Quilters Lee Barkas (left), Colleen Smith and Patricia Smithyman busy preparing for the annual quilters show at Lismore City Hall on September 6-8.
Quilters Lee Barkas (left), Colleen Smith and Patricia Smithyman busy preparing for the annual quilters show at Lismore City Hall on September 6-8. Jacklyn Wagner

Quilters to share their passion

GOONELLABAH'S quilters are putting on a show with more than 100 of their handmade treasures going on display.

The Goonellabah Quilters Quilt Show is being planned for Lismore City Hall next month.

Organiser Colleen Smith, whose passion for quilting has sent her around the world visiting quilting shows, said the local product was top-class.

"We're up there with the best of them," said Mrs Smith, who cited "precision, innovation, and creativity" as the secrets to a beautiful quilt.

The event will also showcase sophisticated "fibre art" created by a core group of club members using a combination of experimental and traditional quilting techniques.

Visitors wanting to get their hands on their own quilt can enter a raffle, which will support the Our House charity at Lismore Base Hospital and have three unique pieces up for grabs.

The first prize, entitled "Vintage Sunshine and Shadow", is a double quilt made up of more than 2000 pieces of material, individually cut and sewn by club members.

It's a labour of love for club members, who have been putting on the show once every four years since the 1980s.

Goonellabah Quilters member Trish Rippon was inspired as a teenager when she saw a friend's mum quilting, and after a few years of experimentation made her first piece back in 1986.

Now each of her six children and five grandkids have their own.

"It's a great outlet," Mrs Rippon said. "It's time out from a busy lifestyle and a good way to use your creativity."

Asked how long it took to make a quilt, the answer is always the same: "How long is a piece of string?"

Mrs Rippon's current quilt, for example, had been in progress "for the last three soccer seasons".

Quilters at the show will be able to pick up supplies, including rare Japanese fabrics and quilting kits.



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