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:


Saturday, 27 March 2021

Last days: The New Quilt closes 11 April

Last days, don't miss out! The New Quilt exhibition continues at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, until Sunday 11 April. The gallery is located at Deerubbin Centre (Top Floor) 300 George St Windsor and is OPEN after recent flooding in the area.

Gallery Hours: 

  • Monday, Wednesday-Friday 10am-4pm 
  • Saturday-Sunday 10am-3pm 
  • CLOSED Tuesdays & Easter Friday-Easter Monday (inclusive)

The gallery is walking distance from Windsor Railway Station. Free, timed undercover parking is available for 47 cars in the Deerubbin Centre car park (access via Christie St). Free on-street parking in surrounding streets. Please check parking restrictions.

Contact the gallery at: or (02) 4560 4441 


Friday, 19 March 2021

The New Quilt: In-Gallery Artist Floor Talks now on YouTube

The New Quilt exhibition continues at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery until Sunday 11 April 2021. The gallery is open 6 days a week Monday, Wednesday-Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday-Sunday 10am-3pm. Closed on Tuesday and public holidays.

Here is a recording of In-gallery Artist Floor Talks where six artists share the inspiration and process for their artworks: Rachaeldaisy Dodd, Brenda Gael Smith, Barbara Gower, Carolyn Sullivan and Amie  Marilyn Andrews.


Monday, 15 March 2021

Sydney Quilt Show 2021 Reminder: 5 days to enter!

Calling all QuiltNSW member. Celebrate creativity and enter YOUR quilt into the Sydney Quilt Show 2021. ONLINE ENTRY ONLY Entries close at 5pm on Friday 19 March or when 320 quilts have been lodged, whichever is the earlier.

Don't miss out. Jump online today!

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Meet the Artist Thursday 4 March


Each Thursday throughout The New Quilt exhibition, apart from 1 April, an artist (or two!) will be in attendance at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery from 1-3pm. 

This week is Lorraine Parker with her artwork Rust & Decay.

  • Who: Lorraine Parker 
  • When: 1-3pm Thursday 4 March
  • Where: Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Deerubbin Centre (Top Floor) 300 George St Windsor
  • Access: Walking distance from Windsor Railway Station. Free undercover parking is available for 47 cars in the Deerubbin Centre car park. Free on-street parking in surrounding streets. Please check parking restrictions.

This is a free event. Bookings are recommended but you are welcome to just drop in. Book via Eventbrite

Lorraine also shares some background to her artwork in this short video: Meet the Artist: Lorraine Parker

Monday, 1 March 2021

Sydney Quilt Show 2021: Call for Entries


We were all disappointed to have to cancel the 2020 Sydney Quilt Show due to COVID-19 restrictions. In 2021, the pandemic continues to present challenging and uncertain conditions for event organisers but the outlook is promising. The QuiltNSW Exhibition Subcommittee has reviewed its policies and procedures to address COVID-safe protocols and to ensure we can deliver a show to the high standard we are all accustomed to within the scope of our volunteer resources.

Call for Entries

QuiltNSW is excited to invite members to celebrate creativity and to enter your quilt into a special 2021 edition of the Sydney Quilt Show.  Here are the highlights:
  • 1 quilt each - up to 320 quilts: our goal is to enable as many members as possible to participate. Each entrant may submit 1 quilt only and entries will be capped at 320 quilts. In recent years, there have been around 300 entrants per show and we hope these levels of participation continue. Share your quilt!
  • Online entry only: all entries must be submitted via the Online Entry Form. If you do not have access to the online entry and payment process, please contact and provide your telephone number for assistance. Alternatively contact the QuiltNSW office on 9283 3737. If the office is unattended, please leave a message stating your name, contact number and that it is in regard to online entry for the Sydney Quilt Show.
  • New Exhibition dates: Wednesday 30 June to Sunday 4 July or such later dates as notified by QuiltNSW.
  • Postponement, Cancellation & Refunds: QuiltNSW may postpone or cancel the Sydney Quilt Show 2021 provided that any postponed show dates are no later than 1 October 2021. If the cancellation occurs before the quilts are received for judging, you will receive a full refund of the entry fee. If the cancellation occurs after the quilts are received for judging, no refunds are payable.
  • No Withdrawals: all entries must be available in show-ready condition for exhibition at the Sydney Quilt Show for the period up until 1 October 2021. Please choose your entry carefully. In fairness to all QuiltNSW members, no withdrawals are permitted.
  • Craft & Quilt Fair
    New Venue: 
    the Sydney Quilt Show 2021 will be presented in conjunction with the Craft & Quilt Fair in the Dome and adjacent halls at the Sydney Showgrounds at Homebush. Expertise Events, the event organiser and our partner, selected the new venue after receiving feedback that many people have found accessing the ICC at Darling Harbour difficult. The new venue is on ground level so no stairs, escalators or lift;  has public transport at the door; and there will be a special deal on pre-booked parking made available closer to the event.
  • Reduced Categories: as judging will be condensed from 2 days to 1 day, two smaller categories are not available for 2021: Category 12 Coverlets and Category 16 Two Person Collaborative Quilts.
  • Blue & White Deferred to 2022: The special Blue & White themed category is deferred to the 2022 show to be part of QuiltNSW’s 40th anniversary celebrations. You are welcome to enter a blue and white quilt in 2021 if you wish.
  • Prizes and Sponsorship: Principal sponsors, Expertise Events and BERNINA Australia, have committed to sponsorship at the Sydney Quilt Show 2021. Discussions with other potential sponsors are under way with a focus on the Special Awards and First Prizes. Many businesses have struggled with the pandemic and this may require some adjustment to range and value of prizes this year. All prize winners will receive a rosette. If you are interested in sponsoring an award or prize in 2021, please contact sponsorship manager Gail Sadleir at
  • Volunteering: Volunteering is not mandatory in 2021 as we recognise that some entrants may have concerns about gatherings and COVID-19. However, as in past years, we will be relying on volunteers to set up and run the show so all assistance is greatly appreciated. The Volunteer Form will open in early May 2021.
We hope you understand the need for the changes this year as we strive to provide a safe environment for all visitors to the Sydney Quilt Show and our wonderful volunteers who make this event possible. We look forward to celebrating creativity together and seeing your beautiful quilts. No matter what kind of quilts you make, there's a place for it in the Sydney Quilt Show 2021.

 Links & Downloads

Key 2021 Dates:

  • Entries open: Monday 1 March
  • Closing Date for Entries: the earlier of 320 entries or 5pm Friday 19 March
  • Acceptance Letters Dispatched: Friday 7 May
  • Deadline for Quilts to be delivered to Drop Off Person: Friday 18 June*
  • Quilt Show dates: 9am – 4pm Wednesday 30 June - Sunday 4 July*
  • Deadline for Quilts to be collected from Drop Off Person: Sunday 11 July*
  • Latest date your quilt must be available: 1 October 2021
* subject to postponement or cancellation in accordance with the conditions of entry

Contact Points:

  • Exhibition Secretary, Rhonda Langhorne for questions or comments relating to the Sydney Quilt Show 2021 generally
  • Exhibition Assistant, Deborah Laurie for matters relating to your quilt show entry such as category queries or copyright issues
  • Exhibition Admin, Donna Boland if you do not have access to the online entry and payment process and require assistance
  • QuiltNSW Webmaster, Brenda Smith for technical questions relating to the online entry form only.

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