Thursday, 26 March 2020

All Quilt Study Group events postponed until further notice

All 2020 Quilt Study Group events that were to be held at the Powerhouse Museum and Museums Discovery Centre are postponed for at least 6 months. 

The events affected are the two talks to be given by Catherine Butterworth and Catherine Porter, and the Behind the Scenes visit to the quilt collection at the Powerhouse Discovery Centre.

This is in line with decisions made by the National Cabinet as communicated by the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, to temporarily close these venues to the public until further notice to help protect the health of all visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the State.

The New Quilt: Call for Entries Reminder

At a time when so many exhibitions are being cancelled or postponed, it is exciting to look ahead to The New Quilt where Hawkesbury Regional Gallery has extended the exhibition period by a further week. The exhibition is now scheduled for 5 February to 11 April 2021. The online entry form opens on 1 July and closes on 2 October 2020.

The New Quilt juried survey exhibition, showcasing the art of quilting in a gallery setting, is open to any textile artist resident in Australia whether or not they are QuiltNSW members. Perhaps this time of self-isolation and social distancing will provide an opportunity for you to work on YOUR entry. Hawkesbury Regional Gallery is a generous space and we encourage makers to explore different ways of presenting their original designs. Large and dimensional works are welcome.

When preparing your entry, please keep in mind:

  • There is no prescribed theme – explore subjects and ideas that are meaningful to you and put forward your best work.
  • A quilt means stitched and layered materials using any technique - stitching and layering is vital.
  • The quilt must be the entrant’s original non-traditional design, not a copy or a variation on the original design of another artist working in any medium. For example, copying someone else's photo is not eligible even if you have the photographer's consent.
  • 2-D, 3-D, free-standing work, installation work, ceiling hung work, work on stretcher bars, and framed work is eligible subject to these size restrictions:
  • Minimum perimeter (2D works, work on stretcher bars and framed works): 300 cm excluding any frame
    • Maximum height: 2.75 metres
    • Maximum width: 3 metres
    • Depth up to 2 metres
    • Suspended work must be able to hang from the ceiling. Maximum weight: 15 kg
  • For unusually sized or shaped quilts, or works requiring difficult or unusual installation, please contact QuiltNSW early in the process, and certainly before submitting your entry, to verify the ability of Hawkesbury Regional Gallery to display your entry should it be selected.
  • True joint/collaborative entries are permitted where both/all parties are named as the artist entrants. (Contract quilting and labour-hire arrangements are not eligible.)
  • Good photography matters – a lot. Present your work clearly, and without distractions, to the jurors. The images you provide will also be used in the catalogue so high-resolution, print quality images are vital. Allow time for this step in preparing your entry.

Download Conditions of Entry or see for more information.

Inquiries to:

Here are some installation images from Legacy: Reflections on Mabo to acquaint you with the exhibition space at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Rescheduled: Sydney Quilt Show 8-12 July 2020

Expertise Events has announced that the Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair has been postponed to 8-12 July 2020 at the ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour following the extension of the NSW mass gatherings ban to 17 June.

Our Exhibition Committee will be working towards this date for the Sydney Quilt Show unless there is a change. Please bear with us at this time, we just have to roll with the changes for now, and will keep you up to date with information as it comes to hand.

Friday, 20 March 2020

A message from your President

Scott Morrison's call that it is un-Australian to hoard does not include FABRIC! 😀

I have seen several of our shops bending over backwards to stay open - you can purchase in store (if you are well), online or via phone sales. 

Also if you have a fellow quilter who you know is on their own, maybe give them a call and see how they are going and if they need any vital sewing supplies, or groceries of course!

Set up virtual sewing circles and share your stories and "social distancing" projects with our members.

So stay calm and sew on.  

Mandie Tyler

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Bowerbird Quilt Show Cancelled

The Bowerbird Quilters have announced that they have cancelled their quilt show, planned for 17 and 18 April at Boambee East Community Centre.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Jenny Haynes workshops and trunk show cancelled

Trunk Show and Workshops with Jenny Haynes 

It is with regret that we have had to cancel our Trunk Show and Workshops with Jenny Haynes at The Powerhouse Museum next week due to the current issue that is COVID-19. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Those who had paid for workshops will receive an email regarding a full refund.

QuiltNSW office closed

QuiltNSW will continue to be closed until the end of April, we will review this at our April Committee Meeting and will be at Government directives as to how we proceed.

Sydney Quilt Show

You may all be wondering about the Sydney Quilt Show for 2020, it has been announced today that gatherings of 500+ people are banned until June 14th 2020. This date is prior to our show opening and we are carrying on with the assumption that the SQS2020 will go ahead as planned and our Exhibition Committee are working hard towards this event. If however anything changes we will let you know as soon as we do.

The Template

On a brighter note we will still have the Template on its way to you in May, full of great content. For instance we have had a wonderful response to the call for quilts for Bowral CWA and once again I am humbled by the Community spirit I see from our members and member groups.

What a good time though to knock over a couple of WIP's or UFO's, or start something new and shop online, lets take care of our shops and help keep our businesses up and running.

Take care of you and yours.

Mandie Tyler

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Special Update March 2020

Welcome to this special update.  It is only days since we promoted so many exciting events for March and in that time, so much has changed due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This is to give you details of how QuiltNSW is responding in the short term and to advise of cancellations or postponements to previously advertised events.

At this time, the Committee has put in place arrangements to the end of April and for our General Meeting in May. We will monitor the situation as it unfolds and continue to change our plans in response.

The Committee has considered very carefully the health and wellbeing of volunteers and members in making decisions about what should continue at this time.  We have agreed that everyone's health and wellbeing should be our primary focus. 

For that reason, the Committee has determined that the office will be closed to members and office volunteers until the end of April.  We understand that this will cause service disruption to members and for this we apologise. However, we ask for your understanding in the circumstances.

The Committee has also decided that it is not prudent to host gatherings of members in the short-term, particularly large gatherings.  Some events will be cancelled while others, wherever possible, will be rescheduled to later in the year. 

The first to be postponed is the 'away meeting' that was to be hosted next weekend by the Novocastrian Quilters - a new date will be planned. For March and April, we won't be hosting Friday Showcase, Community Quilts, Appraisals or Pop Up Sewing Days.

In these uncertain times, there are likely to be further event postponements and cancellations.  We will communicate with members regularly and as accurately as we can.  Special email updates will be sent to members when we have news to share, so I encourage you to read and share this news with members who might not have access to email.  We will also use Instagram and Facebook and endeavour to keep the calendar and QuiltNSW website up to date.

Your may be wondering whether the 2020 Sydney Quilt Show will go ahead?  The Committee is in close contact with Expertise Events, organiser of the overall event, and as soon as there is information to share, we will let you know.

Member groups who wish to use these special updates to communicate changes to their forthcoming exhibitions or events, should please send details to Andrea Beattie. You can also get in contact with Mandie Tyler.

Take care, Mandie Tyler, President

Read on for details

Member events and meetings - changes to dates 
  •  Novocastrian Quilters were to host the the Away meeting on Saturday 21 March. This meeting will be rescheduled to later in the year.  The new date will be advised when it is confirmed.
  • QuiltNSW Office - closed until end of April. The QuiltNSW office in Pitt Street Sydney, normally staffed Monday - Friday, will not re-open until the end of April. We understand that this will cause some disruption to services, however the decision has been taken in the interests of the health and wellbeing of our volunteers.  If you need to contact the office, you can email or you can call on 02 92833733  and leave a message.  Emails and telephone messages will be checked regularly and responded to.
  • The library will not be able to be used during this time. If you have books on loan, please hold on to them until the office re-opens or someone contacts you to return them.
  • Quilt appraisals will also not take place. The next scheduled appraisal day was 10 April. This has been cancelled.
  • General meeting, Saturday 16 May - cancelled. Our next general meeting was to be held in mid-May. We know that some members travel to attend and make arrangements in advance. It is a large gathering in normal circumstances, and therefore unlikely to be able to go ahead in the current environment, hence this early cancellation notice.
  • Community Quilts - Saturday 28 March - cancelled.
  • Jenny Haynes Trunk Show - Friday 27 March, Powerhouse Museum and workshops with Jenny Haynes - Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 March, Powerhouse Museum.
    At this time we are not able to provide information about these events. Further information will be available soon.
Quilt and textile exhibitions - changes to dates
  • Australasian Quilt Convention - Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne - postponed to 20-23 August.
  • 'My World of Colour in Pathwork & Quilting' Exhibition - Moran Gallery, Sylvania - closed.Life Member, Lynn Hewitt has advised that her solo exhibition at Moran Gallery, with dates from 12 February to 5 April is closed until further notice due to the health risk to residents of the nursing home adjacent to the gallery.
  • Sydney Royal Easter Show - cancelled.
    The organisers of the Sydney Royal Easter Show have cancelled this year's event. Any members who were participating as exhibitors will be contacted directly by Show organisers.

Monday, 16 March 2020

Away meeting postponed

So much has changed due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The Committee has considered very carefully the health and wellbeing of volunteers and members in making decisions about what should continue at this time. We have agreed that everyone's health and wellbeing should be our primary focus.

For this reason, the Away Meeting, to be hosted by Novocastrian Quilters on Saturday 21 March has been postponed. This meeting will be rescheduled to later in the year. The new date will be advised when it is confirmed. We ask for your understanding in the circumstances.

Take care everyone.
Mandie Tyler, President.

Monday, 9 March 2020

Sydney Quilt Show Call for Entries: Closing Today!

Today is the last day for entering the Sydney Quilt Show 2020. Entries close at midnight on Monday 9 March. Enter online on your computer or mobile device - if you have difficulties labelling your photos, we will look after it at our end.

In 2020, if we receive valid entries for more than 400 quilts, a ballot will be conducted of second choice entries to reduce the number of accepted entries to a number that we consider manageable. We will NOT be asking for voluntary withdrawals.