The 5th Anniversary Exhibition of Fabrics, Crafts and Quilting at Cranbourne was held in the Visitor Centre from Saturday March 5th through to the Labour Day holiday on Monday March 14th. The exhibits filled the Gallery area at the Reception Desk and also the Auditorium downstairs. A special feature of the Exhibition was the launch of the new ‘Melba’ range of fabrics, designed by Leesa Chandler, and launched by Clare Mooney from Sydney, Editor of the Australian Quilters Companion magazine.
There were around 1900 visitors to the displays in the Auditorium including local, interstate and overseas visitors, many of whom came especially to see the Exhibition. Our Botanical Fabricators group had three tables of items for sale and raised just under $2,500. An additional $3,000 was raised by the Quilt Raffle. The major prize was again a large quilt donated by Leesa Chandler of Chandlers Cottage, and this was won by Thelma Castles of Southbank, who had ticket No. 873. The second prize went to Maree Wright of Mitcham, with ticket 903, and the third prize to Tania Westlake of Cheltenham who had ticket 1601.
Sincere thanks to all who assisted in so many ways with making the Australian Textile Exhibition a success once again. Plans are already in hand for a repeat in 2017.
The Botanical Fabricators are now busy sewing items with a Kangaroo Paw theme, in preparation for the Kangaroo Paw Celebration month in November.