Tuesday, May 21, 2024

‘Enchanted Garden’ block challenge

Here are all the entries in the “Enchanted Garden’ members block challenge (see our previous post), set by Roslyn, and won by Susan Macintosh. Roslyn has a plan for these blocks - what will they become? Thank you to everyone who entered.

Tap on each image for a closer view, and to read the labels.

Viewers Choice awards - 40th Anniversary Quilt Exhibition

Our 40 Anniversary Quilt Exhibition was held at the weekend 18 -19 May 2024. The exhibition is not juried or judged, and three awards were voted for viewers throughout the two days: 

  • Viewers’ Choice - quilts
  • Viewers’ Choice - members’  block challenge
  • Viewers’ Choice - Ruby Pin Cushion challenge

Our grateful thanks to all who contributed to its success: 

  • our members who entered quilts and made craft items, and decorations
  • family members and friends who helped us set-up the exhibition 
  • the exhibition sub-committee led by Helen Battellino
  • Hornsby and District Branch of CWA NSW who catered  the cafe
  • our three vendors: Sew Can I60 Stitches and Fortunes and Fairies
  • and all who came to see the displays, bought raffle tickets and shopped
Photos of the quilts and their makers are being drafted for a number of posts. You can also see them on Our Instagram and Facebook accounts - just search for ‘Fairholme Quilters’.

Viewers’ Choice - Quilts

Jeni Simmons had no idea when she posed for a photo with
her exquisite quilt, ‘Flowering Gum’ was about to be voted the
Viewers’ Choice at our 40th Anniversary
Quilt Exhibition.
Congratulations Jeni!

The prize of an Oliso iron was generously
donated by 60 Stitches

Viewers’ Choice - members’ block challenge

The members’ block challenge, ‘The Enchanted Garden’, was set by 
Roslyn Pullen, who has a plan for the blocks, to be revealed!
A full gallery of the blocks entered will be posted separately.

Susan Macintosh’s stunning block ‘Beetle Garden’ was
voted the Viewer’s Choice.
Susan fussy cut the challenge
fabric and hand appliqued her original design.
Congratulations on your award Susan, and many thanks 
for your vital contribution to the show as our Treasurer and 
electronic payments expert, teacher and manager.

‘The Enchanted Garden’

Block Challenge

The challenge:

To make a 12 1/2” x 12/12” block (unfinished)
Interpret the challenge title using your own method to create a block masterpiece.
Use at least half of the fabric square provided.

The challenge fabric is ‘Coleus’ designed by Philip Jacobs 

for the Kaffe Fassett Collective.


Viewers’ Choice - Ruby Pin Cushion

The Ruby pin cushion challenge was a way to mark our 
40th anniversary as a quilting group, with a personal 
memento we can use as we stitch. 
The challenge was broad - to make a pincushion using mostly red fabric.
A gallery of all the entries will be posted separately.

Janice Freelander’s ‘Ravishing Ruby’, a richly embroidered
wool felt pear was voted Viewer’s Choice.
Congratulation Janice, it is a beauty.

Friday, May 17, 2024

40th Anniversary Quilt Exhibition

The quilts are hung, the whole exhibition is set up, ready to receive visitors …

Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May 

10am - 4pm

Thornleigh Community Centre 2120

Our raffle quilt, ‘Razzamatazz’

Mabel, made by Susan MacMahon

Monday, May 13, 2024

Shop with us …

Shopping for fabric and other quilty things is an integral part of most quilt shows, and the Fairholme Quilters 40th Quilt Exhibition next weekend will be no exception. We’ll be joined by three of our favourite quilt shops:

Fortunes and Fairies

Fortunes and Fairies - you will be amazed at the wide 

range of fabrics Leanne offers, and the depth of her 

knowledge about them. If you are looking for something 

specific, you might well find it here.

Sew Can I

Sew Can I  is renowned for their extensive range 

of beautiful bright modern quilting fabrics. You will be able 

to choose from popular designers (or take some of each!). 

And find out about their class and sit-and-sew offerings

 - so much choice!

60 Stitches 

60 Stitches will bring some of their beautiful range precut 
fabrics and kits, and you can talk to them about their very
active calendar of classes and sit-and-sew days covering
a range of  sewing and other needle crafts.

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Count down - one week!

 Just over one week to go until our 40th Anniversary Quilt Exhibition opens on Saturday 18 May at Thornleigh Community Centre. We’re all organised, and just a little excited to be staging a show again.

The display of Fairholme members’ quilts is just the beginning … there will be other quilty things to see at our 40th Anniversary Quilt Exhibition in just a few days! Here are some of them.

Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May

Thornleigh Community Centre

Cnr Phyllis and Central Aves, Thornleigh 2120

10am - 4pm both days

Monday, May 6, 2024

The New Quilt 2024


QuiltNSW posted previews of quilts juried into The New Quilt 2024 in the lead-up to the exhibition’s opening  on Friday 3 May. This quilt is Val Nadin’s - Val is a Life Member and founding member of Fairholme Quilters. Congratulations on being selected for this exhibition Val:

‘A Fractured Landscape - After the Flood by Val Nadin considers the destructive power of nature and, in particular, when the Nepean River burst its banks in 2022 and inundated the Yarramundi bridge.

Val’s interest in quilts began in 1980, while she was living in Singapore. She developed her skills and technique in both traditional and art quilt-making over 40 years. She has taught many classes, judged exhibitions, and worked on Valuation Committee for 25 years. Many of her works are in Australian-themed series, for example, ‘Convicts and Soldiers’, ‘Bushfires’, ‘Drought’, and more recently, ‘Floods’. Val’s quilts have been exhibited across Australia and internationally. Her favourite techniques include strip piecing, and the inclusion of her own hand-dyed fabrics and found objects such as teabags, plastics, and beads. She is currently working on a series of small quilts, using fabrics identified with specific cultures, such as Australia’s First Nations, Indonesia, France, England, and Africa.’

The exhibition is now open until 23 June 2024 at the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor NSW. 

Congratulations to Sue Dennis, who won the major prize with her quilt ‘Tempest’, and to Anna Brown, runner-up with her quilt ‘Canopy 27’, announced at the exhibition opening on 3 May. You can see their winning quilts, all of the juried quilts in the online gallery, and the program of exhibition events at the QuiltNSW website. We recommend a visit to the beautiful Hawkesbury Regional Gallery if you can make it.


Thursday, May 2, 2024

New finishes

Robyn is adept at many needlework techniques. She has
made a replacement wall hanging for one retired after twelve
years, incorporating many treasures from small pieces
(embroidery, cross stitch and others) that have accumulated
over years and now have a home comfortably together.
And Robyn can enjoy them every day, not just when she
goes through her cupboards. Clever, and sure to inspire
others with collections unseen.

Nerida enjoyed her first ‘Crossroads’ quilt so much she’s
made another, and it’s another beautiful mix of
fabrics playing happily together.

Many, many very small scraps (that she describes as
‘all the rubbish’) make both the feature and background
 piecing of Susan Mac’s quilt. It’s all 1” x 2” pieces!

A large piece of a Japanese fabric, bought as an
end of bolt, is a perfect backing.

Friday, April 26, 2024

Community quilts

A donated collection of 2 1/4” strips, used to
make a simple but striking 480-square
checkerboard by Lynette.

Susan M donated a lovely collection of five quilt tops from
her ‘to be quilted’ pile early in the year, and we are working
our way through quilting and binding them. This one
is Susan’s version of Jen Kingwell’s ‘Flutterby’ design,
quilted by Janet.

The large scale floral backing fabric is
from our community stash.

She pieced this top so long ago that Susan can no longer
remember the pattern name or designer, but look at it
carefully and you will see that it is a clever intersecting design
with the appearance of curves using only straight lines.
A very large number of bright fabrics makes it very vibrant.
Also quilted by Janet.

Susan K’s late mother was a traditional quilter, but she joined
Susan in making a ‘jelly roll race’ quilt, eventually making
these blocks. Susan recently took the unfinished quilt top out
of storage after many years, did some repairs, finished the top and
 pieced a modern backing (below)from her own stash.
Laura quilted it, and now it has been generously donated
to our community collection.


Monday, April 22, 2024

Just under a month …

 … till 18 - 19 May, and our 40th Anniversary Quilt Exhibition!

This is where you will find us, at the Thornleigh Community Centre,
 corner of Phyllis and Central Avenues, Thornleigh 2021.
There will be bunting.

The Community Centre is next door to Bunnings Warehouse, 
and Phyllis Avenue turns off Pennant Hills Road, at traffic lights.
Parking is available nearby.
The nearest train station is Thornleigh, on the Northern Line
about 10 - 15 minutes walk away.

The quilts are made, the display is mapped out, the white
gloves are laundered, the craft items are beautifully packaged,
and sensibly priced, the shops are booked - 60 Stitches, Sew Can I,
and Fortunes and Fairies.
Hornsby District CWA have the cafe organisation under control,
 and the raffle tickets are ready for you to buy.

The show will be open 10am - 4pm on both Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May.
Entry is $8
We hope you can join us then.

Friday, April 19, 2024

May events

 ‘Looked At… And Overlooked’ pays homage to remarkable
women whose achievements have been excluded from
successive histories written by men.

Curator Mary Brown has brought together a phenomenal
group of creatives and thought leaders to produce stories about
fascinating women, spanning ancient Byzantine to the present,
and share them through this exhibition of spectacular textile art.

Gallery 76
76 Queen Street Concord West 2038

Annandale. Community Centre
(‘Back Hall’)
79 Johnson Street


The Sewing Basket is holding its inaugural Big Basket Sale!
Browse through over 15 stalls of 100% donated goods at very 
affordable prices. Unique fabrics, patterns, embroidery materials,
 knitting and crochet yarn, haberdashery, and more.

Canberra Quilters Exhibition
Craft Alive Canberra
23 - 26 May 2024
EPIC, Budawang Building
Flemington Rd, Mitchell ACT 2911

National Gallery of Australia - online event