Monday, 3 February 2020

Call for Entries: Sydney Quilt Show 2020

Entries for the Sydney Quilt Show 2020 are now open! Jump online to view/download these key documents:
  • Entry Form – online entry preferred! Pay by credit card through our secure ANZ portal and you’ll receive immediate email confirmation of your entry on payment.
  • Conditions of Entry
  • Worksheet – plan your entry. Please only submit the worksheet as a paper entry form if you do not have access to the online entry and payment process.
The closing date for entries is 11.59pm Monday 9 March 2020.

    Timeline: Key Dates

    • Monday 3 February 2020: Entries open
    • Monday  9 March 2020 (11.59pm):  Closing date for entries                    
    • Friday 1 May 2020:  Acceptance letters dispatched
    • Friday, 5 June 2020:  Deadline for quilts to be delivered to Drop Off Volunteers
    • 9am-4.30pm, 17-21 June 2020:  Sydney Quilt Show, International Exhibition Centre Sydney, Darling Harbour
    • Sunday 28 June 2020:  Deadline for quilts to be collected from Drop Off Volunteers

    Further Questions?

    See the Online Handbook and FAQs.
    Prepare and submit your entry early so that you know that it will be received by the closing date Monday 9 March 2020

    Monday, 20 January 2020

    Call for Entries: The New Quilt - closing 2 October

    Happy New Year! This is a reminder that entries for The New Quilt 2021 close on 2 October 2020 and selected works will be on display at the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery from 5 February – 4 April 2021.

    2021 marks the 30th anniversary of The New Quilt and we hope you will put forward your best work to help us celebrate the art of quilting in Australia.

    Think big. Think bold. be adventurous! Open to all textile artists resident in Australia - you don't have to be a QuiltNSW member. Note:

    • there is no prescribed theme;
    • a quilt means stitched and layered materials using any technique;
    • 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;
    • 2-D, 3-D, installation work, ceiling hung work, work on stretcher bars, and framed work will be 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

    Dimensional and large works are welcome. 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.

    Download the Conditions of Entry (PDF) or see for more information.

    Inquiries to:

    Friday, 3 January 2020

    Bushfire & Drought Relief: Message from the President

    Calling all QuiltNSW members: We have had numerous enquiries about how we, as a community, can help the bushfire victims, especially those who have lost everything. Whilst there may be occasion to donate quilts at a later date, we believe donations of money is the immediate need, which is indeed currently suggested by the RFS. So here’s how we can help:

    • Raffle a quilt on behalf of your group
    • Donate the money directly to the charity
    • Email me the details of your group and of your donation and we will keep a running total.

    On the flip side of this, we should not forget the victims of drought, so maybe raffle one quilt for the bushfire victims and one quilt for those affected by drought.For donations to bushfire victims, the RFS website suggests the following for donations:

    For donations to drought victims please see CWA of NSW Drought Aid.
    We will, as a committee, reach out to several organisations, advising that we can help with quilts when they are required. If you know of any local need or QuiltNSW members that need help please let me know.

    Stay Safe.

    Mandie Tyler
    QuiltNSW President

    Wednesday, 2 October 2019

    The New Quilt Call for Entries: a year to go!

    Entries for The New Quilt 2021 close on 2 October 2020. Start planning and creating now!

    Historically, QuiltNSW has been at the forefront of promoting the art of quilting. Back in 1991, Judy Hooworth and Anna Brown were instrumental in establishing The New Quilt, the first juried contemporary quilt exhibition to be shown in an art gallery in Australia. For two decades The New Quilt was a regular fixture at Manly Art Gallery and also sometimes toured to other venues. Securing gallery space is challenging and The New Quilt has been in hiatus in recent years. However, QuiltNSW is delighted to relaunch The New Quilt with a seven week exhibition at the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery at Windsor from 5 February – 4 April 2021.

    The New Quilt 2021 welcomes large and dimensional works. Hawkesbury Regional Gallery is a generously proportioned exhibition space with flexible configuration. So think big, think bold – be adventurous!

    The New Quilt 2021 is open to any textile artist resident in Australia whether or not they are QuiltNSW members.
    • there is no prescribed theme – submit your best work reflecting your creative practice;
    • a quilt means stitched and layered materials using any technique; 
    • 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; and
    • 2-D, 3-D, installation work, ceiling hung work, work on stretcher bars, and framed work are all eligible for consideration.
    Download the Conditions of Entry (PDF) or see for more information.

    Inquiries to:

    Here’s a video of the recent opening of the Art Fair at the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery. Now just imagine this generous space full of quilts in The New Quilt !

    Wednesday, 28 August 2019

    Quilt Study Group talk by Chris Timmins on Saturday the 7th of September

    On the 7th of September Chris Timmins, who received the Lut-Da award earlier this year, will give a talk for the Quilt Study Group about how to get young people quilting and her joy of teaching both school and adult students. For members of Quilt NSW, the nomination submission in the latest Template Newsletter that the President, Megan Manwaring, wrote  gives just a small inkling of the contribution Chris has made to Quilt NSW.

    “My journey into Patchwork was not on my agenda. I reluctantly went to a patchwork class to learn a new skill to teach my school students. I have taught so many students over my 25 years even after I retired. I cannot image my life without Patchwork and the friends I have made through this Patchwork Journey.” 

    Please encourage everyone you know who is interested in quilting to come along to hear Chris talk. The Glover Cottages (124-134 Kent Street, Millers Point) is a beautiful light-filled venue 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.

    Thursday, 15 August 2019

    Annual Retreat to Hunter Valley Hotel Academy, Kurri Kurri: 12/13 - 15 September 2019

    Busy sewing work from previous years and a glimpse at the bushland setting

    It's not too late to sign up for the QuiltNSW annual retreat to be held 12/13 - 15 September at the Hunter Valley Hotel Academy, Kurri Kurri.

    Set in 200 hectares of beautiful bushland, the Academy provides a tranquil setting for members to sit and sew and sew and sew ...

    • There is ground floor access to all accommodation, sewing room and restaurant.
    • Home cooked meals are prepared onsite and good quality barista coffee is available.
    • The sewing room is well appointed and has excellent natural light.
    • You may work on any project of your choosing. Hand or machine – there is plenty of room. 
    • There is room to lay out projects and exchange ideas with other quilters.
    • Other activities are available for those wanting more than sewing.

    There are share and own room options and you can choose 2 nights (Fri/Sat) or 3 nights (Fri-Sun). All the options and costings are listed on the website, including details of the meals included in each option.

    We need final numbers by 30 August so please don't delay, jump online and book today.

    Any questions, please email Maureen Teager or call the office (9283 3737).

    Not sure you can get yourself to the Retreat but would like to go, email Maureen Teager and we will try to coordinate a lift.

    We hope to see you there.

    Sunday, 11 August 2019

    Art Quilts in Focus

    Art Quilts in Focus is a selection of works from the Sydney Quilt Show 2019 highlighting the art of the quilt. Presented by QuiltNSW in a gallery setting with support from The Embroiderers’ Guild NSW Inc.

    On exhibition at Gallery 76, 76 Queen St, West Concord, NSW 1-29 August 2019.

    Gallery Hours : Mon-Fri 10am-4pm Sat/Sun 10am-2pm

    Artwork by: Sheila Beer, Donna Booth, Anna Brown, Sue Dennis, Dianne Firth, Jane Gibson, Carolynne Gordon, Barbara Gower, Denise Griffiths, Kay D Haerland, Judy Hooworth, Cathy Jack Coupland, Linden Lancaster, Deborah Layt, Yvonne Line, Judi Nikoleski, Denise Sargo, Caroline Sharkey, Carolyn Sullivan, Di Tramontana, Lisa Walton and Jessica Wheelahan

    Download: opening address by Brenda Gael Smith

    Speaking of art quilts, all Australian textile artists are invited to submit an entry for The New Quilt 2021. Entries close on 2 October 2020. See the conditions of entry for more information.

    Left to right: artwork by Caroline Sharkey, Yvonne Line and Di Tramontana

    Left to right: artwork by Denise Sargo, Sheila Beer, Carolyn Sullivan, Jane Gibson and Barbara Gower 

    Left to right: artwork by Carolyn Sullivan, Jane Gibson, Barbara Gower, Caroline Sharkey, Yvonne Line and Di Tramontana

    Artwork by Kay D Haerland, Carolynne Gordon and Denise Sargo

    Artwork by Deb Layt (left) and Lisa Walton (right)

    Artwork by Judy Hooworth (left) and Jessica Wheelahan (right) 

    Left to right: artwork by Judi Nikoleski, Dianne Firth and Cathy Jack Coupland

    Left to right: artwork by Denise Griffiths, Sue Dennis and Linden Lancaster

    Left to right: artwork by Anna Brown, Denise Griffiths, Sue Dennis and Linden Lancaster

    Artwork by Donna Booth (left) and Anna Brown (right)