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!