Woodpatch Quilters’ Exhibition

Woodpatch Quilters' ExhibitionThe Woodpatch Quilters held their 12th bi-annual Quilt Exhibition at the Lobethal Centennial Hall on Saturday, August 1st and Sunday, August 2nd.

Between 10 and 4 on both days, a steady stream of people came to admire the wide variety of beautiful quilts on display.

There were large quilts exquisitely hand-quilted and smaller quilts with appliqué, stitchery or whimsical patterns, which drew exclamations of delight.

A pin cushion display showed the variety of items these ladies can make.

There were trading tables and Sue from Bridge Agencies sold fabrics and patchwork supplies from an on-site shop.

The Hall Committee ladies provided refreshments at a reasonable price and visitors sat and compared notes over a cuppa in the cosy corner.

The raffle quilts were greatly admired.

The first prize, a Sun-Bonnet, Sue quite beautifully hand-quilted, was won by Reis of Nairne.

Second prize, a lovely hand-quilted quilt with appliquéd baskets of flowers, was won by Jan George of Pt. Lincoln.

Trudy Jones of Woodside won third prize – a basket of luxury toiletries.

At the close of the Exhibition, President Helen Symons, thanked everyone involved and the raffle was drawn.

Then the Best Challenge winner, chosen by visitor’s votes, was presented with a $30 voucher for Bridge Agencies.

The winning block, depicting a tiny blue wren encircled by machine-embroidered gum blossoms was made by Prue Wheal.

Then the Viewers’ Choice of the best quilt was won by Bronwyn Stopford for her friendship quilt depicting places and scenes in Australia important to her and blocks relevant to her lifestyle.

She received $100 for her prize.

Bronwyn’s quilt was a great attraction.

Woodpatch Quilters' ExhibitionThere were always groups of people standing by it, discussing and admiring the different blocks: the little caravan on-site complete with esky, the faithful reproduction of Woodside Post Office, the War Memorial (every country town has one), the old country style garage, the little church and all the quaint little houses.

Congratulations to Bronwyn on a well-deserved win!

Just after 4 on Sunday, the Helpful Husbands arrived and in just over an hour the Hall was empty, with everyone helping to dismantle frames and pack away the displays.
Thank you to all!

The ladies of the Group are delighted with the number of enthusiastic visitors to their Exhibition.

Their choice of new venue and different time of the year to hold the Exhibition was worthwhile, judging by the warm, friendly atmosphere and enthusiastic, positive response from visitors.

The ladies are now busy with new projects for their next exhibition to be held in 2 years time.

The group meet every Wednesday at Inverbrackie Army Community Hall from 9.30am to 3pm.

Anyone interested in joining us, please phone Rosemary on 8389 6149.

Photos: The Woodpatch Quilters’ Exhibition and Prue Wheal with her winning ’Best Challenge’ little blue wren block.