Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Shopping at the Show

I'm sure for a lot of us it wouldn't be a visit to a quilt show without a bit of shopping. In fact I know some people head straight for the traders tables before looking at the quilts! I can't say I blame them especially when the shopping is as good as it is at the Springwood Quilt Show.
There will be lots of wonderful pop-up shops covering all your sewing needs and things to tempt, from beautiful fabrics of all types sundries to vintage sewing ephemera and bric brac to handmade gifts.

Here's a little more about each of this years trader.

Bower Birds
Just like the name suggests this stall is one for those of you who like to collect gorgeous things. The wide range of goods will include - fabrics, vintage crockery, quilts, quilt stands, baskets, vintage tins, handmade goodies, rustic furniture, lots of the famous Sew Gorgeous pin cushions and much, much more.

Cherry Pie Designs
Carol's quilt designs are as sweet as her brand name. Her table will be full of hard to resist fabrics and patterns for her beautiful quilts.

Chop Chop Sew
Susana creates fun wool felt items that will brighten up your home or make perfect gifts. Plus lots of fun sewing related craft items.

Down Patchwork Lane
Gayle and Tamara are the mother and daughter team from Penrith. They sell a wide selection of fabrics, bundles, patterns and kits.

Hatched and Patched
Annie Downes stall will be full of fabulous fabrics plus patterns, books and kits for her lovely, distinctive designs.

Lilyvale Treasures with a Past
Colleen has an amazing array of vintage sewing haberdashery and other goodies - buttons, ribbons, cloth applique, sewing boxes, tablecloths, doilies - the list goes on and on. You're sure to find lots of special treasures on this stall.

Linen and Lace
Karen always has a wonderful range of needle craft projects to inspire you and everything you need for your stitcheries and embroidery.

Post Office Patchwork
Judy will have lots for you to choose from with a table full different ranges of fabric, patterns and quilting tools.

Sew Can I
Karen has lots of fun bright fabrics. This is the place to stock up on Tula Pink, Kaffe Fasset and other favourites.  She'll have all sorts of gorgeous sewing items sewing accessories.

Unique Treasures
You'll find treasures galore on this table, lots of bric brac, vintage and rare de-stash fabrics, retro kitchen ware and all sorts of unique lovelies.

So bring a shopping bag or two and fill them with wonderful souvenirs of a fun day out at the Springwood Community Quilt Show.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Oh So Sweet Pincushions!!!

Oh my Goodness!!! Just look at these gorgeous pin cushions! They are truly "Oh Sew Sweet"!!

They look like a field of flowers.

or delicious cupcakes

but they are actually a handy Sewing Companion with everything you need for your hand sewing - a pretty pincushion, a thread catcher on a sturdy wooden base that holds one or two reels of thread. 

The creation of the wonderful sewing companions is a joint family effort with Anne Harris Loren and Lynn using fabrics from decades past. Each pincushion is topped with a vintage button.  Mr Harris has made the wooden bases from recycled timber and Annes daughter Loren has done all the printing on the cards and bags in a vintage style that finishes them off perfectly.

Won't it be fun to choose you're favourite from all the different fun fabric combinations. They would great gifts for sewing friends, or pair them with some hexagon papers to entice new people to sewing. 

You'll be able to find these truly special Oh Sew Sweet Sewing Companions at the Springwood Community Quilt Show on the Bower Birds stall.  All the proceeds from the sale of these pincushions will be going to Father Chris O'Riley's "Youth off the Streets".

These are just one of the wonderful items you'll find for sale at the show. The next post will have a list of all the other traders that will be there for all your shopping needs, after all it's always nice to get a few souvenirs from a fun day out. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Fabulous prizes!!

The Springwood Community Quilt Show is a bit different to a lot of other shows in that is non-juried. This allows people to enter without the pressure of having their quilts judged with close scrutiny. However there is a Viewer's Choice prize awarded each day of the show. Every visitor gets to nominate their favourite quilt. We also allow some space for people to write why they chose the quilt as their favourite. This becomes wonderful feedback for the quilter, it's always encouraging to hear positive comments about a quilt you've taken the time to share.

We are so lucky this year to have wonderful Viewer's Choice prizes sponsored by Material Obsession.

We'll bundle these up but I couldn't wait to take photos to share, so for now just scroll through and see all the great items. Books, Hexagon viewers, amazing fabric panels, super fun Kathy Doughty fabrics!!!

Thank you so much Kathy Doughty and Material Obsession. You are such great supporters of the quilting community.

We also have a Lucky Door Prize every year. This year we have a voucher for a night away at the Redleaf Resort in Blackheath. Imagine having wine and cheese on arrival, and then a lovely spa and enjoying a relaxing getaway in the mountains. Sounds like bliss to me!!

We also like to let our volunteers know we appreciate them by offering prizes. Every person that helps out over over the duration of the show has their name put into the draw for these great prizes.

A $50 voucher from the Granny Square in Katoomba

A beautiful set of 4 china mugs from Rick Rutherfords Gift Shop in Lawson
There'll be more prizes too including a surprise pack of sewing goodies from Leutenegger. 
bottles of wine and other fabulous things. 

It's always nice to have a quilt photo so here is one of the Viewers Choice quilts from last year.
Venice Rose and was pieced and quilted by Carolyn Stanton. The description reads " Inspired by a quilt called St Mark's Wall Hanging in last years show. Subtitles "Who's afraid of Colour". The designer of the quilt is Norah McMeeking, Bella Bella Quilts.

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Raffle Quilt is in Bathurst!

How wonderful does the raffle quilt look hanging at The Home Patch in Bathurst!!

It will be there until Thursday 13th, so pop in and say hello to Anni, and get your winning raffle tickets.

Don't miss the Caring Hearts Airing of the Quilts tomorrow, Saturday 8th. It's always a great show with lots of quilts set in the interesting grounds of the Australian Arms Museum. Their flyer has all the details.

Monday, April 3, 2017

All on the 4th weekend of April

Springwood will be a happening town on the 4th weekend of April 2017

Of course there's our wonderful Springwood Community Quilt Show with more than 130 quilts plus lots of great stall holders selling fabric, sewing and vintage goodies. 

Friday 28th - Sun30th
Springwood Hight School, Grose Rd, Faulconbridge.

On the same Saturday Springwood celebrates Foundation Day

Springwood Foundation Day represents a huge day for the lower Blue Mountains community to participate in the festival that celebrates the spirit of our town.
The main road is closed to traffic from 7 am to 5 pm, allowing pedestrians to enjoy over 80 stalls, live entertainment including 3 main stages with 25+ performances on the day, rides for the kiddies & much, much more.
Date/Time & Venue: 
Saturday 29th April 2017, 9am to 4pm
Macquarie Road, Springwood NSW 2777
Find out more at their website or facebook page

But wait - there's more!! Also on over the same weekend is an exhibition of textile arts called Textiles out Of Context. The rooms of Braemar House Gallery will be filled with innovative works of quilts, weaving, spinning, knitting, crochet, costume design, millinary and more.

The opening for the exhibition is Saturday 8th April at 5.30pm, everyone is welcome to attend. 

The exhibition is then on until 30th April, with the gallery being open on Thursday-Sundays 10-4pm.
Braemar House and Gallery, 104 Macquarie Rd, Springwood. Gold coin donation.

Find out more at the Facebook page here

Friday, March 31, 2017

What's happening in the lead up to the show..

It's less than a month until the show so it's all go go go from here on in.

A huge thank you to everyone who have entered their quilts. We wouldn't have a quilt show if it wasn't for you. So now we have all the entries what happens next?

All the information about the quilts is compiled into spread sheets. Using this information Marilyn does the huge job of creating a hanging plan. She is a wonder woman with figures and organising and always does an amazing job. The hanging plan is important for a few reasons. Firstly so we know how many quilt frames and what size quilt frames we need to order. It's the master plan that everyone follows on the day of hanging the show. In addition to that each quilt is allocated a number that corresponds with where it hangs and this is invaluable for organising the collection of the quilts at the end of the show.

Volunteers will get an email 2 weeks before the show to notify them of their shifts. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered their valuable time. It looks as though we've got a great team of wonderful helpers!!

We are still taking offers for homemade cakes and slices, especially for Sunday. We've found we can never have enough tasty treats and no matter how much we all bake they always sell out. If you would like to contribute a baked good email us at springwoodquiltshow@hotmail.com.

In the meantime you can get your quilts ready by making sure they have a label and a hanging sleeve with a minimum of 8cm. If you're not quite sure how to make a hanging sleeve follow this link to an easy tutorial.
Lots of fun times ahead!!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Thank you Quilters Companion!

A huge thank you to Quilters Companion for including an article about our fast approaching show in the latest copy of the magazine.  This is the cover to watch out for in newsagents. It's a great edition with lots of fabulous patterns, quilt show photos and interviews with quilters.

Don't you think it's one of life's great pleasures to take time out for yourself, make a lovely cup of tea and flip through an inspiring and informative magazine.

We really appreciate all those who spread the word about the show. It helps the show to be the wonderful quilt event that we all look forward too.  So tell your friends, feel free to use our photos on social media to promote us,  Link back  here to our blog, or instagram @springwoodquiltshow or facebook https://www.facebook.com/Springwood-Community-Quilt-Show