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.
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.
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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.
Our venue – beautiful Brush Farm House in Eastwood
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
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.
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.
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
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.
At EPQ we love Brush Farm House. It is a stunning venue in which to exhibit our quilts. The history of the house is interesting as a significant building in the suburb of Eastwood.
The Ryde City Council website tells of its early days . . .
Brush Farm House was built circa 1820 by Gregory Blaxland, following his purchase of the Brush Farm Estate in 1807. It is not only one of Australia’s oldest houses but also one of the most substantial houses surviving from the Macquarie period. Brush Farm House represents a nationally important site where some of the colony’s initial land grants were made.
After that time it variously served as a grand residence for a state Premier and other notaries, a boy’s reformatory school and an administration centre before falling into disrepair.
In 2007, a multi-million dollar restoration was completed and the building re-opened as a community space. It was after that time when Eastwood Patchwork Quilters began a fruitful relationship with our first exhibition there in 2009.
You can read more about the house at the Ryde City Council website
We take our Exhibition as an opportunity to raise funds for a charity which gets little or no government funding. This year it is The Special Olympics, a worldwide movement that inspires children and adults people with an intellectual disability to reach their personal best through regular (weekly) sport and competition. Giving them opportunities not only to develop physical fitness, but also demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, coaches and other Special Olympic athletes and the broader community.
To aid the fundraising we have made 2 raffle quilts with the Canyon Star block. Each member was asked to make at least 5 blocks and were given blue fabric for the stars and a mix of green fabrics for the centre triangles. The ladies then added 3 different fabrics to complete each block. They are both stunning with the 1st prize quilt having a magnificent bird appliquéd in the centre.