Not a patch on these quilts

Feros Village resident Nancy Griffiths (right) was delighted to receive her colourful quilt from Bangalow Quilter Marie Swain.
Feros Village resident Nancy Griffiths (right) was delighted to receive her colourful quilt from Bangalow Quilter Marie Swain.

There’s no such thing as a boring bedspread at Feros Village in Bangalow – instead, beds and laps are a riot of colour, thanks to a group of local women dedicated to keeping the art of quilting alive and to donating some of the fruits of their labour.

 Last week Bangalow Quilters Inc distributed their latest batch of ‘Goodwill Quilts’ to the residents of Feros Village, just in time for winter.

“The looks of pleasure on the faces of the Feros Village recipients was a sight to behold,” said group member Lyn Sergeant, “and made the effort very worthwhile indeed.

“It is also quietly satisfying to members to see previously donated quilts still being very well used and loved.”

Bangalow Quilters were founded in 1988 by women with a similar interest in sewing and quilting, and there are still two foundation members actively involved.

Over time they have donated more than 70 quilts to Feros Village alone, as well as others to various groups, and have a further seven quilts to donate to ‘Brighter Futures’ through the Mullumbimby Community Centre in the next few weeks.

All this is achieved by a small group with current membership of just 14 women, who produce works of astonishing craftsmanship.

“They certainly punch above their weight in terms of their output,” said Lyn.

Some of the fabric that the group used to make the last batch of goodwill quilts was donated by a past member, Ann Banks, when she became unable to continue quilting herself, and she is thrilled to know that her gift has been put to such good use.

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