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A stitch in time takes a crafty turn

Ipswich’s Verna Hunt displays some hand-made quilts.
Ipswich’s Verna Hunt displays some hand-made quilts. Sarah Harvey

FROM 12th century crusaders to the American civil war years, quilting is the craft that never seems to fade in popularity.

Ipswich's Verna Hunt and Sunshine Coaster Bernadine Hine are among the quilters from across Australia who are showing their intricate works of art at the Brisbane Craft & Quilt Fair, which wraps up tomorrow.

Quilting has been a major part of 59-year-old Verna Hunt's life for about 20 years.

Ms Hunt's machine quilted entries at this year's fair include a small abstract work made to commemorate the birth of her granddaughter last year and 'City Scape', which she describes as a "modern quilt".

"When you sit down and start sewing it just makes you feel so much better," Ms Hunt says of quilting.

She says the craft also has an invaluable social aspect.

"The quilting group that you are in always supports you - in the good times and the bad times," she says.

"We're a group of friends that mainly meet at my place - we get to together, go away on retreats together and help each other - we're always trying something new."

Self-taught artist Bernadine Hine says she loves the process of putting different fabrics together for her highly sought-after creations.

"It's an interesting process and it's good therapy," the  49-year-old mother of two says of the work which is often displayed in art galleries.

"I've taken my quilting into the sphere of art.

"It's an art form that is very much representational - so I create pictures of things like flowers and birds.
"I've loved craft and art for as long as I can remember."

The Brisbane Craft & Quilt Fair also features colouring-in, thread painting, embroidery, paper craft, wearable and textile art, knitting and crochet.

It is at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in South Bank and ends on Sunday, October 11.

To read more about the colouring-ing in displays at the Brisbane Craft & Quilt Fair, click here.

- APN NEWSDESK

Topics:  craft hobby quilters quilts weekend magazine


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