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