Story or History quilts


Share the story with us…. 


This category was created in memory of iconic Gympie Rotarian and former Gympie ambulance superindendent Ron Lawrence – remembered with so much affection, still bringing a smile when recalling his amazing talent for spinning a yarn, telling a tale.

If you have a quilt that makes you smile, invokes a memory, has a special place in your family or your heart, enter it and let us share it’s unique tale. 

Intriguing, humourous, generations old and/or heartfelt – not necessarily technically proficient – these quilts are the very essence of the quilting traditions. Signs of wear are signs of love! 

Details, Entry Forms will be available closer to the event.


Our thanks to those who entered and allowed us to share their memories. Here are some of the stories over the years:

The Gardens We Have Lived In – Pam Foale – My daughter’s first garden was in the Solomon Islands where old World War Two plane wrecks were part of the playground and stealing the salt cellar was fun. Garden 2: Mareeba. Shortly after the photo on the seesaw (in the quilt), my daughter was given two months to live with cancer taking an enormous toll. Garden 3: Gatton with her horse, dog and cat and another cancer bout. Garden 4: Mt Crosby with pawpaws, bananas, strawberries, pythons in the grapevine and parrots, magpies, possums in the gum tree. The mango seed (paisley) pattern is the Indian symbol of the Tree of Life. Hopefully I will have time to do her a new quilt of her own beautiful garden, now that she is over 50! Hand quilted and hand embroidered.

Memories of My Mother – Brenda McFeeters – Quilt made totally by myself from my own design. Motifs are from friends. Ideas came from doilies and handkerchiefs. Machine quilted.

Ken’s Adventure Quilt – Lyn Best – This quilt documents my partner’s adventures and travels; his work in Antarctica; his love of building, motor bikes and camping. It includes badges and T-shirts from everywhere that he has been. It has all been made by me. The quilt started as a significant birthday present as a way to preserve ken’s T-shirts from his two working trips to Antarctica. I collected fabrics to reflect his interests and printed photos from all stages of his life. We added badges which he collected as we travelled in Australia and around the world. this quilt is well used as the grandkids love it and it goes on our motorbike adventures.

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