Held once every three years, A Celebration of Quilts is planned for 14th and 15th September at the Taree Anglican Church. We spoke to the organisers, Kerry Wakely and Jill Buttel, about the event …
When and why did you first decide to run A Celebration of Quilts?
Do you ever see something and say, “Wow, I have to do that!”? In 2014, that is what we said when we saw a photo online of a quilt show in a church in America. We were inspired by this photograph and just loved the concept and thought, “Why not?”
St John’s Anglican Church, Taree was identified as the ideal venue, and Father Keith was extremely kind and a great help with our first “A Celebration of Quilts” in 2015. After the success of the first event, where we saw over 200 visitors attending and received many wonderful comments, we decided that we would do it again in 2018.
This year, we will have over 100 quilts arranged on the pews, creating an absolutely stunning display. The quilts are being supplied by groups from our very active patchwork community on the Mid North Coast, guaranteeing a wonderful variety of quilts.
Quota International of Taree Inc. is again supporting us by providing food and refreshments. Proceeds from the door will go to Quota. There will also be a raffle, with proceeds going to the Anglican Care Auxiliary Manning.
You’re both quilters yourselves – can you give our readers a bit of an insight into how long you’ve been quilting, and more importantly, what keeps you quilting!
Kerry – I started my quilting life in the year 2000 and cannot remember a time I haven’t had at least one project on the go. I generally have a quilt that I am making by machine, as well as a hand project or two. What keeps me quilting; there is always something new, a different technique, a pattern you see in a magazine that you love and then of course, there is the fabric that you “just must have”.
Jill – About fifteen years ago, I wandered into a patchwork store and was amazed at the dazzling display of quilts on the walls. At one end of the store were women sitting at tables, chatting, laughing, and sewing on a variety of sewing machines. It didn’t seem to matter what machine they owned or exactly what they were making – what I could hear and see was the fellowship they shared. That was it – I became a quilter. Since then I have made quilts, throws, wall hangings, place mats, tote bags – if it can be made prettier with patchwork, then that’s what I have enjoyed doing.
How do our readers find out about local quilters’ groups?
Contact Kerry Wakely on 0402 087 252 to find out about groups in your area.
Any final thoughts for our readers?
“A Celebration of Quilts” is not just for quilters, but for anyone who appreciates seeing something beautiful.
A Celebration of Quilts –
Taree Anglican Church, 14th and 15th September – 10am to 4pm. Entry – $3.
Interview: Ingrid Bayer.