Monday, May 19, 2014

Registration form for the 2014 20th Anniversary QSGA Seminar

              *****  LAST DAYS TO REGISTER *****
For the seminar dinner, registration and payment of $59 a head is required by the 30th June.
For the Seminar and Uncoverings day, payment of $175 is accepted up to the day the seminar runs.
If you can only come to the Uncoverings day on Monday 7th July, pay your $40 on the day. 

Click here to download the detailed Seminar Programme.

20 years ago the Quilt Study Group of Australia was formed.  In that time there have been seven QSGA seminars run in Australia.
To celebrate the anniversary, the next Quilt Study Group of Australia seminar will be held from 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday the 6th and Monday the 7th of July 2014 at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney.

To download the 2014 QSGA Seminar registration form, seminar schedule and other important information, click here.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Jessica Wheelahan Modern Quilter talk at the 2014 QSGA Seminar

On Sunday 6th July at the 20th Anniversary Quilt Study Group of Australia seminar, Jessica Wheelahan will give a talk titled “Modern Quiltmaking – a Different Approach”.

Jessica went to her first quilting class in 2002 when she was finishing her Bachelor of Design degree at the University of NSW. Since then she has exhibited her quilts locally at the Hunters Hill Quilt Show and the Sydney Quilt Show. Her works have been seen in the 2012 ‘One Step Further’ travelling exhibition and last year were juried into the Australian Quilts in Public Places 2013 exhibition and the TMAG Art Quilt Exhibition ‘If These Walls Could Speak’. Last month she had three quilts hung in Australia’s first Modern Quilt Show in Berry, NSW.  
Last year her quilt ‘Bricolage’ was exhibited at ‘Pour l’Amour du Fil’ in Nantes, France and most recently she has contributed to Dijanne Cevaal’s touring Sentinelle project.

"For me, Modern Quiltmaking is at once an art form and a way of working with textiles. I will discuss how I interpret the traditional roots of quiltmaking into a contemporary aesthetic, using principles of art and design with modern processes and materials.
Using my own quilts as examples and works from the fields of fashion, contemporary art and design I will show how ideas and patterns from the past are brought to life in the modern context.
I will explain concept development in the design process of creating original works of textile art which are at once functional and meaningful".

You can view more of Jess's works at -

Click here to download the 2014 QSGA Seminar Registration form, the seminar schedule and other important information.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Nonie Fisher talk at the 2014 QSGA Seminar on 6th July

For many quilters in Sydney, Nonie Fisher played an important role in starting us on our quilting journey. She was one of the owners of "The Quilting Bee" in Gordon and via her classes introduced us to the various patchwork, applique and quilting techniques, as well as to the history of quilting.

As both a teacher and designer of quilt patterns with an historical emphasis, Nonie has been a leader in developing patchwork and quilting in Australia. Although she now lives in Victoria, Nonie has agreed to talk to us at the Seminar on 6 July 2014 at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney.

Nonie's talk is titled "Retrospective Recollections - a Personal Journey". She will talk about: "my journey, and I will bring as many of my quilts (including some old ones relevant to my story) with me. It is a journey that includes my involvement in groups, The Quilters' Guild of NSW from its commencement, 'The Quilting Bee' and making quilts for my loved ones." 

Friday, May 9, 2014

The Meigunyah Quilt Project talk at the 2014 QSGA Seminar

The house, Meigunyah, has a rich history and is now owned by the Queensland Women’s Historical Association.  They own a number of antique quilts that have been kept in their Archive rooms and are rarely seen by the public.

Following the success of the 2008 Quilt Study Group of Australia Conference held in Brisbane, the Queensland Branch of the Quilt Study Group started the process of documenting this hidden treasure. 

Chris Jones and Margie Creek will talk to us about this important project and will be bringing one of Meigunyah's quilts to Sydney to show us.

Chris Jones lives in Brisbane and when describing her quilting journey, said
"Quilting in all its forms interests me – from antique quilts through to art quilts, traditional & modern quilts.   Most of my life has been influenced by textiles in some shape or form.  From ‘doing fancy-work’ as a child, experimenting with macramé, crochet, knitting, dressmaking, needlework and now I find myself in place where all these skills can come together if I wish it.  
I helped establish the Queensland branch of the Quilt Study Group when the States were being encouraged to form branches.

I am a long term member of Queensland Quilters and have been involved with subsidiary groups of QQ.   I have enjoyed participating in the workshops and meetings of Qld Quilters Art Quilt group and this has lead to my entering and being juried in to the State of The Art exhibitions. I am currently the curator of the State of the Art 2014 Exhibition.  This exhibition displays the works of Queensland Quilters Art Quilters and travels to regional Art Galleries throughout Queensland". 

Margie Creek lives in Toowoomba now but was educated in Maryland, USA.  Margie married into a quilting family and "was influenced by my mother-in-law. It was visits to her home that increased my interest in this form of textile use.   When I had a chance to learn the basics of patchwork and quilting, I learnt formally from a skilled teacher. In 1987 I worked with 2 others on Toowoomba's piece for the huge Bicentennial banner which travelled all around Australia in 1988. The historical background of quilting is a strong interest and my travels have influenced my collection of textiles and creative pieces."

Jennifer Palmer talk on 'Cataloguing and Caring for your Quilts'

On Sunday the 6th of July at the 2014 Quilt Study Group of Australia Seminar, Jennifer Palmer will discuss how to catalogue and document your quilt collection. She will also outline the basic principles of caring for and storing textiles.
When she was the collection manager at the National Trust of Australia (NSW), Jennifer provided guidance to the Quilt Study Group of NSW on the replica Frederica Josephson coverlet project. The replica, which is usually held in the National Trust's collection at their Observatory Hill location, is currently on display at Old Government House at Parramatta.

Jennifer has extensive experience in developing, organising and managing collections. Since 1997 Jennifer has worked as a Collection Manager with a diverse range of objects in collections of the National Trust of Australia (NSW), the Art Gallery of NSW, The Powerhouse Museum, the Mitchell Library, the Queensland Museum, and the Museum of Brisbane. She has also worked as a researcher at the Westminster City Archives, London and Assistant Curator, Internship, at the National Museum of Scotland.

Jennifer holds a Masters in Cultural Heritage Management, Diploma in Law and Collections Management, a Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Studies and a Batchelor of Arts.