Quilters have fabric of church all stitched up

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Quilters have fabric of church all stitched up

Three dedicated craftswomen have stitched a commemorative quilt to mark the 150th anniversary of the Church of the Apostles in Launceston.

The quilt is the result of six months of work by Ellen Bird, Marie Dunphy and Donna McWilliam. It was unveiled at the sesquicentenary dinner held at the Tailrace Centre, Riverside, and now hangs in pride of place in the Launceston Parish Office in Margaret Street.

Launceston Parish Priest Fr Mark Freeman described the quilt, entitled ‘The Fabric of the Church’, as ‘stunning’.

Retiring chair of the Parish Pastoral Council, Donna McWilliam, said quilts often told a story.

“As part of the planning and celebration of the sesquicentenary, a group of us who are passionate quilters got together and decided to make a quilt,” Mrs McWilliam said.

“Quilters have a tradition of celebrating significant events by making quilts.”

The centrepiece of the quilt is an outline of the church, drafted by Ellen’s son, Andrew. Every block contains a cross, with the inside pattern representing the sandstone interior of the church and the outer section echoing the church’s exterior cladding of bluestone and slate.

“I am glad Donna talked us into it and we had great fun doing it,” said Mrs Dunphy.

To view a selection of images from the sesquicentenary celebrations, click here.