Quilters’ fine work on show

July 13, 2017

Janice Harrington collects her raffle prize from Di Stubbings.

Finely detailed quilts and other crafts were on show at the Deniliquin High School from Friday to Sunday, for the Threads of Friendship quilt show.

Deniliquilters & Friends members showcased close to 100 quilts, with president Diane Stubbings saying each exhibit was made within the last 24 months.

An estimated 350 to 400 people viewed the colourful and creative exhibition in the school’s Multi-Purpose Centre, which was complemented by a smaller themed exhibit in the adjacent Multi-Function Room.

‘‘We had people coming and going for all three days,’’ Mrs Stubbings said.

‘‘This included some people from regional quilting groups in Kyabram, Shepparton, Cobram and other areas.

‘‘We also had a separate Floriade exhibition in the room behind the hall, which was put together by Heather Fleming, and included floral themed works made by members over the life of the group.’’

The large selection of artfully pieced together quilts and crafts was also complemented by quilting demonstrations and trade sites.

At one end of the hall some Deniliquilters & Friends members worked throughout the weekend to create items for the annual Royal Children’s Hospital quilt drive.

Called the Snuggly Quilts project, it is coordinated by Victorian Quilters to ensure sick children at the hospital each get a homemade quilt.

There was also a dedicated space where guests could sit and enjoy morning or afternoon tea prepared by the Deniliquin Pastoral & Agricultural Society’s catering team.

The final day of the show saw a beautiful quilt created collaboratively by the Deniliquilters members raffled, which was won by Janice Harrington.

Janice’s winning ticket was plucked from a large container of entries by Sonia Rapley on Sunday afternoon.

All guests at the show had the chance to vote for their favourite quilt in the exhibition.

An intricate quilt by Heather Fleming entitled ‘The Trouble with Peacocks’ received the most votes from the public.

The second highest number of votes went to Diane Stubbings’ ‘Spring Spectacular’, and Lorraine Petty’s ‘Sweet Dreams’ and Janet Mathewson’s ‘Night Garden’ received the equal third number of votes.

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