Friday, January 31, 2020

February 2020 events

Nearly February, diary dates are ramping up ...

Quilt NSW - Sydney quilt Show 2020 entries open
  • Monday 3 February 2020: Entries open
  • Monday 9 March 2020 (11.59pm): Closing date for entries
  • Friday 1 May 2020: Acceptance letters dispatched
  • Friday, 5 June 2020: Deadline for quilts to be delivered to Drop Off Person

Gallery 76 - Embroiderers Guild of NSW
1 - 29 February 2020

Craft Alive Penrith 2020 - Facebook event page

2020 Biennial Quilt and Craft Show
Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 February 2020
Mittagong RSL Club
Facebook event page

And remember that this exhibition, that has had rave reviews is still on at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney until 22 March 2020

17 October 2019 - 22 March 2020
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
... an immersive exhibition, (it) is the first in-depth survey that captures the dynamic energy of Linda and Jenny’s creative partnership ... Over 150 garments, textiles, photographs and artworks, many unseen, from the Museum’s own extensive collection are brought together with the designers’ personal archives.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Tokyo International Quilt Festival 2020

Three of our members are currently in Japan, with itineraries that include multi-day visits to the big quilt show, but they are much too excited to have organised all their photos, processed what they have seen so far, or to have written blog posts about them yet. Here are a just a few photos ...

Tokyo Dome Stadium, early on Day 1, before the crowds
Photo: Miriam Jones/Sue Crowe
From the retrospective exhibit
'The World of Keiko Goke'
Photo: Miriam Jones/Sue Crowe

One of the many 3D houses in Yoko Saito's
 delightful 'Mary Poppins' exhibit.
Photo: Miriam Jones

Hope, made by Keiko Morita
Photo: Sue Crowe

In the meantime, we recommend you visit Patricia Belyea's excellent Okan Arts blog post with many, many photos of the quilts at the current Tokyo International Quilt Festival, organised under the headings
  • competition exhibit
  • invitational exhibit
  • the big winners
  • retrospective - 'The World of Keiko Goke'
  • the music of quilts
  • special exhibits
We'll bring you more when our travellers return and recover.

Monday, January 27, 2020

January sewing day

Scheduling a sit-and-sew-day for January was a popular move, providing a good opportunity to catch up, and to work together after a six week break from regular meetings. We found plenty to do, working on our own projects and a number of community activities in preparation for our 2020 Quilt Show in April.

Louise volunteered to bind a community quilt

Hilary removed a lot of papers from a donated quilt
top that she is renovating.

Elaine likes to organised - her blocks are
numbered in neat stacks.

We finished off the 60 fabric flowers we have made for the
Fearless Flowers project, armed with felt, glue guns
and brooch pins.

Coffee, glue guns, glasses ... all set!

Some needed a little filling in their undersides ...
They'll make a colourful donation ...
... and help to promote awareness and funding for
ovarian cancer research and treatment.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Crafting for bushfire recovery - an update on some initiatives

Like so many people, crafters want to help in the recovery from bushfires, and are generous in their efforts. Cash donations have been swift and generous, and will continue to be needed, and crafters are contributing in numerous ways. Here's an update on just a few of the ongoing ways crafters are contributing. Please check updates on the individual groups regularly as needs change, and to find what is needed where, and when groups are unable to receive items ...

Cool the Vollies is an initiative to make and donate cooling cotton neck ties for volunteers. All details and requirements are on the group facebook page.

Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild has called for tree blocks that they will make into quilts for people affected by the fires. All the requirements are available on the Facebook page (6 January 2020 post), as are several design suggestions, and an address for postage. You can also follow the progress of this block drive via Instagram. Some quilters have posted block patterns and tutorials, such as Bonjour Quilts and Happy Sew Lucky

The Animal Rescue Craft Guild is coordinating distribution of crafted items to animal rescue groups through a series of collection hubs, and updates its site very regularly. They have recently imposed a pause on making while they conducted a stocktake. They provide patterns for wildlife pouches and recommendations on fabrics. Please note their post of 21 January explaining the current situation, and their thanks to the many crafters that have helped them reach current goals.

Crafty Adventure's Healing Hands Project is a local drive for new quilts and crocheted or knitted blankets, organised by quilters and designer Paula Storm and Jo Patton, who are located in the Ulladulla area (on the NSW south coast), and will distribute the quilts and blankets locally. Their Facebook post on 3 January gives details, and postal addresses for donations.

Piccolo Studio has shared free patterns/tutorials for wildlife rescue pouches on their website, Faceook page and via a private Facebook group, as well as writing patterns for the Animal Rescue Craft Guild.

... is Australia's largest wildlife rescue organisation. WIRES mission is to actively rehabilitate and preserve Australian wildlife and inspire others to do the same. WIRES works under a license issued by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (

There are other ways of contributing, for example, one of our members gathered a group of friends and sewed 20 rescue pouches last weekend - they posted a photo on Instagram and were immediately contacted by a small animal rescue group in regional NSW who asked if they could have them, and they have been posted off to a group tat definitely needs them right now.

Friday, January 17, 2020

First show and tell for 2020

We're off to a good start with three meetings this week, including a sit and sew / community sewing day. Here is the first batch of show and tell ...

Janice won first prize in an online sew-along for the Christmas 
stocking she made for her granddaughter (on the right), so 
she made a new one for her grandson as well. 
Congratulations Janice, we are not at all surprised that your 
beautiful work won the prize!.

Sue started the year well, wth the last stitches in her
'Little Miss April' (pattern by Margaret Sampson George)
sewn on 1 January. It is finished with a classic English knife
edge seam rather than binding. Not bad for a novice
English paper piecer and hand quilter!
Everyone loves Miss April's backing!
Hilary used the summer break to finish her SuperStars quilt
top, made entirely of batiks, many from a 2019 trip to Bali.

Elsa bought a kit, but thought she would have difficulty
 making it. So Yvette cut it out, Dawn pieced it, and now
Elsa finds she really likes it. Great team work.

Sewing days are a great opportunity to enlist extra hands and
use the big tables to baste quilt tops. Jo-Ann plans to machine
quilt concentric circles on her Zen Chic Moda quilt.

Robin strip pieced a Christmas tablecloth for her family,
that was very well received, and happily stayed on the
table for every meal in Christmas Day.
A Christmas gift of a Cri-Cut machine has kept
Daphne happily busy.

Nerida has been enjoying her 'Bessie Creek Road',
using her lovely fabric stash.

Lyn is developing her already considerable quilting skills,
practising with her free motion quilting rulers on her
domestic machine.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

All That Jazz - 2020 raffle quilt

Officially  introducing our 2020 quilt, 'All That Jazz', to be raffled in conjunction with our Quilt Show - the raffle will be drawn on Sunday 5 April 2020 ...

Proceeds of the quilt raffle will be donated to Beecroft House, a project of partner organisations including Hornsby Kuring-gai Women's Shelter, 'that will provide safe and secure transitional housing to women over 55, for a minimum of two years, with ongoing support to help identify permanent housing solutions.'

'All That Jazz' is one of two quilts made from blocks made by many Fairholme Quilters, for a block challenge exhibited at our 2018 Quilt Show. The quilts were assembled by Val and Roslyn, and quilted by Yvette.

Tickets will be available from Fairholme members from mid-February, and/or at our 2020 Quilt Show, 3 - 5 April 2020, at the Thornleigh Community Centre (in the northern suburbs of Sydney).

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Bushfire and drought relief message from the Quilt NSW President

President of Quilt NSW, Mandie Tyler's detailed and thoughtful post about how quilters can best respond immediately to the current bushfire and drought emergencies can be found on Template Free (the Quilt NSW blog), and on the Quilt NSW Facebook page, and Instagram. Please read and share.

Summer reading, viewing and listening

Some reading, viewing, and listening for these summer days when you might not be sewing...

Craft in America: QUILTS (video)
This one-hour episode premiered on PBS on 27 December 2019. This link is to the You Tube posting.
Learn about contemporary quilters from diverse traditions as we celebrate the important role quilts have played in our country's story. Featuring Susan Hudson, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Michael A. Cummings, Judith Content, the International Quilt Museum, and special guest Ken Burns ...

The trunk show to end all trunk shows (pt 2)
Here is the advice I’d like to share with you, quilters. This comes after five years of writing the Scout, 11 years of quiltmaking, a decade in the industry, and a whole lot of life spent around quilts ...  Mary Fons, Quilts Inc

Quilting helps this vet with PTSD
After two tours as an Army Battle Command Systems operator in Iraq, Army Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee was discharged with PTSD. It took awhile once home to find a focus, but one day he discovered a Joanne’s Fabrics flyer in the mail and decided to make a runner for his Mom ... Quilting Digest, 11 November 2019

The history of the zipper
It was a long way up for the humble zipper, the mechanical wonder that has kept our lives "together" in many ways. The zipper was invented with the work of several dedicated inventors, though none convinced the general public to accept the zipper as part of everyday life. It was the magazine and fashion industry that made the novel zipper the popular item it is today ... Mary Bellis, ThoughtCo, 4 October 2019

A thousand needle workers volunteer to finish dead woman's quilt
Shannon Downey was at an estate sale in Chicago where a 99-year old woman named Rita Smith used to live. In the bedroom Downey found hundreds of pieces of fabric that had been intended for a big quilting project which Smith started before she died.
Downey, who often looks for antique and vintage textiles to work with, said she was "emotional and overwhelmed" when she came across the unfinished quilt ... Rozina Sini, BBC News, 24 October 2019

'The Quilt', Ami Williamson
One of our members, Pam, has alerted us to this song by Australian singer Ami Williamson, who will be performing at the local Hornsby Folk Club in February. If you are a Sydney sider, you might recognise the quilt shop location, and the quilters in the video, and there is more about the making of the quilt in the short documentary about the making of the album, The Quilt, available here.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year!