Illawarra Quilters Inc - more than quilting

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

Illawarra Quilters Activities Recommence

Following the guidelines issued by the NSW Government, Illawarra Quilters are recommencing our activities following the Roadmap to Freedom for the fully vaccinated at 80%. This is also in accordance with the advice we have received from the manager at the Old Courthouse and Corrimal Community Church. It is a condition of the hiring of the halls that we use that we adhere to all Public Health Orders.

Friendship Day

Gatherings will recommence on Wednesday 3rd November and then continue as previously on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.

Corrimal Community Church, Augusta Street, East Corrimal

(Please register at

Sit ‘n’ Sew

Gatherings will recommence on Saturday 6th November and then continue as previously on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month.

Corrimal Community Church, Augusta Street, East Corrimal

(Please register at

Courthouse Quilters

Gatherings will recommence on Thursday 28th October and then continue as previously each Thursday.

Old Courthouse, Belmore Basin (hand sewing only)

(Please register at

Dates to save

Retreat @ Home – Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd July, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Keiraview Uniting Hall, Fisher St. West Wollongong

More information on the Annual Retreat page

Please note, this event has been cancelled due to the current Lockdown. We are hoping that we will be able to reschedule for the next school holidays.

30th annual Children’s Medical Research Institute Quilt Show - Friday 12th to Sunday 14th November 2021

Gerringong Town Hall.

Entry forms and more information: Rhonda Bailey

Retreat @The Tops - 4.00 pm Thursday 25th till 3.00 pm Sunday 28th November 2021

The Tops Conference Centre, 51 Bendena Garden, Stanwell Tops

More information on the Annual Retreat page

Other news and notices

Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair

This event has been postponed until 2022.

Australiasian Quilt Convention

This event, scheduled in December in Melbourne has been cancelled.

Community Assistance Programmes

During Lockdown our members of the Illawarra Quilters have continued to keep busy supporting a variety of charities and services. We have recently donated 50 quilts to organisations locally, including the Homeless Hub, Vinnies Men's Refuge in Coniston, Diggers Aged Care, Southern Youth and Family Services and the Women's Refuge in Wollongong.

Also a large parcel of 180 Stella Bella bead bags was sent to the Randwick Children's Hospital. These happy and cheerful bags are sure to bring a smile to the faces of some very sick children. The children receive beads for specific medical procedures during their time in hospital, creating a string of beads which tells the story of their own personal journey while receiving treatment. The bags we make are used by the children to store these beads.

When not sewing, many in our group knit beanies and scarves which are distributed at the beginning of winter to those in need or homeless in our local area.