Colleen Smith of Lismore, Gay Strong and Cecily Mowle of Lismore Heights, wrapped in the quilts they finished in memory of their friend Chris Seccombe.
Colleen Smith of Lismore, Gay Strong and Cecily Mowle of Lismore Heights, wrapped in the quilts they finished in memory of their friend Chris Seccombe. The Northern Star

Quilt display to help cancer research

CHRIS Seccombe began three quilting projects while undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

She refused to contemplate that she would never see the finished product.

Yet Mrs Seccombe lost her battle with cancer and died in February last year.

Following her death, friends at the Lismore Quilters Society refused to let the unfinished quilts lie.

Colleen Smith, of Lismore, said a few members of the group began finishing the projects.

“It's just what you do,” she said.

“I can imagine Chris would be pretty happy to see them finished and would probably make a wry comment.”

The three quilts will be on display, alongside a collection of pieces made by members of the Lismore Quilters Society, at Lismore City Hall until Saturday.

They will then be raffled at the end of the display.

Money raised from the raffle of one quilt will go to the Cancer Council for research, while money raised from the other two will go back to the society.

As a further tribute to Mrs Seccombe, one section of the quilting show has been dedicated to womanhood.

It contains quilts made by women who were challenged to incorporate a bra into the design.

It includes bras being used as hot air balloon, 'booby traps', and featured in waterfalls.

Mrs Smith said the fact that members of the society banded together and finished Mrs Seccombe's quilts, was a reflection of the group strong bond.

“During quilters meeting we talk about the art, but also chat and solve the world's problems,” she said.

Cecily Mowle, of Lismore Heights, was hesitant to take up the art, because she thought it would be 'too all-consuming'- and it was.

The display is open today and tomorrow between 9am-4pm, and 9am-3pm on Saturday.



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