Saturday, 27 August 2022

The New Quilt 2024: returning to Hawkesbury Regional Gallery

As announced at the general meeting on 18 August, QuiltNSW is excited to confirm that The New Quilt exhibition, showcasing the ART of quilting, is returning to Hawkesbury Regional Gallery from 3 May to 16 June 2024.

This juried survey exhibition is open to any textile artist resident in Australia whether or not they are QuiltNSW members. Note:
  • 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 your original, non-traditional design; and
  • 2-D, 3-D, installation work, ceiling hung work, work on stretcher bars and framed work are eligible subject to certain size restrictions. 
Share YOUR artwork. Start planning for 2024!

Please direct any queries to:

Thursday, 23 June 2022

QuiltNSW Exhibition 2022: 1 Week Reminder

 It's just one week until entries for the QuiltNSW Exhibition 2022 including the Sydney Quilt Show close at 5pm on Thursday 30 June 2022.

Don't leave it to the last minute, jump online and send us your ONLINE ENTRY FORM.

No matter what kind of quilts you make, there's a place for you share it in the Sydney Quilt Show. Quilts in progress are eligible for entry so long as you have completed your quilt top.

We look forward to showcasing the creativity of our members at the QuiltNSW Exhibition at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse from 21-23 October 2022.

Contact if you have any queries about your entry.

Monday, 6 June 2022

Call for Entries: QuiltNSW 2022 Exhibition

Share YOUR quilts! Entries are now open for the QuiltNSW Exhibition 2022 including the Sydney Quilt Show.

Enter online by 5pm on Thursday 30 June 2022 at


  • Membership form: entrants must be financial members for 2021/2022 and/or 2022/2023
  • Conditions of Entry including categories and awards. Key changes for 2022 are highlighted below.
  • Worksheet: review the worksheet to gather all the information that you will need to complete the online entry form.
  • Flowchart: no matter what kind of quilt you make, there’s a place for you to share it.  Follow the flowchart to help you choose your category.

Highlights from the Conditions of Entry

  1. EligibilityThis is a members' exhibition. Entrants must be financial members for 2021/2022 and/or 2022/2023. New and returning members are welcome - invite a friend! Renew or join online at: QuiltNSW Membership Form
  2. Entry fee: 1 quilt $30. 2 quilts $40.
  3. Cancellation & Refunds: QuiltNSW may cancel the exhibition. If the cancellation occurs before the quilts are received for judging, you will receive a $10 refund. If the cancellation occurs after the quilts are received for judging, no refunds are payable.
  4. Limit of 350 Quilts & Selection Ballot: QuiltNSW has set a limit of 350 quilts in the members’ exhibition having regard to space and resource considerations. Please ensure that you nominate your preferred quilt as your first choice. In 2022, if we receive valid entries for more than 350 quilts, a ballot will be conducted of second choice entries to a number we consider manageable. If your second choice quilt is not selected due to the ballot, you will be refunded $10.
  5. Postage: Entrants who elect to have their quilts sent and/or returned by mail are liable for all postal costs, regardless of location. (Previously only interstate and overseas entrants had to pay return postage). We are looking to expand our network of Drop Off Volunteers. If you are interested in learning more about this important role, please contact
  6. Prizes: groups and individuals sponsor prizes at the Sydney Quilt Show. Because of their generosity, we will be able to allocate cash/voucher and product to the quilts awarded a 1st place in each category, excellence or special award. All prize winners will receive a rosette and certificate.
  7. Choosing Your Category: Review the definitions and conditions and choose the category that best suits your quilt. The decision for the category entered is your responsibility. Refer to the flowchart for assistance in choosing your category.
  8. Blue & White Special Themed Category 20: The Blue and White category is only open to individual members including 'quilted by another’. Juniors, groups and members who are two person collaborators may submit a blue and white quilt into their usual category. If you are entering the Blue and White category and your quilt is 'quilted by another' and we do not receive enough entries to create a ‘quilted by another’ sub category, your quilt will be moved to category 5 or 10 depending on whether you are an amateur or a professional. We will endeavour to display all blue and white quilts together. If you enter the Blue and White category and quilted your own quilt, you may nominate for the awards Best Contemporary Quilt or Best Traditional Quilt.
  9. Quilt Tops Must be Completed at time of Entry: quilts in progress are eligible for the Sydney Quilt Show 2022. However, as a minimum, the quilt top must be complete at the time of entry.  We encourage you to progress your quilts as much as possible prior to entry so you know your work will be show-ready in time and withdrawals are avoided.

Other Reminders:

  • If you are planning on entering Entrant’s Quilt Top Quilted by Another (Categories 5 and 10), please ensure that your quilter is a current QuiltNSW member. QuiltNSW Membership Form
  • Ensure that your quilt size matches your submission. The show layout is dependent on this information.  It is used for the layout of all the quilts for the show and all the equipment that is used to hang your quilts.
  • QuiltNSW respects the rights of First Nation People to own and control their heritage. Therefore, entrants should not incorporate design elements into their quilts without consent of the owners.
  • Include proper attribution to the design source for your quilts, and if applicable design consent from the copyright holder. (Design consent is not required for a commercially available pattern.) Please obtain design consent prior to commencing work on your quilt.
  • All entries in category 13: Art Quilts must be your own original design, not a copy or a variation of another artist’s design in any medium.

Key dates:

  • Opening Date for Entries: Monday 6 June 2022
  • Closing Date for Entries: Thursday 30 June 2022 (5pm Sydney Time)
  • Acceptance Notification Dispatched:  Monday 15 August 2022
  • Deadline for Quilts to be delivered to Drop Off Volunteers: Wednesday 28 September
  • Deadline for Quilts to be collected from Drop Off Volunteers: Sunday 30 October 2022

Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Save the date for QuiltNSW Exhibition 2022

 QuiltNSW proudly presents the QuiltNSW Exhibition 2022 at the Grand Pavilion, Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, Sydney from Friday 21 October to Sunday 23 October 2022 (10am-4pm daily).

Save the date! This exciting event includes the Sydney Quilt Show, a selection of prize winning quilts from the 2021 online show and a vendor marketplace.

Share your quilt! Entries open on Monday 6 June 2022 and close at 5pm Thursday 30 June 2022 (Sydney time). Online entry only.

QuiltNSW Exhibition 2022 Promotional Images

Wednesday, 16 March 2022

Special Announcement: Coming Soon!

Come along to the QuiltNSW Zoom Meeting at 10am on Saturday 19 March for an exciting quilt show update! Register for Zoom meeting.


Monday, 14 March 2022

From these Curtains: Craft Alive Newcastle

The 2019 Suitcase Challenge From These Curtains was exhibited for the first time at the Craft Alive event in Newcastle, NSW from 11-13 March 2022 and will continue on tour across Australia in 2022. Look out for a Craft Alive event near you. Book a ticket!

By way of background, QuiltNSW had a wonderful sewing day at NSW Government House. The Governor Mr David Hurley and Mrs Linda Hurley visited the group during the day and were very interested in our individual projects and quilts. QuiltNSW was later approached to see if we would be interested in recycling some curtains from Government House. This became the basis of the suitcase challenge.

For maker credits, please see the online gallery: From These Curtains 

Thanks to BERNINA Australia for their continuing support.

Bernina Australia


Sunday, 10 October 2021

Sydney Quilt Show 2021 Online

QuiltNSW is committed to providing members with opportunities to share their quilts and to celebrate creativity. With the welcome easing of health restrictions in NSW, the Exhibition Subcommittee is proceeding with the plan to present the Sydney Quilt Show 2021 online. This is a virtual event where ALL of the quilts are judged in the cloth, photographed and then displayed online.

258 entrants are participating in the online show. The Exhibition Subcommittee is very excited by this response and buoyed by the encouragement and enthusiasm of the entrants' comments in their participation forms. Thank you!

The awards ceremony will be a special online event and everyone is invited! Watch this space! All prize winners will receive a ribbon and a rosette. The BERNINA Best of Show will be awarded a sewing machine sponsored by BERNINA Australia and there will be a mix of cash and voucher prizes for the Special Awards and First Prize winners. THANK YOU to all of the sponsors. Please support them in return.