Helping hands make many quilts for Tathra victims

Jenny Wallace is hoping to make over 65 quilts in two weeks.

She has set out to match the number, to the number of houses destroyed at Tathra in the recent bushfire.

“I’ve got a challenge to make as many quilts as we can to take down to the Tathra fire victims,” Ms Wallace said.

“I’ve been cutting quilts out of my stash, and I’ve got kits made up, all I need now is for people to come and be enthusiastic.”

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Even for a quilter of over 20 years, 65 quilts in 14 days is a challenge. So Ms Wallace is calling on the people of Braidwood to join in the project.

Helpers don’t need skill, they just need the right attitude. Ms Wallace can find a job for them, whether it be sewing, ironing, unpicking, or just having a chat.

A quilt may not seem like much, but to the people who lost everything, Ms Wallace thinks it will mean the world.

She credits quilting with saving her life, when she began in 1995 after a low patch. 

As of Wednesday April 11, the group had seven completed quilts, one of which was a donation.

Ms Wallace is urging the town to wander down to the Braidwood Life Centre to lend a hand. 

Sixty-five quilts may seem like a lot, but with a few helping hands Ms Wallace is confident the group can make it. And besides, as she says:

“You aim high and you get somewhere.”

  • Quilters will be at the Braidwood Life Centre till 5pm on April 11 and from 9:30am-5pm Aptil 17 and 18