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 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.
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 email@example.com).
Friday showcase is an informal but informative meeting is held in the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts which is right next door to the Guild Office.
• Doors to the meeting room at Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts (SMSA) will open at 9.30 am and our small charge ($5 members/$10 visitors) will be payable at the door.
• The showcase will start at 10 am at Level 1, SMSA.
• 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, morning tea and usual activities.
*Please note there now is a June Friday Showcase, however this is still no Showcase in December/January.
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 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.
2019 Meeting Dates
- Saturday 23 November – General Meeting – Burwood RSL 96 Shaftsbury Avenue Burwood.
9.30am – 3pm
Guest Speaker: Deborah Segeart , Editor of Quilters Companion
Demonstration by: Catherine Butterworth – Talk on her Best In Show quilt
QuiltNSW travels from the city to the country for a country meeting in 2020. This is a great opportunity to meet QuiltNSW members around the state as we visit member groups along the way. In 2020, our country meeting will be held in Newcastle at New Lambton Community Centre on Saturday 21st March.
A wonderful schedule of events will be organised for members to make a weekend of it – The Novocastrian Quilters including Guest Speaker Wendy Nutt will host the meeting. More details will be available in our next edition of The Template. Save the Date>>>>>>
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 by contacting the office or booking online. Numbers are limited. 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 so 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.
2019 scheduled pop-up sewing days are listed in our calendar.
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.
Quilt Study Group talks in 2020 are held from 2.00pm to 4.30 pm at The Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo. For location details see https://maas.museum/powerhouse-museum/#getting-here
QuiltNSW members pay $5.00 and non-QuiltNSW members $10.00 per talk. Please note there is free entry to the Powerhouse Museum when coming to the QSG talks.
Saturday 7 March – Quilt Study Group – Catherine Butterworth – “My approach to designing prize-winning quilts” to be held at the Theatrette, level 2 of The Powerhouse Museum
Saturday 23 May – Quilt Study Group – Catherine Porter – “Ralli Quilts” to be held in a PLC room, level 2 of The Powerhouse Museum
Enquiries or bookings, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 is Sunday 22 September –
If you are interested in coming along to the Sunday Sew In – please register your interest here.
Tea, Coffee and Cake provided – please bring a cup.
Guests of members welcome ($5 fee)
September 12/13 – 15 2019
Finally, the information you have all been waiting for regarding the QuiltNSW 2019 retreat!!
Once again, the venue will be the Hunter Valley Hotel Academy, Kurri Kurri.
Set in 200 hectares of beautiful bushland, the Academy provides a tranquil setting for members to sit and sew and sew and sew….
• There is ground floor access to all accommodation, sewing room and restaurant.
• Home cooked meals are prepared onsite and good quality barista coffee is available.
• The sewing room is well appointed and has excellent natural light.
• You may work on any project of your choosing. Hand or machine – there is plenty of room.
• Other activities are available for those wanting more than sewing.
Popular in previous years has been a trip to the local patchwork shops, swimming at Kurri Kurri pool and walking in the grounds with the kangaroos and wildlife.
Two styles of accommodation are available:
There are two options for the retreat: Two nights/ three days (Friday to Sunday) or three nights/four days (Thursday to Sunday.)
1. Motel style rooms with ensuite. A bar fridge and tea/ coffee making facilities are in each room. A microwave is available in the lounge area of the block. 2 nights: Single – $595 pp Twin – $450 pp 3 nights: Single – $795 pp Twin – $640 pp
2. Rooms with shared amenities. (Please note there are a number of individual bathrooms conveniently located throughout the accommodation block.) A lounge, two kitchenettes with microwave, small fridge and tea/coffee making facilities are also situated within the block. 2 nights: Single – $440 pp Twin – $375 pp 3 nights: Single – $595 pp Twin – $530 pp
• 2 Nights – Accommodation (Friday/Saturday) and all meals from afternoon tea on Friday to lunch on Sunday.
• 3 Nights – Accommodation (Thursday/Friday/ Saturday) and all meals from afternoon tea on Thursday to lunch on Sunday.
Please note that the retreat is open only to QuiltNSW financial members (at the time of booking and the time of the retreat.) A minimum deposit of $50 is required to secure a place. Book and pay online or download the booking form at www.quiltnsw.com. If unable to do this, drop into the office to make payment or phone the office to have a booking form sent via mail.
Bookings open 1st June, 2019 on a first come, first served basis. Click here to Book your spot!
Maximum number is 40 participants. Full payment is due by Friday, 30 August, 2019.
Your host for this year’s retreat will be the delightful Maureen Teager.
If you haven’t been before (or even if you have) make this the year that you drive the 2 hours north of Sydney to the Hunter Valley and partake of good company, good food and good conversation with ample time for stitching.