The Bangalow quilters have been meeting since 1988, sitting together with their scissors and needles and thread and sewing machines to patiently and lovingly turn little snippets of pretty fabric into works of art.
But it has been 10 years since Bangalow Quilters Inc had a show, so when Elizabeth Casimir took on the presidency of the group a year ago, she felt it was time.
“We were down to 14 members,” explained Elizabeth, “so I thought the best way to lift our profile would be to put on a show.”
She promises that this weekend’s show will be something very special, with some ‘absolutely stunning’ quilts on display, none of which has ever been shown before.
And as well as quilts, there will be other items on display, such as cushions and embroidered and tapestry pictures, and there will also be a sale table with some beautiful hand-made items just right for Mother’s Day.
“There are pot-holders, fold-up shopping bags, table runners, crocheted food covers, and sets of covers for needle case, tape measure and scissor holder,” said Elizabeth, “and there are also little sunhats for children.”
There will be a chance to win an exquisite hand-made quilt as first prize in a raffle, with second prize a hamper of local produce and third prize in cash. All the money raised by the raffle goes into buying fabric for the quilts that the group makes for charities – little bunny rugs for the Brighter Futures program in Mullumbimby, and wheelchair-sized quilts to give to Feros Nursing Home.
But although the charitable side of what the group does together is important, Elizabeth explains it is just a small part of what it does.
“We are here to be a support group for women who have retired who wish to learn new skills,” she said.
“We often have workshops to learn different techniques, and invite people in to give lessons – our next project is learning to make quilted jackets.”
The Quilt Show is on at All Souls Anglican Church Hall in Ashton Street, Bangalow, on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 4pm each day. Devonshire teas and light lunches are available at Heritage House.
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