Friday, 31 August 2012

History Week : Quilt Connections

How the power of quilting connects communities

Aunt Clara's Quilt (detail) 1890-1915 Collection of the Powerhouse Museum

This is the topic of a seminar being presented as part of the NSW History week 2012 programme, exploring how the art of quilt-making and thread work has connected communities in times of need or remembrance.
The guest speaker line up, includes respected quilt historian Dr Annette Gero,  author and convenor of the Quilt Study Group of NSW Karen Fail and members of the curating staff at the Powerhouse Museum.
Participants will join a behind the scenes tour to view selected works, as well as learn about quilt conservation and storage.
Come and hear about the Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt, military uniform quilts and "Aunt Clara's Quilt" in a seminar that is presented in partnership with Powerhouse Museum Regional Services and the History Council of NSW.
Download the flyer for further information about this event.

When : 10.00am - 1.00pm
             Wednesday 12th September, 2012
Where : The Powerhouse DIscovery Centre
             172 Showground Road, Castle Hill NSW 2154
Cost :    $12 Public
              $10 Powerhouse Members
              Payment upon arrival. Includes morning tea.

Bookings : Powerhouse Discovery Centre on 02 9762 1300
                  Bookings are essential as spaces are limited

     All welcome!

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Update : Heritage Week at Penrith

Please Note : 
The history week presentation regarding Australia's Heritage Quilts, at Penrith City Library by Dr Annette Gero, will take place on Tuesday 11 Sept at 1.00pm.
The date was inadvertently left off  the previous blog announcement.

Heritage Quilts : Penrith City Library

There are some exciting and varied  exhibitions covering the topic of "Threads"  as part of NSW History Week 2012  in Sydney and regional areas from Saturday 8th Sept until Sunday 16th Sept.

Many of them will be regarding Fashion, however, Dr Annette Gero will be involved, and talking about Australia's Heritage Quilts.

Venue: Penrith City Library Theatrette
             601 High Street, Penrith
Date : Tuesday 11th Sept
Time : 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Admission : $5.00

Bookings Essential.
Additional information and bookings : Penrith City Library  02 4732 7891

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Macleay Quilters' Inc. Biennial Exhibition

Mid North Coastal town Kempsey, 15 kilometers inland from the coast of the Pacific Ocean, is host to the Macleay Quilters' Inc Biennial exhibition.
Quilters of this region near the Macleay River, have been industriously creating many quilts, and raffle prizes to share with all who wish to attend.
There will be "The Presidents Challenge" to  admire, trading tables, demonstrations, and a Merchants Hall.

Venue : Showground Pavilion
             Sea Street, Kempsey.
When :  Friday 7th September 9.00am - 5.00pm
             Saturday 8th September 9.00am - 4.00pm
Entry  :  $5.00

All welcome!

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Sewing in the Office : 27th August

The next Sewing in the Office event for Community Quilts is on
Monday 27 August 2012 from 10.30am - 2pm
Bring along your sewing basket and collaborate with the hand applique and pieced quilts currently being constructed by the Community Quilts sub-commitee for needy children and their families.

Community spirit is alive and well with this group of dedicated quilters, and the beautiful quilts they exhibited at The Sydney Quilt Show in June are testament to their skills and benevolence.

Bring some lunch if intending to stay the day.
Further information available from Linda Butcher who can be emailed via the Guild Office contact details.

Please come along, as everyone is welcome!

Monday, 20 August 2012

Guild Retreat Jamberoo 26-28 October

It's not too early to secure your place on the Annual Retreat!
On Page 39 of the August 2012 edition of The Template, details of the weekend and a booking form can be found for the accommodation requirements you need at Jamberoo Valley Lodge.
Send in your request ASAP if desiring specific room configuration.
A special 'Quilter's Rate' has been organised with management.

This is the Guild's Annual Retreat, giving any member an opportunity to have a fun and relaxing weekend of quilting, and guild community spirit.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Guild Office.

Come and be part of this year's 30th Anniversary Celebrations at the Jamberoo Retreat!

Friday, 17 August 2012

Coffs Quilters and Needlecraft Inc.

Quilt Show 24-26 August 2012
Heading "up the coast" next weekend?
Then be sure to visit Coffs Harbour and attend the Annual Quilt Exhibition and Craft Fair being presented by Coffs Quilters and Needlecraft Inc.

There will be a vast array of magnificent quilts and fine needlework on display, as well as a huge assortment of trading tables.
Morning and afternoon teas and lunch will be available.

Venue : Coffs Harbour Race Club and Function Center
             Howard Street, Coffs Harbour
Dates   : Friday - Sunday 24-26 August
Times  : Friday-Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 9am-3pm
Entry   : $5.00

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Under 35's Quilt Competition : Closing soon

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

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Textile Exhibition : Bowral 17-26 August

The Southern Highlands Textile and Fibre Network Inc. announce their exhibition of Members work.
Entitled " Diversity : Coast" this display will be at the BDAS Gallery, 1 Short Street, Bowral.

Dates : Friday - Saturday 17-26 August 2012
Times : 10am - 4pm daily.

All Welcome!

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Burwood General Meeting: 18 August 2012

The next meeting of The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc. will be held on Saturday 18 August at Burwood RSL, Shaftsbury Rd., Burwood.

The programme is as follows:
Market Day : 11am
General Meeting : 1.00pm
Guest Speaker : Wendy Williams of Flying Fish Kits and Patterns
Retrospective Interview : Daphne Massie
Group : Chatelaine Quilters
Show and Tell : please bring your recent quilts.
Block of the Quarter : please sew a "Spool" block or two, for the lucky recipient's benefit!

Please bring your own mug for afternoon tea.
All Welcome!

Friday, 10 August 2012

One quilter's trash is another . . . . .

. . . . . . Quilter's Treasure! 

Is your "studio / sewing sanctuary" awash with old magazines, hoops that have never hooped and ugly stash fabrics acquired during forgotten moments? Do orphan blocks and strange thimbles reside with never used patterns and old silk ties?
Are your cupboards bulging with stuff that might have been inspirational . . . . but now you've moved-on?

Is your space crying out for a make-over?

Then book a trading table for only $5.00 at Market Day and offload some of your embarrassments!

To book a table at the 18 August 2012 General Meeting, Phone the Guild's Office  or email the Meeting Co-ordinator. Market Day will commence at 11am in "The Dome" at Burwood RSL.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012


No, perhaps not THESE Pearls...
However maybe something equally as quirky was used as your inspiration for The 2012 Guild Challenge "Pearl"
Time is running out to send your completed 60cm x 40cm quilt to the Guild office.
Please make sure your quilt arrives on or before the 7th September with a 6cm deep hanging sleeve attached to the back. Either Landscape or Portrait orientation is acceptable.

"Pearl" Challenge Quilts will be displayed initially at the Annual General Meeting of The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc on the 13th October 2012 at Burwood RSL. Viewers Choice will be determined on that day.
All quilts will be retained for a Suitcase Exhibition, touring for 26 months, and available to groups on request.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

QSG : Medallion Quilt Report

On Saturday the 21st of July, Margaret Sampson George spoke for the Quilt Study Group of NSW about Medallion or Frame Quilts. There were 68 in the audience in the Target Theatre at the Powerhouse Museum to hear Margaret Sampson George talk about her introduction to sewing and quilting, her love of medallion quilts and then to see examples of her work and those of her students. 

Margaret discussed the historic reasons for the popularity of medallion quilts, the development of fabrics from the 1500s on (especially the quilt centres based on pastoral, floral, military or commemorative panels) and the importance of medallions for commemorating important dates in the makers’ lives.

For members of  The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc. there will be a lengthier report on this event and further photos in the next edition of The Template.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Workshop with Pam Holland 12-13 Sept 2012

Reminder : Book now for the next workshop with The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc and enjoy an informative day with Pam Holland as she imparts her Thread Painting skills.

Pam Holland is an Internationally renowned quilter and teacher, author, designer, illustrator and photographer, whose visual and artistic journey, through the means of her blog, is a delight and inspiration for all of her many followers.

There are further details of the topic for this particular workshop, on this specific blogspot.

A workshop booking form will need to be sent to the Guild Office for members to be part of this workshop.

Friday, 3 August 2012

Craft and Sewing Show : Newcastle

If you were unable to see the "Fertile Imagination" Challenge Quilts at Darling Harbour this year, then why not view them at the Craft and Sewing Show in Newcastle?

Dates : Thursday - Sunday 16-19 August 2012
Times : 10am-4.30pm
Venue : Newcastle Entertainment Centre

This Challenge was arranged in association with Expertise Events and the Newcastle viewing will be the final public display of these quilts.
All Fertile Imagination Challenge quilts will be returned to their makers, after this exhibition closes.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

The Hunters Hill Quilters Inc. 2012 Show

On the weekend of the 10th - 12th August  Hunters Hill Quilters Inc will be hosting their 15th Biennial  exhibition.

Blue on Blue 2012 Raffle quilt
Tulip Obsession 2012 Raffle quilt
All members have been working diligently on the two raffle quilts being offered this year.
80 quilts will be on view, as well as many Waggas.
There will be new and old quilts for sale, a quilt shop offering fabric and quilt making notions, and a refreshments stall.
Proceeds from the Quilt Show will enable Giant Steps Sydney- a school for children with autism, to further their educational programmes.

Venue : Hunters Hill Town Hall
              Alexandra Street, Hunters Hill
Opening Night : Thursday, 9th August at 7.30pm. Entry $20.00

Exhibition Times : Friday - Sunday 10am - 4.30pm
Admission : $6.00 including Catalogue

All are welcome!