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Bluff point Quilters celebrate 20 years

Members of the Bluff Point Quilters came together for a celebratory lunch at the Ulmarra Hotel last Friday. The group were celebrating 20 years of making quilts for several charity groups. Image: Lynne Mowbray
The Bluff Point Quilters celebrated their 20 year anniversary with lunch at the Ulmarra Hotel last Friday. The group’s first meeting was held in the home of Kathy Trim at Lawrence, on 30 July 1997, with six ladies attending. The group was known as the ‘Forget me Not’ patchwork group. Over the years the group took on new members and outgrew the homes where they were meeting, so they decided to move the venue to the Lawrence Museum. As the need grew for more room to set up their sewing machines and tables to assemble their quilts, the group moved to the Lawrence Hall, where they continue to meet. Over the years the group have donated to many charities, with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter being a top priority each year. Other charities to benefit are the McGrath Foundation, Fred Hollows, the Guide Dogs, the Children’s Variety Club, Starlight Foundation and Ovarian Cancer. The Lawrence Museum has been the main beneficiary of proceeds from the annual Lawrence Quilt Exhibition, which has been held every year since 2000. Proceeds from quilts made for that exhibition are raffled and the proceeds shared between the Maclean Rowing Club, Lismore Hospital and Westmead Children’s Hospital. Some of the quilts which are received at the hospitals go to help children with serious health problems (the children get to choose their own quilt), small quilts are made for stillborn babies and Wraps of Love and some of the ladies assist with the making of Trauma Teddies. Two quilts were also made for the 2000 Paralympics Games, which raised money for the games. The group may be small in numbers but what they have been able to achieve for these many charities, is an amazing achievement. The group are always looking for more members. The Bluff Point Quilters meet every Friday from 10am at the Lawrence Hall. For more information contact: Kath Trim 6647 7162.