Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) Gerringong members have been fundraising since 1959 and their Quilt & Craft show has been their biggest fundraiser for the last 27 years. To many locals, it is a sign Christmas is around the corner and it is time to stock up.
“Some of our CMRI members have been meeting every Monday for many years and never fail to impress with their craft items. These include beautiful handmade children’s outfits, knitted toys, embroidered goods, Christmas decorations and much more,” says CMRI’s Lorraine Peade.
“Putting on the Quilt Show itself depends on all our members being willing to sell tickets in the quilt raffle, cook Christmas cakes and puddings, slices and cakes for the cake stall and morning and afternoon teas, source the quilts, display them (with the help of Gerringong Lions Club for the setting up and dismantling) and ensure they are safely received and returned.”
Such is the event’s fame, quilters from far and wide exhibit their work. “From the fantastic work of international prize winner, Merelyn Pearce of Gerroa, to the first time exhibitors, the colours, skills and imagination are breath taking,” says Lorraine.
This year’s major raffle prize has been generously donated by Jenny Hancock of Angelcake Quilting. The design is Nature’s Journey, based on a quilt design by Anni Downs and featuring hand applique and embroidery over machine quilting.
There will also be a lucky door prize, donated by Robyne of Oak Home in Gerringong, drawn at the close of the show on Sunday afternoon.
All of the money raised will fund ground breaking research by CMRI to help the one in 20 children worldwide born with a congenital abnormality or genetic
Details: 10-12 November, Gerringong Town Hall. 9-5pm Fri-Sat, 9-3pm Sun. Entry $5