A little bit of love has gone into every stitch in the 200 quilts on display in the upcoming Bundaberg Quilters biennial exhibition.
Bundaberg Quilters Inc president Rhonda Dunning said the biennial exhibition had been a tradition since the club formed in 1987, and it was always a popular event.
Rhonda said in the lead up to the biennial event Bundaberg Quilters members were quietly confident that they would be able to hold their exhibition this year, after having to cancel it last year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Along with the display of beautifully handcrafted quilts, a number of traders will also be set up, including displays from local businesses Teacup Quilts, Quilters Shack, Corbett and Sons, and Sew Quirky.
“Members of Bundaberg Quilters Inc have been busy preparing quilts for display and quilts, bags, placemats and many more other items for sale at the market stall, which is always a wonderful place to purchase gifts,” she said.
“The theme is Home Sweet Home, and it is a bit of a secret as to what you’ll see until you get there.”
Rhonda said a particular focus for this Bundaberg Quilters biennial exhibition is quilts featuring log cabin blocks or variations of the tradition log cabin block.
“These quilts will be judged by Sue Dennis, an internationally acclaimed quilter and teacher, and the winner will receive the Joan Finlay Award. Joan was a founding member of the club more than 30 years ago.
She said another special feature of this year’s exhibition would be the home sweet home room, which would display a number or hand-made items found in the home.
“One special quilt which will be on display was made by a group of members and donated to the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation,” Rhonda said.
“It is being raffled to raise funds for equipment for the Bundaberg Hospital. This quilt has been professionally valued at $2300.”
Rhonda said the biennial exhibition was also good for the local economy as many quilt enthusiast would travel to the region to check it out.
“People travel from outside the region to come and see the quilts made by our members,” she said.
“I know we have a train group travelling down from Rockhampton too.”
Bundaberg Quilters biennial exhibition will be held at the Multiplex on Friday 6 August to Sunday 8 August.
Opening hours are 9am to 4:15pm Friday and Saturday, and 9am to 3pm Sunday. Cost of entry is $6 which includes an entry into lucky door prize.