Saturday, 15 June 2019

Sydney Quilt Show 2019: Special Exhibitor Catherine Butterworth

Join special exhibitor Catherine Butterworth for her daily floor talk at 12 noon at the Sydney Quilt Show 19-23 June 2019.

Born and raised in the state of Ohio in the USA, Catherine comes from a family of seamstresses and quilt makers. As a trained Fashion Teacher and owner of The Fabric Shop in Chatswood, NSW for 28 years, Catherine has extensive experience and knowledge of fabrics.

Since retiring in 2005 Catherine has concentrated on her quiltmaking resulting in numerous awards both in Australia and overseas. In quiltmaking Catherine is known for her use of colour, her stunning fabric choices, her signature fussy cutting, her precise piecing and her overall attention to detail.

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Sydney Quilt Show 2019: Silver Sponsors

Thank you to the Silver Sponsors of the Sydney Quilt Show 2019. Their generosity and support are much appreciated. Please support them in return.

Silver Sponsors

Accuquilt  Batik Oetero 

Caroline Sharkey Textile Retreats Down Patchwork Lane 

  Fabric Garden Eppiflex  


  Misty Threads    Mist Mountain Getaway   My Sewing Supplies

 Olfa  Patchwork on Pittwater

 PK Fabrics Quiltmania-edition    Sew Can I 

Friday, 14 June 2019

Sydney Quilt Show 2019: Activity Centre

The Activity Centre will be operating during the Sydney Quilt Show 2019 from 10am – 4pm Thursday to Sunday 20-23 June. This year we will have multiple areas showcasing many facets of quilt making:

  • Participate in the making of the Arterie Chris O’Brien Lifehouse blue and white hexagon quilt. 

  • Respond to the question #whyiquilt and watch a new quilt grow over the duration of the show. Simply write a reason you quilt on a fabric swatch and attach it to the base cloth, which will be on display. At the conclusion of the show, we will make the completed top into a quilt that will be used at future QuiltNSW events. 

  • QuiltNSW members will also be on hand to share the projects they are currently working on, both hand and machine.
  • Community Quilts will be focusing on the assembly, quilting and binding of the quilts they make for others. 

  • The Tresillian Centenary Quilt will be on display with information on its making and the designers,  Julie Kennedy and Cath Babidge, will be giving floor talks at 2.30pm

A hands-on quilt making area for everyone so plan your visit now.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Sydney Quilt Show 2019: Bronze Sponsors

Thank you to the Bronze Sponsors of the Sydney Quilt Show 2019. Their generosity and support are much appreciated. Please support them in return.

Bronze Sponsors

Sydney Quilt Show 2019: Special Exhibitor Brenda Gael Smith

Join special exhibitor Brenda Gael Smith at the Sydney Quilt Show 2019 (19-23 June) for her artist floor talk, daily at 11am where she shares a selection of her artwork including her 2018 Monthly Art Project - Taking Shape: Cues from Nature.

You will also find Brenda working on a project in the QuiltNSW Activity Centre from 1-3pm on Friday 21 June  and Sunday 23 June. Do stop by and say hello!

Brenda Gael Smith, Copacabana, NSW

Artist, teacher, curator, author, judge, mentor

Brenda Gael Smith creates textile paintings and sketches made from a rich palette of her hand-dyed fabrics complemented by extensive, textural stitching. Much of her work is inspired by the colour and patterns of the natural world. Using a process of abstraction, she captures the essence of her subjects in simplified form. Working improvisationally, she refines line, shape, colour and texture to evoke a sense of place, express an idea, highlight an issue or elicit an emotional response.

Daily walks are a creative habit integral to Brenda's studio practice. By closely observing her surroundings, and taking hundreds of photos, she has a bountiful inspiration bank that informs her work. From the dye pot, to the design wall, to the sewing machine, she also embraces the serendipity factor.

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Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Sydney Quilt Show 2019: Social Media & Photography

Follow the colour and excitement of the Sydney Quilt Show 2019 on social media at:

Help us promote the show by sharing the selection of Promotional Images & Buttons available for download from the QuiltNSW website.

Photography Policy Reminder

If you are attending the show, you are welcome to photograph the quilts in the show for personal use and to post images online or in social media provided you acknowledge the quiltmaker(s) and, if applicable, the designer of the quilt. It's easy to do - all the details are on the quilt tags! Many quilt labels also include social media details so that you can directly link to the maker's website, blog, Facebook or Instagram profiles.

If you share images of quilts in social media, help us generate interest in the show by tagging your photos with the key hashtags: #sydneyquiltshow, #quiltnsw  #whyiquilt and #craftandquiltfair.

Other useful hashtags include: #quiltcommunity #quiltingcommunity #quiltnswmembers #patchworkpassion #handsonquilting #sydneyquiltshow2019 #craftandquiltfairsydney

Plan your Visit for the Sydney Quilt Show 2019

It's just one week until the Sydney Quilt Show 2019 opens at the Exhibition Centre, ICC at Darling Harbour Sydney. The Sydney Quilt Show is an annual members exhibition presented in conjunction with the Craft & Quilt Fair with the support of Expertise Events, BERNINA Australia and other generous sponsors.
Here's an overview to help you plan your visit:
  • View 400 member quilts in the main exhibition, the QuiltNSW hoop display and the QuiltNSW challenge Running Away with the Amish
  • Say hello to a QuiltNSW ambassador. Ask us a question!
  • Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win the Chuck Nohara collaborative quilt made by Maree Blanchard and Lorena Uriarte and quilted by Kat Jones. The proceeds of our annual raffle fund QuiltNSW programs such as the scholarship and country tutor programs
  • 1pm Wednesday: Awards ceremony including announcement of BERNINA Best of Show
  • 11am daily: floor talk with special exhibitor Brenda Gael Smith
  • 12noon daily: floor talk with special exhibitor Catherine Butterworth
  • 2.30pm daily: Tresillian Centenary Quilt floor talk with coordinators Cath Babidge and Julie Kennedy
  • View the BERNINA Best of Australia exhibit and join a floor talk with Julie Adamson: Wednesday 2.30-3.30pm and Thursday and Friday 1-2pm
  • Come along to the Activity Centre, a hands-on quilt making area for everyone, from 10am-4pm Thursday - Sunday

Saturday, 27 April 2019

Friday Showcase - 3 May 2019 with Maree Gebhardt

This Friday 3 May, we welcome QuiltNSW Life Member, Maree Gebhardt, to our Friday Showcase to share her quilting journey.

In Maree's words, the day will be:

"... I will be walking along my quilting journey.  Starting in 1981 when I took my first patchwork lesson, my involvement with both the Quilters Guild of SA and QuiltNSW, quilts I have made to celebrate happy and sad events in my life and my love of hand quilting and wholecloth quilts."

Maree hasn't said it, but the morning is not to be missed ... over a 38 year period, Maree has perfected the art and craft of patchwork with meticulous applique and tiny, perfect hand quilting just the start.

Appropriate for a past President who very capably led QuiltNSW driving appropriate changes, Friday Showcase is on the move this month. Always a popular event, Friday Showcase has become standing room only for more than a few months so we’ve decided to trial a new venue – right next door to the guild office!

How will this work?

The guild office will open at 9 am for members and visitors wishing to drop their bags, library books, community quilts to the office, have a cup of tea or coffee and a homemade treat.
Doors to the meeting room at Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts (SMSA) will open at 9.30 am and our small charge ($5 members/$10 visitors) will be payable at the door.
The showcase will start at 10 am at Level 1, SMSA.
The office will be closed while the showcase is underway and will then reopen at the conclusion of the showcase for the changeover of the quilts hanging, morning tea and usual activities.

Please show your support for this trial by coming along this Friday 3 May.

Monday, 15 April 2019

Quilt Study Group Tour of The Opera Centre on 27th May

The Quilt Study Group has arranged a guided tour for Quilt NSW Guild members to The Opera Centre – Surry Hills, Sydney on Monday the 27th of May. Because there is a limit of 20 people, please ring the Guild office before Friday the 24th of May to reserve your place. The cost is $20 per person, payable on the day to the Opera Centre. 

The Opera Centre is where the costumes and sets for Opera Australia are made and stored and we will see the vast production workshops and rehearsal studios. People from many disciplines (milliners, wig makers, cobblers, costumiers, designers, carpenters, model makers, and scenic artists) work to stage the operas and we will see examples of their work.  
Participants must have a good level of fitness for this walking tour. It includes many stairs and there are no passenger elevators.
The address is –
The Opera Centre
480 Elizabeth Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
The Opera Centre is a 10-minute walk from Central Station (take the Chalmers Street exit). Please assemble at the Tour Meeting Point 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour start time of 10am. The tours take approximately 90 minutes. 

Monday, 1 April 2019

Volunteer at the Sydney Quilt Show 2019!

To showcase our beautiful quilts, and to keep your quilts safe, we need your help. Please consider giving a couple of hours of your time to being surrounded by our wonderful quilts while being a tour guide to our visitors. We need lots of people to make up our happy team and you do not need to enter a quilt in the show to volunteer.

If you have entered a quilt in the Show, it is a requirement that you volunteer for at least two shifts during the exhibition.

As a thank you, a Volunteer Quilt Show badge will be yours as a reminder of this fantastic event. Unfortunately, QuiltNSW cannot supply Craft & Quilt Fair tickets for our volunteers.

How to Volunteer at the Sydney Quilt Show 2019

Volunteer for the Sydney Quilt ShowQuiltNSW is using to organise our volunteer registrations and reminders for the Sydney Quilt Show 2019. Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
  • Click this Sign Up link to see the volunteer roster
  • Review the options listed and choose your shifts.
  • Sign up with your e-mail address! It’s easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on
  • does not share your email address with anyone and your name and e-mail is not displayed publicly.
  • There is a comment field in the Sign Up form where you can leave notes.
  • Extra assistance is especially welcome for Set Up Day and Take Down. If you are bringing others, please add their names to the comments field that will appear after you have registered for your spot.

Please direct any other queries to