Monday, 21 June 2010

Viewers' Choice: Sydney Quilt Show 2010

The votes are in! First place viewers' choice was awarded to Rachelle Denneny for Royal Amethyst and second place was awarded to Mineko Kikuchi for Anenome.

Royal Amethyst     Anemone

You can view images of all of the prize winning quilts on the Guild's website gallery. In addition, you can download:

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Weekend Activities: 19 & 20 June 2010

The following activities take place each day this weekend Saturday and Sunday, 19 and 20 June at the Sydney Quilt Show:

  • 10am:  floor talk by guest exhibitor and Best of Show winner Kay Haerland;
  • 11.30 am: floor talk by guest exhibitor Gai Haines;
  • 2pm: floor talk by guest exhibitor and Best of Show winner Kay Haerland;
  • 10-11am, 12-1pm and 2-3pm demonstrations of techniques used in the Art to Wear garments; and
  • Kidskills: 10am and 1pm, a free activity aimed at introducing children to the delights of colour, fabric and block designs.
In addition, at 3pm, Sunday 20 June 2010, you are invited to join Dr Dianne Firth, exhibition curator for a floor talk about the exhibition and the selection process for The New Quilt 2010 Contemporary Quilt Textiles at Manly Art Gallery & Museum, the Esplanade, Manly.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Opening of The New Quilt 2010: 18 June-25 July 2010

The New Quilt 2010 is an exhibition of contemporary Australian quilt textiles presented by The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc in partnership with Manly Art Gallery & Museum. The exhibition will be launched officially on Friday 18 June at 6pm by its curator, leading textile artist and art academic Dr Dianne Firth, Associate Professor & Head of Landscape Architecture in the Faculty of Art and Design at the University of Canberra.

The New Quilt 2010

See Public Programs for further details about accompanying events and programming associated with this exhibition. A colour catalogue, sponsored by Brother International Australia, is available from the Gallery or the Guild office for $4.00 or you are welcome to download any of the following documents.

 New Quilt - invitation - 255 KB
 The New Quilt 2010 - Media Release - 59 KB
 The New Quilt - catalogue - 2,364 KB

This exhibition is proudly sponsored by:

Manly Council logo     Manly Art Gallery & Museum logo    Quilters Guild logo  
brother logo - black   CommNSW_Arts_colour logo

Sydney Quilt Show 2010 Prize Winners List

s part of the awards ceremony we remembered the late Narelle Grieve (1939-2009).   Not only has her contribution to the quilting community been recognised with the Narelle Grieve Award for Amateur Hand Quilting which was won by Shirley Merriel,  but Narelle's own quilt Legacy won the Retaining the Tradition Award sponsored by Australian Patchwork & Quilting.

Purple Magic                    Legacy
Purple Magic                                                    Legacy
                      by Shirley Merriel                      by Narelle Grieve  & Maree Gebhardt

Narelle completed the magnificent appliqué and hand quilted around each appliqué design before her sudden illness. The background and border quilted by Maree Gebhardt. Original design inspired by an antique quilt.

Download the Sydney Quilt Show 2010 prize winners list (PDF 22KB).

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Sydney Quilt Show 2010 Online Catalogue Update

Apologies to anyone who encountered difficulties in downloading the online catalogue - the selected hosting platform did not work out as expected. Accordingly, the online catalogue can now be found in a new location at:

Here's a preview:

Sydney Quilt Show 2010: Best of Show: Kay Haerland

At this morning's awards ceremony, Bernina Best of Show 2010 was awarded to talented pictorial quiltmaker Kay Haerland for her work Under the Canopy (119 x 154 cm) :
Best of Show - Under the Canopy by Kay Haerland

Kay remarks:  There is a magic in the sun-dappled  Australian Rainforest. Life is abundant, things fluttering, buzzing, rustling, croaking, warbling, rippling and whispering just out of sight. Yet there is a stillness... A suspension  of events until you look away.

As it happens, Kay is also one of the guest exhibitors at Sydney Quilt Show 2010.  She will be presenting daily floor talks reviewing a selection of her works at 10am and 2pm. Come along and learn more about how Kay creates her wonderful quilts.

A website gallery of 2010 prize winning quilts will be available online shortly at

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Sydney Quilt Show 2010 Catalogue Information

The Sydney Quilt Show 2010 opens on Wednesday, 16 June with an awards ceremony at 9.30am. A complimentary short-form catalogue will be available at the show. This flyer contains special award and category details, sponsor information, an exhibitor listing and a layout diagram. A label setting out a short quilt description will also be attached to each quilt in the members' exhibition. In addition, more detailed catalogue information may be downloaded in the following documents:

Photography Policy: Please respect the copyright of our members. You are welcome to take photos of quilts in the Guild area for personal use only but please do not publish any images online or in other media unless you have obtained the consent of the relevant quiltmaker. If you wish to publish images from the show for commercial purposes, you must obtain the prior consent of the Guild.

Monday, 14 June 2010

Opening of the New Quilt 2010

The New Quilt 2010 is an exhibition of 26 contemporary quilt textiles presented by Manly Art Gallery & Museum  in partnership with The Quilters’ Guild of NSW, Inc.  Featured textile artists are:
Geri Barr, Mog Bremner, Anna Brown, Beryl Brooks, Marion Curry, Sue Dennis , Pamela Fitzsimons, Margery Goodall, Helen Gray, Camille Lord, Nichole Lubcke, Valentina Maximova, Thelma McGough, Deborah McArdle, Gloria Muddle, Alison Muir, Judi Nikoleski , John Parkes , Cath Phillips, Brenda Gael SmithGreg Somerville , Carolyn Sullivan and Ruth de Vos
The New Quilt 2010 opens at 10am on Friday 18 June (with an official opening event from 6-8pm) and continues until Sunday, 25 July 2010. The gallery is open Tuesday -Sunday (10am-5pm) and offers an comprehensive program of activities including a curatorial floor talk by Dr Dianne Firth at 3pm, Sunday 20 June 2010.  

The New Quilt 2010
Quilt Image: Anna Brown, Bushwalk, Flora, Cotton, silk accents
Machine appliqued, pieced and hand quilted. Image courtesy the artist.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Art to Wear 2010: Classic Oz Rocks!

As part of the annual members' exhibition, The Quilters Guild of NSW is proud to present Classic Oz Rocks! extraordinary garments in a palette of ochre (70%), teal (15%), indigo (10%) and the artist's choice of colour (5%).

Featured artists are: Anne van der Kley, Carroll Pichelmann, Carole Redlich, Cheryl Bridgart, Elaine Sale, Grace Levis, Helen Lancaster, Helen McGavin Smith, Julie Thornton, Kerryn Taylor, Lynda Worthington, Rosemary Long, Shirley McKernan, Toni Evering, Virginia Koster,  and Maureen Locke-McLean.

Demonstrations of techniques featured in the Art to Wear garments will take place daily at the Sydney Quilt Show: 10-11am, 12-1pm and 2-3pm

Following the quilt show, Classic Oz Rocks will be on exhibition at Gosford Regional Gallery from 26 June - 25 July 2010.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Sydney Quilt Show - one week to go!

The Sydney Quilt Show is an annual members' exhibition presented by The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc in conjunction with the Craft & Quilt Fair at the Sydney Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney.  The doors open at 9am on Wednesday 16 June 2010 with an official opening and awards ceremony at 9.30am.

Sydney Quilt Show 2010
Highlights of the Sydney Quilt Show in 2010 include

  • an exhibition of around 300 member quilts;
  • What Tickles Your Fancy 2010 Guild challenge quilts;
  • Art to Wear 2010 - Classic Oz Rocks extraordinary garments in a palette of ochre (70%), teal (15%), indigo (10%) and the artist's choice of colour (5%). Demonstrations of techniques featured in the Art to Wear garments will take place daily: 10-11am, 12-1pm and 2-3pm;
  • Art to Wear Retrospective Guest Exhibitor - Cheryl Bridgart;
  • Best of Australia quilts sponsored by Bernina;
  • a selection of traditional style quilts by guest exhibitor Gai Haines - daily floor talk at 11.30am;
  • a selection of pictorial quilts by guest exhibitor and Guild accredited teacher Kay Haerland - twice daily floor talks at 10am and 2pm;
  • Snapshots an exhibition of contemporary quilts by ZIG ZAG ;
  • Community Quilts - demonstrations of the process of making a quilt from start to finish will take place in the community quilts demonstration area throughout the show; and
  • Kidskills: Saturday 19 June 10am and 1pm and Sunday 20 July 10am and 1pm. The Sydney Quilt Show is a source of inspiration for many a would-be quiltmaker including children. The weekend "Kidskills" program is a free activity aimed at introducing children to the delights of colour, fabric and block designs.
The quilt show will be open from 9am-5pm daily, 16-20 June 2010.  The Guild welcomes all members and visitors.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Wanted: Photographer for Quilt Show Archives

The Guild has secured a photographer to record images of the prize winning quilts as they are selected on judging day.  However, we still require a photographer for the balance of approximately 200 quilts for the Guild's archive records.  If you are available on set-up day, Tuesday 15 June and have the capacity to take reasonable (straight and square!), high resolution quilt images, please contact the Guild Webmaster.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

12x12 Artist Floor Talk @ Gosford: 2pm 5 June 2010

The exhibition of the Twelve by Twelve Collaborative Art Quilt Project continues at Gosford Regional Gallery until 23 June 2010. One of the Australian "Twelves", Brenda Gael Smith will be presenting an artist floor talk at the gallery this Saturday, 5 June at 2pm.  Free admission - all welcome!

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Sydney Quilt Show 2010 Countdown

In less than two weeks, Hall 3 at the Darling Harbour Exhibition Centre will be buzzing with Guild volunteers setting up for Sydney Quilt Show 2010. It's not too late for you to send in your completed Volunteer Form or to contact the office on (02) 9283 3737 with your availability. The quilt show is a significant undertaking and a strong pool of volunteers will ensure that the team is fresh and enthusiastic to carry out the following important tasks:

  • set up (Tuesday 15 June) especially in the morning;
  • floor monitoring/white glove duties;
  • membership renewals and inquiries;
  • raffle ticket sales;
  • demonstrating quilting skills;
  • treasurer assistance; and
  • take down (5.00-7.30pm Sunday, 20 June).
We are especially looking for assistance with take down.

If you are entering a quilt in this year's show, it's time to check that your quilt is correctly labelled with a hanging sleeve/velcro strip (as applicable) and to make contact with your "Drop Off Lady" regarding delivery of your quilt. Quilts must be delivered to Drop Off Ladies by Wednesday, 9 June.

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