Friday, 31 May 2013

Dianne Firth Wins Quilt National Award 2013

Quilt National, a biennial art quilt exhibition in Ohio, is widely regarded as the premier event in the contemporary quilting calendar. In 2013 "there were 851 quilts submitted by 458 artists from 44 states, 17 countries and five Canadian Provinces. Jurors Linda Colsh, Penny McMorris, and Judith Content selected 85 quilts by 85 artists. The exhibitors represented 27 states and 7 foreign countries. In this exhibition 20 percent of the exhibitors are first time Quilt National artists."

Congratulations to Guild member Dianne Firth who was awarded the McCarthy Memorial Award for her quilt Storm. You can view Dianne's work, and the quilts of the other prize winners, in the Quilt National 2013 Prize Winners Gallery.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Beneath the Southern Sky @ Gosford Regional Gallery

The work of many Guild members is featured in the travelling exhibition Beneath the Southern Sky which opened at Gosford Regional Gallery  last week. The exhibition continues until Wednesday, 26 June and Brenda Gael Smith will be presenting a curator's floor talk at 1pm on Saturday, 1 June and again at 1pm on Saturday, 22 June. The gallery is open daily from 10am-4pm.  This is the final opportunity to see the exhibition in Australia.  Catch it while you can!

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Quilt Show Countdown : Quilt Entries Reminder

There are a record number of entries for this year's Quilt Show, ensuring that "Drop-Off Persons" will have a busy time collating and checking their cohort's quilts.

Please make their job easier by reviewing your entry(s)

  • Is the sleeve on the back secure, with a minimum finished depth of at least 8cm?
  • Are all pins and needles removed?
  • Is the identifying label securely sewn on the back?
Quilts must be delivered to the relevant Drop-Off Person no later than Wednesday, 5 June 
These particular Quilt Show volunteers are no doubt finishing off their own entries, so please make their very responsible involvement less challenging by having one more look at your entry.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Quilt Show Countdown : Raffle Books Reminder

Raffle books will now be in your possession. It is imperative that all books be returned to the Guild whether tickets have been sold or not.
If returning books, monies and unsold tickets prior to the quilt show, they must be in the Guild Office before 31 May 2013.
Alternatively, bring them to the Raffle Desk at the Show, on any day, prior to the draw on the Sunday afternoon.

2013 Raffle Quilt First Prize : "Benjamin Franklin's Blessings"

This First Prize is a truly outstanding collaborative effort from some extremely talented Guild Members.
Their hard work, the Merchant donations of other prizes and resultant sales of raffle tickets, benefits the Guild enormously.

Friday, 24 May 2013

2013 Quilt Show Countdown: Exhibition Dinner

All members of The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc are invited to attend The Exhibition Dinner.

Download Exhibition Dinner Booking Form. A booking form was also included in the May issue of The Template, however if there is a wish not to use that page and a photocopier is unavailable then consider phoning the Guild Office today.
 The volunteers there can complete a form with credit card details over the phone for you.

As publicised, the Guest Speaker at the Dinner will be the extremely talented and internationally regarded Australian Textile Artist, Sue Dennis.
Her particular topic during this evening of fun and companionship will be "Quilting Adventures from Mt Isa to Mongolia"
Anyone who has followed her blog in recent times will know that her talk is bound to be colourful and informative.
It is indeed a privilege to  have Sue share her quilting journey with us at the Dinner.

Date     : Friday 14 June 2013
Time     : 6.00pm Pre-Dinner drinks at Pumphouse bar ( at own expense)
                6.30pm  Dinner - Darling Harbour room  (drinks at own expense)
Venue   : Rockford Novotel Darling Harbour
Cost       : $70.00

A night not to be missed!

Thursday, 23 May 2013

NSW Country Quilt Shows this Weekend

If you are out and about this weekend in the countryside, then be charmed by two forthcoming quilt shows being presented by rural textile groups.

Jacaranda City Quilters' Quilt Exhibition
Dates      : Friday - Saturday 24-26 May 
Venue     : Grafton Community Centre
                  59 Duke Street, Grafton
Times      : 10.00am - 5.00pm Friday and Saturday 
                  10.00am - 4.00pm Sunday
Entry Fee : $5.00, children under 16 - free
Enquiries : Email:

Central Coast Handweavers, Spinners & Textile Arts Guild Inc Biggest Morning Tea and Exhibition
Date         : Saturday 25 May
Venue      : Building 2,
                  10 Russell Drysdale Street, East Gosford
Times       : 10.00am - 3.00pm
Entry Fee : $5.00
website     :

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Invitation to Join the Jelly Roll Race - Sydney Quilt Show

Guild members are invited to join the jelly roll race (aka 1600 Race) at the Sydney Quilt Show on Thursday through Sunday, 13-16 June. A team may consist of one up to three people. If we get a lot of interest we will try and fill teams of three. If you are interested in participating but can’t form a team, please submit your name and we will try and link you up with other enthusiastic quilters.

Each Team is to pick a Name and Colour Code for clothing.- Be Decorative and Creative.

Each Team Member to receive a free entry if required. It is hoped that you would be able to volunteer as white glove for another session of the day if possible or continue to demonstrate sewing techniques at the machines.

You may spend time preparing before the race getting to know the machine and filling bobbins. I think you should have your strip prepared, ie sewn together, to start the race and then the race should take approx 45 minutes.

Happy to have a race from scratch if this is what the teams prefer. The fabric used can be either a bought jelly roll or indeed 40 x 21/2 inch strips from your stash. You pay for the fabric yourselves but take the finished top home hopefully at the end of the show so that we can have them on display for the entire show. Does anyone have a finished jelly roll race quilt we can display?

This event is meant to be a bit of fun for both participants and spectators and not to be taken too seriously (except for safety requirements).

Any Questions or to submit a team please email Deborah Laurie,  with the details below or submit the Jelly Roll Race Application Form at the Guild Office before Friday 31 May.

  • Team Name
  • Team Colours
  • Names and telephone numbers of team members (up to 3)
  • Type of fabric use
  • Number of days need
  • Preferred days (noting any days not available)

Shifting Sands - a jelly roll race quilt by Cinzia White

Monday, 20 May 2013

Quilt Study Group : Historic Houses Trust's Research Collection

Tour of the Caroline Simpson Library and Research Collection.

The Quilt Study Group of NSW has arranged for two tours of the Historic Houses Trust’s Caroline Simpson Library and Research Collection. It is located in the Mint Building on Macquarie Street and is open to the public from Tuesday to Friday. It contains many items of interest touching on the history of houses, garden design and interior furnishing in New South Wales. 

The librarian will show us paintings, prints, textiles, wallpapers and other large format collection items, and you can stay on to continue your research into your quilts by using their excellent specialist research facilities. See for further details.

Numbers for each tour are strictly limited to 15 people but there are currently some places left on both dates. Please contact the Quilters' Guild of NSW Office (ph: 9283 3737) to secure your place on either of the tours.

When : 10am Wednesday 5th June and
             10 am Friday 21st June 2013
Venue: The Mint Building, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Advance Notice : Guild Retreat

For those members who look forward to the annual  Guild Retreat, please be advised that this year's creative weekend will be in September.
Redleaf Resort  is the extremely quiet accommodation at Blackheath in The Blue Mountains that has been booked for the "get-away"
There is a licensed bar, restaurant, conference facilities and many cosy fireplaces to ensure that the weekend is comfortable.

The Guild's website has further information for those who are thinking about committing to a weekend of fun, food and maybe,"finishes". It is always a casual gathering, and this location offers a chance to enjoy wonderful views, walks, wildlife, and interesting local cafe and craft shops with other quilters.

Dates : 13-15 September 2013
Time : 1pm Friday - 4pm Sunday
Venue : Redleaf Resort
             cnr  Evans Lookout and Valley View Road, Blackheath.

All members welcome.

Friday, 17 May 2013

Reminder: Bookings for Exhibition Dinner Close Soon

The Annual Exhibition Dinner is set for Friday, 14th June 2013 at the Rockford Novotel Darling Harbour with guest speaker Sue Dennis.

 Bookings for the Dinner close on Friday, 24th May 2013.

 Download and return the Exhibition Dinner Booking Form.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea @ Burwood

Join the Guild general meeting at Burwood RSL this Saturday, 18 May for a special afternoon tea to celebrate Australia's Biggest Quilting Bee & Morning Tea with a gold coin donation for the Cancer Council.

PS:  If you would like to bake a slice/cake it would be muchly appreciated - thank you!

Monday, 13 May 2013

Sydney Quilt Show Acceptance Letters

A record number of entries were received for the 2013 Sydney Quilt Show. Acceptance letters were dispatched to entrants earlier in May.  If you have not received your acceptance letter, or have any other queries regarding your entry, please contact

Friday, 10 May 2013

May 18 : General Meeting

The next General Meeting of the Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc. will be held on Saturday 18 May 2013.

Speaker/s  : Ian and Bernadette Hoy
Demonstration : Kerrie Hay from Berrima
Guest shop : Peg's Pieces
Block of the Quarter : Blue and White Irish Chain

Venue : The "Dome"
              Burwood RSL
              Shaftsbury Rd, Burwood
Date :     Saturday 18 May

Demonstration : 11am
Meeting Scheduled : 1pm

As this will be the last meeting prior to Sydney Quilt Show, please bring your completed Volunteer Forms if possible.

It will be of help to the Hostesses if a personal mug is used, to partake in afternoon tea.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Quilts at St Ives Show : 18 May

The 91st Annual St Ives Show, presented by the Northern Suburbs Agricultural and Horticultural Society Inc, is set to entertain Sydney families on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May at St Ives Showground, Mona Vale Road, St Ives.

Within the "Craft"  Exhibition catagory, there will be quilts to be viewed. Both Amateur and Professional quilters are vying for prizes in "Traditional", "Hand quilted", and "Machine quilted" categories.

Entry Fee: $5 (children free)
There is free parking at the grounds and free shuttle buses will run from Gordon Station.

Friday, 3 May 2013

2013 Sydney Quilt Show : Volunteer Form

Come and enjoy the Sydney Quilt Show from behind the scenes!

The excitement is now mounting for all of those members who are exhibiting a quilt at this year's show.
As always, to help make this event a success, the Guild needs your help.

If you have not returned your 'Volunteer Form' with a Show Entry, then please think about filling it in now, with shift preferences for any of the five days, plus Set-up Day, of the Show.
By signing up, you can make this a less stressful time for the hard working Exhibition Committee, so please consider lending a hand for an hour or two, or more.
Various responsibilities include 'White Glove' duty, as well as selling Raffle tickets and catalogues.
Everyone makes a new friend! and by volunteering, you can become more connected to the Guild, the  members and activities.

All volunteers will receive a Volunteer 2013 Quilt Show Badge as well as a catalogue.

Please contact the Guild Office should extra forms be needed.

Volunteer Forms must be returned by the 24th May.