Living Colour Exhibition

living colour

Brenda Gael Smith is curating another amazing exhibition this year. Living Colour is a travelling exhibition that can be viewed in several locations near us after its launch at the Australasian Quilt Convention 10-13 April 2014

Nearby locations for this exhibition are:

Creative Textile Show, Canberra 2-4 May 2014 with daily curator talks at 12.30pm

Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair, Glebe Island (new venue) 9-13 July 2014

Gosford Regional Gallery 21 March -22 April 2015

News on Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair

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!

Fast facts:

  • 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.

Upcoming Craft and Quilt Fairs

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!

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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.

A Taste of Patchwork

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.Welcome

 

Special Olympics Raffle

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.

Harry Langford

Harry Langford

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.

Harry Langford in Greece with Special Olympics

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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