Members work on the raffle quilt designed by Georgette Dell'Orco.
Members work on the raffle quilt designed by Georgette Dell'Orco. contributed

Quilters stitching together funds to help kids with autism

CALOUNDRA Quilters are holding their biennial Festival of Quilts on Saturday, July 25, 9am to 4pm, and Sunday, July 26, 9am to 3pm, at the Caloundra Arts Centre, 5 North Street, Caloundra (behind Caloundra Woolworths).

With more than 100 members in the group, there will be an impressive display of quilts of all designs and techniques. The theme of this year's show is "a celebration of colour" for 2015's International Year of Light.

Members have been asked to expand their horizons and respond to the challenge of making a small quilt in that theme.

These quilts will be on display and visitors are invited to vote for their favourite.

Members will also be conducting quilting demonstrations including English piecing, machine embroidery using a laptop computer and hand quilting.

A lovely quilt in the colourful theme has been made by several very talented ladies. This, along with two other prizes, will make up the raffle.

This raffle supports local charity Smart Pups, a not-for-profit organisation.

Smart Pups are task-specific assistance dogs trained to improve the quality of life for children with autism and seizure-related syndromes.

As well as unconditional love, the dogs provide increased independence for the children and much-needed help to their families. For more information, visit their website:

Local merchants will have stalls at the show and promise many bargains.

Members also have a sales table with a variety of high-quality handmade goods for purchase.

Delicious homemade sandwiches and other goodies will be available with free tea and coffee. Entry is $5.

Caloundra Quilters are an integral part of the Caloundra Arts Centre Association.

Visit, email or phone Trish 0409 948 604 or 5492 7410 for more information.

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