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.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Invitation to Evolution, Change, Challenge exhibition

The  Evolution, Change, Challenge – A Contemporary Quilt exhibition commences on Friday, 28 August at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Art Centre, 782 Kingsway, Gymea. You are invited to attend the Award Ceremony at 1.00pm, Saturday, 29 August in the Gallery. A prize of $1500 will be awarded to the maker of the winning quilt.  A viewers' choice prize will be awarded at the conclusion of the exhibition.  Thank you to the sponsors: My Sewing Supplies and Patchwork Plus.

View the Evolution, Change, Challenge exhibition by clicking on the image below:

Evolution, Change, Challenge – A Contemporary Quilt is being held in conjunction with Labours of Love – Australian Quilts from 1850 – 2015, a display of quilts sourced from The National Gallery Australia, Canberra, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney and noted quilters and fibre artists from across New South Wales.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Evolution, Change, Challenge: A Contemporary Quilt Exhibition

28 August – 8 September 2015
Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Art Centre 

A collaboration between The Quilters’ Guild of NSW Inc. and the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Art Centre

Evolution, Change, Challenge – A Contemporary Quilt is an exhibition of contemporary quilts exploring the title theme.  The exhibition runs from 28 August – 8 September and the  awards ceremony is at 1pm on Saturday, 29 August 2015.   Proudly sponsored by My Sewing Supplies and Patchwork Plus.

The exhibition features 28 artworks by 27 artists:

Lucy Carroll
Wilma Cawley
Sue Dennis
Robyn Eves
Dianne Firth
Kay Haerland
Alvena Hall
Melanie Hill
Bernardine Hine
Jennifer Horsford
Cathy Jack Coupland
Lisa Johnson
Christine Kondratenko
Linden Lancaster
Yvonne Line
Deborah Louie
Sandra Lyons
Megan Manwaring
Alison Muir
Prunella Noonan
Beth and Trevor Reid
Denise Sargo
Brenda Gael Smith
Laura-Mae Stanton
Susan Veness
Jill Wagner
Jessica Wheelahan

Associated Events:

  • daily demonstrations of quilting with a contemporary twist
  • 29-30 August: Thread Painting workshop with Cathy Jack Coupland at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery
  • 30 August: Hazelhurst Regional Gallery Open Day – a festival of exhibitions, stalls, food and music
  • 5 September: presentation by Kay Haerland at 11am
Evolution, Change, Challenge Inquiries:

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Wangi Quilt Show: 28 - 30 August 2015

Come along to the Wangi Quilt Show from 10am-4pm on Friday-Sunday, 28-30 August 2015 at the Wangi Workers Club at 11 Market Street, Wangi Wangi, New South Wales.  For more information, please e-mail

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Thread Painting Workshop with Cathy Jack Coupland

Hazelhurst Regional Gallery 782 Kingsway, Gymea
Saturday 29 August and Sunday 30 September 2015

This will be held in conjunction with the Quilters’ Guild of NSW Inc. exhibition Evolution, Change, Challenge – A Contemporary Quilt and the Hazelhurst Gallery exhibition of quilts from 1850 to the present day  Labours of Love.  This is an exciting opportunity to engage in a workshop at the Gallery and to also enjoy the exhibitions

Cathy Jack Coupland workshop photoCathy has created two designs for this workshop as an introduction to the technique of  thread painting.  It will appeal to those who have some confidence using their machine and working with their feed dogs down, but if you haven’t tried this technique – give it a go – Cathy will be there to help you.  The 2 day workshop will teach you how to transfer the designs, stitch the designs and finishing techniques.  This technique makes delightful and striking quilts and may also be used on clothing, furnishings and bags.  Other examples will be made available to show the diversity of this technique along with other resources, which may lead you to further investigation.

The cost of this workshop has been reduced. The workshop is for 2 days, however you will only pay for one day. Day one will be the main day for instruction. Day two is the festival day at the gallery, so many of the visitors will be interested in the workshop and will want to have a look at what is happening while you continue to practice your thread painting under Cathy’s guidance. There will be someone on site to answer the questions visitors may have, so Cathy will still be able to give her main attention to the participants.

Download: Workshop Booking Form

Monday, 17 August 2015

Carolyn Sullivan Artist Residency 7-23 August 2015

Guild member Carolyn Sullivan is artist at residence at Hazelhurst Cottage, 782 Kingsway, Gymea.  Carolyn will be open to studio visits from 1-5pm on Tuesday, 18 August and Thursday, 20 August. Alternatively, you can arrange your visit by e-mail.

Carolyn will hold a Contemporary Kantha  workshop from 10am-4pm, Sunday 23 August at Hazelhurst Art Centre.  Bookings essential.  Tel: 8536 5700

Other Places Wider by Carolyn Sullivan: 1st Prize, Mixed Techniques, Sydney Quilt Show 2015

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Call for entries - a matter of time

Calling all textile artists! – explore the fourth dimension in cloth and submit your work for the next travelling textile art exhibition curated by Brenda Gael Smith - a matter of time. Closing date:  15 January 2016.

Friday, 14 August 2015

World Quilt Competition 2015

Congratulations to Guild members on their success in the 2015 World Quilt Competition:

View all the prize winning quilts in the World Quilt Prize Winners Gallery 2015
 The Australian entry form for next year will be available at in early 2016.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Labours of Love: Australian Quilts 1850 – 2015

Labours of Love: Australian Quilts 1850 – 2015

8 August to 5 October 2015, Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery, 10am-5pm daily

Monday, 3 August 2015

Friday Showcase: 7 August 2015: Lorena Uriate

Come along to Friday Showcase with modern quilter Lorena Uriarte at the Guild Office on Friday, 7 August at 10am.

We welcome Guild and non-Guild members to Friday Showcase. There is a small charge of $5.00 for members and $10 for non-members.

Wingdings: A Variety of Symbols* by Lorena Uriate (Quilted by Michele Turner, Pinetree Cottage Quilting)
*Design Source: Block Designs by Chuck Nohara, "2001 New Patchwork Patterns"

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Out of Africa 5-16 August

Out of Africa: An Exhibition of Wax Cloth Quilts by Alan Tremain
5-16 August 2016: open wed-fri 11-4/Sun 10-4
Art Studios Co-operative, 391 Mann Street, North Gosford

Out of Africa is an exhibition of dramatic and original quilts made using and inspired by African Wax Cloth. This is the first solo exhibition by Alan Tremain since suffering a stroke in August 2013.

African wax cloth is well known for its highly stylised and innovative bold and colourful design with very graphic images. One of the most popular wax cloth print themes has historically been the use of political images and campaign slogans. These fabrics have been widely embraced by couture fashion houses in both Europe and USA.

Also on display at the Out of Africa exhibition will be a quilt by an unknown African quilter. This quilt, which has miraculously survived since 1944, features on the whole‐cloth quilt backing, a print celebrating the election of William Vacanarat Shadrach Tubman (later to become known as ‘The Father of Liberia’) as the 19th President of Liberia. This quilt has resided in Africa, England, USA and now forms part of Alan’s private quilt collection of significant quilts.

Other quilts on display celebrate the election and birthday of Barrack Obama and one based on a Zairean fable, ‘The Tortoise, The Elephant and The Hippopotamus’.

Out of Africa will be opened at 2.30pm on Saturday 8th August by international quilt artist Judy Hooworth and introduced by the Quilt Study Group of Australia’s Convenor Karen Fail.

For further information contact: Alan Tremain / Oz Quilt Design / / 0418 273 940 / PO Box 9235 Wyoming NSW 2250

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Red & White Special Exhibit Gallery

The 2015 Red and White Special Exhibit attracted over 120 entries.  View the quilts online:

So successful was the Red and White Special Exhibit at this year’s show that the Committee has decided these should be a regular, but not too often, feature of the show. Every three years will the magic number.

What will be the theme for 2018? Put your thinking cap on and email your idea/s to for a chance to win a free ticket to the 2016 show. Entries must be received by 30 September and the winning theme will be announced at the AGM in October.