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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A Quilting Challenge from Space

You may remember the previous post on Karen Nyberg, the NASA astronaut who took her patchwork into space with her.  sewing in space

Karen has now issued a challenge to quilters worldwide to create a star block to celebrate the 40 year anniversary of the Houston International Quilt Festival.

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To read more about Karen’s challenges trying to stitch in space, follow this link. There is a great YouTube clip of Karen talking about her difficulties completing her 9×9 block.

 

EPQ receives Australia Post Our Neighbourhood Community Grant

We are very proud to be the recipients of a community grant from Australia Post through their Our Neighbourhood Community Grant programme.

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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.

First Quilter in Space

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When astronaut Karen Nyberg is launched to the International Space Station, she’ll bring something entirely new to the space frontier: the art of quilting.

“I enjoy sewing and quilting,” she explained during a televised interview from Moscow. “I am bringing some fabric with me, and thread. I’m hoping to create something. I don’t know what yet it will be — that’s part of creativity. It comes with the feeling of the day. So I have the supplies at my hands to create, if I get the opportunity and the creative notion to do so.”

When she’s launched into space on May 28, she’ll be taking four “fat quarters” with her (pieces of fabric that are 18 by 22 inches), along with some needles and thread. But up-cargo limitations and safety issues mean she can’t take a sewing machine, an iron, paints, a rotary cutter or other common tools of quilters.

Read more about Karen here

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

 

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