Illawarra Quilters Inc - more than quilting

textile art, embroidery, knitting, crochet, sewing, community assistance . . .

General Meetings

The survey of members revealed the majority are happy to return to face to face meetings and the preference is for our usual Wednesday evening.

Therefore, we plan to hold General Meetings at Keiraview Uniting Church Hall, Fisher Street, West Wollongong from 7 – 9pm on 14 October, 11 November and 9 December.

The hall can accommodate 58 people under current capacity restrictions and while not mandatory, you may choose to wear a mask.

Sanitiser will be available and we remind members you must maintain 1.5m physical distancing.

Book your seat by emailing iqmeetingrego@gmail.com (if the link doesn't work for you, copy it into a new message in your email)

What is planned for October 2020?

General Meeting

7 – 9pm , Keiraview Uniting Church Hall, Fisher Street, West Wollongong

  • Wednesday 14th October

  • Register at iqmeetingrego@gmail.com (if the link doesn't work for you, copy it into a new message in your email)

Saturday Sit, Sew and Share

10am - 2pm, Corrimal Community Church Hall

  • First Saturday - 3rd October

  • Third Saturday - 17th October

  • Registrations at iqsaturdayrego@gmail.com (if the link doesn't work for you, copy it into a new message in your email)

Friendship Day

10am - 2pm, Corrimal Community Church Hall

  • First Wednesday - 7th October

  • Registration at iqwednesdayrego@gmail.com (if the link doesn't work for you, copy it into a new message in your email)

Old Courthouse Quilters

Weekly on Thursdays, 10am - 2pm, Old Courthouse, Belmore Basin

  • Register at iqcourthouserego@gmail.com (if the link doesn't work for you, copy it into a new message in your email)

If circumstances due to COVID-19 should change suddenly, members will be informed by email.

What is planned for November 2020?

General Meeting

7 – 9pm , Keiraview Uniting Church Hall, Fisher Street, West Wollongong

  • Wednesday 11th November

  • Register at iqmeetingrego@gmail.com (if the link doesn't work for you, copy it into a new message in your email)

Retreat at Home

9.30am – 4.30pm, Keiraview Uniting Church Hall, Fisher Street, West Wollongong

Saturday Sit, Sew and Share

10am - 2pm, Corrimal Community Church Hall

  • First Saturday - 7th November

  • Third Saturday - 21st November

  • Registrations at iqsaturdayrego@gmail.com (if the link doesn't work for you, copy it into a new message in your email)

Friendship Day

10am - 2pm, Corrimal Community Church Hall

  • First Wednesday - 4th November

  • Registration at iqwednesdayrego@gmail.com (if the link doesn't work for you, copy it into a new message in your email)

Old Courthouse Quilters

Weekly on Thursdays, 10am - 2pm, Old Courthouse, Belmore Basin

What is planned for December 2020?

General Meeting

7 – 9pm , Keiraview Uniting Church Hall, Fisher Street, West Wollongong

  • Wednesday 9th December

  • Register at iqmeetingrego@gmail.com (if the link doesn't work for you, copy it into a new message in your email)

Christmas Party

10am - 2pm, Keiraview Uniting Church Hall, Fisher Street, West Wollongong

  • Saturday 5th December

  • This replaces Saturday Sit, Sew and Share

  • More details to follow

  • Registrations at iqsaturdayrego@gmail.com

Friendship Day

10am - 2pm, Corrimal Community Church Hall

  • First Wednesday - 2nd December

  • Registration at iqwednesdayrego@gmail.com (if the link doesn't work for you, copy it into a new message in your email)

Old Courthouse Quilters

10am - 2pm, Old Courthouse, Belmore Basin

  • Thursday 3rd December

  • Thursday 10th December

  • Register at iqcourthouserego@gmail.com (if the link doesn't work for you, copy it into a new message in your email)

Long overdue Library books

Could members please check their bookshelves / sewing area to see if they have any of overdue Illawarra Quilters Inc. library books. The full list is on the library page. If you think that you have returned an item please let us know. If you have a book and cannot come to the hall to return it, let us know and we can arrange to collect it. illawarraquiltersinc@gmail.com (if the link doesn't work for you, copy it into a new message in your email)

HOPE4Kids

Corrimal Community Church, Minister Graeme Hush and his musician friends support a project known as HOPE4Kids and in particular 3 children who suffer from rare childhood diseases. Illawarra Quilters Inc. holds many sewing days and meetings in the Corrimal Community Church hall and some of our amazing community quilt makers put together something for each of these children and their families. Read more about the project and the children on the Community Assistance page.

Quilts from left to right:

  • Alex & Zoltan's quilt pieced by Nerida Grey, backing donated by Alison Markham, quilted by Irene Andrews, binding by Pamela Pearce.

  • Izzy's quilt piecing, backing and wadding by Janelle Gestier-O'brien, quilting & binding by Helen Stavely.

  • Michael's quilt made by Carol Jordan.

Quilts from left to right:

  • Erin & Gezza's quilt made by Rebecca Albury.

  • Beau’s super hero quilt and bag made by Pamela Pearce.

  • Braedon's quilt and bag made by Pamela Pearce.

Quilts from left to right:

  • Nyree & Grant’s pieced by Nerida Grey, quilted by Irene Andrews, binding by Janice Bartlett.

  • Maddy’s quilt pieced and quilted by Rebecca Albury.

  • Chloe’s quilt pieced and quilted by Carol Jordan.

Sewing keeps us sane!

Members have made the most of the extra time at home to sew up new projects, complete UFOs, learn new skills and also tackle cleaning, sorting various rooms at home. These photo carousels show only a few of the many Show and Share items made .

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Alternatives, cancellations and postponements

X’s & O’s with Irene Andrews Alternative - we thought we would have a “Hugs & Kisses! We are back together!” Challenge to celebrate resuming our normal routine. More info can be found in the May bulletin and on the Workshops page.

Quick Zippy Bags with Lorraine Hammond Alternative - video tutorial available to Members on Facebook. Here are a selection of bags made using the video tutorial. More info can be found in the May bulletin and on the Workshops page.

Drunkards Path without pins with Irene Andrews - CANCELLED

Opalessence with Lorena Uriarte - CANCELLED

Supper Cloth with Chris Jurd - CANCELLED

Travelling Suitcase - showing at Illawarra Quilters in 2020 – CANCELLED

2020 Annual Retreat - CANCELLED

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Ways to keep in touch with friends and family

BBC technology has some helpful articles on how to use different technology and apps to help keep us in touch with our friends and family while we are socially distancing or in isolation.

  • Step-by-step guide: How to video call your family www.bbc.com/news/technology-51968122 This guide will show you how to make a video call using a smartphone, or receive one using your desktop computer - or help you explain how to do so to others.

  • Coronavirus: How can we stay in virtual touch with older relatives? www.bbc.com/news/technology-51933618 This article helps to explain the differences between various communication gadgets available on the market.

  • Coronavirus: Ways to stay social online while in self-isolation www.bbc.com/news/technology-51966087 This article suggests a variety of ways to keep in touch, social and active. This is more UK focused than the other articles but may help stimulate ideas.

Stay 1.5m apart. Wash your hands. Take care. Stay safe.

Other news and notices

Wider Quilting Community and Appeals

The web page was updated on 25th March 2020 More info . . .

There are many ongoing projects for the local Illawarra community which are detailed on the Community Assistance page. If you are interested in being involved please contact us by email or come along to one of the regular sewing days, details above and on the Ongoing/regular Activities page.