Monday, 21 November 2016

From Cairo to the Northern Beaches and Beyond this Saturday 26th November General Meeting

QuiltNSW will be holding its November General meeting Saturday Nov 26th, 2016 from 9.30am -3pm at Burwood RSL. Make sure you pop in as we have a fabulous line up planned.

 'From the Streets of Cairo - A century of Egyptian Quilts'.
1pm - Dr Sam Bowker will be giving us a look into a country that has fascinated many for centuries with its deep cultural design and rich colours entitled “'From the Streets of Cairo - A century of Egyptian Quilts'. Sam is currently a lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture for Charles Sturt University. His current primary research focuses on the history of the tent makers of Cairo.

“The pleasure of teaching is what inspires most of the quilts I make today”
10am - Pam Furniss, an accomplished and well renowned quilt maker, teacher  & author who’s focus is on the enjoyment and pleasure of the craft will give us a demonstration and a few tips and tricks no doubt.

Shopping specials
From Cottage Quiltworks, the wonderful quilt shop located in Warriewood on Sydney's Northern Beaches

Join up online if you are not already a member and we look forward to meeting you on Saturday

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Quilt Study Group 2016: November Talk by Kathy Doughty

On Saturday the 12th of November 2016 Kathy Doughty will give a talk for the Quilt Study Group of NSW.

Kathy is well known to Guild members as a maker and designer of quilts, a judge at quilt shows, a quilt shop owner and writer of quilting books. She has also designed three ranges of quilting fabrics - “Trail Blazing”, “Flock Together” and “A Wandering Mind”. 

She will talk to us about why she produced her own fabric ranges, the steps involved and her experience of dealing with this aspect of the quilt industry. If you have ever wondered about this important element of our art creation, please bring your friends along to hear Kathy speak.

The talk will be held at 2pm on Saturday the 12th November 2016 in The Meeting Room at The Glover Cottages, 124 Kent Street in Millers Point. Entry is $5 for Guild members and $10 for non-Guild members. Afternoon tea is provided.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Hazelhurst Regional Gallery: Contemporary Aboriginal Art Exhibition

Hazelhurst Regional Gallery 15 October - 11 December 2016

An exhibition of contemporary aboriginal works from central Australia (the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunyjatjara - the APY Lands) has just opened at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery. The APY Lands is a vast area located in remote South Australia. Celebrated for strong use of colour and dynamic movement APY Lands artists’ works capture the many undulations of Anangu creation stories, the landscape and it’s significant sites.
In the words of one of our QuiltNSW members, "[it is] one of the most inspiring exhibitions for me as a quilter. The colours are simply amazing …"
The exhibition runs until 11 December 2016. More details available here

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Repurposed Recycled Reloved Challenge Gallery

The 2016 Challenge quilts were revealed at the AGM on Saturday. View all 41 quilts in the Repurposed, Recycled, Reloved online gallery. Congratulations to:

  • First Place: Wendy Nutt
  • Second Place: Sheila Beer
  • Third Place: Sandra Lyons
  • Viewers’ Choice: Heather Middleton
  • Judges Commendations: Keiko Arita, Barbara Gower, Pamela Pearce and Judith Thomson

The challenge theme for 2017 is Remember and the size is 40x60cm portrait format.
Please contact the Challenge Coordinators if you would like to reserve the 2015 or 2016 touring suitcase exhibitions. Download  Challenge Exhibition Request Form.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Friday Showcase Roslyn Moules Fri. 7th October

10am- 11.30 am
 QuiltNSW Office
Pitt St Sydney

Roslyn states that:
'I started quilting in 1990 and quickly realised that if I hand sewed and quilted I would never finish anything.  Hence I have been machine oriented.
I joined the Guild in 1991 and entered the 1993 Guild Challenge – ‘October Around the World’ and won Viewer’s Choice.  This inspired me to enter Colours of Australia in 1994 and I was juried into this competition, and as well the following year 'Australia Dreaming-Quilts to Nagoya’.
I find that my particular interest in making a quilt is the planning and design stage and free motion machine quilting,  although after a lesson from Lois French I have developed a love of needle turn hand appliqué.
I started attending Community Quilts in 1992 and loved the mix of ages and freedom to make a quilt from orphan blocks.  In those days there were 3 large boxes of orphan blocks and it was a great challenge to match them altogether.  It was a real learning curve.
After Ruth Carter passed away in 2000  I volunteered to take on the role of co-ordinating Community Quilts.  We standardized the size of the quilts and generally streamlined the process to keep our production going.   I love the challenge of making a quilt using what fabric we have as it forces you to ‘jump out of your box’.
Over the years I  have won three 1st prizes, two 2nd and one 3rd prize at Darling Harbour.   I was made a Life Member of the Guild in 2004 and presented with the National ‘Lut-Da’ Award in 2011 for service to community through quilting.'

 All welcome. Members $5.00, Guests $10.00

Block of the Quarter 'Shoo Fly'

Annual General Meeting Sat. 8th October

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Gloucester Patchwork Group 20th Anniversary Quilt Show

Gloucester Patchwork Group 20th Anniversary Quilt Show

Barrington Hall
Thunderbolts Way, Gloucester
Saturday 1 - Sunday 2 October, 2016
10am - 3pm

Quaama/Cobargo Open Day

Quaama/Cobargo Quilters Open Day

Saturday 15 October 2016


Cobargo School of Arts Hall

Bermagui Rd Cobargo

Exhibition & sale of quilts, displays, numerous trading tables, raffles, sausage sizzle,& tea/ coffee by

The Men’s Shed of Bermagui

Proceeds to Cobargo CWA

Entry by gold coin donation

Maitland Patchwork Quilters 'It's a Pearler' Exhibition

Our Biennial Exhibition, 'It's a Pearler', celebrating 30 years of Maitland Patchwork Quilters, will be held at Tocal College in The Great Hall from Friday 14th October until Sunday 16th October. Opening each day at 10am and closing at 4pm. Entry is just $5. There will be over 200 quilts on exhibition, demonstrations and wonderful morning tea and lunch available from our Cafe. There will be a table of handmade gifts for sale as well as stands from some of our local quilt shops. We also have a special exhibition showcasing the work of one of our very talented quilters, Linda Price.
Our raffle quilt this year has been hand pieced and appliqued by Denyse Gormley and hand quilted by some of our members. Proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets are donated to Breast Cancer Research at the Mater Hospital in Newcastle.
Look forward to seeing you all there!

Monday, 26 September 2016

Seaside Heritage Quilters 2016 Exhibition

Monday, 19 September 2016

The Illawarra Quilters Exhibition 2016

 Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September 9:30 - 4:30 pm
 Dapto Ribbonwood Centre, 93 – 109 Princes Highway, Dapto

 Opening Night  23rd September 6:30 – 9:00 pm ( tickets $25 )

Display of members’ work, traders, demonstrations, workshops, handmade gift boutique, cafe, quilt raffles, pincushion challenge, silent auction.
Entry $6, children under 12 free  for more information email

Exhibition Workshops and Demonstrations:
Saturday  - 10:00 - 12:00  - "Material Obsession" demonstration & workshop “Take a shape.. 60degree” participants will be able to cut and sew, machines will be available.
Saturday -  1:00 - 3:00 - "My Sewing Supplies" demonstration & workshop “Fussy Cutting” for machine and hand sewing. Learn how to use mirrors, templates, English paper pieces, viewing templates, glues, rotating boards and more to make your life easier. Kits available for purchase at the Exhibition for you to join in on the day.
Sunday - 10:00 - 12:00 -  "Berry Quilt and Co" workshop "Make a Boro Bag" kits available for purchase at the Exhibition..
Sunday - 1:00 - 3:00 -  "Kate Quilts" demonstration -  Jen Kingwell's Halo Quilt, working with pattern and template.
To book a place in these workshops please contact:
 Joanne at
The Illawarra Quilters are very proud to be supporting our local branch of the Leukaemia Foundation whilst hosting our 2016 Exhibition.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

The South Coast and Country Quilters Guild's 13th Biennial Quilt Exhibition

The South Coast and Country Quilters Guild is pleased to announce the 2016, 13th Biennial Quilt show on 16-18 September, 10 a.m, - 4 pm, Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, Beach Road, Batemans Bay, NSW.
$5.00 entry
Bring your friends along and enjoy a wide variety of quilts both traditional and contemporary.
There will be traders with interesting wares, raffle, and workshops.
First prize in this years raffle is a beautiful king sized quilt 'Circle of Life' pictured below.
Proceeds from the show go to the Snowy Hydro South Care Helicopter Service and local charities
The SCCQ strongly promotes the opportunity to display members’ work at its biennial quilt show, as well as organising and subsidising multiple workshops involving national and international tutors in alternative years.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Lorraine Parker Exhibition

Lorraine Parker is holding an exhibition of her  work from Wednesday 14th September to and including Monday 26th September at the Gladstone Community Centre.
Gladstone is not far from South West Rocks. The Gallery is run by MVCAG – Macleay Valley Community Art Group and is open every day from 10.30 to 4.00 pm.

Lorraine's website is
Ian Smith will also be sharing some of the space and showing his photography.

Reflections of Dorrigo National Park 1

The Nature of Tasmania


Monday, 5 September 2016

Pop Up Sewing Day Kirrawee

My Sewing Supplies: 138 Oak Rd Kirrawee NSW

Tuesday 6th September
Bernadette and Ian will be our hosts. We enjoyed a wonderful day with them last year and they have generously asked us to return in 2016. 
There is no charge to attend a Pop Up. However, you do need to book.
Call QuiltNSW on 02 92833737

Monday, 29 August 2016

September Friday Showcase with Megan Manwaring

Friday Showcase
2nd September
10am - 11.30pm
QuiltNSW Pitt St Sydney
Megan Manwaring.

Megan Manwaring  is the current Treasurer at QuiltNSW.  She is also well known as  a  tutor at Material Obsession.  Megan is a passionate and enthusiastic quilter with a particular love of needle-turn applique and working with bright, contemporary fabrics. Megan has had a number of patterns published in Australian quilt magazines, designed MO's  2014 Kaffe Sampler and co-designing MO's String Along BOM.
Megan's students love her classes. Megan's emphasis is on teaching the basics well. She leads her  students through the foundations of cutting, piecing, sewing and simple appliqué, as well as effective colour and fabric selection.
Megan won QuiltNSW' Suitcase Challenge "Colour Collision" last year with "What Colour Makes Brown" seen below.

We are surely in for a treat. All welcome. Members $5.00, Guests $10.00

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Macleay Quilters Inc. Biennial 2016 Quilt Exhibition

Monday, 22 August 2016

Goonellabah Quilters Inc. Spring Quilt Show

Monday, 15 August 2016

QuiltNSW August General Meeting

Monday, 8 August 2016

Cherrybrook Quilters Inc. Quilt Show

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Friday Showcase 5th August: Amanda Daly

10am- 11.30 am  Guild Office.
Come and join us for an enjoyable morning with our very own President of QuiltNSW
Amanda Daly.
Amanda has  been passionately working with fabric for more than 20 years.
Prior to this she dabbled with a variety of creative pursuits including water colour, acrylic & oil painting, sketching with a special interest in portrait sketching, calligraphy, pottery, macrame, and embroidery. Amanda creates textile works, quilts and mixed media pieces.
Her creative  work is best described as contemporary.
As well as teaching regular classes in and around Sydney, Amanda's  teaching also takes her to far flung places around Australia and beyond.
$5.00 for members $10.00 for non-members. All welcome.

"On the Reef" Amanda Daly

Monday, 1 August 2016

Hunters Hill Quilt Show

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Wendy Nutt: Featured Artist of the Month

Port Stephens Community Art Centre
Wendy Nutt
Featured artist of the Month
August 10 - September 7
Cultural Close
Shoal Bay Rd
Nelson Bay
02 49813604

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Camden Country Quilters Guild Annual Exhibition

Monday, 25 July 2016

Java to Japan "The Forgotten Lands"

Alan R Tremain presents an exhibition of quilts featuring newly created works inspired by the Imperial Courts of Java and Japan during the 18th C when Java and Japan were trade partners and exchanged many recorded textile influences - a journey of discovery. Alan R Tremain has created an exhibition of quilts not to be missed using reproduction Japanese prints, antique kimono fabrics as well as traditional and modern Javanese & Indonesian designed textiles collected in his many travels and research projects to these textile rich countries.

Wednesday 3 August to Sunday 14th August 2016

Art Studios Gallery, 391 Mann St, North Gosford

Opening reception is on Saturday 6 August 2-4pm

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Port Macquarie Timeless Quilters Inc. Bi-Annual Quilt Show

Maternity Nursing Unit Manager Sandra Eadie (centre) with Timeless Quilters Dawn Lane,
Sue Richardson, Lee McGlashan, Bev Hoy and Fay Binstadt holding the beautiful handmade quilt
which is the first prize in the group’s major fundraiser for the Neo-Natal Unit at Port Macquarie Base Hospital.
( photo from Port Macquarie News)

Fri. 15 July 10 - 4pm
Sat. 16 July 10 - 4pm
Sun. 17 July 10 - 3pm

The Port Macquarie Panthers Club
1 Bay St, Port Macquarie
$5.00 entry
One of the Mid North Coast’s biggest quilting shows will get underway in July with proceeds going to the Neo-Natal Unit at Port Macquarie Base Hospital.
The three-day show is regarded as one of the premier craft events on the Mid North Coast and features hundreds of handmade quilts, quilting displays, fibre art, wall hangings and much more.
This years  raffle quilt (pictured above) is titled 'Farmers Wife' and is the major fundraiser for the Neo- Natal Unit.
Classes at this year’s show include Indigo Niche, a beautiful artform of Sashiko stitching and Japanese fabrics, Everything Country and Christmas Decoration.

For further information about the Quilt Show, or to support the Timeless Quilters’ raffle, phone 0402 437 604.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Quilt Study Group 2016: July Textile Talk and Tour of The Barracks

The 3rd talk of the year for the Quilt Study Group of NSW will be given by Megan Martin, Head of Collections and Access, at the Sydney Living Museums on Macquarie Street, Sydney CBD.

Starting at 10am on Thursday the 21st of July Megan will talk to us about the identification of the textiles they found between 1979 and 1981 in the under floor deposits at the Hyde Park Barracks. The talk, “What colour was that girl’s dress? The archaeological evidence of fabrics from Hyde Park Barracks”, will be followed by a tour of their new exhibit ‘Female Immigration Depot 1848-1886’ at the Barracks.   

Numbers for the tour are strictly limited to 15 Guild members, but if there is more demand, we can request another tour date. Please contact the Quilters' Guild of NSW Office to secure your place for the talk and tour. Please note: access to two of the floors at the Barracks building is by staircase only.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Viewers' Choice: Sydney Quilt Show 2016

The votes are in!  First Prize Viewers' Choice goes to Narelle Birchall for Love Entwined (Design Source: Esther Aliu).  Narelle receives products to the value of $300 from Leutenegger.

Love Entwined by Narelle Birchall (Design Source: Esther Aliu)
Second Prize Viewers' Choice goes to Julie Adamson for Time, Sand and Arabesque.   Julie receives $200 product sponsored by Dyed and Gone to Heaven and wadding pack sponsored by MiniJumbuk Nu-Wool Wadding.
Time, Sand & Arabesque by Julie Adamson

View all the prize winning quilts in the Sydney Quilt Show 2016 Online Gallery.

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Day 5: Sydney Quilt Show 2016

QuiltNSW welcomes you to fifth and final day of the Sydney Quilt Show 2016.  Sunday's program includes:

  • displays by QuiltNSW member groups Northbridge Quilters and Eastern Suburbs Quilters
  • 10am-12 noon: Meet the Teachers - Lynn Hewitt (Finishing Your Quilt) and Shirley Gibson (Hand Quilting)
  • Kid Skills: 10am-12 noon and 1-3pm: A free activity introducing children to the delights of colour, fabric and block designs. This year there is the opportunity for kids to try sewing on a BERNINA machine,
  • 11-12noon floor talk by special exhibitor Merelyn Pearce
  • 2-4pm:  Meet the Teachers: Jan Foster (Machine Quilting) and Brenda Gael Smith (Creating with Felt)
Wheelflower Medallion (Best of Show 2008) by Special Exhibitor Merelyn Pearce

Calling New Members

If you sign up online at the special iPad booths at the entrance to the QuiltNSW exhibition area, the joining fee of $15 will be waived. Check at the membership desk at the Sydney Quilt Show today!

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Day 4: Sydney Quilt Show 2016

QuiltNSW welcomes you to day 4 of the Sydney Quilt Show 2016.  Saturday's program includes:
  • displays by QuiltNSW member groups Sydney Modern Quilt Guild and Arcardian Quilters
  • 10am-12 noon: Meet the Teachers -Therese Rankmore  (Creative Cutting) and Pam Furniss (Machine Applique and Quilt as you Go)
  • 10-11am final floor talk by special exhibitor Caroline Sharkey 
  • 11-12noon floor talk by special exhibitor Merelyn Pearce
  • 12noon-1pm join BERNINA Best of Show prize winner Rachaeldaisy for her final day at the show
  • 2-4pm:  Meet the Teachers: Amanda Daly (Raw Edge Applique) and Megan Manwaring (String Piecing)
QuiltNSW Colour Collision Challenge:
What Colour Makes Brown,Try a Colour Collision by Megan Manwaring

Kid Skills: 10am-12 noon and 1.00-3.00pm

A free activity, operating Saturday& Sunday. Introducing children to the delights of colour, fabric and block designs. This year there is the opportunity for kids to try sewing on a BERNINA machine, Simply Red 215. Any patches sewn together will be made into a quilt for a children’s charity.

Calling New Members

If you sign up online at the special iPad booths at the entrance to the QuiltNSW exhibition area, the joining fee of $15 will be waived. Check at the membership desk at the Sydney Quilt Show today!

Friday, 24 June 2016

Day 3: Sydney Quilt Show 2016

Referencing Sonia by Cathy Jack Coupland
QuiltNSW welcomes you to day 3 of the Sydney Quilt Show 2016.  Friday's program includes:
  • displays by QuiltNSW member groups Hunters Hill and Novocastrian Quilters
  • 10am-12 noon: Meet the Teacher Cathy Jack Coupland (Thread Painting)
  • 10-11am floor talk by special exhibitor Caroline Sharkey 
  • 11-12noon floor talk by special exhibitor Merelyn Pearce
  • 12noon-1pm join BERNINA Best of Show prize winner Rachaeldaisy and learn more about her joyful quilts
  • 2-4pm : Meet the teachers Bob James (Foundation Piecing in Miniature) and Chris Jurd (Foundation Piecing)


The new membership year starts on 1 July. Join or renew using the QuiltNSW online membership form or sign up while you are at the Sydney Quilt Show this week.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Day 2: Sydney Quilt Show 2016

QuiltNSW welcomes you to day 2 of the Sydney Quilt Show 2016.  Today's program includes:

  • displays by QuiltNSW member groups Southern Quilters Finishing School and Eastwood Patchwork Quilters
  • 10am-12 noon: Meet the Teachers  Linda Butcher (Hand Applique) and Meg Orr (Quilt As You Go)
  • 10-11am floor talk by special exhibitor Caroline Sharkey 
  • 11-12noon floor talk by special exhibitor Merelyn Pearce
  • 12noon-1pm join BERNINA Best of Show prize winner Rachaeldaisy and learn more about her joyful quilts
  • 2-4pm Meet the Teacher: Wendy Nutt (Foundation Piecing)

If you can't make the show in person, we invite you to:

Follow QuiltNSW on Instagram and add your own contribution to the show celebrations with the hash tag #sydneyquiltshow  You can find us on Facebook too!