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

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Australasian Quilt Convention - Gala Dinner announcements

We are absolutely thrilled to congratulate Jane Gibson and Lynn Hewitt (pictured left to right with Gary Fitz-Roy, MD of Expertise Events) on their success at the Australasian Quilt Convention (AQC) last weekend.

By way of background, Expertise Events runs AQC each April in Melbourne with quilt displays, workshops, lectures, demonstrations, a multitude of shopping opportunities and a gala dinner -- a veritable feast for the passionate quilter. The gala dinner (sponsored by BERNINA Australia) is a chance to catch up with fellow quilters and enjoy some entertainment ... but it is also an awards night celebrating excellence in and contributions to quilting in Australia.

First up, was the announcement of the Australian National Quilt Award winner for 2016 (sponsored by BERNINA Australia) and the winner was Rachelle Denneny with her quilt 'Modern Movement'. Congratulations to Rachelle!!

Next up, Expertise Events recognises Australian quilters with three special awards and I can proudly say that two QuiltNSW nominations won!! The first of these was Jane Gibson, who was awarded the Lut-da Award (along with Marie Lee from Victoria), which is to recognise an outstanding contribution to their community through quilting. Jane has been involved with QuiltNSW for many years and has volunteered in numerous capacities over that time. She has been a source of knowledge and counsel to many committee members and is instrumental in the smooth running of the QuiltNSW administration. Congratulations Jane!!

Then it was the announcement of the Rajah Award winner for 2017. This award acknowledges an outstanding contribution to quilting in Australia and we were all delighted that Lynn Hewitt was announced as the 13th recipient of the Rajah Award. Lynn's contributions have been as quilt teacher, quilt judge, Quilt NSW committee member and volunteer and international quilt tour host. Beyond that, Lynn is a genuine ambassador of quilting, generously sharing her knowledge, encouraging others and celebrating their success. Congratulations Lynn!!

More details in our upcoming Template newsletter.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Quilt Study Group 2017: Excursion to Hambledon Cottage, Parramatta

Starting at 11am on the 2nd of May 2017, the QSG of NSW has arranged for a tour of the textiles and the building at Hambledon Cottage in Hassall Street, Parramatta.  Hambledon Cottage gives you a view of colonial life style and the Exhibition in the Lucas Gallery currently is on the Parramatta Female Factory & some of the women who lived there.

Amongst the textiles that will be on display especially for us are two quilts donated by locals. On seeing the poor condition of their Wood 1865 crazy quilt, a group of Guild and non-Guild quilters decided to get together to replace it with a more appropriate Medallion quilt (now known as the Hambledon Quilt) and Lyn Shayler will tell us how her group put the replacement quilt together.

You must book your place on the tour via the Guild office (9283 3737) so enough Hambledon Cottage volunteers can be organized beforehand to cope with our visit. Please let us know if you have any mobility or other requirements. Payment is $6 per person on entry to the Cottage. Happily both Guild and non-Guild members are welcome on this tour and we have no limit on numbers. We will tour the building in groups of 10 starting at 11am and later view all their textiles up close, including both of the quilts.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Upcoming quilt events in the Blue Mountains and beyond

With the long weekend almost over, our minds are turning to upcoming quilt and textile events. As luck would have it, three such events coincide in late April in the Blue Mountains and further west. A perfect time to gather a few friends, car pool and head out for a day or two ... and with the autumn leaves turning earlier than in Sydney, it's a beautiful time of year to visit.

First up, is Textiles Out of Context. This is an exhibition showcasing contemporary textile artists residing in the Blue Mountains. The show includes weaving, felt works, costume design, dress making and, of course, quilts.

QuiltNSW members Petal Davies and Rachaeldaisy are amongst the 26 artists represented.

The exhibition is on now at Braemar House and Gallery, 104 Macquarie Road, Springwood until 30 April. The Gallery is open from 10 - 4 pm Thursday - Sunday. Entry by gold coin donation.

Next up, is the Springwood Quilt Show.  This is an annual event that runs over the last weekend in April and showcases the work of quilters who live in the Blue Mountains, including a number of QuiltNSW members.

As well as over 150 quilts, there will be a display of Anne Sommerlad's quilts, pop up shops, including Sew Can I and Post Office Patchwork, to name but two, and a cafe serving delicious homemade lunches, refreshments and snacks.

The Springwood Quilt Show is on from Friday 28 April to Sunday 30 April (10 - 4 pm each day) at the Springwood High School Hall, Grose Rd, Faulconbridge. More details available here.

Finally, a little further west beyond the Blue Mountains is Quilts in the Shearing Shed. This is an exhibition of up to 100 quilts from Brigitte Giblin and her students. Having taught in and around Sydney for many years, this promises to be an inspiring show with paper piecing and applique styles sure to be featured.

The quilts will be displayed in a rustic shearing shed at O'Connell, which is about 3 hours drive from Sydney.

Pop up shops run by Cottage Quiltworks in Warriewood and The Home Patch in Bathurst will be there and many handmade items will be available for purchase. The exhibition is on Friday and Saturday 28 and 29 April at 9 Bloom Hill Road, O'Connell. More details available here.