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 Guild 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.
- 4 March: Jessica Wheelahan
- 1 April: Jann Sturdy
- 6 May: Wendy Nutt
- 1 July: Jane MacDonald
- 5 August: Amanda Daly
- 2 September: Margo Hardie
- 7 October: Roslyn Moules
- 4 November: Show-n-Tell
NB There is no Friday Showcase in January, June and December.
QuiltNSW meetings are held at Burwood RSL, 96 Shaftsbury Avenue Burwood. There is plenty of parking at the RSL club and the venue is walking distance from the Burwood Railway Station.
The day starts at 11am with an informative demonstration by a QuiltNSW member. Enjoy shopping with our guest retailer and lunch at the club. The general meeting begins at 1pm with the a business meeting, guest speaker, show and tell of members work, lucky door prizes and afternoon tea.
Come along and be involved with QuiltNSW – visitors are most welcome.
2016 Meeting Dates:
- 20 February 2016
Guest speaker: Merelyn Pearce
Demonstration: Kathy Doughty – 60 degrees and more with hexagon rulers.
- 21 May 2016
- 20 August 2016
- 8 October (includes AGM) 2016
- 26 November 2016
The 2016 Country meeting will be hosted by Southern Highland Quilters. Saturday, 12 March, 2016 at Moss Vale Services Club from 11.00am. The guest speaker is Lynn Hewitt Tales from a Textiles Traveller. The demonstrator is Julie Woods Superior Threads. The guest shops are:
- Julie Woods Superior Threads
- Quiltsmith – featuring Japanese and other fabrics and supplies
Bookings are essential. Phone 9283 3737 or email the QuiltNSW office.
If there are sufficient numbers, a coach will supply transport to and from Sydney (various pick up points from north to south). Bookings essential. Cost $25.
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 25 February: The Patchwork Shop, McGraths Hall
- March (date to be advised) University of NSW, Innovations Centre
- Monday 4 April: Patch and Pieced, Wyong
- Thursday, 19 May: Patchwork Plus
- 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-guild members $10.00 per visit. Afternoon tea is provided.
- 13 February 2016 – Talk and display by Kerry Easton of some of her antique needlework implements. Starts 2pm at The Glover Cottages, Millers Point.
- 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.