Scrolling through Instagram recently, I spotted a lot of chat about a great new publication from Express Magazines. the cover caused me some interest as I recognised the quilt as being made by an EPQ member.
Congratulations to Maureen Teager on being the front cover girl for this new magazine/book Inspired by Vintage Quilts. Maureen’s stunning quilt Tribute to Gilly’s Find is published in beautiful colour and with full instructions.
You should be able to pick up a copy at your local newsagency or a digital copy online from Zinio.
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.
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.
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.
So don’t miss out, make sure you take up this brand new opportunity at the Eastwood Patchwork Quilters Exhibition on May 3, 4 and 5.
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