Quilting for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Members of the Brisbane Modern Quilt Guild (BMQG) showed their support for survivors of domestic violence through their lovely quilts in the recently concluded IntoCraft LIVE Brisbane.

BMQG, based in Mount Ommaney, used the four-day expo to saw a quilt to assist The Salvation Army in helping victims of domestic violence. The organisation raffled off two quilts for the charitable act.

Part of the proceeds from tickets was donated to The Salvation Army Crisis Accommodation Centre. The remaining proceeds will be used for fabric and wadding for the group’s community quilts.

The group described the IntoCraft exhibit as a big success, with members sewing a record number of quilts for display this year. All in all, there were 43 quilts, large and small, displayed during the event held from March 23 to 26 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in South Bank.

Aside from the quilt raffle, the guild also held a Viewer’s Choice Competition, where the public voted for their favourite quilt. There were also free quilting demonstrations and workshops for those who wish to learn the craft.

BMQG President Fiona McHugh is happy that many women continue to be interested in the centuries-old tradition of quilt-making. “It is a wonderful thing we are able to carry on that tradition in a way which fits more with our 21st-century lifestyle and aesthetic,” she said.

There are currently 55 members of BMQG, which meets every third Sunday of the month at the Community Hub at Mount Ommaney. For more information, visit the group’s website at www.brisbanemqg.com.