See the QuiltNSW Calendar for a comprehensive listing of QuiltNSW activities and events.
Since 1983 Community Quilts has been making and donating quilts on behalf of QuiltNSW. It is a voluntary project where members meet to sew quilts for the community and to date over 2000 quilts have been donated. Our aim is to encourage a more homely atmosphere for others.
On-going commitments are to Royal Far West Children’s Home in Manly and to foster children in NSW. Quilts are also donated to various nursing homes and for raffles to raise money for community organisations.
All quilt tops are made prior to meetings and the quilts are pinned and machine quilted on sewing days which are held monthly. No hand sewing is done due to the ‘utility’ style of the quilts. The quilts require only basic, straight line quilting so no expert knowledge is required. Pinners and machine quilters are warmly welcomed on sewing days.
Members who are unable to attend sewing days but would like to participate in Community Quilts are encouraged to take quilts home to machine quilt. They are single size and not difficult to handle on a domestic machine.
Roslyn Moules, Community Quilts Co-ordinator, may be contacted through the QuiltNSW office.
Friday showcase is an informal but informative meeting is held in the QuiltNSW office (Level 5, 276 Pitt Street Sydney) on the first Friday of most months. A QuiltNSW member is invited to speak about his or her quilting experiences and show their quilts. Many of the quilts that are displayed at the showcase are then hung in the office for a month.
We welcome QuiltNSW members and non-members to Friday Showcase. There is a small charge of $5.00 for members and $10 for non-members. This covers the presenter’s out-of-pocket expenses, (as most presenters have to catch a cab into the city laden with all their quilts!) and morning tea.
If you cannot attend the showcase, come to the office and see a wonderful display of quilts.
The presentation of quilts is from 10.00am– 11.30am. Afterwards you are more than welcome to enjoy the library or sit and sew with your friends.
- 5 August: Amanda Daly
- 2 September: Megan Manwaring
- 7 October: Roslyn Moules
- 4 November: Show-n-Tell
NB There is no Friday Showcase in January, June and December.
Doors open at 9.30am. The day starts at 10am with an informative demonstration by a QuiltNSW member and shopping with our guest retailer. Library books are also available for loan. Show and Tell commences at 11am followed by a short business meeting and lunch at the club. The meeting resumes at 1pm with a guest speaker and guest member group. Finally the lucky door prizes, block of the month and special notices and we are finished by 3pm. There is plenty of time for socialising and hand sewing is always welcome. Come along and be involved with QuiltNSW – Visitors are most welcome. Please let us know if you are attending a general meeting for the first time.
2016 Meeting Dates
- 20 August 2016
Guest speaker: Sarah Fielke
Demonstration: Elaine Lye – Embellishments & Necklaces with Buttons and Beads
Shop: Kate Quilts
Rachaeldaisy and her Best of Show quilt Whizz Bang! will also be present
- 8 October 2016 (includes AGM)
Guest speaker: Kathy Doughty
Demonstration: No demonstration
Shop: Material Obsession
- 26 November 2016
Guest speaker: Sam Bowker
Demonstration: Pam Furniss
The Country Meeting 2017 will be a weekend away. Date and destination to be advised.
An opportunity for members to stitch together while working on their own project. These ‘days’ are often held in fabric stores all over Sydney and surrounds, on random days of the week and usually start around 10am. Numbers are limited so it is essential that your reserve your place by contacting the office. Morning Tea and a lucky door prize are usually included. Not only are these days a lovely way to spend your time but they are a FREE event for members only.
- Thursday, 6 September: My Sewing Supplies
- Further dates to be advised.
The Quilt Study Group of NSW exists to promote interest and research into quilting, particularly in Australia. Members are committed to the study of quilts past and present with this study encompassing the social and historical context in which the quilts were made as well as designs, techniques and materials used in both vintage and contemporary quilts.
Unless otherwise indicated, Quilt Study Group meetings commence at 2.00pm – 4.30 pm at Glover Cottages, 124 Kent Street, Millers Point, Sydney. QuiltNSW members $5.00 and non-QuiltNSW members $10.00 per visit. Afternoon tea is provided.
- 30 April 2016 – Talk by Rhonda Pearce on the process and techniques used on her prize winning quilts.
- 21 July 2016 – Talk by Megan Martin on textile identification followed by a Tour at the Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney. Booking required. Starts 10am at The Mint, Macquarie Street, Sydney.
- 12 November 2016 – Talk by Kathy Doughty on designing, production and promotion of a quilting fabric range.
The 2016 QuiltNSW Retreat will be held at the Hunter Valley Hotel Academy in Kurri Kurri, a two hour drive from Sydney in the picturesque Hunter Valley. This venue has ground floor access to accommodation, restaurant and auditorium and is set in tranquil grounds. As a special treat, a wine and cheese tasting with on-site winery tour will be available.
Indulge yourself with almost three days of nothing but quilting, eating, drinking, laughing and shopping with other QuiltNSW members. The retreat is very casual and presents an opportunity to visit local quilt and craft shops. The weekend affords opportunities to make new friends, see others’ quilts and techniques and join in with chatting and laughter amongst those who have a common interest in patchwork and quilting.
Full payment is due by 27 August 2016.