Thursday, 10 September 2020

2020 Suitcase Challenge

 Don't forget our 2020 Suitcase Challenge closes on 30 November! You can find the entry form here.

Sunday, 30 August 2020

The New Quilt: One Month Reminder

Calling all Australian textile artists! Entries for The New Quilt closes at 5pm Friday 2 October 2020. That gives you 33 clear days to complete your artwork! Enter online at:

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. Large and dimensional works welcome. Think big, think bold - be adventurous! QuiltNSW encourages you to explore new ways of presenting your work.

Open to all artists resident in Australia. Lower entry fee for QuiltNSW members. Join QuiltNSW now at reduced rates.
Online Entry Form for The New Quilt

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Sydney Quilt Show 2020 Cancelled

The QuiltNSW Committee has carefully considered the Sydney Quilt Show 2020 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and has decided not to go ahead with it. This does not mean that the Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair is also cancelled.  At this stage, Expertise Events is still planning to hold the Fair from 29 October – 1 November 2020.

There are many reasons for our decision.

Firstly, BERNINA Australia, the principal sponsor of the Best of Australia Award has recently announced there will be no Best of Australia award for 2020.  The quilts judged as Best of Show in each state and territory during 2019 will be held over until 2021.  There will be no BERNINA Best of Show winners during 2020.  This is a significant change to the nature of the competition we offered member entrants back in March.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many other changes and considerable uncertainty still remains. The Committee did not want to commit member funds and considerable time by members to planning and preparing for the 2020 Show that could not be guaranteed to go ahead. We considered it prudent to cancel now before further funds and volunteer resources were committed.

Most importantly, the Committee is concerned for the health and wellbeing of members during the preparation, installation, and management of our Show.  We considered how we could undertake this safely, and we came to the conclusion that it would not be reasonable nor responsible to ask our members to volunteer their time.

The ramifications of this decision are as follows:

  • The raffle will not go ahead this year but instead be held at the Sydney Quilt Show 2021 and all subsequent raffle quilts will be held a year later than planned.
  • We will contact Sydney Quilt Show 2020 entrants soon regarding the return of their entry fees.

Whilst you, like the Committee, are no doubt disappointed that the Sydney Quilt Show will not take place in 2020, we hope you understand the difficult decision we have had to make.

We know that there will be a time when we can return safely to the events and activities that we love as quilters. We are already making plans for what we hope will be an exciting 2021!

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.