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 www.quiltfest.com.
Enter your quilt in 2017 to be part of this exciting event. For more information, contact the Australian Coordinator Brenda Gael Smith at info@worldquiltaustralian.com

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:
Here is the ONLINE ENTRY FORM.
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 www.quiltnsw.com.


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!