Quilters and Patchworkers of New England Inc hold Quilting and Needlework Exhibition

Conny Kinghorn with an item she painted herself.
Conny Kinghorn with an item she painted herself.

Every year the Quilters and Patchworkers of New England hold a Quilting and Needlework Exhibition at Legacy house to raise money for a local charity. 

This year the group will be donating funds raised to Lifeline in Armidale – with the theme “Farmer’s Wife”.

“We have a little workshop over a weekend and a few of us make the raffle quilt together,” Quilters and Patchworkers of New England group convenor Robyn Wood told The Express.

“We usually raise between $2,000 and $3,000.

“The quilt is usually valued at about $2,000 and our entrance quilt this year is depicting things from the farm.”

This year’s exhibition will feature over 100 items including quilts, wall hangings, cushions, bags, embroidery and dolls.

“Some of the items are fairly quick to make and others can take a long time,” she said.

“Some people might start something and finish it 20 years later.

“There is one quilt in this year that was started many years ago and it has finally been finished – so it will be on display.”

Displays also include knee quilts produced for Ken Thompson Lodge.

“For the last eight years or so we have been making lap quilts for Ken Thompson Lodge and they will also be on display at the exhibition,” she said.

The group, who have been together for over 30 years, use all their own scraps to make the items – as well as some funding from Council for the lap quilts.

“We’ve got a lot of great members and we welcome new beginners too,” she said.

“We love putting something back into the community – which is why we have this exhibition.”

The Quilting and Needlework Exhibition will be held between Saturday April 1 and Sunday April 2 from 9am.

Entry is $5 and includes sandwiches, tea and coffee. Children under 10 years get free entry.