Here are the absolutely stunning raffle quilts that Eastwood Patchwork Quilters. Funds raised from the sale of raffle tickets will go to Special Olympics. Tickets are available from various shop locations and from all members, and of course at our exhibition to be held on the weekend of 3,4,5 May at Brush Farm House in Lawson Street, Eastwood.
Time is passing quickly, the exhibition draws nearer. Here’s some information to jog your memory.
The Eastwood Patchwork Quilters exhibition venue is Brush Farm House at Eastwood, once home to Gregory Blaxland the explorer. Coincidentally, the week after our exhibition is the 200th anniversary of Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson departing on their expedition that eventuated in the first European crossing of the Blue Mountains…………….what a great event to work with our beautiful quilts.
Eastwood Patchwork Quilters has nearly 100 members, our group has been operating continuously for over 25 years and we are proud to still have some original members. This is our 13th biennial exhibition and our 2011 event was a huge success with 140 quilts on display, plus displays of baby quilts and bags. With our raffle and donations we were able to donate $8000 to Achieve Australia.
This year Eastwood Patchwork Quilters is supporting the Special Olympics – an organisation that inspires people with intellectual disability to reach their personal best through regular sport and competition.
The raffle quilts are looking beautiful and have been displayed in various locations about the city. Currently they are located closer to home- the first prize can be seen at Material Obsession in Rosebery Street Drummoyne. You can link to Kathy’s blog here
The second prize quilt can be viewed at Hobbysew, Top Ryde.
Proceeds from the raffle of both quilts will benefit Special Olympics.
Here is the flyer for the Eastwood patchwork Quilters 2013 Exhibition – you will find them at your local patchwork and quilting shop, group and EPQ members
Eastwood Patchwork Quilters have voted Special Olympics as the nominated charity for their 2013 Quilt Exhibition. The following is an excerpt from the Special Olympics Australia website:
Special Olympics is a worldwide movement that inspires people with an intellectual disability to reach their personal best through regular sport and competition.
It is not a single event and it is not just for the elite.
Instead Special Olympics volunteers provide sports opportunities for all people with an intellectual disability regardless of their skills, and they do this every week in communities right across Australia.
While some Special Olympics athletes strive to win medals, others enjoy the chance to get active, have fun, make friends and be part of a family. Whatever their motivation, we cater for them by providing meaningful sports programs delivered within a supportive environment where people with an intellectual disability are accepted and can feel proud.
People with an intellectual disability are often ridiculed, misunderstood, isolated or simply ignored. Yet, with the understanding and support of Special Olympics they discover the skills that allow them to improve their health, develop self-confidence and bring joy to themselves, their families and their community.
So by buying a ticket in our charity quilt raffle you will be helping the kids and adults from Special Olympics. Tickets can be bought from Eastwood Patchwork Quilters members and at our exhibition.
Both of the Eastwood Patchwork Quilters Raffle Quilts are out and about, first prize is at Craft Depot in Pennant Hills and second prize is at Logan’s Patchwork in Leichardt.
All proceeds go to a very worthy cause – Special Olympics.
We take our Exhibition as an opportunity to raise funds for a charity which gets little or no government funding. This year it is The Special Olympics, a worldwide movement that inspires children and adults people with an intellectual disability to reach their personal best through regular (weekly) sport and competition. Giving them opportunities not only to develop physical fitness, but also demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, coaches and other Special Olympic athletes and the broader community.
To aid the fundraising we have made 2 raffle quilts with the Canyon Star block. Each member was asked to make at least 5 blocks and were given blue fabric for the stars and a mix of green fabrics for the centre triangles. The ladies then added 3 different fabrics to complete each block. They are both stunning with the 1st prize quilt having a magnificent bird appliquéd in the centre.