Quilting

A HISTORY OF AGNES WATER QUILTING & TEXTILES GROUP

The group was formed in the early 90s when several women began meeting in various homes in order to pursue their shared passion for quilting, embroidery and textile arts.  Eventually the numbers became so large that “The Busy Bees” moved their gatherings to the “old” Community Centre where they continued to meet on a regular basis until the more recent move to the SES shed.

In the days of the Miriam Vale Shire, regular exhibitions were held to showcase the work of this talented group.  Rosedale and Miriam Vale groups also took part, with the exhibitions being rotated annually between the three locations.  The opportunity to display beautifully crafted items was hugely successful in maintaining contact with other small communities and, in 2001, the increasingly popular Shire Arts and Crafts Exhibition won the Australia Day Award for Best Community Event.

“Friendship Days” are a common form of maintaining contact with other passionate quilters.  Agnes Water Friendship Days were especially popular, attracting visitors from as far afield as Bundaberg, Calliope, Mt. Larcom, Gladstone and Rosedale who crammed into the community hall for a day of fun, fine food and admiration of each other’s talents.  Members of the Agnes Water Group also regularly attend the Friendship Days organised by other groups.

Being invited to display our work in conjunction with the 1770 Art Show has revived interest in the work of local quilters.  A wide variety of quilts, wall hangings, textile arts, knitting, embroidery and crocheted items have been displayed over the years, gaining many positive comments and attracting regular visitors from surrounding areas and interstate. The number of quilts and other items on display continues to grow each year.

Of course, our group is not just about presenting quilts to every deserving friend and relative.  Over the years we have supported many causes with large cash donations to Agnes Water School Library and the Agnes Water Community Pool fund. Our skills have been put to use in other ways with donations of quilts as raffle prizes. Some of the organisations which have benefitted include Lions, Lowmead School, Cancer Council and Beyond Blue amongst others. Over twenty quilts have been made and donated to the Children’s Ward at Bundaberg Hospital and to Chinese and Indian orphanages, along with quilts donated to deserving children following the 2013 Baffle Creek floods.  In 2011, twenty hand made sewing bags were donated to the Cardwell Quilters and in 2013 the group donated more bags to the Baffle Creek Community.  Perhaps the cuddliest gifts we've made are the ‘joey bags’ donated to the local wildlife carer.

Over the years we have benefitted from the skills of visiting tutors including Marlene King, Ken Smith from Flying Arts and Debbie Mercer.  Gladstone tutors have included Faye from the Embroiderers Guild with ribbon embroidery and Barbara who encouraged members to explore their options and complete a Bargello quilt in wide-ranging hues.  Bundaberg tutors have included Lorelei Selwood and Shirley Chiu. Our own members over the years have been extremely generous with their time, demonstrating many techniques and skills. Our members also attend workshops with visiting tutors when possible and share their newly acquired skills with others.

Over the intervening years, many passionate stitchers have come and gone but some of the original core members remain and continue to pass on their skills to new members.  Interests have broadened from the original patchwork and quilting and now we also have passionate knitters, those who crochet, exquisite embroiderers and those who just enjoy stitching at basic levels.  Textile arts is an increasingly popular activity with several prize winners amongst our members.


We encourage new members with any and all levels of expertise and interests.  We meet weekly on Thursdays from 9:15am at the SES Shed.  Anyone wanting more information can ring Karen on 0417 106 884 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Agnes Water Community Centre
71 Springs Road
Agnes Water QLD 4677
Australia

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