The Braidwood Quilt Event came into being following conversation during a social occasion one afternoon sometime in 1995.
The group of quilters became impatient with talk and decided to act. On the fourth weekend of November in that same year a small outdoor exhibition of twenty-five quilts mysteriously appeared hanging from the first floor verandah rails of Braidwood’s beautiful collection of 19th century buildings for which the town is famous.
The traffic stopped in the main street which is also the busy highway from Canberra to the NSW southcoast and the founders of the Braidwood Quilt Event knew that they had happened upon something very special and was worth continuing on an annual basis, thanks to all the quilters, volunteers, sponsors and June Weatherstone, the Braidwood Quilters' Patron.
The group formed themselves into Braidwood Quilters which became incorporated in 1997. The Quilt Event is now part of The Festival of Braidwood, which has developed well beyond the association’s wildest dreams.
Hundreds of quilts are displayed in the street and different venues in the town. Quilters from all over Australia are invited to join in the outdoor ‘airing’, the occasional competitive section of the indoor exhibition and the festival activities.
We invite you to join Braidwood Quilters Inc. and the citizens of Braidwood again this year either as an entrant or as a visitor – you will have a great weekend.
The images below are just a taste of Braidwood and Wallace Street flying the quilts.
Photograph by Alex Rea, The Braidwood Times