Monday, March 27, 2017

The Raffle Quilt Tour

 Our 2017 raffle quilt Cherry Time is now hanging at the Home Patch in Bathurst. 

What a great excuse to visit the shop, say hello to Anni and her team, pick up some lovely fabrics,

and buy some raffle tickets.

You never know, the winning raffle ticket just might be one of the ones sold from this beautiful shop.

It's not just Cherry Time that you might win but for second prize we have an We have an AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter valued at $399.00!

And our fabulous third prize is an Oliso Smart Iron valued at $169.00.

What a great selection of prizes!!

So visit the HomePatch, Check out their website here , follow their facebook page here, or Phone (02)6331 5002

Friday, March 10, 2017

Calling for entries!

It's just one week to go until entries for our 2017 quilt show close!! That means it's time to get those quilts out, measure them up and enter the details on the online form.  We also have an option for you to print out a form, fill out the details and send it to us. We don't require photos and there's no entry fee.  It really couldn't be easier!

Did you know you can enter 3 quilts? so don't stop at one. We love all quilts and quilted items. They don't have to be your latest project, enter an old favourites, or a beautiful quilt your grandmother made. Have you got a vintage quilt that you'd like to share?  Encourage your friends to enter too.

Drop off day isn't until the 27th of April so you have plenty of time to finish any half finished quilts, gosh, you could even start a quilt today and get it finished in time. Entering a quilt in a quilt show is the best incentive to get projects finished.

Entries are open to everyone in the Blue Mountains region which we classify from Bathurst - Penrith to Windsor. If you live elsewhere but have made a quilt from a class or a pattern with a Blue Mountains teacher, or had it quilted by a Blue Mountains quilter we'd love to have your quilt in our show. We're pretty flexible about this, as long as the quilt has a connection to the Blue Mountains in some way then it's eligible.

We ask that you volunteer some time as well, we have lots of different jobs and the shifts are just two hours. We also have an option for you to make a cake or slice for the cafe. Read more about volunteering at this blog post.

The money we raise for the show goes to the Blue Mountains RFS. Last year we gave them a cheque for $8,000 and the previous year it was $10,000. We also donate money and supplies to the Textiles dept at the Springwood High School.
All funds raised are because of the wonderful quilts you enter and the valuable time you contribute to helping run the show.

We'll stop waffling now so you can get your entries in. Don't leave it until the last minute. Now is the perfect time! If you have any questions email us at  springwoodquiltshow@hotmail.com

PS, All the flower photos were taken on bush walks in Springwood.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Upcoming Shows

Here are peeks of an upcoming exhibition in Springwood. 'Textiles Out Of Context' - will be showcasing one-of-a-kind pieces by 20 innovative textile artists of the Blue Mountains.

The Exhibition runs from 6th - 30th April, opening hours Thurs-Sun 10-4pm, which means it's open the same weekend as the Springwood Community Quilt Show, 28th-30th April. How perfect is that!! 

Braemar House Gallery, 104 Macquarie Rd, Springwood, is just a 5 minute drive from the Springwood High School where our quilt show is held.

All are welcome to attend the opening at Braemar House Gallery on the 8th April at 5.30pm.

To keep up to date with the exhibition news follow the CONtext Art facebook page here.

Another date for your quilting diaries is the Eastwood Patchwork Quilters 2017 exhibition, Brush Farm House, Eastwood.

The Eastwood Patchwork Quilters shows are always full of beautiful quilts made by their many members. This is just one of their 2 raffle quilts, what a beauty!!  You can find more information about the show at their website here.  or follow on Instagram @eastwoodpatchworkquilters

And of course, Don't forget our show! I'm sure you already know the dates by now but just in case - The Springwood Community Quilt Show will be held from Friday28th - Sunday 30th April, Springwood High School, Faulconbridge.  Follow us on instagram @springwoodquiltshow.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

A chat with Anne Sommerlad

In the lead up to the quilt show we thought we'd check in and have a chat with our 2017 featured quilter, Anne Sommerlad. Anne such a prolific quilter that not only has she been busy publishing patterns in magazines she has been making new quilts for our show as well.  Read on to hear Anne's answers to our questions.

Are you having a theme for the quilts you are showing as 2017 featured Quilter?
· I don't have a particular theme for my display as I'm a very eclectic designer - I like to have a dabble in all styles

Are you making any special quilts for the show? 
·  My main focus for the show is in getting my version of Cherry Time completed. I originally intended to make it using similar fabrics to the raffle quilt, but thought seeing as you have all done such a beautiful job of it with the Japanese colourful fabrics, I would try something a little different. So I am making it with Oriental black and metallic gold fabrics. As my stash didn't include any metallics, guess what...? I have been collecting and no doubt, will have so many left that it will necessitate a few more designs to use them all up.  I have been using a combination of machine and hand work on mine - machine appliqu├ęd all those tiny leaves!!!

·  I have also made a quite modern project "Eclipse" - design inspired by 1960's retro wallpaper - a scrappy Civil War fabrics quilt called "Toccata" and a rather lovely small quilt featuring William Morris fabrics. These will be my "newbies" for the show.

Do you have recent sewing news or magazine patterns ?
 ·  In the last few months I have had 4 projects in Quilters Companion; "Tarantella" in #80, "Rhapsody" and DVD in #81, "Starburst" in #82 and "Scrappy Stars" in #83. Also I am off to deliver "Cyclamen" to Michelle Marvig this morning (my hexagonal shaped quilt with stunning quilting from Susie Anderson) to be featured in an up and coming issue. Hope it's back in time for the show!!!

Is there anything in particular about being a featured quilter that you are looking forward to?
 · I am really looking forward to the show - it was Springwood Quilt Show that gave me my start in this "job" when I was asked to design the raffle quilt for the 2007 show ("Hanazono"). Then encouraged by Robyn Stuart and Susie Anderson, I decided to jump in the deep end, leave the "comfort and safety"(ha ha) of the Department of Education and teach and design full-time. I have no regrets!!

 Here is a sneak peek of Anne's amazing black and gold Cherry Time blocks, This quilt is sure to be a show stopper!!

Visit Anne Sommerlads website to see more of her quilts

Or follow on the facebook page Anne Sommerlad Designs to keep up to date with her latest news.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

10 Great reasons for volunteering

The time is flying by and before we know it we'll all be enjoying the 2017 Springwood Community Quilt Show. Here's a friendly reminder to get your quilt entries in before the 17th of March.

A big part of running a quilt show is the greatly needed help from volunteers. We couldn't do it without all the wonderful people filling in the required roles necessary to make the show the success that it is.
You don't have to have a quilt in the show to be a volunteer. Maybe you didn't have time to make a quilt this year, you can still take part by volunteering some of your time.

10 Great Reasons for Volunteering

Here are some great reasons for volunteering some of your time during the show

  • It's a great way to be involved in something that benefits the community, not only your fellow quilters but the wider community of the Blue Mountains region. The money raised is used to make donations to the Blue Mountains Rural Fire Service and the Springwood High School. In 2016 we made a donation of $8,000 to the RFS which was only possible with the contribution of the team of wonderful volunteers. 
  • Helping at a quilt show is a way to help the RFS. I know I wouldn't be capable to hold a hose in front of a wall of fire but I can enter quilts, and volunteer time at a show that raises money the men and women who do a great job of keeping us safe. 
  • It's rewarding to experience the quilt show as a participant. A sense of being part of the team that makes it all happen.
  • You get free entry during the show when you arrive for your shift/s.
  • As a bonus all volunteers names for each shift are entered into a draw to win prizes.
  • There's a job for everyone! If you need to sit down you'll be perfect for being on the front desk welcoming people and selling tickets. White gloving is a great way to spend time looking at the quilts. Setting up or packing up are great shifts for getting husbands involved.
  • There are 5 days so there are lots of different times to suit everyone schedules.
  • Volunteer with a friend or take the opportunity to make new friends. 
  • We have broken the volunteer times into blocks of 2 hours so the time passes quickly. You can choose to do more shifts on one day or do shifts every day if you like.
  • It's Fun!! You meet lovely people, you know how friendly quilters are! You're surrounded by lots of beautiful quilts. 

How Can You Help?

So now we've listed all the reasons why it's fun to volunteer lets look at some of the tasks you can help with.

Wednesday 26th April: Building frames and setting up the hall. 2-4pm

This is the day we assemble the hanging equipment and set up tables and chairs. Setting up the frames isn't as hard as it sounds. The frames although solid are light enough for anyone to carry and come together easily. This is a great day for getting husbands involved, and everyone else too for that matter. Many hands make light work and when everyone pitches in everything gets set up quite quickly.

Thursday 27th April 

This is such a fun and rewarding day. You get to see the hall transformed as the empty frames are filled with beautiful quilts.

Receiving Quilts, 10am -12midday:  Help receive the quilts and follow a list to allocate them to the correct rows.

Hanging Quilts, 12.30-3pm, 3pm-4.30pm: Don't be worried if you don't want to climb a ladder because there are plenty of other tasks, like pinning up small quilts, helping to unfold and pass up quilts, attaching quilt show labels etc, If you do enjoy climbing up a ladder you get the bonus of seeing the hall from a birds eye view.

Friday 28th-Sunday 30th: During the show

The following are the 3 areas we need volunteer help. The times are in blocks of 2 hours but you can volunteer for more shifts, and in different ares for variety if you like.

White Glove Duty - This is a great way to wander around and have a good look at the quilts. whilst being on hand to show a backing of a quilt or a closer detail if someone would like to see. Most people know not to touch the quilts. There are at least two white glove people at any given time.

Front Desk The time flies by when you're on the front desk. It's fun to welcome people to the show. One person sells entry tickets and another sells raffle tickets.

Cafe support- People love volunteering for the cafe. You work with a great team serving delicious food to happy showgoers.

Sun 24th April from 4pm-6pm onwards: Takedown. 

Once again this is one of those times where the more hands on deck the faster and more efficient it will be. There are jobs that will suit everyone - Getting the quilts down, unpinning small quilts, folding the quilts, assisting people with the collection of their quilts. As always husbands are very welcome and we find they especially enjoy helping pack up frames and getting the quilts down from the walls.

Baked Goodies for the Cafe

We have introduced a new way for people to help out. This is a great one for all of you who enjoy baking yummy things. Our Cafe is known for it's delicious home made slices and cakes but we can never have enough so we're putting a call out for cakes, slices, cookies, and all those delicious goodies. 
 If you are interested, please let us know what day/s you would like to cook for. You'll find the Volunteer form on the right side of the page, Simply tick the "Make a cake or slice" box for the corresponding day/s or email us at springwoodquiltshow@hotmail.com

So please volunteer some of your time. We couldn't have a show without everyone pitching in to help. Let us know what days and times suit you by using the online forms or download a paper form. If you have any questions please email us at springwoodquiltshow@hotmail.com

And please keep all those wonderful quilt entries coming in! I'm sure we all agree - the more quilts the merrier!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Visit Sew Can I to see the raffle quilt

The raffle quilt has been on the move again and you can now find it hanging at Sew Can I in Werrington County.

I asked Karen Stewart a few questions about the shop and her reply sums them up all up perfectly:

"Sew Can I, is a full service craft shop, we pride ourselves in our friendly and helpful service.

We sell quality fabric, if you are looking for something a little different through to traditional we have it. We stock Tula Pink, Anna Maria Horner, Kaffe Fasset, Tilda, Cotton + Steel and Moda just to name a few. We also stock wool, scrapbooking supplies, gift ware, handmade candles and melts.
Sew Can I are authorised Bernina Dealers with a great range of machines in store.

We offer a range of classes from beginner to guided workshops, dressmaking, machine embroidery, knitting and crochet. We have Anne Sommerlad and Chris Jurd teaching in our shop on a monthly basis also.

The shop has recently expanded and is located at Shop 3, 21 Lavin Crescent, Werrington County.

If you would like more information in regards to classes please call us on 02 9623 4570.
Keep up to date with the latest news at Sew Can I please like our Facebook Page "

Now it's time to sit back and enjoy the photo tour of the shop.

So pop on over to Sew Can I and see our Cherry Time raffle quilt. You'll be able to buy raffle tickets and stock up on crafting goodies. Karen is one of the traders at the Springwood Community Quilt Show so you'll be able say hello to her there too. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

One month to go...

To all you wonderful Blue Mountains quilters out there - it's just one month to go until entries close for our 2017 quilt show.

We classify the Blue Mountains region from Penrith to Bathurst over to Windsor. Or if you aren't in this area but you are a student of one our clever Blue Mountains teachers, or perhaps you get your quilts quilted by a Blue Mountains quilter you're eligible to enter quilts too. We simply ask that you have a connection with the Blue Mountains in some way. 

If there's anyone who's not sure about entering their quilts remember it's a great way to help raise money for the Blue Mountains Rural Fire Service. With all the hot weather and catastrophic weather conditions we've been having it's good to know we have a great RFS watching over us. For me, I know that if there was a fire I couldn't hold one of those big hoses in front of a wall of flames, but what I can do is be part of a show that raises money that assists the people who do.

We also donate money and supplies to the Springwood High School textiles department ensuring future generations of sewers and quilters.

If you are shy about sharing your quilts please be assured that you don't need to be. Our show is non-juried so you don't have to feel as though your quilts will be judged. We only ever hear the most positive comments about the quilts on show.

I've heard some people say they don't think their quilt is good enough. Phooey!!! Every quilt is beautiful whether it's a simple patchwork of squares or a complicated applique quilt, modern, art or traditional, table runner, mini or a big quilt etc. We believe it's the variety of different quilts that make an exhibition of quilts so wonderful and interesting to see.

You can enter up to 3 quilts so if you have already entered one why not pick out a couple more to enter. They don't have to be your most recent quilts, we'd love to see your old favourites too.

You'll find the link for the online entry form on the right hand side column. We have the easiest and most straight forward forms to fill out and use. We don't require photos and it's free to enter!
If you prefer not to use an online form you can print a form out and send it to us at the address provided.

If you have any questions simply let us know by emailing springwoodquiltshow@hotmail.com.

We look forward to receiving your wonderful entries! Remind all your quilter friends to enter their quilts too.