Saturday, 30 June 2012

Friday Showcase 6 July: Catherine Babidge

Catherine Babidge presents Friday showcase at the Guild office at 10am on Friday, 6 July 2012. The entry fee is $5 entry for members and $10 for non members.  All welcome!

Less is More by Carolyn Sullivan
Suburban Purples by Cath Babidge - 2011 Guild Challenge

Friday, 29 June 2012

Maclean Patchwork & Quilters Group

Quilt Show Friday - Sunday 6 - 8 July 2012
Maclean Patchwork & Quilters Group announces the Lower Clarence Arts & Crafts Assoc. Annual Arts, Crafts & Quilt Exhibition.

Venue : Gulmarrad Public School, Gulmarrad (near Maclean)
Open : 10.00am - 4.00pm
Entry : $5.00

There are many different quilting divisions with prizes in each.
Come and support fellow Quilters from The Northern Rivers!

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Book Now for The Modern X Workshop - 25 July

Join Brenda Gael Smith for a fresh look at a classic quilting motif - the X or cross block. This workshop covers a variety of improvisational piecing techniques; regular and irregular block compositions; and the effective use of positive and negative space. Suitable for all skill levels.:

Download and return a Workshop Booking Form to reserve your place. 
Date : Wednesday 25 July 2012, 9.30am for 10-3pm, Epping Creative Centre.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Attention : Dijanne Cevaal Workshop

Workshop Cancellation Notice

It is with regret that the committee advises that the Gypsy Blanket Workshop with Dijanne Cevaal scheduled for 16 -17 August, has been cancelled.
Apologies to all members for any inconvenience caused.

Bound To Please Workshop : 1 August 2012

Join Brenda Gael Smith as she demonstrates how to improve the finish of your quilts.

Stacks 1 Brenda Gael Smith
This workshop covers a range of quilt finishing techniques from the classic continuous mitred binding, to a facing finish, pillow case finish, prairie points and more.
Seemingly tricky to obtain without bulges and mishaps, let Brenda show you how to obtain that professional finish without pain!

Venue : Epping Creative Centre, Dence St. Epping.
Time : 9.30am for 10am

Download and return a Workshop Booking Form to reserve your place.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Your 2013 Quilt

The 2012 Sydney Quilt Show might be "done and dusted" but have you thought about your entry for next year?

The Guild has a Programme of Workshops  in the near future, that is bound to provide inspiration for new quilts.

Guest Tutors are Brenda Gael SmithDijanne Cevaal, Pam Holland and Gloria Loughman

One of Brenda's 2 workshops is scheduled soon : Wednesday 25 July
(The Modern X  -  improvisational piecing workshop)

Click on the above links to see correct guild workshop dates and details, where to find booking forms and the various workshops on offer. Contact The Guild Office to reserve your places.

Thread painting Made Easy :  Workshop with Pam Holland

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

The Singing Quilter at New Lambton

Novocastrian Quilters invite you to a performance by Cathy Miller
Cathy is a Canadian singer, songwriter and quilter who will amuse you with her many songs, stories and quilt trunk show.
Her first CD " One Stitch at a Time" resulted from a trip to Australia in 1999, viewing The Rajah Quilt, and then seeking out further Australian quilt stories that became music material for this talented lady.
A gig at a Jinny Beyer retreat led to more songs being composed, further CD's and a Travelling Show that has seen her perform in USA, Canada, Europe, NZ and Australia.

This weekend's performance will be Cathy's only NSW show and is sure to delight.

Date    : Saturday 23 June -2pm
Venue : New Lambton Community Centre, Corner Alma Rd and Cromwell Streets, New Lambton.
Cost    :  Entry by Ticket only..... $10 (includes Afternoon Tea)
Tickets available from Marilyn 0402024954 or Elizabeth 49674363

Monday, 18 June 2012

Viewers' Choice 2012

The votes for Viewers' Choice are in and counted. Congratulations to Rhonda Pearce and Cinzia White who were awarded first and second prize respectively. You can view all of the prize winning quilts online in the 2012 Sydney Quilt Show Gallery.

Viewers' Choice - First  Prize
Baltimore Classic by Rhonda Pearce
Viewers' Choice - Second Prize
Raconteur by Cinzia White

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Reminder: Under 35's Quilt Competition

To celebrate the Guild's 30th anniversary, Quilters Companion and Brother International (Aust) Pty Ltd are proudly sponsoring the 2012 Under 35's Quilt Competition How Does Your Garden Grow.

Be inspired by the theme to create a quilt no larger than 120 cm X 150 cm (portrait or landscape orientation).

Categories: Primary students, Secondary students, 18- 24 years, and 25–35 years.

Under 35s Competition 2012
This is an amateur competition; professional quiltmakers may enter but will not be judged. OVER $20,000 IN PRIZES All category winners will receive:
  • A Brother Sewing machine plus primary and secondary school winners will receive sewing machines for their schools;
  • A Quilters pack from Quilters Companion Magazine;
  • A copy of The Promise of Joy by Kathy Doughty, from Material Obsession;
  • EVERY entrant will receive a free digital magazine subscription for Quilters Companion and Homespun Magazines and Quilters Companion 2013 Diary.
Entries close 12 September 2012. All quilts will be exhibited in September 2012 in Sydney. For further information contact the Guild President.

Download Under 35s Quilt Competition Entry Form (PDF892KB PDF)


Brother International Australia Quilters Companion Material Obsession

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Sydney Quilt Show 2012 Prize Winners Gallery

Congratulations to Ming Hsu who was awarded Best of Show and first prize in the Predominantly Applique (Professional) category for her quilt Long Fong (Chinese Dragon & Phoenix).  She writes:

Since I became a quilter in Australia in 2006, I wanted to make a quilt reflecting my Taiwanese-Chinese culture. I was inspired by Chinese symbolism for wealth, good luck and prosperity, the Imperial Dragon (Long) and the Phoenix (Fong).
You can view Ming Hsu's quilt, along with images of all of the other prize winning quilts from the 30th annual members' exhibition, online in the 2012 Sydney Quilt Show Prize Winners Gallery.
Best of Show 2012:  Long Fong (Chinese Dragon & Phoenix) by Ming Hsu

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Sydney Quilt Show Opening & Awards Ceremony

The 30th annual members' exhibition of The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc opens tomorrow, Wednesday 13 June at 9am at Darling Harbour.  The awards ceremony commences at 11am and everyone is welcome to come along. Thank you to all of the Sydney Quilt Show 2012 Sponsors. Their generosity and support are much appreciated. Please support them in return.

Other Sponsors

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Sydney Quilt Show 2012 Floor Talks

Each day at the Sydney Quilt Show 2012, Guild members will be presenting floor talks about the quilts on display. This includes guest exhibitors Judy Hooworth and Shirley Gibson. Here is the timetable. Floor talks commence at the Best of Show quilt and are FREE of charge.

Wednesday 13 JuneThursday 14 JuneFriday 15 JuneSaturday 16 JuneSunday 17 June
1.30  Shirley Gibson
2.00  Beth Miller
11.00  Sue Dennis
11.45  Eileen Campbell
12.30  Judy Hooworth
1.15  Merelyn Pearce
2.00  Brenda Smith
2.45  Rachelle Denneny
1.00  Kay Haerland
11.45  Jenny  Bowker
12.30  Eileen Campbell
1.15  Shirley Gibson
2.00  Julie Haddrick
2.45  Helen Godden
11.00  Jocelyne Leath
11.45  Rachael Denneny
12.30  Judy Hooworth
1.15  Julie Haddrick
2.00  Kathy Doughty
11.00  Shirley Gibson
12.15  Judy Hooworth
1.30 Helen Godden
2.15 Brenda Smith   
3.00 Kathy Doughty

Red, Green Again by Shirley Gibson
Red, Green Again
by Feature Quilter, Shirley Gibson
Black Water #9
by Feature Quilter, Judy Hooworth

Friday, 8 June 2012

Quilt Show Divas

The quilters were finished,
their fingers, quite numb,
Judges had judged
and quilts were now hung.

A soft buzz from the merchants
was all one could hear,
as Maree announced proudly
"It's our 30th Year!"

The sponsors were thanked
the excitement was clear,
With winners t'be announced,
doubtless misty, with tears.

Maree gave the mike
to those illustrious judges,
Attendees grew quiet,
but there were plenty of nudges!

Judge Number 3 said
"This year's been the best,
Your committee is tireless
New South Wales is blessed!

With Judge Number 2, we feel
we've had so much fun,
But the winners can be congratulated
by Judge Number 1"

She stepped to the dais,
Anxious entrants held their gasp,
Would't be their turn this year?
Or those winners from the past!

Two Curlewis Quilters,
their chins all a quiver,
nearly swallowed their dentures,
when announced.....'Collaborative' Winners!

Then, all but one ribbon
had been duly presented,
t'was now 'Best of Show' and
who knows what was expected?

The Show Hall fell quiet,.
everyone pricked up their ears,
Which glorious quilt's win
would cap this 'Pearly' year?

It was the most unexpected
of unexpected happenings,
The 'Best of Show' Rosette
was pinned, to loud clapping....

An 'Art' quilt Trapunto-ed
from two gals whom you know,
with seed pearls encrusted,
has won 'Best of Show' !

Good ol' Merle and Miss Shirl
already be-ribbonned
whispered "it cant be us....
the judge surely, is kidding?"

But Yes! They had Won....
Curlewis' Quilting Queens,
Their entry 'The Pearly Bride'
Hanging central to be seen.

"Magnificent", Maree cheered,
"Now let us once more clap,
such a fabulous Exhibition
from these ladies kiddies, and chaps"

So come to Darling Harbour
and attend THIS year's Quilt Show....
It's a 'Pearler' I tell you,
You've just got to go!

©  2012 Guild Blog Editor

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Sydney Quilt Show : 1 Week To Go!

Sydney Quilt Show 2012The Quilters' Guild Of NSW proudly presents its annual members' exhibition in conjunction with the Craft and Quilt Fair
The Sydney Quilt Show : Celebrating 30 Years
13 - 17 June 2012
Sydney Exhibition Centre
Darling Harbour

Doors open at 9am on Wednesday 13 June 2012 with the Official Opening and Awards Ceremony at 11.00am : all are invited to attend.

The excitement is building among all Guild Members who are looking forward to seeing this year's highlights:

  • Over 360 entries in 17 categories
  • The Raffle Quilt : made by members of Novocastrian Quilters
  • The 2011 Guild Challenge "Purple and Yellow"
  • Special 30th Year Challenge "Fertile Imagination"
  • Best of State and Best of Australia Quilts (Best of Show Quilts from across Australia for 2011 sponsored by Bernina)
  • The AP&Q Challenge exhibition "What The World Needs Now"
  • The Replica Frederica Josephson Coverlet, made by Guild Members
  • The collaborative "Seasonal Sisters" Quilt made by Helen Godden, Gail E. Thomas and Annette M. Hendricks
  • Hand sewing and Machine Quilting demonstrations
  • Country Members Groups promotional display
  • Kidskills on Saturday and Sunday
  • Floor talks from various Quilters . . (please check website for specific details)
  • Daily Lucky Visitor Prize of $100 worth of Products
  • 2 separate categories of Master Quilter displays, showcasing the work of invited outstanding Traditional and, Contemporary Quilters
  • A special 30th year Celebratory Exhibition Catalogue to include photos of the 20 quilts entered by these Master Quilters 
  • Daily talks by some of these Master Quilters . . (please check website for updates of times for these talks)
And as a very special display, two Feature Quilters : Shirley Gibson and Judy Hooworth . . Shirley is widely admired for her incredibly fine hand quilting, whilst Judy is a renowned Art Quilter who has exhibited 26 times in the Sydney Quilt Show.  Both of these quilters, revered by all, have been members of The NSW Guild for many years .

Dont forget : Vote for the "Viewers Choice" : every visitor can vote!

The Quilt Show will be open from 9am - 5pm daily, 13 - 17 June 2012.
The Guild welcomes all members and visitors.

Note : The Guild Office will be closed during the week of the Sydney Quilt Show and will re-open at 10am on Tuesday 19 June 2012

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

2012 /13 Membership

Reminder :
All membership fees are due 1 July and cover the financial year 1 July to 30 June.
Half yearly membership is not available.
Please Note : Memberships renewed after 30 September will incur an extra fee.

Membership fees and information can be found on The Guild Website

Membership can also be paid at The Guild Information Desk at The Sydney Quilt Show next week.

Friday, 1 June 2012

'Regeneration' Closing Soon

"Regeneration" Contemporary Quilt Textiles 2012 Exhibition
Closing : 4 June 

Final opportunity this Sunday 3 June at 3.00pm to enjoy one of the official Exhibition Tours

This exhibition has been organised by a sub-committee of The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc. and showcases the work of a number of member Quilt Artists.
Manly Art Gallery and Museum.
Cnr West Esplanade and Commonwealth Pde, Manly