Sewing for sick children

November 01, 2016

Very Snuggly Quilts founder Marie Lee and Deniliquilters & Friends president Audrey Tonkin.

Deniliquilters & Friends were busy sewing for the Royal Children’s Hospital last week under the guidance of Marie Lee, the founder of charity organisation ‘Very Snuggly Quilts’.

Around 30 quilters gathered at the Multi Arts Centre to join in Marie’s quest of providing quilts for children suffering from serious illness.

A member of the Victorian Quilters Club, Marie travelled from Rosebud for a day of sewing in Deniliquin.

‘‘I started Very Snuggly Quilts in 2005, and with the help of quilters like the Deniliquilters I donate around 1800 quilts to children each year,’’ she said.

‘‘The workshop in Deniliquin was really just to show local quilters some tips and tricks, and I love getting together with groups like this to create and have a yarn.

‘‘It’s so rewarding and often quite emotional when I get to hand over the quilts we have made to the children, especially if that child has travelled from interstate or overseas to get treatment and they don’t have a lot of family with them.’’

Marie runs over 40 workshops a year in a range of places across Victoria and NSW.

Her last visit to Deniliquin was two years ago, and Deniliquilters president Audrey Tonkin said the club absolutely loves having her here.

‘‘Marie is inspirational and such a great motivator,’’ she said.

‘‘She’s a wonderful person and everybody really enjoyed themselves at her workshop.

‘‘It’s really incredible what she has helped us produce.

‘‘In the past 12 months the Deniliquilters have donated over 100 quilts for sick children and I’m so proud of everyone’s efforts.

‘‘I really hope we can have Marie back with us in Deniliquin again soon.’’

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