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Spring quilt show is sew spectacular

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November 29, 2017

President of Heathcote Quilters Christine Smith and guest speaker Barbara Dellar in front of Liz Allen’s prize-winning quilt.

The RSL hall walls were decorated with quilts.

THEY may be a small group but they sure can put on a big show.

On Saturday, November 18, Heathcote Quilters hosted their spring gathering in conjunction with Victorian Quilters.

The 16 members of the quilters group played host to 120 quilters from all over Victoria who converged on Heathcote to show their work at the RSL Hall.

President of Heathcote Quilters Christine Smith said the event organising kept quilting club members – and their families – quite busy.

“We’re a small group, so to organise an event with 120 people attending was a fair amount of work,” Mrs Smith said.

“To put on a show like we did was just amazing, our guests were staggered to hear our small group managed to put this on and display our own quilters’ talents.

“But we did have the help of our partners; without them pitching in I don’t know how we would have brought it all together.”

The RSL Hall was decorated with work from the Heathcote quilters, including a quilt by Liz Allan that recently won four awards at the quilt showcase in Melbourne.

Robyn Falloon displayed the Lion’s Club 100th Anniversary Quilt to the crowd.

Christine Smith said the event provided the chance to showcase the talents of quilters in the area.

“Barbara Dellar was one of our guest speakers from Strathdale Quilters and people just loved hearing her stories,” Mrs Smith said.

“After her speech the Victorian Quilters representatives asked if she could be a profile quilter at their event.

“It was wonderful to hear because often people who are featured are national tutors; to have someone from the surrounding area be featured is just amazing.”

A quilt made by members of Heathcote Quilters was raffled among other items and the winner of first prize was Rebecca Bayliss, with Will and Vaishtan scoring second.

While the group won’t be hosting another meeting at Barrack Reserve until February, anyone looking to get involved with Heathcote Quilters can call Christine on 5433 2321.

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