LABOUR OF LOVE: Goonellabah quilter Carole Bonamy (centre) with Colleen Smith and Lina Kempnich at the Quilters Exhibition at Lismore City Hall.
LABOUR OF LOVE: Goonellabah quilter Carole Bonamy (centre) with Colleen Smith and Lina Kempnich at the Quilters Exhibition at Lismore City Hall.

Devoted quilters for love and life

WOULD you believe there are so many quilters in the Goonellabah Quilters group that there's a waiting list to get in?

The group has 43 members, at least two-thirds of whom meet every first and third Tuesday at McLeans Ridges Hall, and there is just no more room for any more.

Every four years, the quilters hold an exhibition of their work - some quilts are so detailed, they can take several years to make. But when more than a hundred quilts come together in one exhibition, as they did last week at Lismore City Hall, the effect is breathtaking.

"You can't possibly put a dollar value on a quilt," said group member Carole Bonamy.

"No quilt could be made in less than two or three weeks, and that would be a very simple one. Some can take more than two years to complete."

The group started in 1994 and has been steadily growing since.

"There's so much strength and diversity in our group," Carole said.

"Everyone is ready to share their work, knowledge and experience."

As well as working on their own quilts, the women also make special quilts for the Children's Ward at Lismore Base Hospital, the Special Care Nursery, the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit, and the Caroona aged care units. They take a collection of quilts to show to Caroona residents twice a year.


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