The patchwork & quilting group started with a small ad in the paper many years ago. The previous Group Leader, Pat Moroney, had discovered that Avenel had a Patchwork and Quilting group and thought to herself, ‘If they can do it, why can’t we?!’
Leader: Anne Turville
Meets Thursday mornings at the house in the music room. A community house fee of $2 applies
Phone: 0474 269 863
How it started
It should, however, be said that it was rather unexpected for Pat to be the one taking this kind of initiative. Previously, she had told her two patchwork-interested girlfriends she didn’t at all understand why in the world you would cut up good material to sew it back together again. As it turned out, Pat caught the sewing bug, and the rest is history.
After Pat put the ad in the paper, a few local ladies showed up, although many of them had, at that point, never sewn before. “All you have to do is sew in straight lines so everyone can do it,” Pat reassures. “And once you try it, you get hooked!” And as it seems, the group of now friends did get hooked. They have met for nearly a decade and show no signs of slowing down.
“Patchwork, Pat explains, is the part where you sew the small pieces of cloth together. Quilting is when you sew the three layers together.” (Top fabric, batting and backing material). But it’s not just about the sewing… “The best thing is just chatting, and sometimes I think there’s more talking than sewing,” Pat concludes with a heartfelt chuckle. “It is really great to have someone to ask if you get stuck on a project. And many of us live independently, so it’s also an opportunity for an outing with like-minded people.”
The first thing you do”, Pat explains, “is pick out a pattern because you don’t want to end up with too much material you won’t use. Then you work out how much fabric you want and pick your colours. And then you think, ‘Crap! Did I really spend that much?’ And you’ll end up with too much in your stash you won’t use. There is currently a race to see who will die with the biggest stash! Really, it’s often better to buy a kit where someone’s put the colours together with the pattern…”
The group has both done individual quilts and also some mutual projects. “We have made arm cushions for breast cancer patients, which helps patients to heal from surgery. We’ve also made quilts for premature babies, and some quilts have been made to give to different community groups for fundraising raffles.”