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.
We are very proud to be the recipients of a community grant from Australia Post through their Our Neighbourhood Community Grant programme.
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.
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 also won the Traditional Predominantly Hand Quilted and Best Hand Quilting awards for this quilt.
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.
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.
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.