Southern Cross Quilters is an online quilt group for Australians and New Zealanders and expats of those countries.
Currently hosted at YahooGroups, SCQuilters has existed since 1994 and has about 2200 members.

To join the group, go to and read the instructions. Don't forget to tell us your affiliation with Australia or New Zealand and provide us with your location and postcode.

27 April 2015

Quilt Study Group of NSW - Talk - 2 May 2015

This coming Saturday, well known quilt maker Trudy Brodie will give a presentation about Strip Piecing, which she frequently uses in her quilt making. Similar forms of piecing, such as Lattice and Log Cabin, will also be featured.

Participants are encouraged to bring along their own strip-pieced quilts, such as log cabins, jelly roll quilts, string-pieced quilts etc., to share.
When?  Saturday 2nd May, 2pm - 4.30pm
Where? Meeting Room, The Glover Cottages, 124 Kent Street, Millers Point, Sydney NSW
Entry?  $5 for members of the Quilters' Guild of NSW, $10 for other guests. 

Afternoon tea will be provided.

Expressions: The Wool Quilt Prize

Expressions: The Wool Quilt Prize, is a biennial acquisitive award of A$3,000, designed to encourage excellence and promote the use of wool in contemporary art-quilt making.
The next prize exhibition will be held at the National Wool Museum, Geelong from 25 October – 13 December 2015 as part of the OzQuilt Network’s biennial conference (19-26 October), which also marks the organisation's 25th birthday. 

Entries open:  13 March 2015
Entries close: 7 August 2015

Dimensions:  Maximum height 200cm, Minimum perimeter 300cm
For more information and entry forms, see the OzQuilt Network website

Daily from 25 October 2015 to 13 December 2015
Monday to Friday  9:30am to 5:00pm 
Saturday and Sunday  10:00am to 5:00pm
National Wool Museum
26-32 Moorabool St, Geelong, Vic. 3220
More information about the National Wool Museum

World Quilt Competition - closing date 18 May 2015

The Australian entry form for the World Quilt Competition 2015 is available at

Entries can be submitted online, by e-mail or by post. The closing date for entries is 18 May 2015.
Australian quilters have the opportunity to enter the World Quilt Competition XIX and have their work tour in the United States to quilt shows run by Mancuso Show Management. Accepted entries will premiere at the World Quilt Show – New England XIII  (13-15 August 2015).

18 April 2015


A travelling textile Art Exhibition curated by Brenda Gael Smith is being held at Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford, Australia from 18 April – 27 May 2015.

This exhibition comprises of 32 vibrant works celebrating life across the spectrum. Each work is 100 cm H X 40 cm W. A 36 page catalogue is available for purchase.

Come along to the opening with floor talk by curator Brenda Gael Smith and local artists Kay Haerland and Lois Parish-Evans at 2pm on Saturday 18 April.

Other curator floor talks at 2pm on Saturday, 2 May and Saturday, 16 May 2015. All welcome!

For further information

16 April 2015

Gunning Patchwork Weekend

Gunning Patchwork Weekend is held each year on the last weekend in June. Perfect timing to break the winter blues! Each year, the weekend attracts well known tutors, but the focus is on completing your projects, eating good food and having fun.

This year's workshops:
  • Wool felt applique with Heather Prickett
  • Silk Shards Wallhanging with Fiona Hammond - learning how to hand-paint fabric with Procion dyes and how to make your own silk “paper”
  • Feathered Stars with Robyn Cawdron - A beautiful pieced feathered star quilt block, a challenge for the more experienced!
  • Eva Doll with Edith Buckley
  • Carol’s Quilt with Carol Tabonne - a scrappy quilt with a pattern of lights and darks.
  • Make a backpack and small bags with Ann Maree Jacobs
If none of these appeal, you can attend the FAT Quarter.  FAT stands for ‘Finish and Talk’. You get great morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, a warm venue to sew in, and the company of like-minded stitchers at a rock-bottom price for one day or two days.

For more information and entry form, go to the Gunning Patchwork Weekend site.

15 April 2015

Applique Guild of Australia

Have you heard of the Applique Guild of Australia? I hadn't, until a random web search led me to them. The guild formed in 2012 with the aim of promoting the art of applique in Australia and bring like-minded people together. 

The guild is open to all who have an interest in applique, whether traditional or modern, hand or machine, novice or professional. At present, it's Victoria-based, though they seem keen to open chapters elsewhere in Australia. The current chapters are located at Albury-Wodonga, Mornington Peninsular, Nullawarre on the Great Ocean Road, Pascoe Vale in Melbourne and Warrandyte in NE Melbourne.

For more information on their activities, see their very informative website.

11 April 2015

Manning Valley Quilt Exhibition

Also this weekend

The Manning Valley Quilt Exhibition is a stunning biennial display of locally made masterpieces. 

Dates: 10th - 18th April, 2015

Venue: Taree Craft Centre, 
Cnr. High & Pulteney Streets, Taree

Times: 10 am - 3 pm daily

Admission: $3 per person

Delicious morning teas and light lunches available

PLEASE NOTE: Closed one day - Sunday 12th April

Show closes 1 pm on final Saturday 18th April.