Tuesday, 15 December 2009


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

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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:
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