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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Attendance requires online booking in advance . The small charge of $5 members and $10 visitors must be paid at the time of booking. Book early as numbers will be limited to 60. 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.
- Sign in at SMSA auditorium from 10.45 for the start at 11am. The starting time is 11am, one hour later than previously.
- 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 – Next Event – Lynn Hewitt
Friday 7 May – Lynn Hewitt In 30 years, Lynn Hewitt has made many quilts, and she enjoys doing workshops, learning new techniques and developing new skills. After a workshop, she often wonders what if she might make it again in another colour, or a different size or shape. At the May Friday Showcase, Lynn plans to show several quilts which have resulted after ” What if?”, as well as her very first quilt, and her latest, a modern quilt.
QuiltNSW meetings are generally 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.
- When: Saturday 15 May from 10 am – 3pm
- Where: Burwood RSL, 96 Shaftsbury Avenue, Burwood
- Guest speaker: Molli Sparkles
- Shop: Fabric Garden
- Bookings essential: Book here. Numbers are limited to 60.
QuiltNSW travels from the city to the country for a meetings when possible. It is usually a great opportunity to meet QuiltNSW members around the state as we visit member groups along the way and we look forward to resuming post COVID-19.
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.
Our next Pop Up Sewing Day for 2021 is at Stitched ‘n’ Framed – Saturday 17 April 2021. 930-130 – Members are able to bring machines or hand sewing on the day. Plenty of on street parking is available outside and opposite the shop. Morning tea will be provided, but please bring your own mug. Registration Essential. Numbers strictly limited due to Covid-19 restrictions so please book early for a great day with with fellow members, lots of laughter, chatter and sewing with a bit of retail therapy thrown in.
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.
2021 scheduled pop-up sewing days are resuming for 2021 – please see calendar for latest information.
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 2021 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.
To be scheduled
Enquiries or bookings, email email@example.com.
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 TBA –
If you are interested in coming along to the Sunday Sew In – please register your interest here.
Please register here for the Sew-in for catering and room setup requirements.
UPDATE **** 2020 Retreat to Kurri Kurri has been cancelled for 2020.
Enquiries should be directed to the retreat coordinator, Any questions, please email Linda Butcher or the QuiltNSW office on 9283 3737. (If the office is still unmanned, leave a message!)
NEWS FLASH: An exciting new venue has been tentatively booked for 2021. More details to follow………….!!!