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QuiltNSW Activities & Events

Welcome to QuiltNSW Activities & Events for Members

Celebrate Creativity

General Meetings

General Meetings are held at 

Club Burwood RSL,

96 Shaftesbury Road, Burwood

Meeting Schedule

  • Saturday – 17 August 2024
  • Saturday – 16 November 2024 AGM

Kathy Lester

Meeting Coordinator

If you have suggestions for guest speakers or demonstrators, email Meeting Coordinator Kathy Lester at meeting@quiltnsw.com

When possible, QuiltNSW travels from the city to the country for meetings. This is a great opportunity to meet QuiltNSW members around the state as we visit member groups along the way.

Popup Sewing Days

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 now, extending to our regional areas, on different days of the week to fit into the schedule. The days usually start around 10am. Numbers are limited so it is essential that you reserve your place. 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 individual financial members only.

For the most part, we hold our Pop Up Sewing Days in patchwork stores.  If you are a store owner and would like to host a pop up sewing day in your store, please email us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Jenny Chapman, Pop Up Sewing Day Coordinator

Our Next Popup Sewing Day

Venue: The Crafty Peacock 2/300 Stewart St, Bathurst

Date: Saturday, 25 May 2024

Time: 10.00 am – 3.00 pm

Michelle will provide morning tea. There is a 7-Eleven close by, or you may bring your own lunch.
 
Parking will be advised after booking, as Michelle recently relocated her business.
 
It will be hand sewing only on the day. If you would like a weekend away with other Quilt NSW members with a bit of sewing thrown in, plus some shopping and laughter, book now as numbers are limited. Hope to see you there.

Bookings are now open

Jenny Chapman – Pop Up Sewing Day Coordinator

Sip & Sew

Do you want to enjoy the company of fellow quilters without leaving home? Then Sip and Sew on Zoom might be for you. 

On the second Wednesday of every month from February to December, Kaye Jamieson, President of QuiltNSW hosts this online gathering of QuiltNSW members. You can log in anytime from 7.00 – 9.00 pm.

Just register in advance using the Zoom link in your e-newsletter or on the website. Then on the night, gather up your hand sewing, some snacks and your beverage of choice and log in for a fun evening.

Hope to see you there!

QuiltNSW Retreat

Dates: Friday 18 October to Monday 21 October 2024

Location: St Joseph’s Conference and Retreat Centre in Kincumber South. 

Do you want to spend a weekend finishing some projects or use the time to start some new projects?  Come with another QuiltNSW member or come alone – you will be made very welcome.

The retreat packages include accommodation, meals, and a fantastic sewing room. 

Details:

  • All accommodation is accessible (on the ground floor or by lift) with each room having its own ensuite. Rooms are single or twin.
  • The sewing room has good natural and artificial light. There is no set time for use of the room so early birds and night owls are all catered for!
  • Home-cooked meals are prepared onsite. Special medical dietary requirements are catered for.
  • You may work on any project/s of your choosing, hand or machine.
  • Non-sewing activities available include swimming (for those brave enough) in the outdoor pool, walking/jogging/bird watching in the extensive grounds, and retail therapy at the local shops. Last year, The Sewing Basket in Kincumber was by far the most popular shop.
  • The retreat is only open to individual QuiltNSW financial members (at the time of booking and the time of the retreat.)
  • Maximum number of participants is 30.

Cost: 

  • TBC

Bookings:

  • Open 1st July 2024 on a first come, first served basis.
  • A minimum deposit of $50 is required to secure a place.
  • Full payment is due by Monday, 2 September 2024.

Enquiries or assistance with booking should be directed to the retreat coordinator at office@quiltnsw.com or the QuiltNSW office on 9283 3737.

Friday Showcase

Friday showcase is an informal but informative meeting held quarterly IN THE QUILTNSW OFFICE, LEVEL 5, 276 PITT STREET, SYDNEY 

The small charge of $5 members and $10 visitors must be paid at the door.  Please bring the exact amount.  COVID safe conditions for attending Friday Showcase. The guild office will open at 10 am for members and visitors wishing to drop their bags, library books, community quilts to the office.

  • Bring a mask to wear when mingling to look at the quilts at the end of the presentation
  • It is not expected that there will be any refreshments offered in the office before or after the Showcase.
    (There is a very nice café at street level below the office)
  • The office will be closed while the showcase is underway and will then reopen at the conclusion of the showcase for the changeover of the quilts hanging.
  • Some of the above conditions may change at short notice.
  • See the Calendar for the proposed Speakers

Community Quilts

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 3,300 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, several refuges such as Street Kids and Baptist Church Inner City Refuge 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.

Suitcase Challenge

SUITCASE CHALLENGE 2024 – BLACK & WHITE

The 2024 Suitcase Challenge theme is ‘Black & White’. 

The QuiltNSW Suitcase Challenge 2024 is an eagerly anticipated event, inviting quilters to showcase their creativity within the theme of Black and White.

This exciting challenge encourages participants to explore the dynamic interplay between light and dark, utilising a monochromatic palette to evoke many emotions and narratives. From bold graphic designs to subtle tonal variations, the possibilities are endless, allowing quilters to push the boundaries of their craft and experiment with new techniques.

As each entrant unveils their interpretation of the theme, the exhibition promises to be a captivating display of innovation and artistry, showcasing the diverse talents within the QuiltNSW community.

You can use solid colours or prints, but they must be black and white (no grey, cream, or other colours are permitted).

Your quilt must be 40cm x 40cm and made of three layers.

Get creative and start planning your entry now!

Download the Conditions of Entry HERE

Click on the button below to get your entry in!

Junior and Youth Quilt Block Challenge

This challenge’s purpose is to encourage juniors and youth to become involved in the art of patchwork and quilting.

The challenge is free to enter and open to both members and non-members. Non-members are required to be sponsored by a current QuiltNSW member. If you need a sponsor, please contact the QuiltNSW office at office@quiltnsw.com, and they will assist you in obtaining one.

Entrants may enter one quilt block with no side smaller than 25cm or larger than 30cm. There is no limit to the colours, materials, construction methods or designs that may be used. You can use any technique or medium. All quilt blocks must contain a stitched component either by hand, machine, or both. The block may consist of smaller blocks stitched together to create a block that fits within the size restraints.

The quilt blocks will be on display at the QuiltNSW Exhibition 2024, and each entrant will receive an exhibitor ribbon and free admission to the exhibition on a single day. They may attend on a day of their choosing.

All prize winners will receive a rosette and cash prize.

For all enquiries, email the challenge co-ordinator  junior.coordinator@quiltnsw.com

Please download and read the full conditions of entry.

If you need inspiration, please download this sample quilt block tutorial

 

Click on the button below to get your entry in!

Here are some additional reference links for you.

https://quiltsocial.com/create-a-hand-quilted-table-runner-using-wool-felt-and-embroidery/ 

How to do hand applique

Teaching Kids to Sew: The Magic In your Quilting Stash