QuiltNSW Events & Activities


See the QuiltNSW Calendar for a comprehensive listing of QuiltNSW activities and events.

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 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.

External Events

QuiltNSW has information booths at various events throughout the year. We are open to having a presence at events, including our Quilt Hoop Display installation – if you are interested in having us at your event, please contact Margy Syrett through the QuiltNSW office (by emailing office@quiltnsw.com).

Friday Showcase

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. The schedule for 2018 is as follows:


  • 4 May Catherine Babidge
  • 6 July Claire Taerim Jeon
  • 3 August Chris Jurd
  • 7 September Pam Russell
  • 5 October Southern Quilters
  • 2 November Member Show and 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.

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.

2018 Meeting Dates

  • 19 May General Meeting Burwood RSL (visitors welcome)
    9.30am – 3pm
    Guest Speaker: Brenda Gael Smith to reflect on the highlights and challenges of
    curating exhibitions. She will provide tips for quilt artists and exhibition organisers
    Demonstration: Meredith Budd on using her speciality rulers
    Shop: Sew Many Stitches 
  • 18 August General Meeting Burwood RSL (visitors welcome)
    9.30am – 3pm
    Guest Speaker: Sue Dennis who will speak about her ‘Textile travel tales’
    Demonstration: To be advised
    Shop: Market Day
  • 6 October Annual General Meeting (AGM) Burwood RSL (visitors welcome)
    Guest Speaker: To be advised
    Demonstration: To be advised
    Shop: The Stitches Cupboard 
  • 17 November General Meeting Burwood RSL (visitors welcome)

Country and Away Meetings

Every two years, QuiltNSW travels from the city to the country for a country meeting. This is a great opportunity to meet QuiltNSW members around the state as we visit member groups along the way. In 2017, our country meeting was held in Tamworth on Saturday 18 March 2017. 

Every other year, QuiltNSW holds a meeting within a day trip from Sydney. In 2018, our Away Meeting was held at Katoomba in the Blue Mountains.



Pop Up 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 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.

2018 scheduled pop-up sewing days are listed in our calendar.

Quilt Study Group

The Quilt Study Group exists to promote interest and research into quilting, particularly in New South Wales and is a sub-committee of QuiltNSW. 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, talks organised by the Quilt Study Group 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.

The 2018 schedule of talks is –
• 12 May – Grace Widders and 2 friends from Hunters Hill Quilters will talk about Waggas and their group’s Wagga fundraising project
• Mid year visit to see the quilted objects in the Embroiderers’ Guild collection
• 13 October – Stephanie Knudsen will talk about her contemporary quilting career and her experience in setting up art quilting exhibitions in WA.  

Enquiries or bookings, email office@quiltnsw.com.

Sunday Sew-In

The Sunday Sew-in events are a day of sewing (machine and hand) – like a mini-retreat. Bring usual sewing supplies (and machine if desired with powerboard/extension cord), project, lunch and a cup … and quilting questions or tips to shares. We’ll provide irons/ironing boards, morning tea and scrap fabric and instructions for block of the quarter.

The next Sunday Sew-in for 2018 will be held on Sunday 27 May 2018 (10am – 3pm) at Lober House, 5A Broughton Avenue Castle Hill (part of the Mowll Memorial Village). The property is described by N.S.W. Office of Environment and Heritage as “a late Federation Arts and Crafts style mansion”. 

Sunday Sew-ins are for QuiltNSW members only and registration is essential – either online or by calling our office.

QuiltNSW Retreat: 13/14-16 Sept 2018

The 2018 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. 

Indulge yourself with time for 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.

You can arrive either  Thursday 13 September or Friday 14 September and, in each case, stay until Sunday 16 September – the booking form will be in the May issue of The Template and online bookings will also be available following delivery of the May issue. 

My dad, his dog and his fishing rod: Pamela PearceRemember Vera: Judi NikoleskiRemember Art Deco: Susan WilsonIf you’re going to San Francisco: Lisa JohnsonRemember grandmother’s flower garden: Ann WoodwardRemember Granma’s button box: Tonia BartonI can’t remember: Margy SyrettThe Dash: Catherine Porter