Request for quilts to hang at Erindale Library

January 28, 2021 | Posted in exhibitions, modern quilters | By

Elaine White is seeking Modern Quilts to hang at Erindale Library for
the next exhibition there, from early February to early May.

Quilts must have a hanging sleeve, with no side larger than 230 cm.  A title, and a short paragraph about the quilt or its maker is also appreciated.  Label preferred but not essential.

Can you please contact Elaine to offer your quilt and organise pickup/drop off? Her contact details are in our newsletter, Connecting Threads.

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ROYAL CANBERRA SHOW – 28 February – 1 March at Exhibition Park in Canberra

January 1, 2020 | Posted in Call for Entries, exhibitions | By

Valerie has reminded us that electronic entries are still open for the Crafts Expo at the Royal Canberra Show.  All entries must be received by 4pm 10 January 2020.

The maximum quilt size is 240cm, except for the Miniature class.

Don’t just look at the Quilting/ Patchwork classes (categories). You may find something in Sewing (e.g. 806 Fabric carry bag – fashion or utility) or Textile Arts and Millinery (e.g. 905 – any textile item/ mixed media/ wall hanging including techniques such as hand painting, dyeing, printing, stitching, beading), or Miscellaneous Crafts. There is again a theme class, within each section, and for 2020it is  – MARKET GARDENS

Categories for 2020 are:-


  1. 750.Any exhibit depicting your interpretation of ‘Market Gardens’ (attach a story of no more than 50 words of your interpretation)
  2. 751.The Scarecrow Challenge – Any item of quilting or patchwork depicting a scarecrow

BEGINNERS (with less than 2 years experience)

  1. 752.  Any exhibit of Quilting and Patchwork

NON PROFESSIONAL (with more than 2 years experience)

  1. 753.Traditional Quilt, including those featuring Appliqué
  2. 754.Miniature Quilt
  3. 755.ModernQuilt
  4. 756.Creative Garment and Creative Article
  5. 757.Art and Mixed Media Quilt


758. 758.Any exhibit of Quilting and Patchwork

SENIOR (Non Professional, 65 Years and over as at 11 January 2020

759. Any Quilt made by entrant

STUDENT (18 Years and under as at 11 January 2020 – Attach Date of Birth to each exhibit)

760 Any exhibit of Quilting and Patchwork made and quilted by student

STUDENT (12 Years and under as at 11 January 2020– Attach Date of Birth to each exhibit)

761. Any exhibit of Quilting and Patchwork made and quilted by student.

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Quilts at the Erindale Library

May 24, 2019 | Posted in exhibitions | By

A message from the convenor, Jenny Emerton:

A beautiful selection of quilts featuring floral themes is now hanging at Erindale Library.  They are very colourful and cover a range of eras and styles.  Some older favourites are included in this exhibition.  They demonstrate that flowers are an enduring inspiration for quilt makers.  Many thanks to the seven members who contributed quilts for this exhibition.

This exhibition will remain in the Library until early August.  After that I’m planning an exhibition of the work of Liz Rose.

The last exhibition for 2019 may have a ‘Stars’ theme if I can get enough stars quilts.

Please be in touch with Jenny Emerton for offers of quilts, ideas for future themes or any other matters to do with quilt exhibitions at the Library.

Erindale Library is in McBryde Crescent, Wanniassa. It is adjacent to the shopping precinct and Erindale Theatre.

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Exhibition – Australia Wide 6 at The Q, floor talk tomorrow

March 1, 2019 | Posted in Art quilts, exhibitions | By

Canberra Quilters members Beth and Trevor Reid, Helen Gray, Carolyn Sullivan and Dianne Firth are part of the Australia Wide 6 Exhibition which runs at The Q from February 11, until 9 March 2019. They will be giving a floor talk about their work on Saturday 2 March 12 noon – 1pm. Dianne will also include an overview of the exhibition.

Image in banner is by Beth and Trevor Reid

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Call for entries 2019

December 11, 2018 | Posted in Call for Entries, exhibitions | By

LONG POST – These are coming up in 2019 for members to enter selected exhibitions. Some information is from Janet de Boer’s Fibre Forum e-bulletin.

Here is a rundown of some Australian calls for entry:

Deadline of 5 February 2019 to enter the 2019 AQC (Australasian Quilt Convention) Challenge: the theme is MAGIC; the size is 90cm square. Entries will be judged on design, interpretation of theme and workmanship. A section of finalists will tour the AQC craft events in Australia and New Zealand. Three cash prizes will be awarded: FIRST Prize $3500; Runner-Up $1500 and Viewers’ Choice $500. The AQC annual event is to be held April 11-14, 2019 at the Royal Exhibition Building, Nicholson Street, Carlton Vic (Melbourne). Link to AQC challenge

Also part of AQC, with a deadline of 21 February is the Self Portrait textile art challenge

Link to AQC Self Portrait call for entry

Deadline of 1st March 2019 to enter the Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award 2019 with the award exhibition being held from 1st June – 11th August 2019 at the Wangaratta Art Gallery, Victoria. There is a $10,000 Acquisitive Award. The Wangaratta Art Gallery is proud to present the Contemporary Textile Award, which is a biennial acquisitive award and exhibition celebrating the diversity and strength of Australia’s textile artistry.

Link to Wangaratta contemporary textile award

Deadline of 30th April to submit work for Stitchy Central – Enter the community exhibition Stitching Through Time – A Celebration of 20 Years which includes a People’s Choice Award (cash prizes) in three categories, Group, Individual and Student. Any textile medium welcome, such as embroidery, knitting, crochet, mixed media, textile books, 2D, 3D, wall hanging, sculpture, rugs, wearable etc. Size limited to under 1.5 M any dimension. Contemporary and Traditional styles welcome.

Link to Stitched up festival Community Exhibition

Deadline of 16 June for Dare to Differ Contemporary Quilt Exhibition.

The Quilters’ Guild of South Australia Inc invites all quilt/textile artists resident in Australia to participate in this selected exhibition at Gallery M – Marion Street, Marion Cultural Centre, Oaklands Park Adelaide. Dare to Differ will be in place from 5-29 September 2019. Submissions should be original, innovative,
predominantly fibre, comprising at least two layers stitched together – not framed or stretched. Online Applications to enter become available from 1st May 2019

Link to dare-to-differ

Deadline of 17 June for the Modern Quilt Show Australia.

Sydney Modern Quilt Guild and Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild are proud to present the 2019 Modern Quilt Show Australia! After a break in 2018 we’re teaming up to bring you another fabulous show, featuring the best modern quilts in Australia. We’ll be returning to our beautiful venue from 2015 – The Pavilion, Kiama.

Exhibition dates are 16-18 August, which overlaps the Canberra Quilters Members’ Exhibition(15-18 August). An unfortunate clash, but these things happen!

Link to Modern Quilt Show Australia

Deadline of 19 September for the AQIPP (Australian Quilts in Public Places) Exhibition. Quilters are invited to demonstrate their talents and originality interpreting the theme “Metamorphosis”. AQIPP is a juried, judged and sponsored exhibition which is open to all quilters in Australia. (Major sponsor: Brother International)

Link to AQIPP

International Quilt Shows:

International Quilt Festival Houston, 31 October – 3 November, 2019

  • SAPPHIRE CELEBRATION CELEBRATING 45 YEARS – Call open now through 19 February, 2019
  • QUILTED COMICS & SCI-FI – 5 January 2019 – Entry forms go live, 9 April 2019  – Deadline for entries
  • FINE CHINA – 4 March , 2019 – Entry forms go live at 2 May , 2019 – Deadline for entries

The International Quilt Association runs the judged portion of the International Quilt Festival. Information, rules and entry forms for the 2019 show will be published in the Northern Hemisphere Spring. This is where members Jenny Bowker, Helen Godden and Beth Miller entered their quilts in the 2018 show.

The two websites are very close in name. is the commercial organisation and is the Association mentioned above. Think of as like Expertise Events and like Canberra Quilters.


Festival of Quilts, Birmingham UK, 1-4 August 2019

There are 14 different competition categories planned for the 2019 quilt competition- there are membership constraints. In 2018 there was an open call that allowed non-members to exhibit in a specific category. It is subject to change so check back in early 2019 for the final list.

Link to Festival of Quilts

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Art Quilts at The Q: 31 May-23 June

May 31, 2018 | Posted in Art quilts, exhibitions | By

Members may be interested in this exhibition, opening today. The Q exhibition space in Queanbeyan is hosting an exhibition of art quilts by Yvonne Line.

Join the artist for refreshments on Saturday 2 June at 11am

Yvonne Line is an International Award Winning Art Quilter who has been exploring the use of textiles in various forms since her mid-teens. Over many years, Yvonne’s focus has been on presenting art work as layered textiles, using remnants and recycled textiles and re-inventing them into a new form.  That which is discarded and seemingly useless, stir her imagination and form her pallet. Yvonne was a founding member of Quilt NSW and is current President of Ozquilt Network Inc. Australia’s premier art quilt organisation and a member of Macarthur Textile Network.
Australia – A Land of Contrasts is an exhibition showcasing Yvonne’s broad wealth of talent and experience working with textiles and portrays her interpretations and narratives of our wide brown land.
Floor talk by the artist every Thurs, Fri & Sat 11am & 2pm during the exhibition

The Q Exhibition Space

The Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre

251 Crawford St Queanbeyan, Phone 6285 6290

Weekdays 10 – 4, Saturdays 10 – 2

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Lions Club of Young Quilt Show – 26 & 27 May 2018

May 19, 2018 | Posted in exhibitions | By

Lions Club of Young Inc. Annual Quilt Show 2018

Saturday 26th May 10 -4.30 pm & Sunday 27st May   10 -4.00pm

Young Town Hall

Boorowa St Young


Entry $5, under 12 free

Details available at contact below

Information: Jenny 0423452595

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Canberra Quilters at Craft Alive: 3-6 May

May 3, 2018 | Posted in exhibitions | By

Canberra Quilters is mounting a display of quilts at Craft Alive. It includes quilts from the special interest groups as well as other memorable quilts from the past.

Craft Alive runs 3-6 May at the Canberra Thoroughbred Park Function Centre, Randwick Road, Mitchell. It is open 9.30am-4pm each day. Admission fees apply. See here for more details.


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Exhibition- Different Directions

November 30, 2017 | Posted in exhibitions | By

Member Carolyn Sullivan is an embroiderer of long standing and is partnering with another quilter/ embroiderer Cathy Jack Coupland to hold an exhibition at Gallery 76 Queen, the premises of the NSW Embroiderers Guild.

Different Directions, stitched artworks by Carolyn Sullivan and Cathy Jack Coupland.

2 December 2017- 25 January 2018

Gallery 76 Queen, 76 Queen Street, Concord West. Weekdays 9am-4pm, weekends 10am-2pm. Closed Public Holidays.

Demonstrations and Meet the Artists 6 January 2018, 10am -2pm

My Way workshops, 11 January 2018. Cathy- Design My Way, 10am-noon; Carolyn – Keeping Journals…Lots of Ways, 1-4pm.

Further information and workshop bookings (02) 9743 2501

By Carolyn Sullivan

By Cathy Jack Coupland


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Bungendore Quilt show & Braidwood Quilt Event – 25 & 26 November

November 22, 2017 | Posted in exhibitions | By

This weekend there are two quilt shows in our region:

Bungendore Quilters are holding their exhibition in the Memorial Hall in Molonglo Street, Bungendore.

Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 9am-4pm. Admission- Adults/ children 15 and over – $2.50, Children under 15 free.

Features displays of handmade quilts, patchwork and textiles, including members’ challenge. Sales table providing good quality handmade craft.

Raffle quilt- Cranes in Flight, designed by Sheryl-Ann Schaefer:

Braidwood Quilt Event 2017 comprises a number of events around the town.

The Airing of the Quilts is on Saturday 25th only- quilts hanging in Wallace Street.

The Two Day Indoor Exhibition at the National Theatre in Wallace Street, 25 and 26 November.

There are also the Ryrie Park Markets and fabric for sale at the Braidwood Quilt Shop and Freddies Fabrics in the Anglican Hall in Wilson Street.

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