A happy group gathered in the Tenterfield Arts and Crafts Society’s room at the Visitor Information Centre on Friday, April 6 to witness the official opening of this year’s Bush Quilt Show, and to have a laugh.
Helen Mulherin, wife of this year’s Oracles of the Bush legend George, was on hand to officiate at the showing of a selection of the more-than 400 charity quilts the society has produced over the past seven years. Also on display are a number of stunning quilts that their makers can’t bear to part with, but that showcase the craft.
“We are the quiet achievers,” society president Fram Bulmer said her opening remarks, echoing the theme of this year’s festival.
She described how the crafters take beautiful and not-so-beautiful pieces of cloth and cut them up and fashion them to make something even more beautiful.
She said there’s nothing better than wrapping yourself up in a warm quilt with a hot coffee on a cold day. Guest bush poet Col Milligan had similar feelings, although his idea of perfection was a warm quilt with a cold beer while fishing.
His description of a trip to Myers department store towed behind his wife had the crowd in stitches, of the laughing kind.
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