Carnival of Flowers has its crafty side
IT'S no secret that it's Carnival of Flowers time again from September 15-24.
Toowoomba is awash with floral colour and soon the big name acts and thousands of tourists will pour into town.
Each year 100,000 people line the streets for the traditional grand parade, with floats, carnival characters, stilt walkers and music galore.
But alongside the big events, from flowers to music, food and wine which you have heard so much about, are many smaller ones which you may not be so familiar with, including Quilt Journeys.
Held in the Homestead at Fairholme College from September 17-20, Quilt Journeys was launched in 2013 and showcases work from some of Toowoomba's finest needlewomen - this year featuring Leona Sweeney.
The aim is to raise funds for She is More Than, a not-for-profit group which seeks to restore hope, freedom and faith to teen girls who have been sexually abused and victims of human-trafficking.
The group's Lynne Anderson said the display this year was titled Through Seasons of Gentle Arts and showcased a collection of over 80 quilts, miniature quilts, cross-stitch samplers and embroideries. Entry is $5 for adults, and you can also stay and enjoy morning tea on the veranda.
It's part of the larger Quilts, Stitches and Textiles Trail from September 15-23, which organisers say immortalises spring in unique heritage crafts.
It also comprises, at various dates and venues, Toowoomba Quilters Club, Robyn Ginn's Quilts, Toowoomba Embroiderers' Guild and Toowoomba Spinners, Weavers and Dyers Group and includes never-before-displayed pieces and hands-on demonstrations and mini-classes.
To find out more about these events, search quilt journeys and quiltstitchtextile on Facebook, and for the lowdown on all the carnival fun go to www.tcof.com.au.