The unique North East Quilt Display will be on show this Sunday at Benalla Racing Club.By Robyn Antanovskii
The upcoming North East Quilt Display is shaping up to be one of a kind.
Benalla resident Shirley Goodman has organised an exhibition of about 300 quilts ranging from old to new, large to small, and traditional to contemporary.
‘‘I don’t think we’ll ever see a group of quilts of this diversity again,’’ Mrs Goodman said.
Highlights include many designer quilts, some of which have won international acclaim, and 10 antique quilts, one of which is more than 100 years old.
A collection of quilts from Violet Town resident June Gilchrist has Mrs Goodman excited.
‘‘She was one of the forerunners of quilt design for magazines and she’s been involved since the ’80s,’’ Mrs Goodman said.
‘‘We’re very pleased to be able to present lots of her quilts.’’
Another interesting collection of quilts will come from Benalla-born quilt and patchwork clothes designer Dominique Horne, daughter of Benalla’s Dr Henry Horne.
‘‘She’s loved sewing since she was 10 years old,’’ Mrs Goodman said.
‘‘There’s some great work from her, some absolutely beautiful work.’’
There will be many quilts available for purchase on the day, with prices ranging from the mid-hundreds to several thousand dollars.
Mrs Goodman said a single quilt could take years to make.
‘‘One lady took 20 years to make one by hand,’’ she said.
Entry to the display is $5 and all proceeds will go towards the North East Blue Ribbon Foundation to fund emergency care in hospitals in memory of police officers who have died while on duty.
There will also be a raffle, with first and second prize both beautiful quilts.
‘‘It should be a great day,’’ Mrs Goodman said.
‘‘It will be well worth a look.’’
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