Tuesday 28th October 2014

Today we celebrated our 25th anniversary with a lunch date at the Harwood Hotel beside the mighty Clarence River. In 1989 Wilga Bolton put an add in the local paper looking for anyone interested in forming a patchwork and quilting group. Twenty-five years later the group is still going strong with about forty members including Wilga , Carol and Nancy who were there on the first day. They have built a group based on friendship and learning all things patchwork and quilting.

We spoke about some of the events from 1989 such as the Berlin Wall coming down and two dreadful bus crashes on the Pacific Highway. We had some lucky door prizes and we each received a quilt block on which we will sign our names and decorate with motifs, techniques and colours we love. These blocks will become our anniversary quilt.

After a very nice lunch we watched the founding members cut an enormous black forest cake. It was very Yum!!!!

Wilga and Fay gave us a ‘Blast from the Past’ with a parade in their twenty year old outfits made using every technique you could imagine.

Everyone dressed up for the occasion wearing lots of bling as requested. Joan won the bling contest with an amazing necklace. It was wonderful to see the members so relaxed after what has been a very busy year. Elizabeth

Carol, Wilga and Nancy our founding members

Carol, Wilga and Nancy our founding members

Marcia, Fay, Sonia and Robynne enjoying the lunch.

Marcia, Fay, Sonia and Robyne enjoying the lunch.

Chris and Elizabeth who helped organise the day.

Chris and Elizabeth who helped organise the day.

The black forest cake!!

The black forest cake!!

Carol, Wilga and Nancy cutting the anniversary cake.

Carol, Wilga and Nancy cutting the anniversary cake.

Wilga and Fay with a 'Blast from the Past'.

Wilga and Fay with a ‘Blast from the Past’.

Detail of Wilga's amazing skirt.

Detail of Wilga’s amazing skirt.

The girls are delighted to have another quilt block to make!!!

The girls are delighted to have another quilt block to make!!!

Janet and Colleen also helped organise the day.

Janet and Colleen also helped organise the day.

Ursula, Robyn and Joan enjoying the anniversary lunch. Note Joan's great bling necklace.

Ursula, Robyn and Joan enjoying the anniversary lunch. Note Joan’s great bling necklace.

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