Thursday, 1 July 2021

Sydney Quilt Show 2021 Update

The pandemic continues to present challenging and uncertain conditions for event organisers. QuiltNSW was hoping to open the Sydney Quilt Show this week but instead the exhibition subcommittee is working hard on arrangements for a rescheduled event. Here is an update based on our current understanding of COVID conditions. 

New Show Dates: 1-5 September 2021

In partnership with Expertise Events, QuiltNSW is preparing to present the Sydney Quilt Show 2021 in conjunction with the Craft & Quilt Fair at Sydney Showground from Wednesday 1 September to Sunday 5 September from 10am to 4pm daily. (QuiltNSW may postpone or cancel the 2021 show but any postponed show dates will be no later than 1 October 2021.) 

We look forward to celebrating creativity with you on these new show dates.

Extension of 2021 Raffle 

The date for drawing the 2021 Raffle has been changed to 3pm Sunday 5 September 2021 at the Sydney Quilt Show. (If the show does not proceed, the raffle will instead be drawn at the QuiltNSW office at 12 noon on Friday 3 September.)

The prizes are:
  • 1st Prize: Tea Rose hand-pieced and donated by Sue Cody (pictured left below) and hand quilted by Kaynka Powning (value $4500)
  • 2nd Prize: The Narrawallee Star custom-quilted by Kaye Jamieson of Quilting Quarters  (value $3000)
  • 3rd Prize: BERNINA 325 sewing machine (value $1499)
  • 4th Prize: Quilter’s Basket (value $350)
  • 5th Prize: Horn Sewing Chair (value $279)

Thursday, 13 May 2021

Stitching in the Sticks

The original idea for this program was born in early 2020 out of a desire to give assistance to our regional members affected by fire and drought, but the commencement was delayed time and time again due to social distancing restrictions.

The aim is to reach out to our drought and fire and flood affected groups who may have lost some of their sense of community and the ability to meet up or hold events due to the catastrophic circumstances we have seen affecting NSW over the past couple of years.

Members of the host group will enjoy a weekend workshop at no cost to the participants, where they can invite visitors from neighbouring communities to make new connections. We are hoping that this may even encourage new members, or introduce some new people to the quilting community.

As this is a pilot for the first year, three locations have been chosen which will work with our tutors and volunteers working the program.

The first workshop was presented by Lisa Mattock on 1-2 May in Griffith. It was hosted by the Murrumbidgee quilters, who invited women from Coleambally, Goolgowi and Hillston to join them. Lisa's workshop was Slow Stitching 101.

We must give Lisa credit for the “Stitching in the Sticks” title – she is a country girl from Orange and has been supportive of this program from the outset.

Two more Stitching in the Sticks workshops are planned for 2021 - Chris Jurd will visit Cobargo quilters in August and Kathy Doughty will visit Batemans Bay/Malua area in September.

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

General Meeting at Burwood RSL - Saturday 15 May

Our next General Meeting will be held on Saturday 15 May at Club Burwood RSL, from 10 am to 3 pm. You will hear reports from the President and Committee members as well as from coordinators of the groups and other activities.

Fabric Garden will be on hand to meet all your retail needs.

Award-winning quiltmaker to the stars, fearless leader of the Glitterati, and spiller of truth tea, Molli Sparkles is our guest speaker.

Molli originates from small town USA but has called Sydney home for over sixteen years. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Sydney.

He started his journey with textiles in 2012 after deciding he wanted to make his grandmother a quilt. He likes drinking champagne while sewing, and if there's one thing he's learned, it's just fabric, you can't break it!

Bookings are essential as capacity is limited to 60 people.
When: Saturday 15 May, 10 am - 3 pm
Where: Club Burwood RSL, 6 Shaftesbury Rd, Burwood 2134
Bookings: Essential, book here.

Thursday, 22 April 2021

Friday Showcase featuring Lynn Hewitt - Friday 7 May 2021

We are pleased that Friday Showcase has returned for 2021. Our first event will be held on Friday 7 May and will feature Lynn Hewitt.

In 30 years, Lynn Hewitt has made many quilts, and she enjoys doing workshops, learning new techniques and developing new skills. After a workshop, she often wonders what if she might make it again in another colour, or a different size or shape.

 At the May Friday Showcase, Lynn plans to show several quilts which have resulted after " What if?", as well as her very first quilt, and her latest, a modern quilt.

Friday Showcase will be held again this year at the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts (SMSA) in the Auditorium on Level 1. Doors will open at 10.45 am for an 11 am start (note this is one hour later than previously) and numbers will be limited to 60 people.

Bookings are essential and payment is required at the time of booking. 
We recommend you bring a mask to wear when looking at the quilts at the end of the presentation. 

Refreshments will not be available in the office before or after Friday Showcase due to the reduced office capacity (currently 10 persons). However, there is a cafe at street level.   

When: Friday 7 May, 10.45 for 11 am start
Where:  Level 1, Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street Sydney
Cost: $5 for QuiltNSW members, $10 for non-members
Bookings: Essential, book and pay here, maximum 60 people

Monday, 12 April 2021

Pop-Up Sewing Day: 17 April at Stitched 'n' Framed, Port Macquarie

One of the many advantages of being a QuiltNSW member is the opportunity to attend Pop-Up Sewing Days at venues throughout NSW.

The next Pop-Up Sewing Day is on 17 April at Stitched 'n' Framed, Port Macquarie.

The Mid North Coast of New South Wales has been devastated by recent flooding. By coincidence the next Pop Up Sewing Day will be held at Port Macquarie, which was one of the badly affected areas, on Saturday April 17. To support the area, why not “Pop Up” in Port Macquarie for the day at Stitched ‘n’ Framed 18/14 Acacia Avenue, 9.30 am to 1.30 pm, there are still spaces available and they would appreciate your attendance.

Remember this day is FREE for QuiltNSW members to attend and you only have to bring your sewing, either hand or machine and a mug for morning tea which will provided by Jenny and her team at Stitched ‘n’ Framed.  You can bring some lunch if you wish. 

There is ample parking outside the shop at the front and on the opposite side of the road.  Hope to see you soon.
Jenny Chapman – Pop Up Sewing Day Coordinator

When: Saturday 17 April from 9.30 am - 1.30 pm
Where: Stitched 'n' Framed, 18/14 Acacia Avenue, Port Macquarie
Bookings essential:  QuiltNSW members only - book here

To take advantage of activities such as these, consider joining QuiltNSW. You can become a member here.

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Looking Back Looking Forward exhibition: Campbelltown Arts Centre until 9 May 2021

Featuring textile works by QuiltNSW members, Barbara Gower and Yvonne Line, and other artists, the Macarthur Textile Network presents their exhibition, Looking Back Looking Forward.

Where: Campbelltown Arts Centre, One Art Gallery Road Campbelltown.

Exhibition dates: 27 March - 9 May.

Opening hours:  daily, 10am - 4 pm.

In 2020 Macarthur Textile Network celebrated their 10th anniversary, and in 2021 they present their fourth and largest biennial exhibition at Campbelltown Arts Centre.

Looking Back, Looking Forward features new contemporary textile works by Macarthur Textile Network artists that consider how the past impacts them, how it informs their view of the future, and how it influences and informs their work.

For more details, visit Campbelltown Art Centre website.

Sunday, 28 March 2021

Rachaeldaisy Dodd Exhibition: Braemar Gallery until 11 April 2021

Head to the Blue Mountains for Into the Fold, an exhibition of quilts by Rachaeldaisy Dodd at Braemar Gallery:

  • Address: 104 Macquarie Road, Springwood, NSW 2777 Free entry
  • Exhibition dates: 18 March - 11 April 2021
  • Opening Hours: Thursday – Sunday | 10am – 4pm

Into the Fold looks at finding harmony between old and new through the art of quilt-making. Traditional techniques of fabric manipulation are studied and reinterpreted in a modern context. Concentric circles of folded fabric, gathered puffs, stitched details, repetitive geometry and balanced asymmetry all explore, develop, and expand the boundaries, but always with a nod to the roots of the craft. Through this exploration the works are taken from the conventional concept of pragmatism to the aesthetic, from the utilitarian blankets that quilts are known for, to artworks that be hung and appreciated for their concept as well as design.

Artist Website: