Beautiful quilts

My mother in law visited from the UK 3 years ago and was here for the EPQ quilt show and attended a few meetings on Wednesdays with me.  The girls from Wednesday were lovely enough to give Barbara some blocks as a present for her help at the show and as a farewell gift. She has now created two quilts from these blocks and sent me some photos.  I thought everyone might enjoy seeing them. Chris C. Barbara Cassidy_EPQ block quilt_2013_1 Barbara Cassidy_EPQ block quilt_2013_3

EPQ receives Australia Post Our Neighbourhood Community Grant

We are very proud to be the recipients of a community grant from Australia Post through their Our Neighbourhood Community Grant programme.

AUSPOST

Eastwood Patchwork Quilters supply little quilts to the Social Welfare Department of Sydney maternity hospitals. The quilts are offered to parents of babies who have died, to wrap their baby while they say goodbye. The group completes about 350 quilts per year which are distributed to three hospitals. The hospitals would like more and have suggested they could use twice that number, and other hospitals have requested our support.

Recently a hospital which supports Aboriginal Health in one area has requested the use of indigenous type fabrics be used in some quilts.

The financial grant will be used to purchase bulk supplies of suitable materials to expand the scope of this venture for the next twelve months. At present the group supplies some fabric which is supplemented with donations from members.

The committee anticipates preparing individual quilt kits with all materials included, ready to be distributed to members for construction of the little quilts. A small fabric label will be sewn to the reverse of the quilt noting it is a gift from Eastwood Patchwork Quilters.

Best of Show

Eastwood Patchwork Quilters is proud to introduce the Best of Show  winner of the 2013 Biennial Exhibition – Louise Smith.

Louise is a long term member of EPQ and attends the Tuesday meeting almost without fail. Her enthusiasm and expertise is demonstrated in the outstanding quilt that she produced.

Louise Smith and her Best of Show quilt - Bonaparte and Bohemia

Louise Smith and her Best of Show quilt – Bonaparte and Bohemia

Louise also won the Traditional Predominantly Hand Quilted and Best Hand Quilting awards for this quilt.

EPQ Exhibition 2013 – What a great success!

Lots of quits, excited quilters, Devonshire teas, craft and supplies shopping, beautiful weather and a beautiful location. What more could we have asked for!

Our 2013 Eastwood patchwork Quilters Exhibition was nothing but a great success. From the moment visitors entered the gate of Brush Farm House in Eastwood, the anticipation built.

Visitors were welcomed by banners and bunting around the perimeter of Brush Farm House

Visitors were welcomed by banners and bunting around the perimeter of Brush Farm House

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The cafe was busy all day supplying Devonshire teas and home baked goodies

The cafe was busy all day supplying Devonshire teas and home baked goodies

Even the trees did not escape the preparations of the day!

Even the trees did not escape the preparations of the day!

One of the quits raffled to raise funds for Special Olympics

One of the quits raffled to raise funds for Special Olympics

 

A Taste of Patchwork

For the first time this year, Eastwood patchwork Quilters will be holding a series of workshops titled A Taste of Patchwork.

The workshops will be held daily, at 2pm, at our exhibition and all are welcome to join. Of course, numbers are limited so if you are interested, speak to one of the EPQ members upon arrival.

There is no cost for the workshops, and all materials and tuition will be provided by EPQ members. A simple patchwork block will be completed using hand stitching techniques.

In addition to the Taste of Patchwork workshops at the exhibition, Eastwood Patchwork Quilters will be holding Beginner Workshops at their meeting hall later in May if sufficient interest is expressed by the public at the exhibition.

So don’t miss out, make sure you take up this brand new opportunity at the Eastwood Patchwork Quilters Exhibition on May 3, 4 and 5.Welcome

 

Special Olympics Raffle

This year Eastwood Patchwork Quilters is supporting Special Olympics by raffling two exquisite quilts, designed and made by members. Special Olympics has a significance to our group as at least 2 of our members have relatives involved in the association.

Harry Langford

Harry Langford

One young man who has achieved success in Special Olympics is Harry Langford. He is the son of one of our members and has grown up into a great young sportsman.

My name is Harry Langford.  I have been involved with Special Olympics since I was 13.

Special Olympics is a not for profit organisation that provides sporting activities for children and adults with an Intellectual Disability.

Being part of this has given me the opportunity to play sport every week, keep fit and make great friends.

 

 I speak at Corporate events to tell people how exciting it is to be part of Special Olympics.  I am Assistant Coach on a Sunday with the Upper North Shore group.

 

 I have played Soccer and Basketball.  I have represented NSW in Golf, Cricket and Softball.  In 2011 I represented Australia at the World Games in Athens in Softball and we came home with a Bronze medal.  There were over 7,500 Athletes from around the World at this event.

 

 My family and friends have been so proud of my achievements through this Organisation.

 

 I have met my beautiful girlfriend Lauren through Special Olympics – she plays softball too.

 

 I have had the opportunity to do so much more than I ever thought possible – I have had the chance to be the best person I can be………

 

 Special Olympics has given me this opportunity.

Harry Langford in Greece with Special Olympics

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Eastwood Patchwork Quilters Raffle Quilts

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.

EPQ first prize raffle quilt

EPQ first prize raffle quilt

Raffle quilt centre detail

Raffle quilt centre detail

The clock is ticking . . .

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.

Our venue - beautiful Brush Farm House in Eastwood

Our venue – beautiful Brush Farm House in Eastwood

Our Quilts are out and about

EPQ raffle quilt at Material Obsession, Drummoyne

EPQ raffle quilt at Material Obsession, Drummoyne

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

2nd prize

Second prize raffle quilt at Hobbysew, Top Ryde

The second prize quilt can be viewed at Hobbysew, Top Ryde.

Proceeds from the raffle of both quilts will benefit Special Olympics.