Big plans are in the pipeline for the Gympie Rotary Quilt & Craft Spectacular! An event not to be missed, held in the Pavilion, Exhibition Rd, Southside, Gympie, November 3 & 4, 2018 –

While some highlights are still "under wraps" for now, here's a sneak preview:



ENTER YOUR QUILTS! Professionals & Non-Professionals – Check categories, various regional collection/ drop off points and dates by clicking on "EXHIBITORS" from the menu (above), and download Entry Forms (available June). 


PRESENTING OVER 150 SIMPLY STUNNING QUILTS IN 2018!  On display will be over 150 works, from traditional quilts and patchworks to contemporary, exploratory and artquilts – from award-winners to novices, from throughout the region, as far south as the Gold Coast, to Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Maleny to Gladstone, Childers, Maryborough and Hervey Bay in the north.


PLUS! SPECIAL EXHIBIT  The latest works by special guest, multi-award winning quilter, tutor, designer, publisher Dianne Johnston: 


Originally trained as a florist, internationally award-winning quilter Dianne Johnston was first inspired by the local native flora around her while raising her young famiy in the outback. Her very first attempt, an applique quilt based on Australian wildflowers was a winner in the 1988 Bicentennial Exhibition.

Recently, with a string awards under her belt, both internationally and throughout Australia, her journey culminated in receiving a personal invitation to present her quilts to members of the Royal Family in the King’s Palace, Abu Dhabi, one of the most luxurious palaces in the world…. quite a leap from her humble outback beginnings!

A special collection of Dianne's most recent works will be on display…. including the King's favourite!



Beginning her creative career in South Africa over 30 years ago, Jenny soon developed a love of handwork – the uninhibited combining of various embroidery threads, ribbons, beads and embellishments; the influences of the colour and vibrancy of South Africa; the traditions of Victorian quilting all lead her to her own style of crazy quilting and creative embroidery. This display will include crazy quilting, textile and embroidery collage, wool embroidery and embroidery on repurposed fabrics… enjoy!


With many more exhibits being negoitated, confirmed to date: Bookbinder Jan Ramsay’s exquisite handbound albums; Spoonsmith Deirdre Wilson’s Welsh Love Spoons; an amazing collection of vintage and handmade toys from a Blacksmith/ Metal Toymaker; Woodworkers crafted guitars, harps, scrollwork, more; Tatting, Lacemaking, Decoupage – the timeless gentle arts; Basketweaving from wonderfully Wild to Silky; Craft Beer Open Door from subtle to WOW!

Go to the EXHIBITORS page of this website for more information – and if you know of a ancient craft or rare trade artisan, we'd love to talk to them… email



Keep checking on the "WORKSHOPS" page of this website for regular updates on workshops as they're locked in! A wealth of knowledge will on be offer, from creative embroidery, papercraft, basketry, freeform knitting, rag rugs, crochet and more as well as a range of quilting and patchwork classes for beginners & the more experienced. Keep checking on the WORKSHOPS page of this website as details are firmed up – projects, images, kits and costs – then email to secure your place!


YOUR WORKSHOP WISH LIST! – There'll be lots of fabulous opportunities to learn from experts and exhibitors at the event – let us know your wishlist, and we'll do our best…. email



Check out the list of confirmed Market Traders on the EXHIBITS page of this website – with more stallholders than ever before, you'll be sure to grab a bargain, find that elusive perfect accessory, source another "must-have" item and find the perfect gift… and meet it's maker!

PATCHING & QUILTING: Fabrics, Machines, Accessories, Patterns, more 

SEW IT, FOLD IT, STICK IT, KNIT IT, Create it!: DIY supplies – all crafts

MAKERS’ MARKET: with WOW Factor! Gifts, Teddies/ Ragdolls, Oils                   

STORAGE SOLUTIONS: Let’s get organised!

Our Market Traders are planning some great FREE DEMONSTRATIONS, with lots of make'n'takes happening throughout the weekend – the schedule will be published closer to the event in this website, and in the onsite catalogue available at the event (included in the entry cost).


The pages in this website – Workshops, Exhibitors, Sponsors – will detail highlights, workshops and exhibits – the creative, the quirky… the weird, the wonderful..  as more are confirmed. Stay tuned!!



Below are a few more images of the previous event, held 2016.