Girgarre Patchwork and Quilters commenced in August 1987 as a group in "The Shed" at Girgarre Community Cottage. Founding members were: Shirley Pyke, Nancy Harris, Carol Martin, Thelma Mazzetti and Donalda Walker.
THE FIRST 'QUILT IN'
The first quilt-in was held on 16 April 1994 and has been an annual event ever since. These days it attracts around 150 quilters from all around the region and has a reputation as a good event to attend, with a specific theme each year, a guest speaker, Show and Tell, delicious food, traders and the themed block challenge.
The group makes a large quilt to raffle and profits from the event go to benefit the wider community. Eg. The Community Car, the RSL and other worthy causes.
MEMBERS & MEETUPS
Now in their 30th year, the Quilters have around 35 regular members (2 are founding members) and have been meeting every Friday morning since the beginning. Having outgrown the facilities at the Cottage they now meet in the Girgarre Memorial Hall. Once a month they stay for the whole day and share a friendly lunch together. Members attend from surrounding towns of Kyabram, Stanhope, Lancaster, Rushworth, Rochester, Cooma, and Tongala as well as Girgarre.
WORKSHOPS & GATHERINGS
Apart from regular weekly meetings the group enjoy social gatherings which they share with husbands and partners and also take an annual bus trip to their favourite patchwork shops. They love to hold workshops to improve their skills and also hold charity quilting days annually.
During 2017/18 they were busy working with quilting artist Gloria Loughman in the design and creation of the five-panelled quilt 'The Fabric of Girgarre: Past, Present & Future' which now forms the backdrop for the stage in the Memorial Hall. This is part of the Girgarre Revival Project. The quilters were divided into teams working on each panel depicting the story of Girgarre from its early history up to the future.
Girgarre Memorial Hall Supper Room
Every Friday from 9.30am
Bring your material and sewing machine.
Nola Marke +613 5854 8226
Girgarre Community Cottage
27 Olympic Street Girgarre
Monday 16 April 2018
+613 5854 6482