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.)