sell their wares from 11am. Trading must cease during meeting but traders may continue during afternoon tea if desired.

Tables must be booked through the Guild office at a cost of $5.00 per table. Call the office now on 02) 9283 3737.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Art to Wear 2009 - Black & White Slideshow

Enjoy these image from Art to Wear 2009 coordinated by Maureen Locke-Maclean and Helen Lancaster featuring members of the Quilters Guild of NSW Inc. It is an exhibition of garments displaying superb technical skill and artistic merit in the form of ‘Wearable Art’ which can express all forms of surface design and textile application to give each garment the artist’s personal signature. Photography by Eardley Lancaster.


The theme for Art to Wear 2010 is "Classic Oz Rocks" with a designated palette of Ochre 70%, Teal 15% & Indigo 10% your choice 5%”. Entry is open to all individual Guild members. Download an entry form for Art to Wear 2010. Completed entry forms and associated materials must reach the Guild office by 31 December 2009.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Call for Volunteers: Sydney Stitches & Craft Show

The Guild is proposing to have a display and information stand (Stand 126) at the Stitches & Craft Show, Rosehill Racecourse, 19-23 August 2009 and is looking for member volunteers.

The show is open 10am to 5pm each day and we need at least 20 volunteers for three to four hours each per day. Hand work is optional, seating provided. (If you are travelling by public transport, there is a rail station at the venue and Bus 909 is available from Parramatta Station.)

If you are a Guild member and would like to join the volunteer roster to promote the Guild on this occasion, please call the office on 9283 3737. An entry badge will be posted to you prior to the show if there are sufficient volunteers for the stand to go ahead.

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Social Meeting at Campbelltown: 19 July

The next Sunday social meeting for 2009 is this Sunday, 19 July. At 10.30am there will be a hands on workshop on crazy patchwork. Ring Yvonne Line on 02 4628 1170 for a requirements list.

The venue is Campbelltown Arts Centre. All members, and friends and interested persons, welcome. Gallery opens at 10.00am , Show and tell at 11.30, Café for lunch or bring your own, Guest Speaker, 1.00pm, Afternoon Tea provided, meeting closes at 3.00 pm, Gallery closes at 4.00pm. Wheelchair access, Sculpture Garden, Art Gallery, Japanese Garden.

Monday, 13 July 2009

Guild Quiltaway Weekend: 11-13 September

Come join us for almost three days of nothing but quilting, eating, drinking, laughing and shopping with other Guild memebers. No classes - bring whatever you want (by hand or machine) and enjoy the company of other charming quilters. There's shopping at Mittagong, Bowral, Berrima, Robertson or Berry ir you feel so included. There is also a swimming pool and tennis courts for the exercise-minded.

Friday to Sunday, two nights and all meals for Twin- $280, SIngle $340 and Triple -$260. All prices are per person. Note this is a special quilters rate and a reduction to last year's rates. Please send your deposit of $50 with the completed booking form (see page 8 of the June newsletter)to the Guild office. Full payment due by 27 July 2009.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Workshop Retreat: 14-18 October 2009

Illawarra Quilters Inc invite you to four days of workshops featuring drawing, design collage and stitch. Four experienced and prize winning tutors Beth Miller, Carolyn Sullivan and Beth & Trevor Reid. The workshops are small [max 13 students] and the venue, The Tops Stanwell Park 2508 is perfect for a retreat. All rooms have ensuites and are twin share. Cost $495 includes workshops, all meals and accommodation. Dates 14th to 18th October. For more info please email Diana or phone (02) 4284 4517.

Friday, 10 July 2009

Art & Craft Spectacular @ Maclean: 17-19 July 2009

The Lower Clarence Art & Crafts Association presents its 44th open competitive original arts and crafts echibition:

Art & Craft Spectacular 2009
at the Maclean High School
9am-4pm, 17-19 July 2009
Refreshments available
Admission $3.00
Children under 16 - no charge


For further information, contact LCACA on (020) 6645 3700 or www.ferryparkgallery.org.au

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

WRAP Unwrapped Exhibition: 7 - 30 July 2009

The WRAP Unwrapped Textile Exhibition is on at NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street Sydney from 7 July to 30 July (Monday-Friday 9.30am to 4pm). Free illustrated talks will be held on Friday, 17 July and 24 July at 11am.

WRAP Unwrapped Textile Exhibition

Sunday, 28 June 2009

3 July Friday Showcase: Verna Horwood

Machine quilter Verna Horwood presents the next Friday showcase at the Guild office at 10am on Friday, 3 July 2009. All welcome! ($5.50 entry fee)

Friday, 26 June 2009

Designing Matters with Alan Tremain: 25 & 26 July

This two day workshop on 25 and 26 July 2009 at the Guild office is designed to give beginner and intermediate quilters more confidence in working with and selecting fabrics either by colour or pattern and applying them to the quilt designs they will learn to create in this workshop. Participants will bring their favourite fabrics—yes those you have ‘drooled over for years and were afraid to cut’ – along with a collection of associated colours and prints. The key fabrics will be analyzed by colour, print style and pattern repeat and we will use this newly gained information as a foundation for your quilt designs.

Participants will be introduced to graph paper design and recording principles as a means of extending their skills and documenting their quilt patterns and will be shown a simple but comprehensive system for calculating fabric quantities. During Day One, participants will ‘debunk’ their fabrics and start designing general quilt pattern layouts and move onto deciding where these fabrics will be placed in their designs. Stylizing of block structures and their supporting role in quilt design will then be introduced with guidance on how to translate your design into actual sized templates ready for cutting and assembly. As the quilt design profile grows, each step will be recorded for accurate retrieval at any point during the class or in the future. Day Two will see individual participants taking their own paths by using their new knowledge by either sampling some of the blocks they will be using in their final design or pursue further design options using graph paper and coloured pencils.

The workshop fees will be $55 per day and the class will run from 9.30 am until 3.30pm both days, tea and coffee are provided as well as use of the photocopier. Book now to reserve your place. Download booking form or contact the office on (02) 9283 3737.Full payment confirms your place in this workshop.


Quilt designed and made by Alan Tremain
Quilted by Sydney Quilt Show sponsor
Sharon French of Morning Star Quilting

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Stitches Through Time Talk - 19 July 2009

Stitches through Time, a talk on Australian Antique Quilts by Dr Annette Gero will be held at:

11.30 am, Sunday 19 July 2009
The Tebbutt Room
Deerubbin Centre
300 George Street, Windsor
$15pp -light luncheon included

Bookings essential. Mail cheque or money order to The Friends of the Hawkesbury Art Community & Regional Gallery Inc, PO Box 462 Post Office, Windsor NSW 2756

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Jacaranda City Quilters 1st Exhibition: 26-28 June

JACARANDA CITY QUILTERS' FIRST EXHIBITION

When: 26- 28 June 2009

Where - RSL CLUB, Fry St., Grafton, NSW 2460
Great parking/ refreshments available at the RSL
Early advice of bus trips would be appreciated

Times: Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sun. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Cost: Adults $5 Pensioners/RSL members $3 Under 15's free

Quilts, wallhangings, bags, cushions etc. made by quilters in The Clarence Valley

Judged competition " Take Three Colours &...................."

Traders and sales tables/ Bernina demonstrations/ community quilts/ raffle / luck dip (proceeds to Westpac Helicopters) /Christmas corner/ viewers choice

Enquiries: Anne Carter

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Dyad Exhibition @ Wollongong: 1-12 July 2009

Guild members Nic Bridges and Janine Matthews were born on opposite coasts of Australia, worlds apart. Their paths would never have crossed if not for a common love of art and textiles. Since meeting through an internet group a dozen years ago they have been partners in crime, joined at the hip, like-minded souls traveling through life with eyes wide open but utterly different points of view.

In their forthcoming exhibition of textiles, painting and sculptures at the Project Contemporary Artspace in Wollongong from 1-12 July, Nic and Janine explore the concept of Dyad, the principle of twoness in their separate artistic practice as well as in collaboration.
Dyad - a exhibition by Nic Bridges and Janine Matthews

Monday, 15 June 2009

Viewers' Choice 2009 Sydney Quilt Show

Guest exhibitor Helen Godden was an entertaining speaker at the Gala Dinner on Friday night and most generous in sharing her quilting journey in informative daily floor talks at the Sydney Quilt Show. Helen's quilt The Man from Snowy River was also very popular and was voted favourite for both the Hanger's Award on set-up day and Viewer's Choice:

Man from Snowy River by Helen Godden

Second place Viewer's Choice was awarded to Rhonda Pearce for her hexagon extravaganza - Wade's Quilt. Congratulations to both Helen and Rhonda and thank you to everyone who cast a vote.

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Burwood Meeting: 20 June 2009

The next Guild meeting at Burwood is Saturday, 20 June 2009:

11am: Demonstration by Pamela Priday: Pamela's demo will cover mixed techniques including paper and silk products, angelina, tyvek, lutradur, foils, paints and stamps. Come along to see how these processes can be incorporated into art-quilts or practical gifts.


1pm, General Meeting & Guest Speaker (Lynn Hewitt)
Burwood RSL
96 Shaftsbury Avenue, Burwood



Sample by Pamela Priday

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Best of Show & Other Awards

Congratulations to Wendy Smith who was awarded Best of Show and Excellence in Hand Quilting for her exquisite applique quilt - Serenity. You can view her quilt along with the other prize winners in the gallery on the Guild Website.


Tuesday, 9 June 2009

10 Tips for Sydney Quilt Show 2009

The 27th annual members exhibition, the Sydney Quilt Show, opens tomorrow at 9am at the Exhibition Centre at Darling Harbour. We're sure you will have a fabulous time. Here are ten tips to help you get the most out of your visit:

  1. Prepare! sleep well and have a good breakfast. You will need all your energy for the big day.
  2. Dress in Layers - temperatures can vary and you want to be comfortable.
  3. Pack your camera - make sure that you have your camera along with a well-charged battery AND your memory device. You are welcome to take plenty of photos of quilts in the Guild area for your personal use only - that is viewed for your own personal pleasure. For copyright and courtesy reasons, you must NOT publish any images online or in any other media unless you have obtained permission from the relevant quiltmaker*. Anyone who wishes to publish images for commercial purposes must obtain prior consent from the Guild.
  4. Buy a catalogue - they are only $2 and you will find a useful layout diagram along with details and descriptions of all of the quilts.
  5. Meet a friend - you can share the pleasure and talk about what delights and inspires you.
  6. Cruise the market aisles - support our generous sponsors, we could not stage the show without them.
  7. Learn something new - there will be demonstrations in the Guild area throughout the show. Also demonstrations of techniques featured in the Art to Wear garments will take place daily: 10-11am, 12-1pm and 2-3pm. Kidskills activities will take place on Saturday and Sunday.
  8. Ask a question - our white glove floor monitors always welcome questions and guest exhibitor Helen Godden will be presenting a floor talk on Wednesday at 11.30am and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 3pm.
  9. Buy a raffle ticket - you might win a beautiful quilt or another fabulous prize.
  10. Be inspired - join the Guild at the membership desk, or complete a membership form, and enter your quilt(s) in Sydney Quilt Show 2010!
Sydney Quilt Show

* For more information about copyright, see the
useful information sheets on the website of the Copyright Council of Australia.

Monday, 8 June 2009

Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award & Forum

Congratulations to Guild members Dianne Firth and Pamela Fitzsimons who are among the textile artists selected for the inaugural Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award and associated exhibition that opens at 11 am on 20 June and runs to 19 July 2009 at the Wangaratta exhibitions gallery, Ovens St, Wangaratta.

Home Tree by Louise Saxton
Image: Louise Saxton, Home-Tree, 2008

The Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Forum takes place on Saturday 20 June 2009 from 12.30 – 4.30pm

KEY NOTE SPEAKERS

Liz Williamson
Head School of Design Studies College of Fine Arts University of New South Wales

Intriguing the Senses: Contemporary Textiles
Textiles artists and designers have embraced innovative research techniques to explore complex concepts producing individual and innovative textiles. By exploring current issues of sustainability, environment and place combined with historical reference and new technologies, all are developing intriguing ways to inform the senses.

This lecture will illustrate current research projects by staff and postgraduate students at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW and at UTS in Sydney. It will also document research undertaken in developing woven textiles for Liz Williamson: Textiles a solo exhibition held at Object Gallery, Sydney in late 2008 as part of the Living Treasures series and now touring nationally.

Laura Jocic
Curator Fashion & Textiles National Gallery of Victoria

Australian textiles in the collection of the NGV
How the collection has developed and the range of works and techniques represented, including 19th century embroideries and 20th century printed and woven textiles.

ARTISTS FLOOR TALK
Sara Lindsay, Julie Montgarrett, Louise Saxton, Patrick Snelling, Emma Sulzer

Cost: $22/$16 concession includes light lunch
Bookings & prepayment essential. Tel: 03 5722 0761

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Art to Wear 2009- Black & White

The Quilters' Guild of NSW presents Art to Wear 2009 - Black & White at the Sydney Quilt Show next week 10 -14 June. Demonstrations of techniques featured in the garments will take place daily: 10-11am, 12-1pm and 2-3pm

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Quilt National 2009: Pamela Fitzsimons

Quilt National is a biennial juried exhibition of contemporary art quilts that will be on view at the Dairy Barn Arts Center, in Athens Ohio USA until 7 September 2009. From almost 1200 entries, the jurors (Sue Benner, Katie Pasquini Masopust, and Ned Wert) selected just 85 quilts by 87 artists drawn from 25 states and 13 foreign countries. The 2009 finalists included Guild member Pamela Fitzsimons for her multi-layered, three dimensional work Extinction Wrap:

Extinction Wrap - a contemporary art quilt by Pamela Fitzsimons

Extinction Wrap - a contemporary art quilt by Pamela Fitzsimons

Quilt National was intended to demonstrate the transformations taking place in the world of quilting. Its purpose was then, and still is, to carry the definition of quilting far beyond its traditional parameters and to promote quiltmaking as what it always has been -- an art form.

This the second time that Pamela's work has been juried into Quilt National, she was also a finalist in 2003. You can view quilts by Pamela and other Australian contemporary quiltmakers at the Sydney Quilt Show next week where the Australia Wide exhibition of the Ozquilt Network will be on display.

Sunday, 31 May 2009

2010 Guild Calendar

In 2010 you can have a quilt brighten every single day with the Guild's special calendar that you can purchase at the Sydney Quilt Show 2009 and then from the Guild office.

2010 Guild Calendar 2010 Guild Calendar Back cover

The following winning quilts were selected from the entries in last year's calendar challenge:
  • Cover award sponsored by Pfaff Australia: ‘Faites Simple:The Impressionists’ – Cathy Jack Coupland
  • January:We Do Like to Be Beside The Seaside’ – Marilyn Lowder
  • February: Pippy Hunting – Low Tide at Davistown – Elizabeth Long
  • March: Still Life With Picasso #1Helen Godden
  • April: Spring Beauty – Judith Thomson
  • May: Seachange 1 – Alison Muir
  • June: Lift Off – Carolyn Sullivan
  • July: Colour Patch Series:Black, Blue & Red – Sue Dennis
  • August: Simple String Theory - Brenda Gael Smith
  • September: Flannel Flowers Amanda Daly
  • October: Inspiration Unleashed 2Sharon French
  • November: Migration – Carol Timmins
  • December: Still Life – Log Cabin Flowers – Alan R Tremain
The calendars are available to financial guild members at the special Guild member price of $12 plus postage and credit card fee (if applicable) These calendars are also available from selected retail outlets at the RRP of $15. Wholesale enquiries welcome, please contact 2010 Calendar Coordinator or contact our office.

Monday, 25 May 2009

Artists Forum at the Fairfield: 30 May

There will be an Artists Forum at the Fairfield Museum & Gallery on Saturday, 30 May . In association with the exhibition, A Conversation with Rain – a national innovative contemporary textile exhibition to stimulate and inspire the artists curated by Helen Lancaster. The forum, from 11am-3pm, will be made up of several artists from the exhibition, who will talk about the process of how they work, techniques used etc and debate what comes first – technique or idea.

Cost - $15. Booking essential – phone the Gallery on (02) 9609 3993

Sunday, 24 May 2009

Quilt Show @ Copacabana: 30 May

There will be a quilt show, in conjunction with Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea at Copacabana on the Central Coast this weekend. Here are the key details:

Quilt & Craft Show for Cancer Council Research
8am-4pm:Saturday, 30 May 2009
Copacabana Surf Club
Entry Fee $5 includes light refreshments


Friday, 22 May 2009

Central Coast Quilt Exhibition: 24 May

The Central Coast 2009 annual charity quilt competition and exhibition will be held on Sunday 24 May at the Wyong Race Club. There will be a range of quilts on display as well as free demonstrations and workshops. Patchwork and craft supplies and sewing machines will also be available. Proceeds from the day go to Cancercare Services as Gosford and Wyong Hospitals.

Enquiries: Janette Jones. Tel: 0439 387 267

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Burwood Meeting: 16 May 2009

The next Guild meeting at Burwood RSL (96 Shaftsbury Avenue) is this Saturday, 16 May 2009:

11am - noon: Crazy patchwork demonstration with Yvonne Line
1pm: General Meeting including consideration of a special resolution relating to amending the constitution and the size of the committee a
nd guest speaker Hans Joerg Wengi from Guttermann Threads

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Social Meeting at Campbelltown: 17 May

The next Sunday social meeting for 2009 is this Sunday, 17 May.

The venue is Campbelltown Arts Centre. All members, and friends and interested persons, welcome. Gallery opens at 10.00am , Show and tell at 11.30, Café for lunch or bring your own, Guest Speaker, 1.00pm, Afternoon Tea provided, meeting closes at 3.00 pm, Gallery closes at 4.00pm. Wheelchair access, Sculpture Garden, Art Gallery, Japanese Garden.

Monday, 11 May 2009

QS2009 Gala Dinner - 12 June

It's time to book your place at the Gala Dinner held as part of the Sydney Quilt Show 2009. Come along for great company and a sumptuous dinner as well as an inspiring presentation from guest speaker Helen Godden.

Gala Dinner
6pm for 6.45pm dinner: Friday, 12 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, 29 May 2009 at the Guild office. (Please contact the venue directly on (02) 8217 4000 regarding any specific dietary requirements.) Download and complete your booking form.

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Sydney Quilt show 2009 Update

Acceptance letters and drop-off lady details will be dispatched to entrants this week. (The Exhibition Secretary apologises for the delay.) The Guild is delighted to report that, in addition to the record number of 390 quilts in the members' exhibition, there will be many other special exhibits including:

  • a selection of quilts by award-winning quiltmaker Helen Godden;

  • Australia Wide - an exhibition of art quilts by members of the Ozquilt Network, Australia's organisation for art quilters;

  • antique quilts that feature in the book The Fabric of Society by Annette Gero;

  • a Black & White exhibit of Art to Wear items including special guest artist Barbara Rogers;

  • Coast and Country Guild challenge quilts;

  • Best of Australia Quilts sponsored by Bernina; AND

  • Fantasy quilts from the inaugural AP&Q AQC Challenge including the prize winning entry by Guild member Denise Sargo.

Join us at the Sydney Quilt Show at Darling Harbour 10 - 14 June 2009.

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Reminder Vikki Pignatelli Lecture: 2 May

American Quiltmaker Vikki Pignatelli is presenting the following lecture this Saturday:

‘10 ATTRIBUTES THAT MAKE A GOOD QUILTER BETTER’
LECTURE DATE: Saturday, 2nd May, 2009.
VENUE: Epping Creative Leisure Centre, Dence Park, Stanley Road, Epping.
TIME: 1.30pm for 2.00pm. The lecture is for one hour.
A question and answer session and showing of quilts are included.
AFTERNOON TEA: Light refreshments will be provided but any donations will be appreciated.
ENTRY FEE: Prepaid $10.00. At the door $15.00
  

We hope you can join us.

Monday, 27 April 2009

Chatelaine Quilters Exhibition: 1-2 May

Chatelaine Quilters Inc will be holding their biennial exhibition of members' work at Sutherland Uniting Church Hall, Flora St, Sutherland on May 1st and 2nd between 10 am and 4 pm each day. Entry $5 with proceeds to Cord Blood Foundation.

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Eastwood Patchwork Quilters Exhibition: 1-3 May

EASTWOOD PATCHWORK QUILTERS 2009 EXHIBITION
May 1 –3 10am to 4.30pm: Admission $6
Refreshments, light lunches, and quilt and craft stores will be available.

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 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.

Friday, 24 April 2009

Paducah Success

The winners of the American Quilt Society Quilt Contest in Paducah have been announced.

Guild member, Mariya Waters continues her success with Renaissance Revival which was awarded American Quilter's Society Best of Show. In addition, Mariya's quilt Bluebirds of Paradise was third in the Miniature category and Nic Bridges and Lisa Walton were awarded third place in the Large Wall Quilts: Longarm/Midarm Machine category with Bushfire Sunset.


Another, Guild member Margaret McDonald received an Honorable Mention for her quilt Infinity. You can view the complete list of winners and view the online gallery. Congratulations to our talented Guild members.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Springwood HS Community Quilt Show: Anzac Weekend

The 2009 Springwood High School Community Quilt Show is being held:

Friday April 24th to Sunday April 26th
Springwood High School Hall, Grose Rd Faulconbridge
Open Friday 9-5, Saturday 11-5 (Anzac Day), Sunday 10-4



2009 Raffle Quilt made by Chris Jurd

* over 150 quilts on display
* stalls and trading tables from many quilt shops and craftspeople
* demonstrations of Bernina sewing machines
* Quilt Show Café with fresh homemade goodies and cappuccinos

Proceeds of the Quilt Show will be used to purchase a Bernina Aurora 440 sewing machine for Springwood High School Textile students. For more information email Suzanne.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Quilt Show Update

390 entries from over 270 individual and group members have been received for the 2009 Sydney Quilt Show. This is an all-time record but the good news is that ALL valid entries have been accepted. Formal acceptance letters with important details about the delivery of your quilts will be posted out at the beginning of May. In the meantime, keep on putting the finishing details on your quilts. We look forward to a great show!

Monday, 6 April 2009

Community Quilts Demonstration Stand @ RAS

The Guild is taking Community Quilts to the Royal Easter Show in 2009. We require 24 volunteers over four days (16-19 April 2009) to assist in the machine quilting demonstration area where there will be four Pfaff quilting model sewing machines. Attending members can also bring in any project they wish to work on and thus demonstrate another technique we all use in quilt making wheter it be binding a quilt, hand applique or hand quilting.

If your are interested in demonstrating fo rthe Guild during this event, please contact the coordinator Alan Tremain via the office or by e-mail.

All volunteers will receive a full day pass and public transport travel reimbursement. Some onsite parking passes are also available.

Friday, 3 April 2009

Raffle Quilt 2009

Serendipity, the raffle quilt for 2009, was made by Wentworth Quilters Inc. Raffle tickets are $2 each. Tickets were distributed with the March newsletter but you can always purchase more from the Guild office or at the Sydney Quilt Show.

2009 Raffle Prizes:

  • 1st Prize: Winner's choice of "Serendipity" raffle quilt or Bernina Aurora 44oQE sewing machine sponsored by Bernina;
  • 2nd Prize: The remaining item from above;
  • 3rd Prize: A collector's box of sewing threads sponsored by Perivale Gutermann;
  • 4th Prize: A magnifier lamp sponsored by the Scissorman;
  • 5th Prize: 10 metres Moda fabric sponsored by PK Fabrics; and
  • 6th Prize: one year subscription to each of Homespun Magazine and iQuilt online quilting magazine.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Away Meeting: 4 April 2009

The 2009 "away" meeting is coming up this weekend:

1.30pm, Saturday, 4 April 2009
CWA Rooms, Mudgee
Surprise Guest Speaker + Show & Tell + Afternoon Tea

Members and non-members welcome!