QuiltNSW Events & Activities

Calendar

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. In 2016, this included the Stitches and Craft Show, the Royal Easter Show, Fairholme Quilters Exhibition and Better Homes and Garden LIVE Expo. 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 Maureen Teager at 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.

  • 3 February Katrina Hadjimichael
  • 3 March Lisa Walton
  • 7 April Daiva Ceicys
  • 5 May Pamela Brockwell
  • 7 July Glen Waples
  • 4 August Susan Allsop
  • 1 September Kay Murray
  • 6 October Catherine Babidge
  • 3 November Members Show and Tell

NB There is no Friday Showcase in January, June and December.

Meetings

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.

2017 Meeting Dates

  • 18 February General Meeting Burwood RSL (visitors welcome) 
     9.30am – 3pm
    Guest Speaker: Victoria Alexander
    Demonstration: Amanda Daly
    Shop: Marie Kelley of mercier.net.au
    Block of the Quarter: Lee Granger, Streethearts
  • 20 May General Meeting Burwood RSL (visitors welcome)
    9.30am – 3pm
    Guest Speaker: Lorena Uriarte 
    Demonstration: To be advised
    Shop: Berry Quilt & Co
  • 19 August General Meeting Burwood RSL (visitors welcome)
    9.30am – 3pm
    Guest Speaker: To be advised
    Demonstration: To be advised
  • 7 October General Meeting (AGM), Burwood RSL (visitors welcome)
    9.30am – 3pm
    Guest Speaker: To be advised
    Demonstration: To be advised
  • 18 November General Meeting Burwood RSL (visitors welcome)
    9.30am – 3pm
    Guest Speaker: To be advised
    Demonstration: To be advised

Country Meeting 2017

The Country Meeting 2017 will be a weekend away to Tamworth, Friday 17 to Sunday 19 March 2017.  Final payment due by Friday 24 February 2017.

The scones are being baked, the needles sharpened and the tea is brewing as our Country members look to welcome their City friends to their beautiful and peaceful towns. We will stop off along the way to Tamworth and back for some shopping, show & tell, learning and sharing of our love for the art of patchwork and quilting.

For those of you who live in or near one of our stops please email marketing@quiltnsw.com or president@quiltnsw.com if you would like to join us for one or as many of the sessions as we would love to meet you.

Here is an idea, of what is on offer for this fun weekend:

  • Muswellbrook & Singleton : Meeting with members at local quilt groups, including to talk about the services that QuiltNSW provides
  • Wyong, Scone, Tamworth, Nundle: Shopping
  • Tamworth: General Meeting on the Saturday starts at 11 am at Tamworth Community Centre
  • Guest Speaker & Demonstration by Jessica Wheelahan & Lynn Hewitt
  • Tours and outings to Nundle Woollen Mill, Tamworth local attractions
  • Organised dinners Friday and Saturday nights with sit and sew after dinner

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.

Quilt Study Group

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.

  • 11 March Sue Shaw – researching and documenting textiles
  • 2 May tour of Hambledon Cottage, Parramatta (bookings with QuiltNSW office essential)
  • 29 September Chris Jurd – foundation pieced quilts
  • 11 November Linda Butcher – coverlets

The 2017 schedule is currently being finalised and will be advised shortly.

Sydney Sew-In

New for QuiltNSW in 2017 is a Sunday Sew-in – a day of sewing (machine and hand). Think of this as 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.

We will also have a couple of BERNINA sewing machines on hand for demonstrations, block of the quarter sewing and for members to try. We acknowledge the support of BERNINA Australia in loaning us these machines.

The first Sunday Sew-in will be held at Epping Creative Centre and the second on 28 May at The Lodge, Newington Armory, Newington.

Booking essential – call QuiltNSW office (02 9283 3737).

QuiltNSW Retreat: 15-17 Sept 2017

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. 

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.

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