Friday, June 24, 2022

New event notices

 The quilt/textiles/craft show calendar continues to fill up! For a more extensive list, visit our 2022 Events page.

Avalon Quilters Exhibition
2 - 3 September 2022
Avalon Uniting Church
Avalon Beach
Enquires: Anne 0401 335 t737

Novocastrian Quilters on Facebook
Enquires:Honey 0481 350 121
Or Margaret 0418 250 211

Monday, June 20, 2022

Community quilts in progress

The community collection grows in numerous ways - donated blocks, donated completed tops, completed quilts, and those we make specifically for the collection from the community stash or our own fabrics. We appreciate all of them.

A beautifully appliqued quilt top donated by a friend of Val

Val used a stash of 1930’s reproduction prints stitched into
 nine patches and snowballs as a pandemic stitching project.

Dawn stitched up some donated nine patches with
spotted sashing and cornerstones, quilted by Laura.

Hilary’s scrappy ‘Little Women’, quilted by Laura.

Crooked Courthouse Steps mark II, made with blocks
 from Julie and Jill

Elaine W is powering through some new blocks at
our monthly sewing day.

Nerida learned to make her improv tree blocks from Hilary,
and seems to have found some more green scraps after her
recent very large green log cabin blocks, and a wonderful collection of backgrounds.

Thursday, June 16, 2022

More on Kawandi style quilts

Interest in Kawandi style quilts, as made by Siddi people in India continues. At a recent Monday meeting, Val demonstrated how she has made some.

Val is working on the second row of pieces, 
working towards the centre.

Our previous posts on Val's first three Kawandi pieces from last year are here: and here :

Val recommended this book, Godharis of Maharashtra:

Val also recommended investigating the quilts of the late Anna Williams, that we posted about here:

Several of us have recently attended workshops with Lorena Uriarte where we started a Kawandi piece. Miriam and Stephanie have finished theirs:

Stephanie made her finished workshop panel
into a zippered pouch

Stephanie’s pieces laid out on the backing and batting,
 before stitching

Miriam’s finished workshop piece, with ric-rac braid
stitched between the top and  batting layers around
the edges. She plans to use it as a table centre.

You can find information about Lorena's workshops on her website :

Some of us became aware of Kawandi through mentions online in the last couple of years, and particularly the work of Sujata Shah - you can find more information on her on her blog, The Root Connection, here:

Monday, June 13, 2022

Made by Fairholme quilters

Cushion hand embroidered by Robyn

Susan was very warm at recent very cold meeting 
in her beautifully appliqued and quilted coat.


Dana is heading to the UK, and made her Liberty draw string bags 
(pattern by @kandoucrafts) for the trip

This one is for her travelling crochet project

Dana plans to visit Liberty of London

Tuesday, June 7, 2022



Robyn’s 21st birthday quilt for her granddaughter
was very well received!

Jill’s son had a clear idea about his ‘stars in the sky’ quilt,
 they worked on it together, and he is pleased with the outcome.

A beautiful green log cabin star quilt for Nerida’s nephew.

Susan’s ‘Cross and Plus’ quilt is a fun riot of colour and print,
all tied together by the turquoise and red border and
binding, with a fabulous backing print.

Monday, May 30, 2022

Australasian Quilt Convention awards

The Australasian Quilt Convention has been held in Brisbane this weekend, after a break during the first two years of the pandemic. The awards were presented on Saturday evening:

The Rajah Award acknowledges the outstanding contribution by an individual to quilting in Australia.

The Shining Light Award goes to a quilter under 18 years of age and is an encouragement award for junior quilters.

The Lut-Da Award goes to a quilter who has made an outstanding contribution to their local or quilting community via the medium of quilting.

Bernina Best in Australia: Catherine Butterworth (NSW) for her quilt ‘Star Crazy’ (Best in Show, Sydney Quilt Show 2019)  

Rajah Award: Pam Holland

Shining Light Award: Matthew Birlenberg

Lut Da Award: Gail Bayly

Hall of Fame Award: Kerrie Hay

On the first day of the Convention, the AQC 2022 Going Green Challenge  winner was announced as Rachelle Denneny for her quilt ‘Harmony in Green’

Friday, May 27, 2022


 Quilting objects for purposes other than warmth, embroidery, crochet and knitting are all practised alongside our making of quilts for warmth … some of us even sew garments!

Robin bought this vibrant hand dyed merino wool in rural,
NSW recently, to knit up into a hat ora scarf, maybe both …

… like this one she made last year. Lynette bought the buttons  
in Berry when she visited for their recent quilt show.

Lyn found an almost finished crocheted shawl made by
an aunt many years ago, and has added the stitches to
complete the tartan pattern.

Janice used 1/2 hexagons backed with felt to make
clever thread keepers for her embroidery threads.

Robyn made some beautifully warm beanies last year
 that were snapped up from our craft stall, so we were
delighted when she brought in some more for the
coming winter. They didn’t all make into the craft stall stock.

Janice’s new baby granddaughter has the beginnings
 of a fine wardrobe of knitwear.

Louise made a densely embroidered heart,
framed on black linen for a friend.

Daphne has a collection of patterns for small pouches and 
purses. These little ones open out into handy box shape.

Monday, May 23, 2022

June events

Please check with the organisers nearer their dates whether events are going ahead 
during the COVID19 pandemic.

Annual Members Exhibition 2022
Wednesday 1 June - Saturday 4 June
 Former Transport Depot at 21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston ACT  
(previously the Old Bus Depot Markets).

A new event
The Australian Quilt Show
will be part of at Craft and Quilt Fairs in 
Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney,
sponsored by Expertise Events and Janome

(Note that QuiltNSW Sydney Quilt Show will be a separate event, 
at a different venue in October - scroll down to the QuiltNSW flyer)

Thursday, May 19, 2022

More work coming along nicely

Since we have been back to face to face meetings, we are enjoying seeing all the isolation projects making progress, and new ones started …

Hilary’s rainbow

‘Wensleydale’, from Jen Kingwell’s book ‘Quilt Recipes’
is a very popular  design. Miriam’s scrappy version
has a large scale Kathy Dougherty bird print border.

Jill made Wensleydale in mostly pink and purples
at the request of a six year old.

Big bright scrappy twisted hexagons made by Jill …

.. has a large scale floral print border designed by
Anna Maria Horner

Daphne married large print squares with bands
 of foundation paper piecing.

‘Flowering Gum’, from the Australian Floral Mandala
series designed by Sonya Else.

Susan is well advanced on machine stitched raw-edge
 appliqué using fabric from her stash.