Wednesday, 1 July 2020

The New Quilt Entry Form is Now Open!

QuiltNSW recognises the quilt medium as an art form and is committed to providing opportunities for textile artists to share their artwork in a gallery setting. The New Quilt online entry form is now open and closes at 5pm on Friday 2 October 2020.

The New Quilt, a juried survey exhibition showcasing the art of quilting, will be on exhibition at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery in Windsor, NSW from 5 February - 11 April 2021. That's more than two months to share your artwork in a fantastic, gallery space. Large and dimensional works welcome. Think big, think bold - be adventurous! QuiltNSW encourages you to explore new ways of presenting your work.

The New Quilt is open to all artists resident in Australia whether or not they are QuiltNSW members. However, a lower entry fee applies to QuiltNSW members and QuiltNSW is currently offering membership at reduced rates: see QuiltNSW membership form

Download Conditions of Entry & Entry Form Checklist or see for more information about The New Quilt.

Please share this announcement with others.

Inquiries to:

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Join or renew online today at discounted rates!

Membership of QuiltNSW is due for renewal by 30 June.

The Committee has decided to reduce the annual fee by 25% for those who renew or join by 30 September, 2020. After that date, the fees will revert to the previous fee structure. If you renew or join after 30 September, there will be an additional $15 joining/late fee.

The following fees apply up until 30 September, 2020:

Individual membership $45
Junior/Full time university student $18
Family membership $63
Junior group $37
Group membership $75
Overseas individual $45

For full details and online membership form, visit QuiltNSW webpage.

Friday, 10 April 2020

Sydney Quilt Show new dates

Breaking News! The Sydney Quilt Show, in conjunction with the Craft & Quilt Fair, has been rescheduled to Thursday 29 October - Sunday 1 November 2020. Save the new dates!

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.