Sunday, 13 May 2018

Pop Up Sewing Day - Wednesday 16 May 2018

QuiltNSW members at a recent Pop Up Sewing Day

Wednesday 16th May has been organised for the next Pop Up Sewing Day with the generous support of Patchwork on Pittwater, Suite 28, 4th Floor, The Gateway Building, 1 Mona Vale Road, Mona Vale. The shop’s owner, Robyn, will open her shop to us for the first time on this day. It’s so important for us quilters to support all of our wonderful patchwork shops, they deliver such an important service to us.

This is a new shop for me over on the opposite side of Sydney from my home. I’m really looking forward to it as I always find that visiting a shop I’m not familiar with opens up a range of exciting new creative possibilities to explore and the travel required is well worth the effort. I know of at least one QuiltNSW member who will be travelling down from the Central Coast for this one, so hop in the car, find out about public transport, or arrange a lift with a friend and visit the northern beaches. I hope you can join me.

Phone the office without delay to secure a place

Amanda Daly

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Invitation: Burwood Meeting 19 May - learn about the art of curating

Meeting Program: Saturday 19 May Burwood RSL: 96 Shaftsbury Ave

Doors open 9.30am for a 10am start with the following program:
  • 10am Demonstration by Meredith Budd on speciality rulers
  • 11am: general meeting and Show and Tell
  • 12pm lunch break
  • 1pm: Guest Speaker: Brenda Gael Smith  The Art of Curating
  • 2pm Lucky door prizes and end of day catch-ups
  • Shop: Sew Many Stitches
Visitors welcome. Bring a friend! No bookings required.

The Art of Curating: Guest speaker Brenda Gael Smith

If you have ever entered into or attended a juried exhibition, you have probably asked yourself questions such as: what the curator looking for? how did this exhibition come together? how did they hang that work? What happens behind the scenes? How can I improve my chances of selection?

The art of curating brings three distinct imperatives: to select; to organise; and to look after items in an exhibition. Drawing upon more than 12 years’ experience in exhibition administration, including several popular international touring exhibits, independent curator Brenda Gael Smith reflects on the highlights and challenges of these imperatives providing insights and takeaway tips for both artists and exhibition organisers.

In the meantime, enjoy this video about The Quilts of Ken Burns currently on exhibition at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Nebraska which also highlights the important role of curators in selecting, presenting and looking after quilts.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Friday Showcase with Cath Babidge - Friday 4 May

Cath Babidge is the presenter for our May Friday Showcase to be held this Friday 4 May.

Cath is a past president of QuiltNSW, has served on the committee and continues to be an active and enthusiastic member of our guild. During her 23 years as a quilter, Cath has graduated from large quilts to smaller projects, where she is more able to satisfy her enjoyment of starting new work with a realistic chance of completion.  Cath describes her own work as 'leaning towards the haphazard’, finding herself easily bored with repetitive styles.  With a hand appliqué piece always on the go and a well stocked ‘One Day’ drawer of hexagons and ‘made fabric’ of random scraps, Cath will be sharing the stories behind her unique variety of quilts.

Friday Showcase is held on the first Friday of most months at our QuiltNSW office, 276 Pitt Street, Sydney, close to Town Hall Station.  Cath’s presentation this Friday, May 4th, starts at 10am, with an entrance fee of $5 for members and $10 for guests.

Quilt Study Group 2018: Talk by Grace Widders on Waggas

The Quilt Study Group of NSW talk on Waggas will take place on the 12th of May at The Glover Cottages, 124 Kent Street in Millers Point. Grace Widders will talk about the background of that most Australian of bed coverings, the Wagga. Then along with two of her fellow Hunters Hill Quilters, Doreen and Gil, she will talk about the history of the fundraising project the group has run for many years that focuses on selling completed Waggas and kits from the back room at their quilt show.

There will of course be plenty of their waggas to see and some owners of both new and old Waggas will being theirs along too to show us. If you have made or own any waggas, please bring them along too.

Please encourage everyone you know who is interested in quilting to come along to the Quilt Study Group of NSW talks. The Glover Cottages is a beautiful light-filled venue for the talks and it is an easy walk through The Rocks area from either Wynyard or Circular Quay train stations. Quilt NSW guild members pay $5, non-guild members pay $10. Afternoon tea is provided and the talks start at 2pm. Check the Quilt NSW website or the latest Template Newsletters for more details.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Sydney Quilt Show 2018 Promotional Graphics

The Sydney Quilt Show is coming up from 20-24 June 2018. Help us to promote this exciting event. If you would like to add a promotional button to your blog or website, here is the html code to insert into your blog template or webpage:

<a href=""><img src="" alt="Sydney Quilt Show 2018" /></a>

Sydney Quilt Show 2018If you have a Blogspot blog, go to Dashboard>Layout>Page Elements>Add Page Element. Choose "HTML/Javascript" as your page element, click "Add to Blog", cut and paste the code and click "Save Changes". On the "Add & Arrange" page elements page, you can drag and drop the button at the desired place in your side bar. The button should look like this.

Please contact the QuiltNSW Webmaster if you require assistance.

PS: If you downloaded the button code from previous years, you will see that it has been automatically updated to display the 2018 button - no further action required!

You are also welcome to copy and share these graphics on Facebook and Instagram:

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Call for Volunteers: Sydney Quilt Show 2018

QuiltNSW encourages all members to volunteer and be part of the happy team presenting the Sydney Quilt Show. You do not need to have entered a quilt to volunteer.

We especially need volunteers for Saturday and Sunday. All volunteers receive a volunteer badge as a reminder of this fantastic event.

Help us plan by completing the Online Volunteer Form or Volunteer Form (PDF) by 30 April 2018.

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Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Friday Showcase - Friday April 6

Glenda Wise is the guest presenter for our April Friday Showcase.

Glenda began quilting in 1994.  Already an accomplished dressmaker and maker of soft toys, a series of beginner classes in he mid 90s changed Glenda’s focus to patchwork and quilting and Glenda, in her own words, was “hit by the bug!”

Glenda is a very active member of Illawarra Quilters, having held a multitude of committee positions and devoting much of her time to organising and sewing charity quilts. Her keen interest in entering annual challenges has led to her gathering a treasure trove of special quilts.

A love of learning new techniques and attendance at many classes have allowed Glenda to branch out into many styles of quilting and the quilts she will share with us will demonstrate her skills in both hand and machine piecing, appliqué and quilting.

Friday Showcase is held on the first Friday of most months at our QuiltNSW office, 276 Pitt Street, Sydney, close to Town Hall Station.  Glenda’s presentation this Friday, April 6th, starts at 10am, with an entrance fee of $5 for members and $10 for guests.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Exhibition Opportunities for QuiltNSW Members

International Quilt Festival Houston

IQF offers a range of exhibition opportunities. See the IQF Website for more information:
  • Tactile Architecture: Call is open March 14 through May 10, 2018
  • Landscape Quilts: Call is open March 7 through May 3, 2018
  • Power of Women: Call is open April 16 through June 13, 2018

World Quilt Competition

Australian entries for the World Quilt Competition 2018  are now open! Share your artwork on the international stage, and let someone else look after logistics, shipping, customs and insurance!   Entries close on Tuesday, 15 May 2018. Accepted entries will premiere at the World Quilt New England  (16-18 August 2018) and tour to other Mancuso shows in the United States until early 2019.

Entries can be submitted via the Online Entry Form. Alternatively, download, complete and return the World Quilt Competition 2018 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 2016, 2017 or 2018.  See the Contest Rules for more information.

Note: If you enter a quilt that is also entered into the Sydney Quilt Show, you can arrange for your quilt to be delivered to the World Quilt Coordinator (Brenda Smith) at the conclusion of the Sydney Quilt Show.

Travelling Quilting Challenge Competition

018 Chinese New Year of The.....
Or Whatever Else Takes Your Fancy!

This Travelling Quilters challenge competition and exhibition is organised through Ceramic Break Sculpture Park at Warialda Rail. This will be a Triennial Challenge with this year being its inaugural year. The goal is to generate a large exhibition of quilts to travel to the 7 different locations throughout Queensland and New South Wales including Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery.

The Grand Prize is a Sewing/Quilters machine valued at over $1800.00

Entry packs are $5.50 and contain a small amount of material to be incorporated into the packs, challenge rules and the entry form. Costs of entry packs are to help cover the costs of materials and transportaion of the quilts to each exhibiting location.

See the competition website for more information on how to purchase an entry pack.
Alternatively, contact Barbara Mills at or via phone on 02 6729 4147 or 0417 703 279

Entries close May 30th 2018