Bangalow quilter wraps sister in love

MADE WITH LOVE: Elizabeth Casimir stands in front of the quilt she made for her sister that celebrates the life of her daughter and Elizabeth's niece, Lily.
MADE WITH LOVE: Elizabeth Casimir stands in front of the quilt she made for her sister that celebrates the life of her daughter and Elizabeth's niece, Lily. Christian Morrow

HANDMADE quilts are not just meant to keep you warm.

They are often given as a symbol of love and caring and there is often history sewn into the fabric.

There were 170 quilts on display at Bangalow Quilters' show at the All Souls Anglican Church Hall over the weekend, and Elizabeth Casimir's quilt stood out.

Elizabeth's quilt was made as a gift for her sister as memorial to her daughter, Lily, Elizabeth's niece, who died tragically and unexpectedly in Thailand in 2012 after a holiday in Cambodia.

Lily contracted Melioidosis, a bacterial infection, from a suspected spider bite, and for want of the right antibiotics she died in hospital in Thailand within two days.

The patches on the quilt show pictures of Lily with her friends and family together with fragments of Lily's clothing and pyjamas all sewn into a heart-shaped arrangement of flowers.

The quilt's backing is made from the hammock Lily carried while sailing down the Amazon River in 2010.

"I really did this quilt to try and ease my younger sister's pain a little by making her a memoriam of Lily that she could wrap around herself," said Elizabeth.

The Bangalow Quilters has 16 members in its group and this was its first exhibition since 2010.

"We hope it inspires people to take up quilting or perhaps just to sew at home to make new things for family and friends," said Quilters president Helen Gluyas.

"Some of the quilts on display are destined for the babies' ward at Lismore Base Hospital and others will be given to Feros Village."

Bangalow Quilters meets from 9.30-12.30pm on the second and fourth Thursday of every month in All Souls Anglican Church Hall in Bangalow.

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