Monday, 21 December 2015

Christmas Greetings

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone.

Here's hoping that 2016 is happy, creative and filled with opportunities to socialise and share our love of all things stitched.

A reminder that the Quilt NSW  office will be closed from Friday 11th December  to Monday 11th January 2016.

See you at the Volunteers Lunch on January 30th?

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Three Expertise Events Challenges for AQC 2016

2016 AQC Challenge
Challenge yourself and explore creativity within a theme.
The theme is 'Tradition with a Twist' and if selected as a finalist your quilt will tour Australia and New Zealand across the year. A prize pool of $5,500 is up for grabs with winners awarded on interpretation of theme, excellence in design and craftsmanship.
First prize: $3,500
Runner-up: $1,500
Viewers Choice: $500 
Quilt size is 90cm square.
Online entries close February 25, 2016.

A Textile Art Mini Challenge.
We invite you to show your best friend in their best light, in a textile art and mini challenge.
This pet portrait could include those with paws and whiskers, or other features such as fins and feathers, but the animal feature must be a pet, not a wild animal or zoo animal.
Traditional and contemporary works using creative textile techniques, including patchwork, embroidery, applique, surface design, photo transfer, printing etc. will be considered.
Finalists will be displayed at AQC and Craft & Quilt Fairs across the year.
The winner will receive a fabulous Fiskars prize pack worth more than $200.
The work must have at least 2 layers and the size is 25cm square.
Online entries close February 25, 2016.

If you have completed a kaleidoscope  and would like to be part of the AQC Quilt Show, send information and an image of your quilt for consideration. This is a non-judged exhibition. Our aim is to create a spectacular display of millefiore colour. Your quilt can be any size and does not need to be an original design.
Online submissions close February 25, 2016.
Your quilt does not need to be finished for online entry, but if selected for display it must be completed and sent to Expertise Events before March 25, 2016.
Pictured: The New Hexagon- Millefiore by Katja Marek, from the book New Hexagon- 52 Blocks to English Paper Piece.

Monday, 30 November 2015

Quilts=Art=Quilts 2015 Best of Show - Judy Hooworth

Quilts=Art=Quilts in an international juried quilt exhibition at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, New York. The exhibit features quilts by 68 artists from across the US, in addition to Australia, Canada, Netherlands and Taiwan. Congratulations to QuiltNSW member Judy Hooworth who was awarded Best of Show for Rainy Day Dora Creek #13.   The exhibition continues until 3 January 2016.  View the QAQ2015 online gallery.

Rainy Day Dora Creek #13 © Judy Hooworth
Rainy Day Dora Creek #13 - detail © Judy Hooworth

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Quilt NSW General Meeting : 28 Nov 2015

All members are welcome to attend the final General Meeting for 2015.

Margaret from Logan's, our Guest Shop, is bound to offer Christmas fabrics along with other lovely quilting goodies. Perhaps an early Christmas present to yourself! And if not intending to shop, then be sure to watch Jan Foster explain away the perceived difficulties and intricacies of Foundation Piecing during the Demonstration.

After the lunch break, our own well know Member, Kay Haerland, will present as Guest Speaker. Kay's extremely original prize winning quilts, exhibited all over the world, have intrigued everyone, and are the result of a 30 year textile journey. 

She is a truly creative soul, and with focussed energy continues to stretch her teaching methods. This drive has recently culminated in a foray into DVD production. So, please come and hear first hand, of how Kay creates, and find out what inspires her visually delightful productivity.

DATE Saturday November 28th 2015
            11am - 
Retail Shop -  Logan's Fabrics
                         Demonstration: Jan Foster : Foundation Piecing
               1pm - General Meeting
               2pm - Guest Speaker : Kay Haerland
VENUE  : Burwood RSL
                   Shaftsbury Rd

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Pop Up Sewing Day: Embroiderers' Guild NSW: 17 November 2015

Pop-Up Sewing Day At the Embroiderers’ Guild

Tuesday 17th November from 10am – 3.30pm

These social days are growing in popularity, and are a great way to spend a relaxing day getting to know fellow Quilt NSW members

Our next Pop Up Sewing day will be held on at The Embroiderers’ Guild, 76 Queen Street, Concord West, just a few doors from Concord West station (1 hour parking is available outside the building for dropping off equipment and unrestricted parking is available further up the street.)

There are some food outlets not too far away, however we recommend taking your own lunch.  The Embroiderers’ Guild charges $1 for tea and coffee. A small number of sewing machines can be accommodated, but as there is restricted space we recommend hand sewing for this Pop-Up.

Pop-Up Sewing Days are free of charge. Reserve your place by phoning the office (let us know if you intend to take a sewing machine).

Friday, 30 October 2015

Quilt Show at Gerringong: 13 - 15 November 2015

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Art Quilt Australia 2015 Prize Winners

The artwork of many Quilt NSW members was juried into Art Quilt Australia 2015 presented by Ozquilt Network Inc and the National Wool Museum. Congratulations, in particular, to prize winners:

  • Expressions: The Wool Quilt Prize Lisa Davis, The Art of Record Keeping (Highly Commended: Yvonne Line, Ode to the Shearer)
  • Ozquilt Network Newsletter 25th Anniversary Award of Excellence Alvena Hall, Arboreus: Ediacara Suite 2015
The exhibition continues at the National Wool Museum in Geelong, Victoria until 13 December 2015.  There is also a comprehensive Art Quilt Australia 2015 online gallery.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Free Quilt Judging Service Now Available

Quilt NSW has established a Judging Education Pilot Program (JEPP) to:
  • provide quality training and education to enable the JEPP participants to evaluate quilts in any local, regional, national or guild show; and
  • provide and actively promote a judging service for the benefit of members and member groups of the Quilters Guild of NSW Inc.
This free service is currently available in the greater Sydney metropolitan area including the Central Coast, Wollongong and the Blue Mountains. (Boundaries may be expanded in the future.)

The judges provide a professional and impartial judging service and work within the parameters of the criteria set by the quilt show or challenge co-ordinators.

To request judging services for your quilt show or challenge, please complete the form below or contact the JEPP Co-Convenors (Brenda Gael Smith & Maree Gebhardt) at

Saturday, 24 October 2015

New Management Committee Positions

Following our AGM, Amanda Daly has moved into the President’s position with 3 new committee members, Chris Jurd, Jan Foster and Dale Cox taking up committee positions.

We welcome the new committee members on board and look forward to a full and rewarding year ahead.

President – Amanda Daly
Vice-President – Dale Cox
Treasurer – Megan Manwaring
Secretary – Di Tramontana
Minute Secretary – Robin Allan
Exhibition Secretary – Sandra Harvey
Template Editor – Jan Foster
Publicity and Sponsorship – to be advised
Meeting Coordinator – Salley Govey
Membership Secretary – Chris Jurd

There are always many volunteers needed to fill a variety of jobs both long and short term, please contact a committee member if you would like to help.

Friday, 23 October 2015

Friday Showcase: 6th November 2015: Cathy Jack Coupland

Colourist and artist, Cathy Jack Coupland, paints her world in stitch.  Love of country, Australian poetry, art and colour are inspirations Cathy uses in her work.
With her 'threaded brush', Cathy endows her work with texture and substance, colouring her designs with bold dimensions. Combining these inspirations produces stand-alone, original work full of exuberance.

We welcome everyone to the Friday Showcase so please come along to hear Cathy speak about these inspirations and how she's applied them in her designs.
Date :   Friday 6th November 2015
Time :  10am
Venue : Quilt NSW Head Office
              Level 5
             276 Pitt Street, Sydney
Entry : $5 (Guild member), $10 (non-Guild member)
Please bring your own mug.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Quilt Study Group 2015: November Talk by Lisa Walton

Lisa Walton will give the final Quilt Study Group of NSW talk of the year on Saturday the 21st of November 2015. Lisa has been awarded many prizes for her quilts in Australia and international quilt shows and also teaches across Australia, New Zealand, the USA, UK, Europe and South Africa. She was awarded the 2010 Jewel Pearce Patterson Scholarship for Quilting Teachers by the International Quilt Association, Houston USA.

Lisa's talk is called “Leap and the net will appear - Sometimes great opportunities occur but we are afraid to take that leap due to natural fear of rejection or humiliation”. Lisa will talk about how taking that leap often leads to even more exciting opportunities.

The QSG of NSW talks are easy to get to and are a short walk from either Wynyard or Circular Quay Train Stations. They are held at The Glover Cottages meeting room, 124 Kent Street, Sydney on a Saturday afternoon and start at 2pm. Entry is $5 for Guild members, $10 for others, and afternoon tea is provided.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Moving forward ……we are now ready.

Following the article “Moving Forward…..Is The Guild ready?  written by outgoing President, Linda Butcher and placed in the August 2015 issue of The Template, we have received only positive comments. 

This was reflected in the overwhelmingly affirmative vote when members were asked to pass the motion to adopt our new operating name at the AGM.

The management committee is committed to help our organisation to flourish and move forward into the future with a fresh new image. We are looking forward to increased membership, the development of new programs, more younger quilters amongst the membership and new methods of communication taking us into the 21st century.

The new name is short, easy to say and it honours the tradition of our Guild while looking to the future.
While we will be known in the future as “Quilt NSW” (the spoken version of this is “Quilt New South Wales”), we will still retain our official registered business name of “The Quilters’ Guild of NSW Inc.

Please note the logo/name as shown above is a non-professional draft copy only. A streamlined new one has been commissioned.

The change over will take a while to complete, so please adopt “Quilt NSW” as our new name straight away and you will notice the new name alongside the existing logo starting to appear over the coming months.

Amanda Daly
Quilt NSW

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Colour Collision: 2015 Guild Challenge

Colour Collision, the 2015 Guild Challenge, premiered at the Annual General Meeting today and the following prize winners were announced:

What Colour Makes Brown,Try a Colour Collision. Megan ManwaringSilk Collision Bob JamesWhite Light Sharon Nicholls-Thomson

  • 1st Prize: What Colour Makes Brown,Try a Colour Collision by Megan Manwaring  
  • 2nd Prize:  Silk Collision by Bob James  
  • 3rd Prize: White Light by Sharon Nicholls-Thomson

Chilli Jam Janine Dixon Collision Vision Racheldaisy

Judges Commendations: Janine Dixon and Rachaeldaisy

View all of the entries in the Colour Collision Online Gallery.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Victorian Quilters One Step Further Exhibition: 22nd Oct - 7th Dec 2015 in Mildura

The Victorian Quilters in conjunction with Mildura Arts Centre and generous sponsors are presenting the 2015 One Step Further Exhibition of contemporary Quilts at the Mildura Arts Centre.

Venue: Mildura Arts Centre, 199 Cureton Avenue, Mildura
Date: 22nd October to 7th December 2015. 10am to 5pm daily

For further details see their website,, or phone 03 5018 8330.

October 2015 AGM Details

The details for the 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Guild this Saturday are -

Date : Saturday 17th October
Programme : 
                    11 am : Annual General Meeting
                      1 pm : General Meeting
Venue : "The Dome",
               Burwood RSL, 
               Shaftsbury Rd, Burwood.

October 2015 AGM

All members are invited to attend the AGM of The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc. this Saturday starting at 11am at Burwood RSL (note: this is an earlier start to normal Guild meetings). 

The outgoing Management Committee members will be thanked and a welcome extended to the new Committee during the AGM formalities.
Regulars will know that the AGM meeting will have a Guest Shop in attendance, the Suitcase Challenge Quilts will be on display and voted for, and a Guest Speaker will tell about their Quilting journey.
This year 'Patchwork Plus' from Miranda will offer their fabrics and quilting needs to attending members, and Cinzia White will be our Speaker.

Please Note :  Afternoon Tea will not be a part of this meeting's activities, so please do not bring plates of food.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Campbelltown Patchwork & Quilters Guild Quilt Exhibition: 14 - 15 November 2015

As part of the Fisher’s Ghost Festival the Campbelltown Patchwork & Quilters Guild will be holding their biennial Quilt Exhibition on the 14th & 15th November 2015 at the Campbelltown Civic Hall, cnr Queen & Broughton St, Campbelltown.
To celebrate their 20th Anniversary a showcase of member’s quilts will be on display. There is a Raffle quilt and merchant hall, and refreshments are available. Open Sat & Sun, 10am – 4pm. Entry: $6.00. Enquiries: or follow us on Facebook.

Also during the Fisher’s Ghost Festival, Glenalvon House will host a quilt display by Campbelltown Patchwork & Quilters Guild. Built in 1840, and with buildings dating back to 1831, Glenalvon sits in the heart of Campbelltown, 8 Lithgow St. 
Visit this beautiful restored house during the Fisher’s Ghost Festival. Refreshments are available.  Open Sat 7th Nov, Sat 14th Nov & Mon 16th Nov, 10am – 3pm. Entry: donation. Enquiries: or (02) 4625 1822.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Pop Up Sewing Day: UNSW Randwick Campus: 21 October 2015

Join students and staff from the UNSW Design Department for this exciting day of creativity.                                       
Mel Wimborne, UNSW Design Coordinator, will be demonstrating the use of the Design Department’s new laser cutter. She is an avid quilter and has been cutting her own digital cutting templates for use in quilt making.                               
With our help, Mel will also be introducing UNSW students to the art of patchwork and quilting, so we need lots of keen sewers there to get the students interested. We’re hoping to start a whole new quilting revolution at UNSW.
The theme will be “recycled” so if you can, please bring in any sewing or items you may have using recycled fabrics.          
Four new sewing machines will be available for use on the day* (or BYO machine.) Hand sewers are also welcome. Morning tea will be provided by UNSW and there are numerous food outlets on campus for lunch.
For this particular sewing day there is no limit on numbers - the more Guild members the merrier! But please call the Guild office on 9283 3737 to reserve your place. Any queries please call Robyn Shipton 0412 314 754

* If you would like to use one of the sewing machines provided, please let the office know when phoning to book.
Wednesday 21st October 10am- 3pm
Venue: Ground floor, Material Sciences Building, E10. Enter via Gate 2, High Street Kensington (Paid parking is available on campus or there are frequent buses to the University.)

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Lecture by Dr Sam Bowker - Introducing Australians to Islamic Art and Design: 10 October 2015

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Reminder: Renew your membership now to avoid a late fee

Have you renewed your membership yet?  Remember, any renewals after 30 September incur a late fee of $15.   

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Joen Wolfrom Workshop Vacancies: Book now!

There are three vacancies in the upcoming workshop with Joen Wolfrom.  Joen is a well known U.S. Quilter and Author of many books (available in the Guild’s library) This is a one-off opportunity to learn from Joen and we are very lucky to be able to take advantage of Joen’s Barbara Meredith Foundation funded trip to Australia.

Lighting up your quilts...a colour workshop

Saturday and Sunday, 10-11 October 2015
Cnr Phyllis and Central Avenues, Thornleigh

Full payment must be made when booking. Cost $130 members and $200 non-members.  Download and return a Workshop Booking Form or call the Guild office on 9283 3737 to reserve your place!

One of Joen’s specialties is teaching about colour and she tells us this is her favourite short colour workshop. In this techniques workshop you will be presented with important colour basics, so that the world of colour is in your hands. Then you will learn how to create some of the most wonderful colour illusions, depth, luminosity and luster. Explore further the illusions of shadows, highlights, and transparency. You should leave the class with a wide array of evocative lighting ideas to use in your future quilts.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Braidwood Quilt Show: Entries due by October 12th, Quilts on show on 28 November 2015

This year is the 21st year that the Braidwood Quilters are putting on their famous outdoor "Airing of the Quilts" in the streets of Braidwood, and they are calling for entries to be submitted by Monday October 12th.

For more information about all the events that will be held over that weekend and an entry form, see their website for more details -  Braidwood Quilter Event

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Singleton Quilters Inc. 2015 Quilt Exhibition: 18 - 20 September 2015

The Singleton Quilters Inc. will be holding a Quilt Exhibition at The Mechanics Institute, 74 George Street, Singleton on Friday 18, Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September 2015 from 10am to 4pm (Sunday 10am to 3pm).

This year our Club chose ‘Tall Poppies’ as our theme to pay tribute to the Australian men and women who were involved in World War 1, one century ago this year. We also pay tribute to the achievements and friendship of our quilting group and the wider quilting community.

Date: Friday 18 to Sunday 20th September.
Time: Friday & Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 10am to 3pm.
Venue: 74 George St, Singleton. Entry: $5.
For more details: call Margaret 6573 2405.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Evolution, Change, Challenge Viewers' Choice

The Evolution, Challenge, Challenge exhibition has closed.  Congratulations to Deborah Louie who was awarded Viewers' Choice for her quilt Remember Avoca 20 Years On.  Here is Deborah, with ECC Exhibition Sub-committee menber Bob James, holding her original quilt in front of her 2015 work:

You can view all of the exhibition online in the Evolution, Challenge, Challenge gallery:
1995 “Remember Avoca" was part of Australia Dreaming challenge.20 years on I have reproduced the quilt. A journey back to beginnings, growing and developing. The original quilt was about leaving Avoca, the family station this is about my quilting journey. I stand tall and proud of all my quilting achievements.
The Labours of Love – Australian Quilts from 1850 – 2015 exhibition continues at
Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre until 5 October 2015.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

African Wax Cloth Quilt Exhibition video now viewable

If you missed last month's exhibition 'Out of Africa' containing quilts and other items made by Alan Tremain from African wax cloth, he has put a short walkthrough video on You Tube ,which is now available.

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Pop Up Sewing Day: Craft Depot Pennant Hills: 17th September 2015

Come and join fellow Guild members for another productive and fun filled day of sewing your own project (hand sewing only) at Craft Depot.

The shop is just opposite the railway station and there's plenty of free parking. Morning tea will be supplied and there's lots of lunch options nearby. Craft Depot claims to be Australia's largest patchwork store and home to a huge amount of fabrics, threads, wools, laces and machines. They are currently having a sale of demo machines (see their website Craft Depot for more details).

As always, numbers are limited so please call the Guild office 9283 3737 to reserve your place. Any queries please call Robyn Shipton 0412 314 754

Thurs 17th September 10am- 4pm
2 Railway St, Cnr Pennant Hills Rd (behind the Pennant Hills Hotel)
Pennant Hills.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Bookings open for Joen Wolfrom Workshop

Lighting up your quilts...a colour workshop with Joen Wolfrom

Saturday and Sunday, 10-11 October 2015
Cnr Phyllis and Central Avenues, Thornleigh

One of Joen's specialities is teaching about colour.  In this colour class, you will be presented with important colour basics, so that the world of colour is in your hands.  Then you will learn how to create some of the most wonderful colour illusions, depth, luminosity and lustre.  Explore further the illusions of shadows, highlights and transparency.  You should leave the class with a wide array of evocative lighting ideas to use in your future quilts.  Joen tells us this is her favourite short colour class.
This is a one-off opportunity to learn from Joen Wolfrom and we are very lucky to be able to take advantage of Joen's Barbara Meredith Foundation funded trip to Australia.

Bookings open today 31 August.  Full payment must be made when booking.  All bookings will not be opened or processed before 31 August.  In the unlikely event of receiving more than 20 bookings on this date, they will be selected randomly until the workshop is full.  Cost $130 members and $200 non-members (priority will be given to members).

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Presentation Ceremony for Evolution, Change, Challenge - A Contemporary Quilt this afternoon.

The presentation ceremony of the "Evolution, Change, Challenge - A Contemporary Quilt" exhibition today at The Hazelhurst Gallery was very well attended by many Guild members, past presidents, sponsors, Gallery director and staff, exhibitors and visitors. Guest speaker was Carolyn Sullivan, Guild life member, fibre artist and teacher, who gave her insights into the "Contemporary Quilt" and its development over the past 20 years.

Winner of the $1,500 prize for best quilt was Denise Sargo for "Shadow Leopard". Denise gave a very gracious acceptance speech.
The Viewers' Choice award will be announced at the conclusion of the exhibition. A big thank you to Bob James and Gail Sadleir who were instrumental in getting the exhibition organised.

The last day of the exhibition is Tuesday 8th September 2015, so make sure you come along to view it, along with the "Labours of Love - Australian Quilts from 1850 to 2015" quilt exhibition.

For details about the Gallery, see Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre

Evolution, Change, Challenge Prize Winner

Congratulations to Guild member Denise Sargo who was awarded the $1500 prize for the Evolution, Change, Challenge exhibition for her artwork Shadow Leopard:

The exhibition continues at Hazelhurst Community Gallery, 782 Kingsway, Gymea until Sunday 8 September.  A viewers' choice prize will be awarded at the conclusion of the exhibition. THANK YOU to the sponsors My Sewing Supplies and Patchwork Plus.

You can also view the exhibition online at Evolution, Change, Challenge: A Contemporary Quilt.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Carrickmacross Embroidery Workshop: September 2015

There are a small number of places left in this workshop being held by renowned UK embroiderer Nicola Jarvis at the Embroiderer's Guild. Nicola is from the Royal School of Needlework and has designed this piece specially for this workshop. It is completely unique and has been worked nowhere else.

You will learn the techniques of Carrickmacross lace from someone who worked on the Carrickmacross style lace on the Kate Middleton wedding dress. As there is some preparation to do before the workshop, now is the time to make your decision to enrol in this workshop as there are a couple of places available.

Carrickmacross Kookaburras - A Carrickmacross Lace Workshop with Nicola Jarvis 

           Dates: Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September 2015 10.00 am to 3.30pm
           Cost: Embroiderers' Guild Members - $215.00, Non-members $260.00
           Closing Date: 28th August 2015

Students will work a contemporary Australian design in traditional Irish White Work technique. The Kookaburra and Eucalypt flowers and leaves will be depicted by couching a variety of linen threads on silk organza and net. The lawn will be cut away to reveal this charming decorative motif. The design will be further embellished with filling stitches, pops and guipure. Further embellishment with pearl beads and iridescent sequins is optional (these images are of the preliminary drawings).

For enrolment details contact Susan Freeman at The Embroiderers' Guild on 02 9743 2501 or see Nicola Jarvis Carrickmacross Workshop 2015

Friday Showcase: 4 September 2015: Pam Furniss

Pam Furniss is a Guild accredited teacher who now specialises in teaching hand and machine appliqued Quilt as you Sew techniques in her classes. She has taught in Australia and New Zealand, and many of her quilts have been published in quilting magazines and won prizes at the Sydney and Victorian Quilt Shows. Pam's website is Pam Furniss: Quilt Designer & Tutor

The pleasure of teaching is what inspires most of the quilts I make today.  My aim is always to provide a relaxed and enjoyable learning environment, encouraging confidence and creativity in the students in the classes I teach. I believe that if they are taught properly how to master a skill, the students too will share my view, “It’s easy”.

Building on and exploring the initial design is what gives me pleasure in the creative process. I have a great love for design and with the many visual inspirations leading me into the next projects, my love of patchwork and quilting will always endure.  
We welcome everyone to the Friday Showcase so please come along to see Pam's wonderful quilts and hear her talk.
Date :   Friday 4th September 2015
Time :  10am
Venue : The Guild Office
              Level 5
             276 Pitt Street, Sydney
Entry : $5 (Guild member), $10 (non-Guild member)
Please bring your own mug.