Monday, 30 July 2012

Pearls of Wisdom

    This perky little PostBox resides on the front counter of The Quilters' Guild of New South Wales Inc. Office.....
.....and its empty! 
As one of this year's 30th Anniversary aims, ideas and suggestions that are your quilting 'Pearls Of Wisdom' are to be collated into a commemorative booklet that can be shared with all members.

Please email the office or send in any contribution as all will be greatly appreciated!

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Friday Showcase 3 August: Isobel Lancashire

Isobel Lancashire presents Friday showcase at the Guild office at 10am on Friday, 3 August 2012. The entry fee is $5 entry for members and $10 for non members.

Pictured is Catherine Babidge, our July Friday Showcase Exhibitor and current Vice President, standing in front of a collaborative quilt that she and others worked on, inspired by Gee's Bend Quilters.
Over forty members attended Cath's amusing presentation of her quilting journey, and all could relate to her tales of the ubiquitous "UFO".

Following Isobel's Showcase on August 3rd, Cath's quilts will be taken down from the display walls in the Guild Office and a selection of Isobel's quilts will be hung.
Selected quilts from each Friday Showcase exhibitor remain on the walls of the office for the following month, or two, for visitors and volunteers to enjoy.

Please come along in August to hear Isobel relate her quilting  quest.........All welcome!

Friday, 27 July 2012

Camden Country Quilters Guild 23rd Annual Exhibition

Quilt Show Saturday - Sunday 4 - 5 August 2012
The prolific Camden Country Quilters are again holding their exhibition in August.
They are exhibiting a large display of quilts including this year's Challenge.
There will be a demonstration table, trading tables, a quilt shop, and refreshments area.

Venue : The AH & I Hall, Argyle St. Camden
Times : 9.30am - 4.30 pm
Entry : $6.00

All Welcome!

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Block of The Quarter

The Template : May 2012, Page 36 includes instructions for the current Block of The Quarter

This is the very effective Spool block and, constructed as a 6 inch block with high contrast black-on-white print fabric plus red print fabric, will deliver a very dramatic quilt top for the lucky winner.

There is still time before Tuesday August 14 to send your self named blocks to the Guild Office if you cant attend the Burwood Guild meeting on August 18, where the winner of the draw will win all blocks submitted.

A great way to delve into your stash, producing blocks for a traditional masculine-looking quilt top (in time for Christmas!)

Monday, 23 July 2012

Library Update

The Quilters' Guild of New South Wales Inc.  houses an extensive "goldmine" of information for both the quilting beginner and experienced quilter.

Members can avail themselves of books, current magazines and pamphlets, CD's, DVD's and slide sets, covering a wide range of stitching interest, from "how-to" to history.
Fabric Dyeing and Embellishment, Block construction,  Applique, Art quilts, Design inspiration, Contemporary, Traditional, Textile history......Whatever is your current passion or whether you have "quilters block" then your library is sure to give you hours of delight.

There are a number of new entries on the shelves just waiting to spark creative juices.
 Of special note are the many superb books recently donated from the library of the late  Narelle Grieve.

Always a vibrant and "giving" Guild member, forever intent on sharing a quilt inspiration, this latest generosity from her family is warmly appreciated, and is now available for all guild members to enjoy.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Bulli Quilt Exhibition

Exquisite Quilts and Flowers 2012 Exhibition is scheduled for next weekend in Bulli.
Come and  view the lovely display accompanied by live music from performer Mark Matthews.

Venue : Bulli Uniting Church
              Corner Princes Highway and Point Street, Bulli
Dates  :  Saturday 28 July 9am - 4.30pm
              Sunday  29 July 12 noon - 4.30 pm
Cost :  $5.00 entry
            $7.00 with refreshments

All Welcome!

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Attention : Bound to Please Workshop

Workshop Cancellation Notice
It is with regret that the Committee advises that the  Bound  to Please workshop with     Brenda Gael Smith, scheduled for 1 August 2012, has been cancelled.
Apologies to all members for any inconvenience caused.

Friday, 20 July 2012

Quilt Images : Policy.

Many quilt enthusiasts visited this years Quilt Show accompanied by their camera!
The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc. approves the desire to take photos of the exhibition for one's own records only.
There is a Photographic Policy that States :

Quilt photography is permitted for personal use only.  Images must NOT be published online or in other media unless you have the consent of the relevant quilt maker.  If you wish to photograph and publish for commercial purposes, please apply to the Membership Desk for special permission.

Many online media users (Facebook and Bloggers) are accompanying Quilt Show reports with photos of quilts plus a snap of the accompanying swing tag showing Maker's name and Quilt Inspiration / construction details alongside.
The addition of these details in another photo does not negate the policy that quilt images must not be used.
All quiltmakers must have given personal approval for any image of their quilt being journalised in any public on-line forum.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Sewing in the Office: 23 July

The next Sewing in The Office event for Community Quilts is on Monday 23 July 10.30am - 2.00pm

Come and join other dedicated Guild members as tops are Pieced, Appliqued and basted for quilting, thus producing wonderful quilts for the many needy children in society.

Linda Butcher is the member to whom further enquiries can be made.
Please bring your own lunch and sewing kit and join the other volunteers for this worthy cause.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

QSG : July Meeting Update

A reminder that the next Quilt Study Group Meeting will be held on 21 July at 2pm.
The Speaker will be Margaret Sampson George  and the quilt design focus is Medallion Quilts.

HOWEVER  Please Note : There is a change to venue details.

The QSG meeting will be held in The Target Theatre at the Powerhouse Museum
(not the Charles Kerry Meeting Room as previously advertised)

Date : 21 July  2012
Time : 2pm
Venue : Target Theatre
              Powerhouse Museum
Cost : $5 for Guild Members
           $15 for non guild members

All are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Reminder: Under 35's Quilt Competition

To celebrate the Guild's 30th anniversary, Quilters Companion and Brother International (Aust) Pty Ltd are proudly sponsoring the 2012 Under 35's Quilt Competition How Does Your Garden Grow.

Be inspired by the theme to create a quilt no larger than 120 cm X 150 cm (portrait or landscape orientation).

Categories: Primary students, Secondary students, 18- 24 years, and 25–35 years.

Under 35s Competition 2012
This is an amateur competition; professional quiltmakers may enter but will not be judged. OVER $20,000 IN PRIZES All category winners will receive:
  • A Brother Sewing machine plus primary and secondary school winners will receive sewing machines for their schools;
  • A Quilters pack from Quilters Companion Magazine;
  • A copy of The Promise of Joy by Kathy Doughty, from Material Obsession;
  • EVERY entrant will receive a free digital magazine subscription for Quilters Companion and Homespun Magazines and Quilters Companion 2013 Diary.
Entries close 12 September 2012. All quilts will be exhibited in September 2012 in Sydney. For further information contact the Guild President.

Download Under 35s Quilt Competition Entry Form (PDF892KB PDF)


Brother International Australia Quilters Companion Material Obsession

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Textile Exhibition : Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

Next month the Australian Textile Arts and Surface Design Association Inc. will once again be holding their biennial exhibition.
This display of member's artworks, titled Fragment, demonstrates ATASDA's  stunning diversity within the textile art world.
Fabrication techniques cover a diverse spectrum of traditional and innovative contemporary exploration, from dyeing, felting, embroidery, knitting, weaving, printing, and other embellishment and cloth construction methods, with the resulting works, both two and three dimensional, an exciting visual odyssey for anyone involved with, and appreciative of,       Textile Art.

Members from across Australia are delighted, this year, to share their journeys within the textile art world to visitors at Palm House,  Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney.

Exhibition Opening :  Saturday,18 August 2012 at 2.00pm, by Liz Williamson, Head of Textiles, COFA
Exhibition Duration : Thursday, 16 Aug to Tuesday, 28 Aug (closing at 2.00pm)
Opening Hours : 10.00am to 4.00pm (including weekends)

Note : Entry to Palm House is Free.
           Everyone is welcome to attend.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Replica Frederica Josephson Coverlet Project

One of the highlights from the 2012 Sydney Quilt Show opening day awards ceremony was the presentation of the replican Frederica Josephson coverlet to representatives of the National Trust of Australia (NSW).  You can read more about this project on the new Replica Frederica Josephson Coverlet Project Page.
The Guild also acknowledges the following people who have generously contributed money, fabric and notions for the making of the coverlet. They are –
  •  Kim Bradley Creations – who made and donated the acrylic templates and all the papers we used.
  • Melinda Smith from Quiltsmith donated money towards the cost of fabrics
  • The Quilters’ Guild of NSW Inc. gave money to defray the costs of making the coverlet
  • Jennifer Corkish donated the Aurifil threads we used
  • Guild members Sandra Lyons, Liz Bonner and Kate Holden donated special fabrics used in the coverlet.
Click for more information
By the way, in some recent blog housekeeping, a number of past reports from activities of the Guild's Quilt Study Group have been transferred to this blog.  Please excuse any disruption to your RSS feeds or e-mail subscriptions as part of this process.

Friday, 6 July 2012

Taking Leaf of My Senses Exhibition by Sue Dennis

Taking Leaf of My Senses, a solo exhibition of  Guild member Sue Dennis opens at Warwick Art Gallery, Queensland on 6 July and continues to 19 August 2012.

Whether Sue is in the Australian bush, travelling overseas or at home trying to tame her garden, she is observing the shape, colour and variety of foliage present. A humble leaf is transformed via paint, fabric and stitch into a unique snapshot of place and time.

Work from 2006 to 2012, and both Australia and North America will be represented in her exhibition.

In the Moonlight by Sue Dennis

Quilt Study Group - Focus on Medallion Quilts: 21 July 2012

Join members of the Quilt Study Group of New South Wales to learn more about Medallion Quilts.

Our guest speaker this month is Margaret Sampson George who is well known for her wonderful quilts using this method of construction.  She will show many examples of her quilts, whilst explaining how they have changed over the years.  Please bring your own Medallion Quilts for Show and tell after Margaret's Talk.

"Baskets " Margaret Sampson George

Venue : Charles Kerry Meeting Room
              Level 5, Powerhouse Museum
Date :     2 pm  21 July 2012
Cost :     Guild Members $5
              Non Guild Members $15

Entry to The Powerhouse is free . . Meeting costs are payable at the meeting.

Afternoon tea will be provided and anyone is most welcome to attend these meetings.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Enjoy Needlework?

Many quilters wear several creative hats; interest in all things "Textiles" broadens our knowledge and appreciation of our craft of choice.
There is a Society of Needlework Tool Collectors in Australia who have informed our guild of the visit to Sydney 'of one of their own'. Perhaps you have heard of Kay Sullivan, the International Author of 'Needlework Tools and Accessories : A Dutch Tradition'.She is a prolific magazine contributor of articles about these interesting and historical items and the current Australian Convenor of this Society, Kerry Easton, warmly invites all quiltmakers to Kay's forthcoming talk, entitled " Dutch and European Needlework Tools". Further information about this Sydney meeting can be perused by clicking on this link 

Date : Saturday 28 July
Time : 10am - 12noon
Cost : $5
Venue : Beecroft Presbyterian Church Hall, Mary Street, Beecroft
             (enter from parking area in Welham Street)

All visitors are most welcome.
For bookings please contact webmaster@needleworktoolcollectors or call on 0421 998 136