I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the Fishing Monthly Group and Australian Fishing Network.
I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
An exhibition of excellence that should not be missed
The Wentworth Quilters was formed back in October 1991 by a small group of quilters from Wentworthville and its surrounding areas. They had originally met in a quilt shop owned by Louise Bugini and after a short time decided to form Wentworth Quilters and hold their meetings in a school hall in Westmead. Due to the growth in numbers in the group, the school hall became too small, so they moved to the Uniting Church in Greystanes.
This is the quality of work you can expect to see at the exhibition. Photo courtesy of the Wentworth Quilters Group.
Little did they realise that the group would continue to grow so much that they had to once again find a larger place to hold their meetings. So in 2008 they moved their meetings to the historic House of Linnwood at Guildford.
Since those early days back in 1991, the group has grown from 20 members to be currently standing at 95, where they have around 60 to 65 attending each meeting.
As they are a "not for profit" organization and receive no subsidies, they rely solely on the exhibition to finance the group activities and make donations to various groups mainly dealing with cancer related research for women and children.
Wow, check out the patterns. Photo courtesy of Wentworth Quilters Group.
From its inception, the Wentworth Quilters has supported Westmead Hospital Research and in turn its Millennium Foundation. To date, they have donated over $35,000. The group through their exhibitions is very active in fundraising for the Cancer Council's Biggest Morning Tea and Pink Ribbon events.
SO WHAT IS QUILTING?
Photo courtesy of Wentworth Quilters Group.
All I know about quilting is that my mother and grand-mother use to do it, and that I had a bed quilt made by and I can remember that my mum use to have a quilted tea pot cosy. After doing a bit of research on the net I found the following about what is quilting. So rather than try and change it I have copied it from Wikipedia.
"Quilting is the process of sewing of two or more layers of fabric together to make a thicker padded material, usually to create a quilt or quilted garment. Typically, quilting is done with three layers: the top fabric or quilt top, batting or insulating material and backing material.
The process of quilting uses a needle and thread to join two or more layers of material to make a quilt. The quilter's hand or sewing machine passes the needle and thread through all layers and then brings the needle back up. The process is repeated across the entire area where quilting is wanted. A rocking, straight or running stitch is commonly used and these stitches can be purely functional, or decorative and elaborate."
Photo courtesy of Wentworth Quilters Group.
Over the years I have seen bed spreads, clothing, tea pot covers, place mats, wall hangings, a dog jacket, throw rugs, place mats, bags, seat covers, table centre pieces and much more.
EXHIBITION AT LINNWOOD.
The Wentworth Quilters Group have been holding their biennial exhibition since 1991. So on Saturday the 17th and Sunday the 18th of October it will be their 12th and it will be their 5th at the historic House of Linnwood since 2007. This event has raised much needed funds for a variety of groups that deal with cancer related research for women and children.
Not all quilts are made by hand. Some are made using a sewing machine. Photo courtesy of Wentworth Quilters Group.
Not only have the chance to view over 60 quilts that will be on display, you will be able to purchase extremely high quality homemade items and while you are there you can always buy a few tickets in the raffle of a quilt that has been made by one of the members.
Maybe you will see something you would like to buy. Photo courtesy of the Wentworth Quilters Group.
But wait, there's more!
While you are there you will be able to look around the magnificent ground that surround Linnwood House and sit down in the Ohio Star Cafe and try some of the home baking.
While you are there you should try some of the home baking.
So whether you are a member of the Wentworth Quilters, a family member or friend, a resident in the area or a visitor to the area you should try and find the time to visit this great exhibition and support the members of the Wentworth Quilters Group who put so much energy into raising funds for a needy cause.
Christmas is just around the corner. Photo courtesy of the Wentworth Quilters Group.
Maybe you would like to become a member of the Wentworth Quilters Group. If so ask for Pamela Richardson while you are at the exhibition and I an sure she will point you in the right direction; and if Pamela is busy I an sue someone else will be able to help you.