Stitching up support
ALMOST 150 victims of the devastating Queensland floods will soon receive a handmade quilt, thanks to a group of Clarence Valley quilters.
Janeen Booth organised the quilt drive after the floods, which left more than 30 people dead and countless others without homes or possessions.
Wanting to help and being the owner of This That and Patchwork in Prince St, Grafton, Ms Booth put the call out to the local quilting community to lend a hand.
And lend a hand they did. Ms Booth said about 20 women answered the call and donated their time and expertise to make the quilts, with many more people donating fabric to the cause.
“I'm very pleased,” she said.
“We had a really good response. We had lots of very generous people bringing in scraps of fabric and things that we could use as well – it's a very generous community, Grafton.”
However, the response wasn't a surprise to Ms Booth, who said people living in the Clarence Valley understood what it was to live in a flood zone and, as a result, the Queensland flood crisis struck a chord with the local community.
Ms Booth said the 147 quilts – made in a variety of colours, styles and sizes – would be transported to Brisbane in coming weeks by Blanchard's Haulage.
The charity doesn't stop there, either. Ms Booth said the quilters still had work to do yet.
“We've still got some leftover fabric so what we're going to do is make more quilts for local charities or for the hospital, for premmie babies or anyone who has fallen on hard times. So it's not going to go to waste, it'll still be used for a good cause,” she said.
Ms Booth thanked everyone who helped make the quilts or donated fabric.