What is Special Olympics?

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.

An interesting workshop in April

hat workshopA Hat making Workshop


Pam de Groot

In the  Hat  workshop we will create a hat using the resist method.

This is the main method used to create pocket items such as bags, clothing and sculpture.

Participants will create their own template in the shape of their hat.  


  • Byo Lunch, morning tea provided.
  • Hat block if you have one. Don’t worry if you don’t.
  • Medium piece of bubble wrap approx  700mmx1m.
  • Thin plastic 2x bubble size, old sheet (may get torn up)
  • 300g wool tops(sliver). Varying colours, have more of one colour, this will be your base. (This is more than you will need but it gives you choice.) I will have some you can purchase on the day if you like. You can email me for suppliers  as well.
  • Soap of choice, small ice cream container
  • Selection of fibres to add in. ie silk top, mohair, silk hankies, spun wool, silk fabric, muslin etc.

      I will have some fibres you can purchase on the day if you need.

  • Bring a couple of old towels
  • Paper and pencils, tape measure, permanent texta


Sunday April 7th 9.30am-5.00pm


  • $85 per day, per person plus any materials.(silk fabric and any extra fibres)


  • 7 Charles St Lawson
  • Ph 47591618  or 0410 094653 email   pamdegroot.fibre@gmail.com

See our raffle quilt at Craft Depot


Eastwood Patchwork Quilters 2013 Raffle Quilt at Craft Depot

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.












Wednesday Night Group are not asleep on the job!

piles of fabrics

Wednesday night members have taken on the (insert word ENORMOUS) task of making enough bunting to stretch around the perimeter fence of Brush Farm House at Eastwood where the Eastwood Patchwork Quilters 2013 Biennial Quilt Exhibition will be held.

Wednesday night members busy working

Wednesday night members busy working

The dates for the exhibition are Friday 3rd May – Sunday 5th May 2013 10am-4.30pm at Brush Farm House, Lawson St, Eastwood NSW

I am not sure if the ladies realised the enormity of the task until it was begun! The members of the 3 groups contributed rectangles of fabrics, cut to a specified size.

The sets for each banner section  selected and then busily stitched to ties.

One section finished  . .  how many to go?

One section finished . . how many to go?

How to make a hanging sleeve

Here are some very easy instructions for making a quilt hanging sleeve

This is the way all EPQ members will be required to make the hanging sleeve for any quilts entered in our 2013 Eastwood Patchwork Quilters Biennial Exhibition. There is also a You Tube video if you are like me and need to actually see how this is done. Thanks to Maureen for these great instructions.

  1. Cut or piece together fabric to make a strip 9″ tall and the same width as the quilt.
  2. Fold under short edges 1/4″, wrong sides together. Fold under again. Press. Sew a straight or zigzag seam to hem the folds.  (diagram 1)
  3. Now fold the strip lengthwise, wrong sides together, aligning its raw edges. Sew together with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Press the seam allowance open.  (Diagram 2)
  4. Place the open seam against the quilt’s back. Center and pin the top edge of the tube to the back of the quilt, about 1/2″ below the binding.
  5. Use a whipstitch to sew the top edge of the tube to the quilt backing. Stitch into the batting occasionally to help strengthen the seam.
  6. Smooth the sleeve downward along the quilt back, then make a 1/2″ fold along its length to create a pleat. Leaving the pleat intact, pin the sleeve bottom to the quilt.
  7. Whipstitch the lower edge of the sleeve to the quilt. Remove pins. The sleeve will pooch out a bit to allow space for a hanging rod. (Diagram 3)
  8. Whipstitch the back sides of the sleeve to the quilt. Leave the front sides unsewn to allow for rod insertion.
 Here is a link to a great video by AQS Executive Show Director Bonnie Browning