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

Our Quilts are out and about

EPQ raffle quilt at Material Obsession, Drummoyne

EPQ raffle quilt at Material Obsession, Drummoyne

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

2nd prize

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 Quilters Exhibition

epq flyer photo

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

What is 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 Group are not asleep on the job!

piles of fabrics

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

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.

One section finished  . .  how many to go?

One section finished . . how many to go?

Brush Farm House – Eastwood

Brush Farm c.1910

brush farm

After restoration 2007

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

http://www.ryde.nsw.gov.au/About+Ryde/Historic+Ryde/Historic+Buildings/Brush+Farm+House

Our Raffle Quilts

epq2quiltsWe 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.

epq quilting

Welcome

Welcome from Eastwood Patchwork Quilters to all who visit our site.

We are a large and active quilting group in the north western Sydney region. Our members number over 100 and vary in experience, ability, age, and background.

At present, we are aiming towards our much anticipated biennial exhibition to be held in 2013 from Friday 3rd May until Sunday 5th May at the historic Brush Farm House in Eastwood.