The Agnes Water Quilting and Textiles members are a diverse group of women of all shapes, sizes, ages and interests from beginners to award winning quilters and embroiderers.
The group meets weekly and while most members arrive at the SES shed with a goal in mind for the day, often they get sidetracked admiring the efforts of others, giving advice and generally becoming involved in all manner of skills from traditional and modern quilting to knitting, crochet, embroidery, dyeing and all forms of textile art.
As a group they try to visit quilt exhibitions in other centres to gain inspiration and to admire the work of fellow quilters. Some members travel far afield to take part in classes with national and internationally acclaimed quilters and also strive to take advantage of visiting experts in their field. The group has formed a strong association with both Bundaberg and Gladstone groups.
The group has an active role in the community, regularly donating quilts to hospitals nurseries and orphanages and breast cancer bags to the McGrath Foundation. Several groups benefitted from hand made gifts after the major floods in the area. Each year, a quilt is raffled in order to benefit different groups including Beyond Blue, Angel Flight, Community Hall, the local Ambulance Committee and others.
Several years ago the group was asked to display some quilts in conjunction with the 1770 Art Show. This proved to be very popular with visitors and gave all members, regardless of skill level, an opportunity to showcase their talents. As a result of this initial collaboration, the Quilt Display has become a regular part of the annual Art Show.
2016 will again see a display of quilts and other items produced by the talented members of the group. Around forty quilts of varying sizes, of both traditional and modern design, will be displayed along with a range of embroidery, art quilts, crochet and knitting. This display is well worth a visit. You may even pick up a quilt to treasure as a number of items are offered for sale.