Jan Allen with her wrapping paper quilt.
Jan Allen with her wrapping paper quilt.

Wrapping paper makes great material

The Lismore Craft and Quilters group hosted the annual gathering of quilters from the Clarence to the Tweed on Tuesday.

Around 250 women from 24 groups made the trip to Alstonville where they had a 'show and tell', caught up with some old friends and made some new ones.

Jan Allen is the president of the Lismore Quilters and showed The Echo one of her works that she called The Wrapping Paper Quilt because she got the design on a piece of old wrapping paper.

“I've always been a scrap quilter,” she said. “I use materials that I've had lying around for years and like turning something useless into something useful. It's only been in the last few years that I've started buying materials for quilting.”

The gathering was also raising money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and for cancer detection, treatment and research.

For six years quilters from all around Australia have been making squares that are collected to make patchwork quilts called 'Margie's Quilt of Hope'. The quilts are dedicated to Margie Bradshaw who lost her battle with cancer in 2004.


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