The Heritage City Quilt and Craft Extravaganza in Maryborough is an exciting weekend of craft hosted annually by the Rotary Club of Maryborough – Sunrise. 2018 is the sixth year for this premiere regional event for crafters, drawing crafters and craft suppliers from across south-east Queensland for two days of displays, demonstrations and workshops.
The Show is held on the same weekend as the City’s iconic Mary Poppins Festival and challenges quilters to tell a story through their work, in keeping with the storytelling theme of the favourite character’s writer.
The early months of winter bring a special delight for crafters when it is pleasant to sit in a quiet sunny nook and practice age-old crafts including quilting, patchwork, embroidery or paper-crafts.This annual event provides opportunities to learn new crafts, techniques or new projects.
Or to sit and admire the works of others in the Show and Tell session.
This year, Cath Quinlan from Accuquilt will host ‘Make and Take’ sessions and quilter extraordinaire Cheryl Bryant from Pfaff Husqvarna demonstrates their latest and greatest Quilting and Sewing machines.
Club President, Maria Carkagis proudly told What’s On “as well as displays and sales of quilting and crafting supplies we also have a range of sellers of finished handicrafts.”
“This is the perfect opportunity to buy supplies, a little something for someone special, or even to start your Christmas shopping!” Mrs Carkagis said, “Come, try your hand at quilting techniques, paper crafts or hand sewing. Or just come to marvel at the skills and art of others.”
Or try your luck at the roving raffles across the weekend.
Local Rotarians cooking skills are also on show – to top off a visit to City Hall, visitors are invited to stopover at our Event Café selling a range of freshly, home-made delicacies such as Devonshire Teas (we sold one a minute in the first hour last year!) or a savoury sandwich, soup or salad.
Perhaps most wondrous though, are the displays of Quilts that adorn the City Hall, whispering their stories to those who take the time to stand and listen. These quilts are reminders that treasured arts of our mothers and grandmothers are alive and well in this Heritage City. Reminders that we too can be wrapped in a swathe of hand-sewn love and magic as the winter days shorten and the winds arrive to carry that all-famous nanny in to the City!
A People’s Choice prize is awarded and all who come through the door are eligible to vote.
The Heritage City Quilt and Craft Extravaganza is held at the Maryborough City Hall in Kent Street, Maryborough on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July 2018. Doors open at 9 am each morning closing at 4 pm on Saturday and 3 pm on Sunday.
Entry is only $5. Proceeds from the Event are directed toward supporting literacy programs in local primary schools.
The Rotary Club of Maryborough-Sunrise supports local community projects and worldwide Rotary programs such as the End Polio campaign.
There are a few stall sites left. For more information please contact the Rotary Club of Maryborough-Sunrise by email firstname.lastname@example.org.