Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Next Meeting - Friday 23rd February, 2018 St Luke's Hall, Berry

Guest Quilter—Anne Blythman

Local Illawarra quilter is our first guest for the year.

“I made my first quilt in 1986 in Perth - only one quilt shop, hardly any books or magazines on the subject but I managed to find one, published in

Japan. It had diagrams and measurements but no instructions so I was on my own with hundreds of flying geese........ and I was hooked !


Of course, there were lots of bits of fabric left over, so more flying geese

quilts to make!


Returning to Wollongong, I was introduced to the Illawarra Quilters and

"left the flying geese behind" - not literally, because they represent an

adventure that is still going on.

Illawarra Quilters is such a vibrant group, always

interesting workshops happening, quilt shows to organise,  and our charity

work, which is sadly never ending.


Quilters are such generous people willing to share ideas and methods, even

fabrics!  and the friends I have made through quilting come from all walks of life.  Quilting has taken me to exhibitions all over.....locally as well as Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Japan, Amsterdam and the UK


The majority of my quilts are hand stitched and hand quilted and I really

love the process, planning, cutting, stitching.  My current project was

started in April last year and I hope to finish in time for this year's



Thursday, 26 October 2017

Next Meeting - Friday 27th October, 2017

Guest Speaker—Lorraine Downey
I have been patchwork and quilting since the early 1980's and have been the owner of Patchwork Plus for over 28 years.  I really love traditional style quilts and do a lot of English paper piecing.  I also enjoy hand appliqué. 
I have enjoyed teaching basic patchwork for many years and gain a lot of pleasure seeing others discover the joy of quilting.’

Lorraine will tell her story through her quilts.
PS: You may need to have a bit of pocket money on hand........

Next Meeting -Friday 22nd September, 2017

Guest Speaker—Danni Reynolds


‘I've been quilting for about 20 years, and after a career in retail

finally got the opportunity to open my own store about 10 years ago.


When my business partner left after 3 months I had to decide what to do with our fabric shop, so I decided that I should go with my passion and slowly turned it into a quilting shop.

I also like to do dressmaking and have always made clothes for my three kids, especially when they were small. ( They are now 19yrs, 12ys and 10yrs.)


I've always liked where sewing and technology meet, so when we got the chance to have a laser machine in the shop, it seemed right ( despite not actually having any work for it!) That didn't last long with the invention of the Eppiflex template happening at the first use of the machine.


My passion is designing and free motion quilting.  
I love teaching and seeing the creativity for sewing grow in someone.’


Danni will be bringing some of her products  to the meeting so bring your pocket money.......


Check out her website at

The Quilting Patch





Thursday, 17 August 2017

Next Meeting - Friday 25th August, 2017

Guest Speaker—Wendy Nutt
Having sewn since early childhood, Wendy has continually sought to increase her knowledge of techniques in a wide variety of traditional and non traditional needlework styles. Trained as a TAFE Fashion Teacher, her teaching career allowed this development to thrive. Industrial skills, fine needlework, pattern making, and retail production methods all attribute to the broad spectrum of sewing skills within.

It has only been in the last six years that Wendy took an interest in any patchwork and quilting. A chance introduction to the world of modern quilting accelerated this interest. Seeing quilts made by Gee's Bend Quilters, Gwen Marston, Jean Wells, Nancy Crow, Sherri Lynn Wood, Heather Jones and many other modern quilt artists have had a significant influence on Wendy's work.

Six years is a very short time in the quilting world and Wendy has been able to achieve significant milestones in that short time; several of her quilts having won awards locally and at a state level. Her quilts have been exhibited at the 2016 Australasian Quilting Convention (AQC) and she taught and exhibited at AQC in 2017. Wendy has also exhibited in the 2016 and 2017 Quiltcon juried competition held in USA, which attracts world wide participation. At the 2016 Sydney Quilt Show, her two entries received three awards, one being the Contemporary Art Quilt Award. This year she was successful in receiving a Judges Commendation at the Sydney show. Mid year Wendy went to Quilt Encounter in Adelaide, where an extensive program of national and international tutors collectively were invited to present their field of expertise.

Always wanting to know more, Wendy continues to participate in workshops to learn new skills and redefine old ones. In February 2016, Wendy completed and was successful in obtaining her Teaching Accreditation with QuiltNSW and as a result, currently conducts workshops in a variety of patchwork and quilting disciplines.

Wendy's plan is to continue with the development of her modern quilt designs leading to future publishing possibilities, conduct workshops, lecture, and encourage others to embrace new ways to use the past history of this ever evolving craft in their own creative quilts.









Monday, 7 August 2017

Next Sewing Day 11th August, 2017

Our next Sewing Day will be on Friday 11th August at 9:30 am at St Luke's Hall Berry. Doors will open earlier for set up.

Bring along the project you are working on and your supplies or anything you need help or advice with. If you are keen to learn a new technique ask a committee member and we'll connect you to someone who can help.

Iron, ironing board, cutting mat and tea and coffee provided.
Beginning quilters welcome. Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Next Meeting - Friday, 28th July 2017

As well as our normal meeting this meeting is the AGM. Please aim to be early as we would like to begin the meeting at 9:30 sharp.

Guest Speaker—Megan Manwaring

Megan Manwaring started quilting about 14 years ago following the birth of her first child. She describes her quilts as “grounded in tradition” and gravitates to bright, contemporary fabrics. She particularly likes hand applique, string piecing and hand quilting. Megan has had some patterns published in magazines and has taught at Material Obsession regarding it as a privilege to introduce students to quiltmaking and finds it informs her own work as well.

Megan joined QuiltNSW about 8 years ago to enter a quilt into the Sydney Quilt Show and since then has become more involved. (Very much more I’d say as she is currently our Guild President....) She enjoys being part of a progressive guild with a not –insignificant number of activities and covering a wide range of quilting styles. As Megan notes, “It is definitely true that the more you involve yourself in something, the more rewarding it is.”

(To have a sneaky peek of the treat we are in for you can see Megan’s work on Instagram @meganmanwaring or in recent issues of The Template. And on the Guild website. You can also have a peek into her studio at https://www.cosyproject.com/blog/see-inside-megan-manwarings-studio/)

Hope to see you all at the meeting,




Monday, 3 July 2017

Next RedBerry Sewing Day

The next RedBerry Sewing Day is Friday, 14th July, 2017 at St Luke's Anglican Church Hall, Princess St , Berry.

The Hall will open about 9:00 am for set up and will finish about 1 pm.  Tea and coffee are provided so bring some lunch or snacks and join the group for sewing, project help and friendship.

Bring along your sewing kit, machine and the project you are working on - or anything you may need help or advice on. Someone will have the answer you are seeking. An iron, ironing board and cutting mat will be provided.

Hope to see you there,