Kaleidoscope of colour

COHUNA Memorial Hall was awash with colour last weekend when the Cohuna Quilters group held their annual weekend event. 

A quilt made by founding Cohuna patchwork Group member, Norma Vinnecombe. Picture: MAX FEHRING.

A quilt made by founding Cohuna patchwork Group member, Norma Vinnecombe. Picture: MAX FEHRING.

"You could travel the world and not see better quilts," said local resident Max Fehring, who stopped in to see and photograph the craft on display.

Quilting groups from Ballarat, Boort, Rochester, Echuca and Kerang each had their own stall set up in the hall, where four tutors were also running workshops, and "sit and sew" sessions took place.

The event brought about 80 ladies to town and booked out most accommodation.

Sadly, it was the last time the group will organise the Country Quilters Weekend, which they have been running for around 18 years.

"We're all a bit tired," said secretary Pam Carmody. "People say they'll help but it doesn't tend to eventuate, and we didn't want to do it all ourselves any more." 

The event has been very successful over the years, and channelled funds back into the community which has supported it via the donation of profits, with the high school, the alternative schoolies initiative and cancer support program Camp Quality's Cohuna camp among the beneficiaries. 

Mrs Carmody said there was no word yet on whether another town would take on the job of hosting the annual weekend event.

Meanwhile local quilters would continue doing what they love, she said.

"We just do it because we love making quilts and we give them away. Hours and hours of work go into them but it's our passion. We do it because we love it," Mrs Carmody said.

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