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Major Sponsor - Braidwood COMMUNITY BANK Braidwood Quilters Inc. Presents The Famous Braidwood Quilt Event

Patron :- June Weatherstone    founder of the Quilt Event

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At the beginning of 2008 Braidwood Quilters Inc. added to its annual program monthly community quilt workshops which are held in the auditorium of the Braidwood Servicemen’s Club.  The first project is to complete twenty five quilts, ten of which will be given to residents of the Braidwood MPS Nursing Home and fifteen will be presented to the residents of the Narbethong Frail Aged Hostel.  

Due to the generosity of the Servicemen’s Club, many members of the Braidwood community, textile companies, and local organisations which have donated funds to cover the cost of machine quilting, Braidwood Quilters and friends are well on the way to achieving the goal.  The machine quilting sponsors will be named on the quilt labels and photographed with their quilts when completed.  

At the time of writing this article, six workshops have been held and more than twenty people have contributed to the process.  Not everyone has been an experienced quilter but has been a willing seamstress.  Some have been to every workshop, others have helped when they can.  It is not too late to join in if you would like to participate.  

The workshops will continue on a monthly basis – usually on the first Tuesday of the month.  So far seven quilts have been completed and machine quilted.   Fifteen quilt tops are at various stages of the process.  For some years Braidwood Quilters have supported Dr Margaret Fulton’s Westmead Children’s Hospital Quilts for Keeps program and will continue to do so.  At our mid-year country luncheon guests were presented with a boomerang gift which, after making up blocks from the pattern and fabric provided and returned to Braidwood Quilters, will result in four children’s quilts being assembled at the workshops for Westmead.

The workshops have provided a very special experience for everybody and Braidwood Quilters wish to thank June Weatherstone for her guidance and one and all for their help and friendship.  

BRAIDWOOD QUILTERS COMMUNITY QUILT WORKSHOPS By Jill McLeod Quilts open day 1 Quilts open day 5 Quilts open day 2 Quilts open day 6 Quilts open day 3 Quilts open day 7 Quilts open day 4 Quilts open day 8


       Just before Christmas June, Jan and Cecily accompanied by representatives from the Lions Club and Lodge of Truth, (see full list of donors in article below) whose generous donations assisted with the making of the quilts, presented 28 quilts to the residents of the nursing home and the hostel.

      All the residents were asked to choose their quilt and much fun and enjoyment ensued as the quilts were sorted through looking for favourite colours and designs. All the residents and staff agreed that the quilts were beautiful and were a fantastic Christmas present that will be really appreciated during the winter months.

Nursing home 01 Narbethong house 01 Narbethong house 02 Nursing home 02

The Servicemen's Club has been very generous to us over the past year.

We presented  a plaque of appreciation to the Club management  at the February workshop.

June presenting the Club manager Robby with the plaque

Robby responding on behalf of the Club management


June, Jill, Carol, Jenny and  Rhani, ably assisted by co-driver Robert, travelled 800 kms each way to visit the town of Narbethong in the fire ravaged region of Victoria on Sunday and Monday, April 26 and 27.  We delivered the results of our Narbethong Project which many Braidwood quilters and friends have worked on since February 7- 100 Bush Spirit bags (containing all the small necessities of life), 30 quilts, 30 fruitcakes and the “Us on Monday” friendship group provided a fabulous morning tea.  We met Jo Kasch who is working out of the Black Spur Inn and is the ‘on ground’ co-ordinator for the Narbethong relief effort, together with other women who have been touched by the dreadful fires.  There is too much to tell in this space but the trip has been well documented and the full story will be told at a later date.  

Pictures from the Narbethong trip

June With Certificate


June Weatherstone Presented With Life Membership

November 1995 June Weatherstone created the concept of an Australian “Airing of the Quilts” based on the famous Outdoor Quilt Show in the town of Sisters in Oregon, USA. The first “Airing” consisted of a surprise hanging of 25 quilts from the first floor verandahs of Wallace Street’s 19th Century buildings and a small display of students quilts in the vacant Shop 5 of The Albion Centre. The day was the fourth Saturday in November.  

 On the fourth weekend of November 2009, fifteen years later, 600 quilts were displayed on Wallace Street buildings and in fifteen venues throughout Braidwood, the two major indoor exhibitions being housed in the National Theatre and the Servicemen’s Club. June has co-ordinated all of the fifteen annual Quilt Events and “Airing of the Quilts” and had designed and curated all the major indoor exhibitions.

But June felt it was time to take life a little more easily in the future and decided not to stand for the Presidency of Braidwood Quilters Inc. for 2010. At the Annual General Meeting held on February 10 June was granted Honorary Life Membership of the Association and thanked for her untiring commitment and guidance from 1995 through to 2010 including holding the position of President from 1997.

It is no surprise to her quilting colleagues that she did stand for the position of Vice-President which is just about the most perfect way to continue her relationship with the wonderful event which has put Braidwood on the map in so many ways.  

Jill presenting certificate to June

 2012 President’s report.

Well what an interesting year 2012 was, being a “remote” president had its ups and downs. More ups than downs thanks to the small dedicated team of committee members. Tough though it was it all came together for another successful Quilt Event.

My special thanks to Leslie for holding the local end together as my “right hand” and for being responsible for the booking of “the River” from Queanbeyan and the placement of the exhibition at the entrance. This created a new look to the entire space.

Congratulations to Cecily for taking on the task, and the physical work she put into the Outdoor Airing, hanging and pulling down.

Thanks must be extended to all the non members who came on board at the last moment as volunteers in many and varied jobs. Volunteers are an essential part of most events and we must look after them.

Our sponsorship by the Braidwood Community Bank this year, and into the future, will ensure that we will have financial stability in the years to come.

The Scout hall as another workshop and exhibition space will, while we have access, open up the availability of the Quilters to new members and a range of varied classes. Being able to leave things set up is an advantage and will make it easier for continuity of activities.

Thank you for having the confidence in electing me last year and I wish the incoming Committee every success in 2013

Jan Francis

President 2012

Braidwood Quilters Country Luncheon 2012

Our guest speaker was Eileen Hayley

Eileen Haley is a Sydney-based quilter, creative writer and public servant.  Eileen believes that quilting is right up there with knitting as a magic craft.

Eileen gave a very interesting talk on the concept and making of a series of 9 story wall hanging quilts, she also had on display a patchwork quilt made by her mother from old dresses when Eileen was a girl.


                         Life Membership

As part of the luncheon activities Jill McLeod was presented with

Life Membership of The Braidwood Quilters Inc. By President Jan Francis

Jill has been involved with the Braidwood Quilters and the Quilt Event

since their inception.




June Weatherstone was appointed patron at the AGM

and was presented with her certificate as part of the activities.

June is our first life member and has also been involved with

 the Quilt Event and the Braidwood Quilters since their inception.

Eileen giving her presentation

Eileen with President Jan and Vice President Lesley Horn who presented Eileen with a gift of appreciation

Jan, June and Lesley

Jan and Jill

Grand Champion Quilt 2012

‘Dragonflies’ by Lucie Arnfiloff

1st lap quilt award                              Lucie receiving her prizes from

Braidwood Quilters president Jan Francis

Raffle Quilt 2012 Winner

Quilt maker Catherine with the winner Vicki from Canberra

 and president Jan

2014 Luncheon

Christmas in July

A very pleasant and successful luncheon was held in the auditorium of the Braidwood Servicemens Club on the 23rd  July.

After morning tea of fruit cake and biscuits supplied by the club, the president, Lesley Horn, welcomed everyone and then asked Mary Mathias from the Braidwood Comminity Bank talk about the involvement of the bank in the Quilt event and the community in general.


Then there was a marvellous show & tell with lots of laughter mingled with the information regarding the various quilts and other items being displayed.

During the day a continuous raffle was run and the general feeling was that our local Braidwood Community bank manager and staff  hold the record for the most prizes won with the local undertaker running a close second.

When our guest speaker, Fiona Hammond, came down with the dreaded flu Linda Nolan from the Quilting Patch in Nowra stepped in and gave a very interesting account of how she got involved in crafting and quilting. As an experienced user of the The AccuQuilt GO! fabric cutter  she gave a very comprehensive  demonstration of  how to use the equipment most efficiently and also offered to do a day workshop on using the equipment.

Linda Nolan



The raffle quilt

To be drawn at the Quilt Event

The winning hat

The president

Lesley Horn

Mary Mathias

The AccuQuilt GO!


The fantastic

Catering staff

2014 Quilt Event Results

Winner of The Braidwood Community Bank $1,000 award in the category themed "Bush Spirit"


Working with the Elements.
by Helen Godden

Category  2 We are Australian.

I Still Call Australia Home

by Coral Brady

Category 3 Hand Quilting Award.

by Beverley Hunter

Category 4 Quilt Made For A Child

Mother Goose Nursery
Made by Susan Camm   

Category 5 Bed Quilt

 Antique Wedding Sampler
by Dianne McCarthy  

Category 6 Wall Hanging

Sunflower Illusions
By Marion Walsh  

Category 7 Lap Quilt

Kaleidescope Tiles
by Lynda Wortz

Category 8 Quilt made by a Child under 17

My First Quilt
by Sara Magee          

Category 10 First Quilt by a New Quilter

by Penny Knowlden

Quilt Shop Challenge


Celebration in the Night Sky

by Enid Moloney