Strathdale Quilters L-R Jane Leahy, Chris Bourke, Suzanne Bell, in Rosalind Park Photo Brendan McCarthy 11/03/2019


A special event over the Easter Festival is the Biennial Exhibition of the Strathdale (Bendigo) Quilters.

More than 120 quilts will be on display showcasing the work of the quilters from the past two years.

Each quilt often represents a detailed story and more often than not has been made as a gift for a loved one.

Jane Leahy of the group said the women who come to the classes thoroughly enjoy the process.

“We become obsessed,” Jane said, laughing.

“Sitting around with a group of women concentrating on your craft, sharing stories and being together is a therapeutic process.”

The group has about 150 members although not all of those women will be participating on the same day.

Classes and workshops are held weekly at the Long Gully Community Centre and as well as quilts, many close friendships are often made.

“Some women come along when they have retired and find that at last they have time to devote themselves to a craft they enjoy,” Jane said.

Beginners are welcome and Jane said they can be assured of help from the other members.

And when it comes time to finishing off a quilt, it’s all hands on deck.

When attending the biennial exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity of voting for their favourite quilt.

The winner receives a sewing machine donated by Bernina.

The winning entry in the raffle will receive a precious quilt. Money raised on the day from the $5 entrance fee is donated to the BEAM charity.

The Biennial Exhibition will be held over Easter at the St Andrew’s Uniting Church with morning and afternoon tea available.

You can contact the Strathdale Quilters on Facebook.