First Quilter in Space

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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

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

 

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

A couple of interesting opportunities

Chris Jurd Fans Take Note

If anyone is interested there are a couple of vacancies in the Chris Jurd Foundation Piecing Class at Material Obsession on the 2nd Friday of the month from 10am – 3pm

 So, this means this week –  Friday 12th April

. . . and when you’ve been inspired by our exhibition and need a new challenge you can go on Friday 10th May

 Cost is $65 per class, you can do one or more and you can claim you EPQ rebate if not already used.

 Robyn Shipton will be there on Monday, so for any enquiries or bookings call 9819-6455

 

 

ABSTRACT QUILTS IN COLOUR 

LECTURE by GWEN MARSTON

 THURSDAY 11 JULY 2013

7pm for 7.30pm

Quilts made in solids have an impressive history. They were the first quilts to be taken seriously as art. In 1971, Amish quilts from the collection of Jonathan Holstein and Gail van der Hoof constituted the first major museum exhibition of quilts shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. 

Using her new abstract quilts as examples, Gwen discusses her work in solids and points out some of the great characteristics inherent in solids. 

Gwen’s work in solids began with studies of Amish quilts and she has continued to work with solids over the past 3 decades. In this lecture Gwen talks about Amish quilts and how they have influenced her work. Gwen discusses her new abstract work in solids and points out some of the great characteristics inherent in solids. The lecture is illustrated with quilts from her book Ideas and Inspirations: Abstract Quilts in Solids.

Auditorium,  Mary MacKillop Place 

7-11 Mount Street
North
Sydney NSW 2060 Australia

The nearest train station is North Sydney (5 to 10 minute walk).

There is metered parking in Mount Street and several private car parking stations within walking distance

Public buses stop on Miller Street and the Pacific Highway in North Sydney. We are a five minute walk from the bus stops and two minutes from North Sydney Post Office which is on the corner of Mount Street and Pacific Highway

Proudly brought to you by

Quiltsmith and The Cottage Quiltworks 

To book please ring 02 9550 4947 or 02 99974661

Tickets $50.00 – light supper provided.

 

 

Eastwood Quilters Exhibition

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Eastwood Patchwork Quilters Exhibition Flyer

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

Quilts 1700-1945 Exhibition

15 June – 22 September 2013 | Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) | Brisbane Only | Ticketed

Opening Hours
10.00am — 5.00pm Monday to Friday
9.00am — 5.00pm Saturday and Sunday
9.00am — 5.00pm Public Holidays

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Quilts are evocative symbols of our collective past — stimulating our earliest memories of security and comfort and awakening the senses through touch and smell. They resonate with historical references, revealing the social and cultural significance of what has often been simply perceived as ‘women’s work’.

‘Quilts 1700–1945’ explores the personal and social histories embedded in both highly decorative and homemade bed covers that reveal the maker’s complex engagement with the wider world. Exploring over 200 years of British quiltmaking, every quilt has a hidden history, an unspoken story concealed within its layers. The exhibition features works from the V&A’s collection and loans from selected UK museums, as well as one of the world’s most important textiles, Rajah Quilt 1841, from the National Gallery of Australia.

This information was sourced from the website for the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)  www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/exhibitions