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Lancefield’s quilt exhibition on display

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DIFFERENT styles and skills will be on display at Lancefield Liberty quilt exhibition at Lancefield Mechanics Institute this weekend.

Quilting group A Patch of Lancefield Inc is hosting the event to feature quilts that have either been made by using a sowing machine or by hand.

The group currently has 25 members who meet from 10am to 12pm on Thursdays.

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About 50 quilts will be on display, with two pop-up shops from local businesses – Black Forest Quilting and These Clever Hands – who will award a quilt for the Triz Barnett Memorial trophy, dedicated to the late Triz Barnett who was the group’s former president.

Community members will also be involved in the voting process, choosing their favourite small and large quilts at the exhibit, including a chance to win a raffle that will be announced on Sunday afternoon.

The exhbition will feature the 1896 Lancefield quilt, which is embroided with autographs of 465 local people, who donated money towards making the fundrasing quilt to improve the manse of the Presbyterian Church.

President Joanne Marsh said this year’s funds would be donated to a community group similar to past years – previously it was given to community groups or schools.

“Our exhibition every two years give us the chance to donate money to different local groups,” she said.

The group is known to help community organisations, with members making quilts for the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Ms Marsh said the event welcomed everyone to visit the exhibit.

“It’s inspiring to see what other people have created … it’s a nice group of ladies, we all talk about different things, we all help set up and do that sort of thing together,” she said.

“Sometimes if you need to learn something, you can ask somebody, and somebody will help you.

“Everyone’s got different ways of doing things, but the bottom line is that we always say as long as you’re happy with what you’ve made, that’s all that matters.”

The exhibition has a $5 entry fee, and raffle tickets are $2.

The exhibition, at Lancefield Mechanics Institute, will be open 10am to 4pm, on Saturday and Sunday.

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