Guild pieces together 30 years as one

Quilters from Lower Eyre Peninsula attended a dinner to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Port Lincoln Quilters’ Guild on May 6.

The 36 quilters at the gathering included several founding members including Lesley Hurt (convenor), Judith Hocking (secretary/treasurer), Cheryl Bayly, Elizabeth Williams, Heather Avis and Judy Palmer.

A colourful collection of quilts decorated the hall and brought back memories of workshops held over the years. Photographs and other memorabilia were also on display.

A beautiful birthday cake was made by Kimberley Eime, granddaughter of one of the members.

In her address on the theme of ‘From little things big things grow’ Elizabeth Williams emphasised the support and encouragement she received over the years as a member of the Port Lincoln Quilters’ Guild.

Teaching classes and filling many positions on the committee increased her skills and confidence.

One of her passions has been teaching “schoolies”. The classes held after school hours have become very popular and will ensure sewing skills continue to be passed on to the next generation.

This year Mrs Williams will judge quilts at the Royal Adelaide Show for the third time.

Last year she travelled to Cambodia with Cosi and taught sewing there.

A quilt she has designed is being raffled to raise funds for Cows for Cambodia.

Following her talk, Mrs Williams displayed many of the beautiful quilts she has made and reflected on some of the changes in styles, fabrics and construction over her quilting career.