The Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair is on this year July 9-13 at a new venue, Sydney Exhibition Centre at Glebe Island.
Some quilters have been asking about the new venue and how it will work. Here’s the latest from Expertise Events:
News on Darling Harbour Redevelopment
In 2014 Expertise Events will be moving their events previously held at Darling Harbour to the NEW Sydney Expo site at Glebe Island whilst the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre is redeveloped over the next three years.
The specially designed temporary venue at Glebe Island will allow us to create a whole new opportunity to deliver our events in a brand new premium harbourside setting!
There is some great news for visitors; who will have the option of free public transport from various city locations, loads more parking onsite and it will be cheaper!
- The new venue is just 5.6km from the existing Darling Harbour centre.
- Only 5.8km from Central Station or a short 7 minute taxi ride from George Street.
- Ferry and River Cat services drop off at the centre door.
- Buses will operate from set transport hubs around the city: Central, Town Hall, Circular Quay and Darling Harbour.
- There will be an array of restaurants and pop-up cafes on site.
Some dates to add to your diary, for more information go to Expertise Events
The Creative Textile Show in Canberra on May2-4 is a new one this year and is a welcome replacement for the textile art show that was previously in Brisbane. An easy drive to Canberra from Sydney!
Have you been watching the Winter Olympics in Sochi? The bravery and skill of the athletes amazes me, no way would you catch me hurtling down a mountain head first on what looks like a travel ironing board!
The designs are, of course, based on a patchwork quilt. The designers, Bosco, wanted a design that would reflect the traditions of the Russian culture and reflect the ideals of the Olympic Games.
They stated “they had a wealth of choices to represent Russia’s rich diversity, but in the end we settled on something familiar, warm and welcoming: the patchwork quilt”. Patterns in the quilt pieces were taken from fabrics, ceramics, folk art painting and clothing.
Its fantastic to see quilts being used in such a high profile way, maybe it will encourage a few others to take up this traditional art form.
The official Sochi.ru website shows the patterns that were used to derive the designs, there is a sliding bar that links with images of the patterns that link to information about each pattern and photos showing the location of the patterns in the banners. Its well worth a look. Click here to be taken to the site. Then click on Look of the Games.
You may remember the previous post on Karen Nyberg, the NASA astronaut who took her patchwork into space with her.
Karen has now issued a challenge to quilters worldwide to create a star block to celebrate the 40 year anniversary of the Houston International Quilt Festival.
To read more about Karen’s challenges trying to stitch in space, follow this link. There is a great YouTube clip of Karen talking about her difficulties completing her 9×9 block.
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.
When astronaut Karen Nyberg is launched to the International Space Station, she’ll bring something entirely new to the space frontier: the art of quilting.
“I enjoy sewing and quilting,” she explained during a televised interview from Moscow. “I am bringing some fabric with me, and thread. I’m hoping to create something. I don’t know what yet it will be — that’s part of creativity. It comes with the feeling of the day. So I have the supplies at my hands to create, if I get the opportunity and the creative notion to do so.”
When she’s launched into space on May 28, she’ll be taking four “fat quarters” with her (pieces of fabric that are 18 by 22 inches), along with some needles and thread. But up-cargo limitations and safety issues mean she can’t take a sewing machine, an iron, paints, a rotary cutter or other common tools of quilters.
Read more about Karen here