Patchwork is Everywhere 2

Keep your eyes open and you will see patchwork everywhere. On a recent visit to the QVB, this gorgeous floral display was viewed near the Queen Victoria statue.flowers

Its part of the Sydney Living Colour installation of street art and can still (as of last week) be seen.sign

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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

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.