Thursday, 18 May 2017

Batavia Tapestry on show at the Australian National Maritime Museum

The Australian National Maritime Museum has recently unveiled a stunning new large-scale embroidered work by Melbourne textile artist Melinda Piesse that illustrates the tragic story of the wreck of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) flagship Batavia in 1629.  

The Batavia tapestry is on display in Sydney until 29 October 2017 and is included in the free galleries ticket.  

More information is on the museum blog:

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Call for Entries: Art Quilt Australia 2017

Entries are now open for Art Quilt Australia 2017 a juried exhibition of art quilts presented by Ozquilt Network in association with the Queen Victoria Art Gallery and the National Wool Museum. Entries close on 7 June 2017.  Submission is via the online entry form or by postal mail only:

The exhibition will be held at the prestigious  Queen Victoria Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania from Friday 7 September to Sunday 22 October 2017 and will be documented in a comprehensive catalogue.

Art Quilt Australia 2017 is a juried exhibition with $6000 in prize money.  All selected entries are automatically eligible for consideration for the $3000 Award of Excellence (non-acquisitive). Entrants submitting complying wool quilts (see below) may also nominate their work for the $3000 Expressions:Wool Quilt Prize where the winning work is acquired by the National Wool Museum for its permanent collection.

For more information, see

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Friday Showcase 5 May 2017 - Pamela Brockwell

This Friday 5 May 2017, we welcome the talented Pamela Brockwell to our Friday Showcase.

Pamela Brockwell is currently a member of both Nowra and Canberra Quilters, is self-taught and after 15 years of quilting continues to seek and find new techniques to incorporate in her own designs with hand dyed fabrics. In 2016, Pamela won the Australian National Quilt Award (sponsored by BERNINA) for 2015 with her quilt 'Canzone Rosso' (pictured).

At our showcase, Pamela will be displaying and discussing her work, beginning with her first quilt, through to some of her earlier creations and her show quilts. Pamela has also promised to provide a glimpse of some of her works which did not turn out as she had planned!

QuiltNSW holds Friday Showcase at its office (just behind Town Hall station at 276 Pitt Street, Sydney) on the first Friday of most months and and starts at 10 am. Visitors are most welcome so bring a friend along - $5 for members and $10 for visitors. The full schedule of upcoming showcases is on our website.

We look forward to welcoming you to our office this Friday.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Out and about in the Central Coast - Kay Haerland

Moon Magic by Kay Haerland
Starting today, QuiltNSW member Kay Haerland will have an exhibition in the foyer of Erina Gosford City Library.

Kay's work is well known to our members as a former Australian National Quilt Award winner (sponsored by BERNINA) and her delightful mushrooms appear on one our quilt hoop pieces.

The exhibition will run from 2 May until 31 May and contains a variety of large and small new works (many for sale) as well as a selection of Kay's favourite pieces from prior years.

Kay will be at the exhibition most days working with her sewing machine and will be ready to talk to about her work, her teaching DVDs and her approaches to textile art.

Erina Fair is accessible by public transport (train to Gosford Station; bus from the station to Erina Fair Shopping Centre with the bus stop directly outside the library).

Any questions or to confirm Kay will be there when you plan to visit, please don't hesitate to email Kay at

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Australasian Quilt Convention - Gala Dinner announcements

We are absolutely thrilled to congratulate Jane Gibson and Lynn Hewitt (pictured left to right with Gary Fitz-Roy, MD of Expertise Events) on their success at the Australasian Quilt Convention (AQC) last weekend.

By way of background, Expertise Events runs AQC each April in Melbourne with quilt displays, workshops, lectures, demonstrations, a multitude of shopping opportunities and a gala dinner -- a veritable feast for the passionate quilter. The gala dinner (sponsored by BERNINA Australia) is a chance to catch up with fellow quilters and enjoy some entertainment ... but it is also an awards night celebrating excellence in and contributions to quilting in Australia.

First up, was the announcement of the Australian National Quilt Award winner for 2016 (sponsored by BERNINA Australia) and the winner was Rachelle Denneny with her quilt 'Modern Movement'. Congratulations to Rachelle!!

Next up, Expertise Events recognises Australian quilters with three special awards and I can proudly say that two QuiltNSW nominations won!! The first of these was Jane Gibson, who was awarded the Lut-da Award (along with Marie Lee from Victoria), which is to recognise an outstanding contribution to their community through quilting. Jane has been involved with QuiltNSW for many years and has volunteered in numerous capacities over that time. She has been a source of knowledge and counsel to many committee members and is instrumental in the smooth running of the QuiltNSW administration. Congratulations Jane!!

Then it was the announcement of the Rajah Award winner for 2017. This award acknowledges an outstanding contribution to quilting in Australia and we were all delighted that Lynn Hewitt was announced as the 13th recipient of the Rajah Award. Lynn's contributions have been as quilt teacher, quilt judge, Quilt NSW committee member and volunteer and international quilt tour host. Beyond that, Lynn is a genuine ambassador of quilting, generously sharing her knowledge, encouraging others and celebrating their success. Congratulations Lynn!!

More details in our upcoming Template newsletter.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Quilt Study Group 2017: Excursion to Hambledon Cottage, Parramatta

Starting at 11am on the 2nd of May 2017, the QSG of NSW has arranged for a tour of the textiles and the building at Hambledon Cottage in Hassall Street, Parramatta.  Hambledon Cottage gives you a view of colonial life style and the Exhibition in the Lucas Gallery currently is on the Parramatta Female Factory & some of the women who lived there.

Amongst the textiles that will be on display especially for us are two quilts donated by locals. On seeing the poor condition of their Wood 1865 crazy quilt, a group of Guild and non-Guild quilters decided to get together to replace it with a more appropriate Medallion quilt (now known as the Hambledon Quilt) and Lyn Shayler will tell us how her group put the replacement quilt together.

You must book your place on the tour via the Guild office (9283 3737) so enough Hambledon Cottage volunteers can be organized beforehand to cope with our visit. Please let us know if you have any mobility or other requirements. Payment is $6 per person on entry to the Cottage. Happily both Guild and non-Guild members are welcome on this tour and we have no limit on numbers. We will tour the building in groups of 10 starting at 11am and later view all their textiles up close, including both of the quilts.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Upcoming quilt events in the Blue Mountains and beyond

With the long weekend almost over, our minds are turning to upcoming quilt and textile events. As luck would have it, three such events coincide in late April in the Blue Mountains and further west. A perfect time to gather a few friends, car pool and head out for a day or two ... and with the autumn leaves turning earlier than in Sydney, it's a beautiful time of year to visit.

First up, is Textiles Out of Context. This is an exhibition showcasing contemporary textile artists residing in the Blue Mountains. The show includes weaving, felt works, costume design, dress making and, of course, quilts.

QuiltNSW members Petal Davies and Rachaeldaisy are amongst the 26 artists represented.

The exhibition is on now at Braemar House and Gallery, 104 Macquarie Road, Springwood until 30 April. The Gallery is open from 10 - 4 pm Thursday - Sunday. Entry by gold coin donation.

Next up, is the Springwood Quilt Show.  This is an annual event that runs over the last weekend in April and showcases the work of quilters who live in the Blue Mountains, including a number of QuiltNSW members.

As well as over 150 quilts, there will be a display of Anne Sommerlad's quilts, pop up shops, including Sew Can I and Post Office Patchwork, to name but two, and a cafe serving delicious homemade lunches, refreshments and snacks.

The Springwood Quilt Show is on from Friday 28 April to Sunday 30 April (10 - 4 pm each day) at the Springwood High School Hall, Grose Rd, Faulconbridge. More details available here.

Finally, a little further west beyond the Blue Mountains is Quilts in the Shearing Shed. This is an exhibition of up to 100 quilts from Brigitte Giblin and her students. Having taught in and around Sydney for many years, this promises to be an inspiring show with paper piecing and applique styles sure to be featured.

The quilts will be displayed in a rustic shearing shed at O'Connell, which is about 3 hours drive from Sydney.

Pop up shops run by Cottage Quiltworks in Warriewood and The Home Patch in Bathurst will be there and many handmade items will be available for purchase. The exhibition is on Friday and Saturday 28 and 29 April at 9 Bloom Hill Road, O'Connell. More details available here.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Friday Showcase - Daiva Ceicys

Our next Friday Showcase is 7 April and we are delighted to welcome Daiva Ceicys, who will share her quilting journey.

Daiva is a QuiltNSW Accredited Teacher and tutors in the Far South Coast, sharing skills developed over thirty years with quilters’ groups and patchwork stores in both coastal and more remote country areas. 

Daiva combines modern and traditional techniques in a wide variety of quilts.   

Friday Showcase is held at our office (Level 5, 276 Pitt Street, Sydney) and starts at 10 am. Visitors are most welcome so bring a friend along. $5 for members and $10 for visitors.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Call for Entries: World Quilt Competition 2017

Australian entries for the World Quilt Competition 2017  are now open. Share your artwork on the international stage, and let someone else look after logistics, shipping, customs and insurance!   Entries close on Monday, 15 May 2017. Accepted entries will premiere at World Quilt New England  (17-19 August 2017) and tour to other Mancuso shows in the United States until early 2018.

Entries can be submitted via the Online Entry Form. Alternatively, download, complete and return the World Quilt Competition 2017 Entry Form – Australian Edition (PDF) by e-mail or post. Be aware that your quilt must be at least 1296 square inches (eg 36x36in)  and completed in 2015, 2016 or 2017.  See the Contest Rules for more information.

Four Australians received ribbons in 2016. View all the prize winners at
Enter your quilt in 2017 to be part of this exciting event. For more information, contact the Australian Coordinator Brenda Gael Smith at

Monday, 13 March 2017

Sydney Quilt Show 2017: Entries Close Today

Entries for the Sydney Quilt Show 2017 close at 11.59pm on Monday 13 March. That's today!

Submit your entry now via the ONLINE ENTRY FORM and pay by credit card through our secure ANZ portal. You will receive immediate email confirmation of your entry on payment.

See the Guide to the Online Entry Form for answers to common questions. Please direct any other queries to:

No matter what kind of quilt you make, there's a place to share it at the Sydney Quilt Show 2017. Follow the handy flow chart to help choose your category. The exhibition team looks forward to seeing your entry.

Entries for Recycled, Repurposed, Revitalised  patchwork-inspired homewares and furniture category close on Monday 1 May 2017.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Quilt Show FAQ: How do I get the photos the right size?

Entries for the Sydney Quilt Show 2017 close at 11.59pm on Monday 13 March 2017. That's only a week away. Please don't leave it to the last minute, jump online and submit your entry today!

QuiltNSW requires a good quality photo showing the entire quilt up to whatever stage it is at - work in progress photos are fine! For the online entry form, the photo must in jpg format and the file size must not exceed 2MB. (The preferred aspect ratio is 10x15cm/4x6in but this is not essential.)

If your camera is set to take high resolution/large photos, it is likely that you will have to resize your photo. 1MB is ideal (say 1200 pixels on the longest side). Most photo-editing programs have resizing functions. In addition, your computer may have built-in tools for resizing images. Here are some tutorial links:
Another trick for quick resizing of images is to e-mail them to yourself:
Please label your images correctly with your last name, first initial and entry number. For example, for two entries the images would be labelled JonesB1.jpg and JonesB2.jpg. You will need to do this on a computer not a mobile device.

See the Guide to the Online Entry Form for answers to other FAQs. Please direct any other queries to:
The exhibition team looks forward to receiving your entry!

Friday, 3 March 2017

Quilt Study Group 2017: March talk by Sue Shaw

On Saturday the 11th of March the first QSG talk for 2017 will focus on the research and documentation of textiles. Sue Shaw, a social historian who researched military quilts at the Powerhouse Museum for her Masters and co-curated the 2007 ‘From Mothers to Daughters’ quilt exhibition with Dr Annette Gero, will talk first about her recent purchase and subsequent research into this rare Crimean war quilt that was made in Australia.

Among our guests who will also talk about their own research are Jane Gibson, will bring her family’s quilt and workbag made by Millicent Anne Cox that appeared in the recent NGV 'Making the Australian Quilt' exhibition, and Catherine Porter will bring along a pincushion made from military uniforms.
Bring along your own textile items to share their story with us. The Glover Cottages (124 Kent St, Sydney) is a beautiful light-filled venue for the talks and it is an easy and interesting walk via The Rocks or extension to a Barangaroo excursion from either Wynyard or Circular Quay train stations. Entry is $5 for Quilt NSW members and $10 for non-Guild members. Afternoon tea is provided and the talk starts at 2pm.

Call for Entries: Recycled Repurposed Revitalised

The Recycled Repurposed Revitalised: Patchwork-Inspired Homeware/Furniture category is a once off challenge to visually enhance the exhibition space at the Sydney Quilt Show 2017 with 3 dimensional objects by using the theme of “recycle, repurpose, revitalised”. Item examples are: no larger than a single chair, free standing, stools, small side table, pedestals, plinth, screens, lamps/stands, foot stools, dining chair, bean bags.
Revitalised Chair by Megan Manwaring
  • Entry is only open to financial members of QuiltNSW.
  • There is NO entry fee associated with this category.
  • Entries to use repurposed furniture decorated with recycled/reloved textiles, patchwork or to create homewares from recycled patchwork blocks and/or unfinished quilts
  • The size of the item must be no larger than a single chair AND must be able to be carried by ONE person.
  • Judging categories: Best Design, Best Revitalisation, Best Innovation and Viewers Choice (announced on Sunday morning 25 June).
  • Items/objects must be delivered by the entrant to the Sydney Quilt Show exhibition space on Wednesday 21 June or by 10.00am on Thursday 22 June.
  • Items/objects must be collected by the entrant at the close of the Sydney Quilt Show, i.e. after 4.30 pm on Sunday 25 June.
  • All entries must include a good quality 10 x 15cm photograph showing the entire object/item up to whatever stage it is at, at time of entry.
Download: Conditions of Entry and Worksheet (PDF)

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

3 March Friday Showcase - Lisa Walton

On Friday, March 3, QuiltNSW welcomes Lisa Walton to our office at 276 Pitt Street, Sydney as our Friday Showcase guest presenter.

Lisa is a wonderful textile artist, author and international teacher, who also leads textile and food tours.  Lisa's unique style of fabric dyeing is recognised worldwide, and her hand dyed and painted fabrics are available through her Online Store 'Dyed and Gone to Heaven'.

Lisa will give us some insight into her art form and present several of her works from 10am.  Member's are welcome to bring a guest with Members' entry fee being $5 and Visitors $10.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Reminder: Enter the Sydney Quilt Show 2017

Thank you to everyone who has already submitted their entry for the Sydney Quilt Show. There are some beautiful quilts coming in. Entries close on 13 March 2017 - that's just three weeks away. Don't leave it to the last minute, jump online and enter your quilt(s) at

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Two Person Quilts: Sydney Quilt Show 2017

Two-person quilts are welcome at the Sydney Quilt Show 2017 in the following categories:

  • Category 5: Entrant's Quilt Top Quilted by Another (Amateur quilt top maker)
  • Category 10: Entrant's Quilt Top Quilted by Another (Professional quilt top maker)
  • Category 16: Two Person Collaborative Quilt (Open)

Entrant's Quilt Top Quilted by Another

If you enter Category 5 or 10, Entrant’s QuiltTop Quilted by Another, the quilter must be a member of QuiltNSW for the quilt to be accepted or eligible for a prize so now is a really good time to check and confirm the membership status of your quilter. For judging purposes, the main focus will be on the quilt top and the prize is awarded to the entrant (quilt top maker), with the quilter being acknowledged.

Categories 5 and 10 are for quilts where any quilting is done by another person, whether or not payment is received. The quilting may have been done by hand, domestic sewing machine, frame- mounted machine, long-arm machine or computer aided stitching. The services of the same quilter may be used by more than one entrant in these categories. As reported in the November newsletter, entries for categories 5 and 10 are not eligible for Best of Show and the Conditions of Entry have been updated to reflect this.

Fantasia: Dianne Johnstone

First Prize: Commercially Quilted Quilt (Large) Sydney Quilt Show 2016
Fantasia: Dianne Johnstone Quilter: Cathy Davies, the Quilt Studio Gold Coast

Two Person Collaborative Quilt

This trial open category is specifically for two-person collaborative quilts. Any kind of collaboration is eligible for this category including, for example:
  • where both people work together on every stage in the creation of the quilt;
  • where one person makes the quilt top and has creative input in the design of the quilting by another person;
  • quilts made from orphan blocks or antique tops where the original maker is not known; or
  • where a person completed a quilt started by a maker who has died or is no longer quilting.
A quilt entered in this category will count as one of the two entries allowed for each of the entrants. Both collaborators must be current QuiltNSW members, unless the second person has died or cannot be identified. For judging purposes, the entire quilt will be considered.  The prize will be awarded to both entrants together to share as they see fit.

Quilts in the Two-Person Collaborative Quilts category are eligible for the Excellence in Quilting awards and other special and sponsor awards but not the new Best Contemporary Quilt and Retaining the Tradition:Best Traditional Quilt awards where there needs to be an individual maker.

Enter Online Today!

See the Sydney Quilt Show Handbook to start planning your entry. Entries close on Monday 13 March 2017.  Online entry preferred!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

a matter of time exhibition: Gosford Regional Gallery

a matter of time is a collection of 32 textile artworks exploring the fourth dimension (time) in cloth. The exhibition is curated by QuiltNSW member Brenda Gael Smith and features works by many other QuiltNSW members including Linda Steele, Elizabeth Rose, Suzanne Gummow, Prunella Noonan, Sue de Vanny, Julie Haddrick, Julie Harding, Deborah Louie, Neroli Henderson, Kay Haerland, Alvena Hall, Sheila Beer, Mirjam Aigner, Joy McPadden, Lisa Walton, Susan Mathews and Dianne Firth.

The exhibition tours next to Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford, New South Wales, Australia 18 February – 22 March 2017. The official opening is at 6.30pm on Friday, 17 February 2017. Brenda will also be presenting a curator floor talk at 10.30am, Friday 10 March 2017. Gallery hours 10am-4pm daily. Plan an excursion. All welcome! Please share this invitation.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

General meeting - Saturday 18 February 2017

Victoria Alexander
Our General Meeting is on this Saturday 18 February at Burwood RSL, followed by a Thank you afternoon tea for all our Volunteers. So bring a friend or guest and come and enjoy a fabulous line up:
Doors open at 9.15 am.

10 am – Demonstration from Amanda Daly (our past president and Teacher Accreditation subcommittee member) on some lovely surface embellishment techniques. 

11am – Streethearts, the charity who our blocks of the quarter will go to, will be giving us a quick understanding of the important work they do and how our labours of love will make a difference. 
We have had a fabulous response so far so don’t forget to bring your blocks with you or send into the office. We will sew them together at our first Sunday Sew-in on 26 February at the Epping Creative Centre.

11.15  - General Meeting including show'n'tell and time to chat over lunch

1pm - Victoria Alexander  a well known author of 4 books & photographer, who definitely dreams in colour, will speak for an hour followed by questions.

2.30 pm – Enjoy a Volunteers 'Thank You' afternoon tea on us and share stories with your quilty mates. 

The shop for the day is who has a range of wonderful notions so make sure you bring your wallet!

Colour images by Victoria Alexander

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Coverlets: Sydney Quilt Show 2017

There is a new open category in the Sydney Quilt Show for coverlets:

Two layers only with or without some form of stitches through the layers. (Maximum size 290x290cm)

View the Sydney Quilt Show Handbook to start planning your entry. Entries close on Monday 13 March 2017.  Online entry preferred!

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Modern Quilt Category: Sydney Quilt Show 2017


QuiltNSW welcomes quilts inspired by modern design at the Sydney Quilt Show 2017. Entrants may choose to enter the updated open Modern Quilt category (see below) OR the relevant technique-based category (amateur and professional)*.  Entries close on 13 March 2017 - online entry preferred!

For the purposes of open Category 15, the Conditions of Entry state that a modern quilt must include one or more of the following characteristics:
  • the use of bold colours and prints, 
  • high contrast and graphic areas of solid colour,
  • improvisational piecing, minimalism, 
  • expansive negative space, 
  • asymmetry, 
  • and alternate grid work.
The definition includes "Modern traditionalism", quilt designs incorporating the use of an identifiable traditional block pattern and updated by applying modern quilt characteristics such as alternate grid work, asymmetry, and negative space.

The following slides illustrate some examples of quilts fitting the definition of Modern Quilt for the purposes of the Sydney Quilt Show 2017.

* Only entrants in technique-based Categories 1-4 (Amateur) and 6-9 (Professional) are eligible to nominate their quilt for either the new Retaining the Tradition: Best Traditional Quilt or Best Contemporary Quilt awards that go forward for consideration for BERNINA Best of Show along with first prize winners in each category.  For more information, see New Special Awards: Sydney Quilt Show 2017.

Monday, 6 February 2017

New Special Awards:Sydney Quilt Show 2017

The last blog post Choosing Your Category for the Sydney Quilt Show highlighted the introduction of new categories for amateurs and professionals: pieced quilts, appliqué quilts, combined pieced and appliqué and other techniques. These technique-based categories are complemented by four new prestigious awards:

  • Retaining the Tradition: Best Traditional Quilt (Amateur): $500 sponsored by Australian Patchwork & Quilting
  • Retaining the Tradition: Best Traditional Quilt (Professional): $500 sponsored by Australian Patchwork & Quilting
  • Best Contemporary Quilt (Amateur): $500 voucher sponsored by Quiltsmith
  • Best Contemporary Quilt (Professional): $500 voucher sponsored by The Patchwork Shop
Entrants in any of the 8 technique-based categories (categories 1-4 and 6-9) may nominate their quilt for only one of these special awards. In addition, these four award winning quilts will be considered for BERNINA Best of Show along with the first prize category winners.

Key Definitions

The Conditions of Entry set out the definitions for these special awards:
  • Retaining the Tradition: Best Traditional Quilt: For quilts using traditional designs, patterns or sets. Quilts may be wholecloth, pieced and quilted, appliqué and quilted, or a combination of piecing, appliqué and quilting including crazy quilts. 

  • Best Contemporary Quilt: Quilts that draw on the traditions of quilt making but present a new look derived from changes to, or departures from, established patterns and sets. Makers may use non-traditional fabrics, fabric printing and dyeing, embellishment and unusual construction methods.

Call for Entries: Closing Date 13 March 2017

Help QuiltNSW celebrate both traditional and contemporary quilts by nominating your quilt for one of these special awards when you submit your entry for the Sydney Quilt Show 2017.  Entries close on Monday 13 March 2017.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Choosing Your Category for the Sydney Quilt Show 2017

For the Sydney Quilt Show 2017, QuiltNSW has introduced four technique-based categories for amateurs (categories 1-4)  and four technique-based categories for professionals (categories 6-9):
  • Pieced Quilt
  • Appliqué Quilt
  • Combined Pieced & Appliqué 
  • Other Techniques
Full details of these technique-based categories are set out in the Sydney Quilt Show Conditions along with details of the open categories 11-17.  Entrants in technique-based categories 1-4 and categories 4-9 may nominate their quilts for consideration for the new special awards:

The decision for the category entered is the sole responsibility of the maker/entrant. Quilts will not be moved to another category after the entry form has been processed.

Here are some illustrated examples of quilts suitable for each technique-based category along with a Flow Chart to help select the category for your entry.

Entries close on Monday 13 March 2017. Complete the Sydney Quilt Show 2017 Entry Form today and don't forget to nominate for the special awards!

Categories 1 & 6: Pieced Quilts

For predominantly pieced quilts including geometric piecing, improvisational piecing, foundation piecing and English paper piecing. (Min size 40 x 40cm / Max 290x290cm)

Categories 2 & 7: Appliqué Quilts

For predominantly appliqué quilts.  There is no set percentage for appliqué coverage.
(Min size 40 x 40cm / Max size 290 x 290cm)

Categories 3 & 8: Combined Pieced and Appliqué Quilts

For quilts that are a combination of both appliqué and piecing.
(Min size 40 x 40cm / Max size 290 x 290cm)

Categories 4 & 9: Other Techniques

For quilts where the main technique is not piecing or appliqué.  Includes wholecloth, stencilling, embroidery, crazy quilting, embellishment, painting and fabric manipulation.
Min size 40 x 40cm / Max size 290 x 290cm