We all love a fabric sale!


Here’s some great news from one of Eastwood Patchwork Quilters favourite fabric stores – take some time out from your stitching and get down there before Easter Saturday.

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Sale starts on Saturday 16 March and finishes on Saturday 30 March (yes Easter Saturday).


Quilts 1700-1945 Exhibition

15 June – 22 September 2013 | Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) | Brisbane Only | Ticketed

Opening Hours
10.00am — 5.00pm Monday to Friday
9.00am — 5.00pm Saturday and Sunday
9.00am — 5.00pm Public Holidays

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Quilts are evocative symbols of our collective past — stimulating our earliest memories of security and comfort and awakening the senses through touch and smell. They resonate with historical references, revealing the social and cultural significance of what has often been simply perceived as ‘women’s work’.

‘Quilts 1700–1945’ explores the personal and social histories embedded in both highly decorative and homemade bed covers that reveal the maker’s complex engagement with the wider world. Exploring over 200 years of British quiltmaking, every quilt has a hidden history, an unspoken story concealed within its layers. The exhibition features works from the V&A’s collection and loans from selected UK museums, as well as one of the world’s most important textiles, Rajah Quilt 1841, from the National Gallery of Australia.

This information was sourced from the website for the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)  www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/exhibitions

See our raffle quilt at Craft Depot


Eastwood Patchwork Quilters 2013 Raffle Quilt at Craft Depot

Both of the Eastwood Patchwork Quilters Raffle Quilts are out and about, first prize is at Craft Depot in Pennant Hills and second prize is at Logan’s Patchwork in Leichardt.

All proceeds go to a very worthy cause – Special Olympics.












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?

How to make a hanging sleeve

Here are some very easy instructions for making a quilt hanging sleeve

This is the way all EPQ members will be required to make the hanging sleeve for any quilts entered in our 2013 Eastwood Patchwork Quilters Biennial Exhibition. There is also a You Tube video if you are like me and need to actually see how this is done. Thanks to Maureen for these great instructions.

  1. Cut or piece together fabric to make a strip 9″ tall and the same width as the quilt.
  2. Fold under short edges 1/4″, wrong sides together. Fold under again. Press. Sew a straight or zigzag seam to hem the folds.  (diagram 1)
  3. Now fold the strip lengthwise, wrong sides together, aligning its raw edges. Sew together with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Press the seam allowance open.  (Diagram 2)
  4. Place the open seam against the quilt’s back. Center and pin the top edge of the tube to the back of the quilt, about 1/2″ below the binding.
  5. Use a whipstitch to sew the top edge of the tube to the quilt backing. Stitch into the batting occasionally to help strengthen the seam.
  6. Smooth the sleeve downward along the quilt back, then make a 1/2″ fold along its length to create a pleat. Leaving the pleat intact, pin the sleeve bottom to the quilt.
  7. Whipstitch the lower edge of the sleeve to the quilt. Remove pins. The sleeve will pooch out a bit to allow space for a hanging rod. (Diagram 3)
  8. Whipstitch the back sides of the sleeve to the quilt. Leave the front sides unsewn to allow for rod insertion.
 Here is a link to a great video by AQS Executive Show Director Bonnie Browning


The Quilt Study Group Meeting

Attention : Confirmation of Date
Please be advised that the next meeting for interested members of The Quilt Study Group will be held on  9 March 2013 

The Guest Speaker will be Lyn Dennis.

She will give an illustrated talk about her May 2012 United Kingdom  Quilt Research Trip.
Whilst there she was able to study some of the quilts in the collections of Norwich Guild Hall and (Lancashire) Gawthorpe Hall.
Lyn will share detailed information on approximately 10 – 12 quilts from each of these collections.

If you have any old English quilts or ‘heritage’ reproductions of such, to show, then please bring them along to share.

Venue : Powerhouse Museum
Date : 9 March 2013
Time : 2pm – 4.00pm
Entry : Meeting cover charge of $5.00 for members and $10 for non-members
Free Entry to Museum for all. 

Afternoon Tea will be provided.

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


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.

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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.