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
We 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.