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.
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.
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
SALE IN STORE AND ON-LINE.
15 June – 22 September 2013 | Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) | Brisbane Only | Ticketed
10.00am — 5.00pm Monday to Friday
9.00am — 5.00pm Saturday and Sunday
9.00am — 5.00pm Public Holidays
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 They resonate with historical references, revealing the social and cultural significance of what has often been simply perceived as ‘women’s work’.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
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 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.
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.
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.
- Cut or piece together fabric to make a strip 9″ tall and the same width as the quilt.
- 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)
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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|