Friday, 6 December 2013

Office Holiday Closure

The Office of the Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc will be unattended from 3pm December 13 2013 until 10am January 13 2014.

All postal mail will be kept back by Australia Post.
All phone messages to the office will be accessed periodically.
All Library books should be retained until the office re-opens.

Wishing everyone a Safe and Happy Holiday Season.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Cathy Jack Coupland Demonstration Report

Guild attendees at last weekend's year end General Meeting were treated to a Thread Painting Demonstration by member Cathy Jack Coupland.

Kismet - Cathy Jack Coupland,  Judges Commendation - Mixed techniques Sydney Quilt Show 2013

Cathy very generously shared the many tips and tricks that she has formulated over  the years whilst producing through freestyle machine embroidery, ever increasingly exquisite and perceptive Fibre Art.
Cathy at the helm of her Mother's very reliable 40 year old machine

Moving beyond sheer pattern decoration and shape and colour relationship exercise, Cathy's philosophy of 'Sense of Place and Belonging' is being explored in increasingly personal works. Inspiration evolves from varying sources and with a commitment to excellence, Cathy devotes many hours to the perfection of her design work prior to the commencement of final works.

The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc is blessed to have a Fibre Artist of Cathy's calibre within their midst, and on Saturday presented her with a well earned Teaching Certificate.

Cathy is an accredited Teacher of Special Techniques.
Congratulations Cathy! 

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Pearl Challenge on view

St Vincent's Hospital is once again supportingThe Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc with their display of one of the 'travelling suitcases' Challenge Quilts.

Currently on view in the first floor corridor between the Public and Private hospitals is the 2012 Pearl Challenge.

Mother of Pearls - Sally Hutton

Due to Display Case constraints, some of the heavily encrusted quilts have been unable to be included at this venue.
These quilts can be seen by the public until January 10, 2014.

St Vincents Hospital
390 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

New Year Resolution

A challenged, yet enthusiastic group of quilters met at Epping Creative Centre this week to be inspired by the colourful, patient and comprehensive instruction of Guild Teacher, Jane Gibson.

With careful attention to fabric pattern detail, sharp cutting and piecing, and the ever encouragement from the maestro of 'Miniatures', attendees were soon overcoming their fears to produce delightful teeny tiny blocks, complete with sharp corners and submissive seams.

'Tricks' and short cuts to construction prowess were freely discussed, 'finishing' foibles were addressed,  new insights into fabric selections were gained, and the perceived horrors of bias edged miniature triangles were soon dispelled.
This was an inspiring workshop and Jane ensured everyone had fun whilst creating stunning blocks for future Miniature Quilts.

Detail - Feathered Star Miniature - Jane Gibson

Rhonda and Isabelle enjoying every moment.

Accuracy is achievable!

Catherine's magical and minuscule Log Cabin "homework" with the fabric used in construction.

And the New Year Resolution?

Join other Guild Members in 2014 for a workshop. Companionship and Creativity guaranteed. 

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Request for donation of quilting accoutrements

Need help de-stashing?

Then Guild Member Valerie Garton can help!
She is looking for donations of fabrics, batting of any size, and "bits and pieces" that can be refashioned into tactile quilts, specifically for Alzheimer Patient stimulation.

Called "Fiddle Quilts" these items are not your average quilt for warmth... they have zips, lace, buttons, shoulder pads, shirt fronts, velcro, pockets, elastic on toggles, buckles and other "fiddly" things sewn on for the occupational therapy of those who reside at The Uniting Church Nursing Home in Haberfield.

Valerie is aided in this worthwhile exercise by residents of the neighbouring Retirement Home.
Should any member wish to contact Valerie regarding specifics of the donation materials required, or delivery of such, then please contact her on Ph No. 02 97435718
She will also be attending the forthcoming General Meeting of the Guild on Saturday, and can accept donated items there.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Guild Meeting Nov 2013

The final 2013 General Meeting of The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc will be held on Saturday 30 November.

Please be advised:

  • A different way of conducting meetings is to be trialled. During the "Business" part of the 1pm component, an update of what the committee have been doing since the previous meeting will be briefed, with verbal reports from Committee and Subcommittee members being given only if there is something important to relay. All reports of a general nature will be displayed for individual perusal on a notice board at the function room. There will be opportunity during the meeting for matters regarding the reports, to be raised, if required. This format is a Trial Only. Fine tuning and changes can be made for future meetings.
  • The Constitution Subcommittee  will be presenting the new Constitution and advising upon recommended changes, with any questions and queries to be addressed. 
Date : Saturday November 30
Programme :
                   11 am : Thread Painting Demonstration by Cathy Jack Coupland
                    1 pm  :  General Meeting
                    Guest Speaker : Sue Cody
                    Featured Shop: Fabric Garden
                    Guest Group : Rosemount Quilters
Venue : "The Dome"
              Burwood RSL
              Shaftsbury Rd, Burwood

All welcome!

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Hexagon Hype - 2013 Guild Challenge

More than 60 entries were submitted for Hexagon Hype, the 2013 Guild Challenge that premiered at the recent annual general meeting.  Congratulations to the following prize winners:

The Hex by Prue Noonan   Red Rubber Ball by Elizabeth Newton  Who's Choosing the News by Margy Syrett Illusions by Catherine Porter Garden Corner by Keiko Arita

You can view all of the entries in this slideshow or in the online gallery 2013 Guild Challenge

Draft Guild Constitution for Comment

A Guild subcommittee is working on a new constitution for the Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc.  The draft references the existing constitution, the model constitution under the Associations Incorporation Act 2009 (NSW) and the special requirements of the Guild. Guild members are invited to review and comment on the draft constitution.  Download:

The subcommittee will give a presentation on the draft constitution at the 30 November general meeting of the Guild and be available to answer questions.

Any comments on the draft must be submitted to the Guild secretary by 16 December 2013.

The Committee will then settle the draft to submit to members so that the constitution and resolution for approval will be sent to members with the Template quarterly newsletter in February 2014. The resolution will be tabled for approval at the April general meeting of the Guild.

Your input is welcome. This is an opportunity for members to participate in the development of the new constitution and to ensure the new constitution addresses the Guild’s current and future needs.

    Tuesday, 5 November 2013

    Houston Awards

    At the recent International Quilt Festival 2013 in Houston, well deserved excitement emanated from the Australian quarter!  A number of Australian Quilters were awarded Prizes and International recognition for their artistry and  creativity.

    Congratulations especially to Margo Hardie of Lake Haven, NSW, one of two recipients of The Founders Award sponsored by International Quilt Festival. Both she and the other winner made Traditional style quilts. Both receive $7500 as prize money.

    Margo's "Gorsuch Family Quilt" was awarded the Retaining the Tradition Prize at the Sydney Quilt Show 2013

    Gorsuch Family Quilt Circa 1840 Revisited

    Rhonda Pearce of Glenbrook, NSW was awarded First Place in Traditional Applique Sponsored by Quilters Newsletter, for her "Baltimore Classic". Members may remember her showing this quilt during its construction phase at a Friday Showcase, and once finished, Rhonda displayed it in The Masters Section of The Sydney Quilt Show 2012.

    Both Helen Godden and Jenny Bowker received Honourable Mentions for quilts.

    Helen, from Latham Canberra, ACT, entered "Zen Magpies", in Art - Painted Surface

    Jenny, from Garren Canberra, ACT, entered "The Quiltmaker", in Art - People Portraits and Figures; her tribute to Australian quiltmaker Margaret Rolfe. 

    Congratulations to all of these Australian Quilters.

    Saturday, 2 November 2013

    Quilt Show : Campbelltown

    News from Campbelltown Patchwork and Quilters Guild of their forthcoming Quilt Show will delight all quilters who enjoy touring the Spring quilt shows  around the State.

    Along with the Members Exhibition  there will be sales tables and traders, and a refreshments stall.

    Date : Saturday - Sunday 9-10 November 2013
    Venue : Campbelltown Civic Hall
                 Cnr Broughton and Queen Streets,
    Time :  10.00am - 4pm Sat & Sun
    Entry :  $6.00 Adult
                $3.00 Children

    ALl welcome!

    Sunday, 27 October 2013

    Australia Wide Three Exhibition Inivitation

    Australia Wide Three is a touring exhibition presented by Australia's organisation for art quilters, Ozquilt Network Inc.  With support from Queanbeyan City Council, the exhibition next opens at The Q Art Space, Queanbeyan,  ACT at 6.30pm on Tuesday, 29 October 2013.  There is an artist floor talk at 11am on Thursday, 31 October.  All welcome.  Please RSVP.

    Saturday, 26 October 2013

    'Miniature' : Workshop with Jane Gibson

    Rumours are that "Miniature" piecing and design skills will be needed for the 2014 Guild Challenge.

    And who better to divulge the intricate skills of Miniature Quilt construction than the maestro of tiny piecing, Jane Gibson.

    A Star Sampler Miniature Quilt Workshop will be taught by Jane at the end of November.
    In this class, participants will learn the tricks of tiny cutting and accurate piecing using a rotary cutter and sewing machine. 

    They can choose to copy the quilt Jane presents, or make one using their own design. A variety of block patterns will be provided to help in selection. She will also help those who are intrigued by the intricacies of constructing 1/8th inch logs, as shown in the tiny Log Cabin Quilts that Jane is known for. She says there is a very simple method to sewing tiny logs, and is willing to share her technique during the workshop.

    There are still some vacancies in this workshop and interested members are advised to book in as soon as possible by phoning the Guild Office 

    A downloadable Workshop Booking Form can be used or the hard copy (or photocopy) of the form can be used from page 29 of the August Template.

    Date    : Tuesday 26 November
    Venue : Epping Creative Centre
                 Dence Park
                 26 Stanley Road, Epping
    Cost    : Members $65 / Non-members $100.

    Friday, 25 October 2013

    Invitation to Art Quilt Australia 2013

    Art Quilt Australia 2013: People Place & Nation is presented by Ozquilt Network Inc and Craft ACT. The opening is at 6pm on Friday, 1 November 2013 and the exhibition runs until Saturday, 14 December 2013 in Canberra. The work of several Guild members is featured in this exhibition. There is also an exhibition of ceramics by Cathy Franzi. If you would like to attend the opening (see clickable invitation below), please RSVP to

    You may also be interested in the curator and artist floor talks that are part of the Ozquilt Network Conference My Art Quilt 2013 on Saturday, 2 November. Non Ozquilt Network members are welcome to attend the conference. Complete and return the registration form in the information pack or make your booking using the Conference Gala 2013 Online Registration Form. Conference bookings close on Tuesday, 29 October 2013.

    Download: Conference Gala 2013 Information Pack (Word Format)
    Download: Conference Gala 2013 Information Pack (PDF Format)

    Thursday, 24 October 2013

    November 2013 Friday Showcase

    Leanne Harvey, long arm custom machine quilter, patchwork and sewing teacher, published designer and blogger at Mount Vincent Quilts, will present her textile journey at the next Friday Showcase in the Office.

    Recognised for her creation of big, bright and modern patchwork, Leanne says it is the quilting that makes a 'flimsy' come alive for her.
    She is equally passionate about finishing off the masterpieces of her clients, with individual and beautiful quilting on her Gammill. This love has now become a family business and, as she says, " I'm very lucky to work in a job that I love to do"

    Leanne has been published in Down Under Quilts , and Australian Quilters Companion have one of Leanne's quilts, 'Lucy', in their current publication  - Quilts from Precut Fabrics.
    'Lucy' is a colourful and bold quilt made from 2 Layer Cakes and  Leanne is holding this quilt in the above photo.

    All members are welcome to Friday Showcase, so please come and support this young passionate,  and rural member of the Guild.

    Dates : Friday 1st November
    Time : 10am start.
    Venue : Guild Office
                 Level 5
                 276 Pitt St, Sydney.

    Wednesday, 23 October 2013

    Bushfire Appeal

    Images of the current NSW bushfires have been saturating the worlds media, and for those who are uncertain of the locations of affected areas, then be advised that much of the devastation has occurred in the commuter belt of Sydney.
    Almost everyone in Sydney knows of, or works with people who live in the active fire zones.

    A massive blanket of smoke and a white-hot setting sun, over Sydney suburbs, Sunday 20th Oct 2013

    The Office of the Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc has been fielding a steady stream of phone calls from concerned members wanting to "help" in any way possible.

    Tracy Greenway at Winmalee is the quilter to contact directly. Her blog: cookquiltcrochet has an update about The Springwood Salvation Army Patchwork Group who are co-ordinating a Blue Mountains Quilt Appeal for those who have lost their homes in the Springwood and  Winmalee areas.

    Information Day for Quilters
    Thursday 24th October
    10am - 12 noon
    Springwood Salvation Army
    15-23 Francis Road, Faulconbridge
    (This venue may change, depending upon current conditions) 
    There is an 'email contact' section on Tracy's blog for those who wish to contact her directly with donations of quilts. 
    Please do not donate quilts directly to the Salvation Army Charity Store in Springwood.
    These quilters are also wanting donations of tops and all supplies needed to make quilts. 
    A list of donation suggestions is also on the blog.

    Please help in any way possible. Thankyou.

    Tuesday, 22 October 2013

    Illawarra Quilters' Quiltaway 15-18 Nov 2013

    The bi-annual "Quiltaway" being organised by Illawarra Quilters is fast approaching, and there are still vacancies for those who wish to join this 'not-for-profit' Workshop Long Weekend.

    Guest Tutors are all well known for their creative and fun classes, and attendees will not only learn new techniques and produce 'take-home' items, as well they will have their creative energies inspired for future projects. 

    Brenda Gael Smith (teaching Strata Various and Shibori Serendipity),
    Katrina Hadjimichael (teaching Spikes and Specks and Sherherazade Table Runner), and, 
    Jennifer Corkish (teaching The Fruits of Life and printing and stencilling) all still have places in their classes.

    Final numbers are needed by November 1st for all the 1, 2 and 3 day workshops being offered.

    All Tutors, shared accommodation and meals are included in the varying price structure:
    One Day : $170
    Two Day:  $340
    Three Day : $550

    The Quiltaway is being held at The Tops Conference Centre, Stanwell Tops NSW.
    Attendees are to arrive after 5pm on the 15th and departure is 4pm on Monday 18th November.

    It is recommended that contact be made directly with the organiser Glenda Wise in the first instance  at 
    Phone : 0242856454

    A $50 Deposit will be required if a place is to be reserved until a Registration Form has been posted.
    Nothing to do except sew, learn and relax in good company!
    All Welcome.

    Monday, 21 October 2013

    A Stolen Quilt

    During the Awards Ceremony at the recent Queensland Quilters Inc Show, one of the prize winning quilts was brazenly removed from display prior to ribbon pinning.

    Titled " Feathers Unfolden" and created by Brenda Wood, this quilt measures 73cm x 43cm.

    If anyone recognises this quilt and knows anything about its theft, then please contact the President of Queensland Quilters Inc Lyn Crump , or Expertise Events.

    Unfortunately, Security Cameras at the event missed recording removal from display.
    Any detail or clue about the perpetrators will be treated with diplomacy. 

    Please publicise this theft amongst your groups and quilting friends.

    Wednesday, 16 October 2013

    Two gals at the Spring Quilt Shows

    Those Curlewis Quilters, Good ol' Merle and Miss Shirl, have been touring the recent Spring Quilt Shows . . . .

    Shirl :   OOooooo, I like that one . . . 
    Merle (muttering) :  . . no surprises there . .
                . . . . . Shirl . . . doesnt matter whether you like it, does it fit the criteria?
    Shirl :      Par. Don. mwa?
    Merle :    Criteria. Judging criteria. An informative list of pointers that will help steer a Judge 
                towards a winning quilt. 
               Just look at this Mariners Compass quilt Shirl, and do try to use a more critical eye. 
    Shirl :    Hmmmmm . . . I suppose the seams are a bit wonky .. 
    Merle :   Exactly. Any more wonky and we'd be seasick.
                And here's some other criteria to think about . . The Judges are looking for all 
                techniques to be faultless. Piecing, Applique . . . just look at this quilting . . not 
                enough on the borders compared with the body . . . see . . it doesn't hang straight! 
    Shirl :    Gosh, didn't notice.
    Merle :   And then there's colour and design: all sorts of arty criteria, and even, is the quilt 
                 entered into the correct category!
    Shirl :     Hell Merle, Curlewis one week, Houston the next . . . how do you know all this?
    Merle :   The August Guild Meeting. Super presentation by some members who are Judges. 
                Got us all thinking. Even had to do some pretend judging. 
                Told you to come.
    Shirl :     Sorry . . . sorry! . . . what else did you learn?
    Merle :   Well, Judges apparently give low marks to quilts with any stains: they get 
                 sidetracked by stray threads, stray pins, pencil lines, careless sleeves, and, 
                 especially . .  low and behold if your binding is buckling, bulging, bursting 
                 or anorexic! And you'd better make sure there's no shadowing, no stretching,
                 no inappropriate thread colours, no points cut off, no sports logos, no fading, no
                 colour running, no puckering, no lipstick, blood spots and . . . no fluff!
    Shirl :      "Fluff"! . .  Fluff ? . . But I've seen Art Quilts with more fluff than Bruce's nosstraws!
    Merle :    SHIRL! I think you mean "Mixed Techniques" . . . see . . wrong category. 
                 What they mean is, keep Minxy off your quilt.
    Shirl :      Oooo yes . . . I know that catoffstrophe . . . 
                 Apparently there was a Judge who had an Anna Flattery action to cat fur on a quilt
                 . . ghastly . . . . died, didnt she?
    Merle :    Shhh  . . Shirl, you're a shocker . . that is SUCH an urban myth . . 
                 Seriously, you must come to the next Guild Meeting on Saturday, and use proper 
                 Judging Criteria to cast a 'Viewers Choice' in the Hexy Challenge.
    Shirl :      But what if I don't like any of them?
    Merle :    You haven't heard a word I've said, have you?
                 . . . . C'mon . . time to find the tea and scones.

    © 2013 Guild Blog Editor

    Monday, 14 October 2013

    AGM : This Saturday

    All members are advised that the Annual General Meeting of The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc will be held this Saturday.
    Please  remember to forward any Criss Cross Blocks to the front desk upon arrival for the subsequent "winner - takes - all" BOQ raffle.

    Criss Cross Patch : 10 inch block : Block of the Quarter

    All Guild Management Committee positions will be declared vacant on this day, and a new committee will be elected.
    An AGM highlight will be the display of 2013 Challenge Quilts - 'Hexagon Hype'.
    62 Challenge Entries have been received this year, and Judging is complete. 
    However, be sure to cast your "Viewers Choice" vote, at the Guild AGM.
    Which of these Challenge Quilts will be awarded First and Second place?

    As always there is the added pleasure of a Guest Speaker, and at this AGM, Catherine Butterworth will share her recent quilts and talk about her passion for design and colour.

    Date : Saturday 19 October
    Programme : 
                        11 am : Annual General Meeting
                          1 pm : General Meeting
    Venue : "The Dome",
                   Burwood RSL, 
                   Shaftsbury Rd, Burwood.

    All Welcome!

    Friday, 11 October 2013

    Spring Quilt Show in Mosman

    A band of enthusiastic quilters in Mosman have been busily working towards their 3rd Quilt Show.

    Calling themselves the Barn Quilters, and meeting monthly in The Scots Kirk, Belmont Road, Mosman, their exhibition this year will have all proceeds being donated to The Bear Cottage in Manly.

    Their exhibition will be held in the historic Community and Scout Hall : The Barn, just near the ferry wharf; ideally placed for those who wish to include a harbour journey with a quilt show! A bus service also runs past the venue.
    This quilt show is being held in conjunction with the Festival of Mosman.

    A Raffle Quilt, "Potting Shed", will have tickets available for purchase, and other delights will be a retail shop, as well as a wonderful Morning and Afternoon Tea facility.
    Please do come along and support Bear Cottage and view the quilting creativity of the Barn Quilters.

    Dates :  Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October 2013
    Times :  9am - 5pm
    Entry :   $2 adults,
                  Children Free

    Thursday, 3 October 2013

    Urgent Notice : Workshop : Chris Jurd

    All Guild members are no doubt familiar with the fabulously graphic "Lots of Dots" quilt created by well known designer and teacher Chris Jurd.

    This quilt won its category at the 2011 Sydney Quilt Show and has previously been exhibited at the 2012 Australian Quilt Convention as one of the 5 "Best of the Best" from The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc.

    Chris will be teaching a 2 day workshop this month for the Guild, whereby members can learn the intricacies of constructing two of the blocks from the quilt. As a maestro of Foundation Piecing and Applique, Chris is bound to be able to help all attendees make these blocks appear dynamic and professional.

    Complete "Lots of Dots" quilt instructions will be available for purchase for those inspired to take their workshop results further, and thus construct the other 24 different circle blocks.

    If you would like to attend this exciting workshop then please phone the Guild Office to register. Further details about the workshop and a Workshop Application Form can be found on page 29 of the August Template.

    Dates : Tuesday - Wednesday, 29-30 October, 2013
    Times : 9.30am for a 10am start until 4pm
    Venue : Epping Creative Centre
                 Dence Park
                 26 Stanley Road, Epping 

    Cost : $130  Members
              $200  Non-members

    Wednesday, 2 October 2013

    Living Colour! Call for Entries

    Guild member Brenda Gael Smith is curating another travelling textile art exhibition in 2014/2015 that will premiere at the Australasian Quilt Convention in 2014 and will also be on display at the Creative Textile Show in Canberra.  All textile artists are invited to submit an entry exploring the theme Living Colour! Each work will be in a 100x40cm (L x W) vertical format and up to 30 works may be selected. To submit an entry, please review the Conditions of Entry and complete the Online Entry Form. The closing date for entries is 31 January 2014. International entries are welcome.

    Living Colour Call for Entries

    Tuesday, 1 October 2013

    Ozquilt Network Conference Gala Invitation

    Art Quilt Australia 2013You are invited to join  the Ozquilt Network Conference Gala (29 October – 3 November 2013) in Canberra. My Art Quilt 2013 is a professional development and network day for all members of Ozquilt Network.  Non-members are also very welcome.  My Art Quilt 2013 is the main focus of a 6-day Conference Gala program (and includes a short Ozquilt Network annual general meeting).  The Conference Gala program incorporates exclusive delegates-only optional pre-conference and post-conference events, plus free public events related to the program including the official exhibition openings of Australia Wide Three and Art Quilt Australia 2013:  People Place & Nation that include the works of many Guild members.

    For more detailed information (including accommodation ideas):
    Download: Conference Gala 2013 Information Pack (Word)
    Download: Conference Gala 2013 Information Pack (PDF)

    All activities must be pre-booked on the conference booking form, including public events. 

    Bookings close on Wednesday, 23 October 2013.  Submit the booking form from the information pack by mail or e-mail or complete the Conference Gala 2013 Online Registration Form..

    Please direct any queries to

    Monday, 30 September 2013

    President published!

    Australian Quilters Companion recently published  Issue No.4 of Great Australian Quilts.
    This particular issue includes interviews and quilts to make from not only quilters well known to members of The NSW Quilters' Guild Inc, but also a quilt by our current President, Cath Babidge.

    Cath has her original quilt "Boab Tree" showcased, with piecing and applique instructions included.

    Further news of Cath's quilting prowess is that she has "Red Centre" included in the SAQA Benefit Auction 2013
    As a member of SAQA Oceania, Cath has donated a quilt that pays homage to the Australian Wagga, and this will be auctioned at The International Quilt Festival in Houston.

    Congratulations Cath!

    However, Cath, after three busy and productive years,  will be going off Guild Management Committee at the October General Meeting of The NSW Quilters' Guild Inc on 19th October. 
    This means the President's role will be vacant.

    All committee positions will be declared vacant, thus should you be interested in nominating for a position, then please contact the President if you would like further details.   

    Thursday, 26 September 2013

    October 2013 Friday Showcase

    Time to share your quilts!
    Our next Friday Showcase will involve the sharing and appreciation of quilts by any members who may have finished a recent quilt, or even those wishing to a review an oldie with us all!

    Quilt sizes, styles and stories will be a "Lucky Dip" for all those in attendance. Please don't be shy about joining in, as we all love to hear about, and see a new (to us) quilt.

    I'm nearly 30 and really faded . . . can I still come?
    Of course!

    Date : Friday October 4
    Time : 10am start
    Venue : Guild Office

    Friday, 20 September 2013

    Quilt Study Group : Friendship Quilts

    Members of the Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc who are fascinated by the history and concept of Friendship Quilts will be enthused by the upcoming meeting to be held by the Quilt Study Group.

    Karen Fail, author of Between Friends - Quilts to Share will talk about the early history of Friendship Quilts and their roles in the lives of quilters.

    "Charming Stars"
    One of the beautiful quilts to be viewed from her collection will be Karen's own 'Charming Stars', a 'Friendship Quilt' presented to her by other Guild Committee members upon completion of Karen's  term as President of the Guild. 
    Like all friendship quilts, the story of this quilt holds its own special meaning. This quilt reminds Karen of the exciting time she spent at the helm of an expanding and creative guild, and her gaining of the new friends with whom she shared her passion. It will always be a special quilt for Karen.

    Attendees are invited to bring along their own examples of Friendship Quilts and/or Group and Collaborative quilts to show to the Quilt Study Group members and friends. 
    Perhaps there is a "Birthday-block" quilt to bring along, "Round Robin" quilts from a quilt group or family signature-block quilts,  made for a commemorative family moment or celebration.

    As always, it will be the story behind the quilt that will have all members fascinated.

    Date : Saturday 5 October
    Time : 2.00pm - 4.30 pm
    Venue : The Target Theatre
                 The Powerhouse Museum
    Admission Fees : Guild Members $5 and non-Guild members $10

    Free entry to The Powerhouse Museum and afternoon tea will be provided.

    Thursday, 19 September 2013

    Epping Quilters Inc Open Morning

    Following on from the excitement of their recent 30th Anniversary Quilt Show, Epping Quilters are forwarding interested quilters an invitation to join their creative group.

    They will be holding an Open Morning on Thursday 26th September 2013 from 10am-12 noon

    If you are interested in joining a patchwork and quilting group then please feel free to attend their Open-Day to see them "in action" and share a great morning tea.
    They will make all attendees extremely welcome at this light-filled and lovely meeting venue.

    Venue : Epping Creative Centre
                  Dence Park
                  Stanley Rd., Epping

    Friday, 13 September 2013

    Wentworth Quilters - 11th Biennial Quilt Exhibition

    A Spring Quilt Show worth visiting will be the one that Wentworth Quilters have been happily working towards.
    Being held over 2 days in September, all are invited to attend if in the Guildford area.
    Wentworth Quilters have been exhibiting for 22 years now, so there will be wealth of creativity, quilt construction knowledge, design and wonderful colour to be enthralled with, at this, their 11th exhibition.

    Dates : Saturday - Sunday 21 - 22 September, 2013
    Times : 9.30am - 4.00pm
    Venue : Linnwood
                 25 Byron Road, Guildford
    Entry Fee : $6.00, concession: $3.00

    All Welcome!

    Friday, 6 September 2013

    Quilt Show : Arcadian Quilters Inc

    The Raffle Quilt 2013- Arcadian Quilters Inc

    Spring is definitely in the air when viewing the beautiful applique quilt being presented by Arcadian Quilters Inc as their Charity Raffle Quilt this year. Since this image was taken, the members have been working enthusiastically to quilt it, as well as organise their Spring Quilt Show.

    Special Features : There will be many beautiful quilts on display, supported by Traders stalls, members craft and gift stalls, and a delightful cafe to tempt attendees to stay a little longer to view all of the quilts exhibited.
    All proceeds from this exhibition will go to local charities.

    There is ample parking available and easy wheelchair access

    Date      : Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September, 2013
    Venue  :  Galston Community Centre
                     37 Arcadia Road, Galston.
    Opening Hours :  9.30 am to 4.00 pm
    Entry:  $5   (children free)

    Wednesday, 4 September 2013

    Singleton Quilters Inc 30 Year Anniversary

    To celebrate 30 years of involvement in quilting pursuits, members of Singleton Quilters Inc have been enthusiastically planning a Quilting Anniversary Extravaganza!

    At Venue 1 in Singleton, there will be a special theme showcased : "Then and Now", where a history of the group will be displayed.
    This will be supported by an exhibition of current members quilts and handiwork, and the wonderful Raffle Quilt will have tickets available for purchase at $2.00 each
    Proceeds from the raffle will aid the local Mercy Nursing Home.

    Venue 2 will display quilts and needlework from ladies attending Busy Needles classes.
    'Busy Needles' are celebrating their 10 year anniversary.

    Both of these venues are just a short walk from each other.
    Venue 1 is  The Mechanics Institute, 74 George Street, Singleton
    Venue 2 is The Anglican Church Hall, Goulburn Street Singleton.

    Dates : Friday - Sunday 13 - 15 September 2013
    Opening hours : 10.00 am - 4.00pm Fri and Sat
                               10.00 am - 3.00pm Sun

    All Welcome!

    Monday, 2 September 2013

    Epping Quilters Celebrate 30 years!

    Members of Epping Quilters Inc will be supporting Ovarian Cancer Australia when they hold their 30th Anniversary - Celebration, Quilt Show this weekend.

    Being held at The Don Moore Community Centre in Carlingford, attendees will view a delightful presentation of member's quilts, Raffle quilts, gifts stalls and Traders' areas.
    Refreshments will be available, and plenty of seating for weary legs!

    "Dahlia Daze" Raffle quilt. 
    Design : Michelle Yeo; 
    Custom Quilter: Linda Billet, 'Artisan Quilting'
    This quilt was awarded 2nd prize in the 'Group/Collaborative Quilt' section of Sydney Quilt Show 2013

    Come along and support these creative quilters as they celebrate a milestone in NSW Quilting and Patchwork community involvement.

    Dates : Friday 6 September 11.00am - 7.00pm
                Saturday 7 September 9.00am - 5.00pm
    Venue : Don Moore Community Centre
                 North Rocks Road
    Entry : $6.00
                $5.00 Seniors and Students

    All welcome!

    Friday, 30 August 2013

    September 2013 Friday Showcase

    Members are advised that the next scheduled Friday Showcase will highlight the quilting journey of Sheryl-Ann Schaefer.

    'Gold'Bronze Simplicity'
    Quilters from the Canberra region will know Sheryl-Ann as the owner of 'Bungendore Country Patchwork', a cosy and welcoming "small-village shop" which provides inspirational workshops with accredited teachers. The refreshments are quite a highlight at these classes!
    Sheryl-Ann is famous for helping dispirited quilters finish off that 'UFO' in a "Finishing School Class" and, as well, for teaching a Mystery Quilt class, always popular with quilters needing a new direction.

    Sheryl-Ann's particular love is overall design, and by exploring the usage of the infinite colour and patterns of commercial fabric, enjoys rising to the challenge of creating a unique and visually exciting "topper". She is relieved there are so many proficient long-arm quilters available to steer her creations from tops to quilts!

    Come to the September Showcase to hear her passion for quilting, first-hand from Sheryl-Ann. 

    Venue  :  Guild Office
                    Level 5, 276 Pitt Street, Sydney
    Date     :   Friday September 6 
    Time    :   10.00am start

    All welcome!

    Thursday, 29 August 2013

    October Quilt Valuation Day - postponed

    Notice to members of The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc is hereby given of the cancellation of the proposed forthcoming October Quilt Valuation Day.

    No longer to be held on Friday 11th October, as listed in The Template August 2013 Issue, this event will now be scheduled for Friday 8th November.
    Apologies for any inconvenience to interested members.

    Tuesday, 20 August 2013

    August Showcase report

    Friday Showcase always provides a colourful surprise to members who attend, and with the diverse quilting and patchwork styles of Glen Waples and Marilyn Bell on show this month, there was a quilt for all tastes!

    Here the members are looking at the fine piecing, applique skills and colourful designs of Marilyn's quilts. Showcase Presenters are booked a year in advance and coincidentally Marilyn has her very vibrant spotted and striped 9 patch 'Kavala' published in the July/August edition of Australian Quilters Companion. Congratulations Marilyn!
    'Kavala' (and other quilts from both presenters) is now on the walls of the Guild Offices for all who visit over the next couple of weeks. Rural or distant members who wish to see Marilyn's published 'Kavala' may like to reserve the QC Vol.13 No.4 edition, by phoning the Guild Office. Any magazines can be borrowed from the extensive Guild Library for a month.

    Glen's quilts on the other hand, illustrate a palette of soothing, warm colours. A lover of brown in all its 'chocolatey' forms, Glen creates a more 'traditional' feel to her quilts. Glen's hexagons march across her quilts in their thousands! and like Marilyn, she is a maestro at fine hand piecing and hand quilting.

    It was a pleasure to hear the quilt journeys of both these talented members. 

    Friday, 9 August 2013

    Burwood General Meeting : 17 August 2013

    Ever wondered just how a quilt is judged? Then be sure to attend the August General Meeting.
    Qualified members of The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc will share their knowledge and expertise, with hands-on quilt samples, to help explain what considerations Judging Panels use, to award varying Quilt Show Prizes.
    This should make for colourful and interesting discussion!

    The Programme is as follows

    Market Day : 11am
    General Meeting : 1pm
    Presentation : How Quilts are Judged
    Show and Tell : All members
    Block of The Quarter : Please bring your 'Economy Patches' and hand them in at the welcome table

    When : Saturday August 17
    Where : Burwood RSL
                 Shaftsbury Ave, Burwood
    Time :   from 11am

    Please bring your own mug for Afternoon Tea.
    All Welcome!