Guild Events & Activities
See the Guild Calendar for a comprehensive listing of Guild activities and events.
Australia's Biggest Quilting Bee is an annual national quilt event initiated by the Australian Council of Quilters for the Cancer Council in conjunction with Australia's Biggest Morning Tea to raise funds to help the fight against cancer.
Groups are encouraged to register their participation. Each registered group receives a ticket into the Cancer Council raffle, with major prizes available. Please contact the Guild office for further information on how groups can register.
Community Quilts Is an ongoing voluntary Guild project, in which members meet to sew quilts for people in the community. Each year over a hundred quilts are given to community organisations.
Friday showcase is an informal but informative meeting is held in the Guild office (Level 5, 276 Pitt Street Sydney) on the first Friday of most months. A Guild member is invited to speak about his or her quilting experiences and show their quilts. Many of the quilts that are displayed at the showcase are then hung in the office for a month.
If you cannot attend the showcase, come to the office and see a wonderful display of quilts.
We welcome Guild and non-Guild members to Friday Showcase. There is a small charge of $5.00 for members and $10 for non-members, this covers the presenter's out-of-pocket expenses, (as most presenters have to catch a cab into the city laden with all their quilts!) and morning tea.
Starting at 10.0 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. You are more than welcome to enjoy the library or sit and sew with your friends after the meeting
- June - no Showcase
- July - Pam Curtis
- August - Glen Waples & Marilyn Bell
- September - no Showcase
- October - TBA
- November - TBA
- December - no Showcase
NB There is no Friday Showcase in January, March, June and December.
Guild meetings are held in the Entertainment Dome on the first level 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.
The day starts at 11am with an informative demonstration by a Guild member. Enjoy shopping with our guest retailer and lunch at the club. The general meeting begins at 1pm with the business meeting of the guild, guest speaker, show and tell of members work, lucky door prizes and afternoon tea.
Come along and be involved with your Guild – visitors are most welcome.
2013 Meeting Dates:
- 18 May
- 17 August
- 19 October
- 30 November
The Quilt Study Group of NSW exists to promote interest and research into quilting, particularly in Australia. 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. Read more about the Replica Frederica Josephson Coverlet Project undertaken by the Quilt Study Group of NSW.
10.30am on Wednesday 5th June 2013 and Friday 21st June 2013 – Tour of the Caroline Simpson Library and Research Collection.
Following Jennifer Palmer's talk, we have arranged for two tours of the Historic Houses Trust's Caroline Simpson Library and Research Collection in the Mint Building on Macquarie Street. It is open from Tuesday to Friday and contains many items of interest touching on the history of houses, garden design and interior furnishing in New South Wales. The librarian will show us paintings, prints, textiles, wallpapers and other large format collection items, and you can stay on to continue your research into your quilts by using their excellent specialist research facilities. See www.hht.net.au/collections/library for further details.
Numbers for each tour are strictly limited to 15 people but if there is more demand, we can request another tour date. Please contact the Guild Office to secure your place on either of the tours.
Quilt Study Group Meetings
Meetings commence at 2.00pm – 4.30 pm at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. Guild members $5.00 and non-guild members $10.00 per visit (including free entry to the Powerhouse Museum).
Saturday 5 October 2013 – Karen Fail – 'Friendship Quilts'
Friendship quilts provide a lasting memory of shared lives and are a link with quilt makers of the past. Karen Fail, author of Between Friends - Quilts to Share, will talk about the early history of friendship quilts and their role in the lives of quilt makers.
Bring along your own friendship or group/collaborative quilts to show us. These could be made from birthday blocks, to commemorate a special event in your life or made as a Round Robin.
The Guild Retreat, 13-15 September 2013, will be at Redleaf Resort, Blackheath (in The Blue Mountains). Arrive 1pm Friday, depart 4pm Sunday, only 2 hours from Sydney with lots to see and do in the area.
Indulge yourself with almost three days of nothing but quilting, eating, drinking, laughing and shopping with other Guild members. The Weekend Away is very casual and presents an opportunity to visit local quilt and craft shops. The weekend affords opportunities to make new friends, see others' quilts and techniques and join in with chatting and laughter amongst those who have a common interest in patchwork and quilting.
Venue for Guild Meetings
July Friday Showcase: