Jayden Brown

Poignant tradition airs stunning quilts

QUILTS of all colours and designs were aired at the weekend, as some of the craftiest people gathered to raise money and awareness for cancer research.

Hundreds of craft lovers from as far away as Brisbane and the Gold Coast enjoyed the beautiful hospitality of the Glenrose B&B, making their annual pilgrimage to Warwick to see the colourful Airing of the Quilts.

Now in its fifth year, the Airing of the Quilts was started by a group of ladies rallying around a friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Five years on and Glenis Pugliese is fighting fit and on a mission with her friends to raise money and awareness through the Airing of the Quilts.

"It's just a fun way of making money for a cancer cure. It's also about raising awareness too," Mrs Pugliese said.

"We've raised just over $50,000 since we started. Last year we handed over $12,000."

With 79 quilts on display, including a Christmas- themed display by the high school, there were plenty of quilts to be admired.

Among the admirers of the many quilts was Dalveen Quilters member Helen Maley, who was enjoying her first trip to the event.

"I think it's beautiful," she said.

"There were a few members of the Dalveen Quilters with quilts here.

"We quilt, crochet, sew and knit."

The Dalveen Quilters, who knitted the quilt for the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival earlier this year, and who have also appeared on the Great South East, travelled to the Airing of the Quilts to get some inspiration.

"It gives us ideas for our own work," Dalveen Quilters member Shirley Hill said.

While the event isn't competitive and the quilts aren't judged, Mrs Pugliese said there was a viewer's choice the crowds could vote for.

"Our cent sale was also a big drawcard with some great prizes on offer," she said.

"We've had a really good weekend. It's just a lovely day out for the crowds who've travelled."



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