Watch this space for pricing, plans and COVID-safe options
Following the cancellation of GPW2020, the team who has brought you nearly 20 years of Patchwork Weekends in Gunning has taken this time to look at ways to cement the future of this signature event in the district's creative calendar. Started by locals for locals, and with a proud tradition of operating without grants, sponsorship or extraneous fundraising, the award-winning GPW is a well-loved, well-established tradition.
Each year our attendees have ideas, make suggestions and identify improvements and where we can, we embrace ideas and act on these suggestions. Our much-loved Finish And Talk group, October Finishing Day and raffles are all examples of this approach. However with just a handful of volunteers, we've been loath to "bite off more than we can chew". In part, this is because our energy and time is limited but is mostly about preserving the soul of the event - characteristics like "lovely home made food", "value for money" "wonderful atmosphere" "the friendships"and "great tutors".
And so it comes to this: we need a new set of faces, energy to ensure the event continues. While we've had individuals make wonderful offers of help over the years, the event has grown beyond that which can be addressed by individuals and into one that requires a more formal structure to preserve its future. Luckily, and with more synergy than either group initially dared to imagine, Creative Gunning is in a position to provide support, assistance and direction into the future, while maintaining the independence and unique GPW branding. Through the mechanism of a new sub-committee, which will include any of the original organisers who still have time, the event will transition to being presented by Creative Gunning Inc.
This means there will be a GPW in 2021. It will be pared-back to meet the requirements of COVID Safety and to ensure a quality transition .
Got a project to finish? Just want to work on your own quilt or object? then join the Finish And Talk Quarter (FAT Quarter). There's no tutor but we do provide lunches, tables and other makers to keep you occupied across the weekend.
Be ready to share ideas, space and the love - we are the friendliest Patchwork Weekend around!
PO Box 13, Gunning, NSW 2581, AU