by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow
Hatherleigh Craft Group welcomed 250 women to the Millicent Civic and Arts Centre for the Green Triangle Day Conference; an annual get together of Quilting and Craft Groups with-in the Green Triangle. This area covers the South East of South Australia and Western Victoria and is hosted by a different group each year. Hatherleigh Craft Group hosted this year’s event for the first time.
Green Triangle Day is by invitation only and was held on Wednesday 2nd April 2014. The date was chosen to coincide with the annual Geltwood Festival which continues to draw crowds to see the displays of quilting through out George Street and the Millicent Gallery. Thirty quilting groups were represented in the Civic and Arts Centre yesterday, travelling from across South Australia and Western Victoria.
” We began planning for this important event in October last year because there is so much to do. Everyone received a gift to take home and mostly these are items that we have sewn. There are always prizes to be won,” said coordinator Di Keatley. “The day ran from 9-30am to 4-00 pm with over 200 prizes won through out the day.”
“We chose the theme ‘Sew and Sea’ and we decorated the tables in Hatherleighs colours of blue and yellow. We had jars of sand and shells on the table decorated with blue and yellow ribbons. Our members wore yellow tops and we wore blue scarves that we had made especially for the day, in keeping with our theme.”
“Displays in the foyer of the Civic and Arts were provided by seven craft groups from around the region and the backdrop of quilts decorating the walls of the Civic and Arts Centre was beautiful.”
“Morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea was provided with help from the Lioness Club and other craft groups.”
“We served scones with jam and cream and savory scones for morning tea and for lunch the Millicent Lioness Club made sandwiches and prepared platters of fruit. Our members made cupcakes iced in the blue and yellow and served them on blue and yellow containers. And for afternoon tea we served slices that were made by the ‘Live and Learn’ team.”
“The Pine Tree Quilters began this event 37 years ago and each year a different quilting group hosts the event. We are so pleased that Hatherleigh hadthe opportunity to host it this year.
Guest speakers Senior Constable Des Noll told us about his years in the police force and the challenges of youth. Mary Roffe presented a ‘Trunk Talk’ which involves showing quilts we have stored away in our trunks and Wendy Whellum showed how to make a ‘Slow Quilt’ which takes about 3 years to complete.”
“Visitors were also invited to show and tell with special items they had made throughout the year.”
Co-ordinator Dianne Keatley said today, “we were very pleased with the day it was excellent, it was a very successful conference.”