Friday, 29 August 2014

September 2014 : Friday Showcase

Gums At Uluru
Linda Akehurst, Textile designer and quilter is the next presenter for Friday Showcase at the Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc.
She lives in Colo Vale and is a valued member of Southern Highlands Quilters.

Come and listen to Linda's journey from Homemaker Sewer to Quilter, Designer and Teacher. 

Date : Friday 5th September
Time : 10am start.
Venue : Guild Office
             Level 5
             276 Pitt St, Sydney.

All are Welcome!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Spring Quilt Shows 2014

With Spring just around the corner, now is the time to diarise all of the wonderful local Quilt Exhibitions that involve quilters across the state showcasing their creativity.

Moree Quilters                                                                           
Quilt Show - Rapt in Fabric                                                                                                      
Dates : Friday - Saturday 16th August - 13 September                                      
Opening Hours : Monday- Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm, 
Saturday 10.00am - 1.00pm               
Venue : Moree Plains Gallery; cnr Frome & Heber Streets, Moree     
Enquiries: Helen 02 6752 2127

Berry Quilting Exhibition                                                                                                                        
                 Venue : Berry School ofArts, Alexandra Street Berry, NSW 
                 Dates and Opening Hours : 30 & 31 August 2014 : 9.30 - 4.00pm each day.
                 Berry Textiles Art Prize - One Red Thread "Moulin Rouge"
                 " A World of Colour" Textile Art Prize
                 "Desert Threads" Exhibition
                 "The Sentinels" Exhibition
                 Admission $5.00
In conjunction with Berry Patchwork & Children's Medical Research Institute, Gerringong Committee.

Macleay Quilters' Inc.                                                                                                                            
Friday - Saturday 5 - 6th September                                                                                        
Opening Hours : Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm , Saturday 9.00am - 4.00pm
Venue :  Kempsey Showground, Sea Street, Kempsey                                                                                          Enquiries : Ruth Allsopp 02 65617113 

Quilts on The Downs                                                                                                                          Saturday - Sunday 6 -7th September                                                                                      
Opening Hours : 10.00am - 4.00pm
Venue : Heatherton Manor, 108 Sanctuary Drive, Windsor Downs                                                                                                                   
Entry : $5.00                                                                                                                                 Enquiries Heather 02 45740032                                                                                                                                                             

Friday, 15 August 2014

Guild Retreat

. . . 'Show's Over. . . . 
. . . Mini Mod's been put to bed  . . . .

. . . . What's next?

The Guild Retreat, of course!

Catherine Porter is another of those Guild Members who quietly go about creating and administering the amazing calendar of events that The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc offer each year.

The Guild Retreat is Catherine's "baby" and as Retreat Co-ordinator she is hoping to meet many more members at this years' weekend away in The Hunter Valley.

Last year's happy quilters at Blackheath still smiling after two and a half days of grinning, chatting and concentrating!

Catherine promises a weekend of comfortable accommodation, shopping, laughing, wining and dining, and....oh yes....quilting!

The venue, The Hunter Valley Hotel Academy is only 2 hours from Sydney, has plenty of room for the quilter who brings a mountain of stash who needs space to create, and professes to offer lovely food, wine tasting and  ground floor access to all rooms.
This will be the room for sewing at Kurri Kurri, sporting plenty of power outlets for the machine enthusiast as well as for those who like to bring extra lighting. Tables will be provided.

What to sew? Well, any of your own personal projects. Maybe now is the time to break the back of the 2015 Red and White Challenge. All members are welcome: beginners, experienced and experts, and when Catherine uses the words "friendly" and "productive" when describing previous retreats, it is obvious that attendees are in for a treat - at this year's retreat!

Details about the weekend can be found on page 10 of the May issue of The Template.
The booking form needs to be filled out promptly and returned with payment to the Guild Office
Retreat Dates : Friday - Sunday 12-14 September 2014

Final Payments are due August 29

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Reef Dreamscapes Exhibition: Gosford Regional Gallery

Reef Dreamscapes: Gosford Regional Gallery,
2 August- 7 September 2014
Gallery hours: 10am-4pm daily Free Admission

Guild member Maureen Locke-Maclean and Helen Lancaster transform the Foyer Gallery into an underwater world. Corals, seaweeds, jellyfish, starfish, sea anemones and a variety of sea slugs are brought to life through sculptural textile installations using a range of techniques including machine embroidery, dyeing and the ancient art of Japanese Shibori.  See more at

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Suitcase Challenge 2014

Dont despair!
Many a quilt has been produced in far less time than currently available for entry into this years'  Suitcase Challenge.
In three and a half weeks the 40cm x 40cm Mini Modern quilts being collected in the Guild Office will 'disappear' for judging.
Will yours be there?
For those who are wont to leave it "down to the wire" there is still time to peruse these books in the Guild Library for inspiration.
Entry Forms are available for downloading on the website .

'Mini Modern'  : Due Date : 5 September 
Completed quilts to be sent to Guild Office.
Please ensure to post early.
All quilts will be displayed at The Annual General Meeting of The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc on the 18 October at Burwood and Viewers' Choice will be selected at this meeting.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Canberra Quilters Exhibition.

Canberra Quilters Inc members are in the organisational throes of mounting their Annual Exhibition  at Exhibition Park Canberra

If you are planning a trip to Canberra soon, why not have your visit co-incide with the Craft and Quilt Fair

Dates : Thursday 21st - Sunday 24h August 2014
Times : 10am - 4.30pm
Venue : Exhibition Park Canberra

Sunday, 10 August 2014

BOQ : Old Maid's Puzzle

Old Maid's Puzzle blocks, as seen in the guild office this week.
This 10 inch block, so easily rotary cut, is the Block of the Quarter and any delivered to the office of The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc by this Tuesday 12 August, or brought to the guild meeting at Burwood on Saturday 16 August, will go into "the winner takes all" draw at the meeting.

Fabric colours need to be one light yellow and a variety of pinks. The block diagram, cutting and piecing directions are in the May 2014 edition of The Template.

Guild member Erica Spinks  is the volunteer who is responsible for creating the design and publication of this regular activity. Erika is one of many "behind the scenes" volunteers who offer their expertise and commitment to the varied facets of administering our large organisation.
Thankyou Erica!

Friday, 8 August 2014

Guild Meeting : 16 August 2014 : Market Day

Belinda Betts, will be the Guest Speaker at the Market Day August 2014 General Meeting of The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc.

Detail : 'Data Garden' Belinda Betts 2014
Excellence in Longarm Quilting (Open) Award, Sydney Quilt Show 2014

Belinda was The June Friday Showcase Presenter who "wowed" everyone with her beautifully quilted tops, both hers and client's. Her Long Arm Machine Quilting Business Eucalypt Ridge Quilting is patronised by quilters across Australia. She offers an Award Winning 'Custom and Edge to Edge Service' and the Guild is very fortunate that Belinda, who lives in Orange, has agreed to come and share her stories to a larger group of Guild Members. 

There may still be time to "host" a Stall at this Market Day Meeting, so please phone the Guild Office to ascertain availability.

Date : Saturday August 16 2014 
            11 am - Market Day Stalls

            1pm - General Meeting :   
                                                 Guest Speaker : Belinda Betts

Venue - "The Dome"
                  Burwood RSL
                  Shaftsbury Rd, Burwood

Don't forget your completed yellow and pink "Block of the Quarter" Old Maid's Puzzle - 10 inch  blocks, to leave at the Welcome Desk.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Living Colour at Coffs Harbour 8 August-13 September

Did you miss the Living Colour! travelling textile art exhibition at the Sydney Quilt Show?! You are invited to its first gallery outing at:

Bunker Cartoon Gallery
John Champion Way, Coffs Harbour, NSW
8 August – 13 September 2014
Gallery Hours: 10am-4pm Monday-Saturday
There is an official opening at 6pm on Friday, 8 August 2014 with local artist and Guild member Sandy Corry in attendance. All welcome! Please share this invitation with friends and textile enthusiasts on the Far North Coast.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

ATASDA Textile Exhibition

'Future ...Past' is the Exhibition soon to be mounted by 
Australian Textile Arts & Surface Design Association Inc.

ATASDA is and has been a strong and vital textile Association since inception (formally the Batik Association) and celebrates its 40th Ruby Anniversary this year in Sydney with Future . . . Past – a non-juried group exhibition open to all members nationally.

Visitors to the exhibition will see a variety of materials and techniques.
Future . . . Past showcases diversity within the textile art world, including dyeing, felting, weaving, machine embroidery, surface embellishment, discharge, cloth construction, knitting, hand embroidery, printing and more. 
Members have created utilitarian, decorative, wearable, two-dimensional or three-dimensional works that are meaningful and definitely audience worthy.
Future . . . Past is an opportunity for members to exhibit as a group – some may never have exhibited their work before – others are known nationally and internationally. 

Works are inspired by the member's past – music, a textile, a memory or perhaps an influence of a ‘time’ in their life. Works will be exhibited with an inspirational photo referring to the artist’s Past perhaps inferring the Future. Some exhibition works, objects and wearables will be for sale.

Venue :        The Palm House Gallery
        Royal Botanic Garden
        Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney
Dates :          August 14 – 26 2014
Hours:           10am – 4pm daily
         (Closing Tuesday 26th August at 2pm)
Cost:    Free entry

Friday, 1 August 2014

AMQA Inc Quilt Show – Entry deadline extended

This is a message from the Australian Machine Quilting Association:

Due to an overwhelming number of requests to extend the deadline for entry to the AMQA Inc. Quilt show the new entry deadline is the 14th August 2014 for online entry.

Please ensure all entries are submitted by midnight on the 14th August 2014. If you are posting your entry please post it a few days earlier to allow for delivery. If we have not received it by the 14th we will not be able to accept your entry due to printing schedules.

We acknowledge those entries who adhered to the original date for entry and thank you for your promptness.

If you had considered entering but did not complete the entry, you have a new deadline. Enter by the 14th August 2014 to be a part of the AMQA Inc. Quilt Show.

Download  AMQA Show 2014 Entry Form
Link:  Online Entry Form

Hunters Hill Quilters : 2014 Exhibition

Hunters Hill Quilters Exhibit every Second Year and the count down is on for their 16th Biennial  Show.

Opening night tickets ($20) are available
Details on the quilt show and images of the two Raffle quilts that have been made by members can be found on their website Quilt Show page.

Points of Interest :

  • A diverse range of members' quilts exhibited in the main hall, 
  • waggas in the 'wagga room', 
  • quilts for sale on the stage, 
  • Material Obsession quilt shop in the foyer, 
  • old quilts from Jenny Burton, 
  • two raffle quilts, 
  • 'tea room' refreshments

Opening night, Thursday 7th, August 2014:   
                      7.30pm to 9.30pm   $20 entry ticket

Friday 8th to Sunday 10th, August 2014:   
                    10am to 4.30pm    $6 entry fee
Venue : Hunters Hill Town Hall
              Alexandra St., Hunters Hill