The ladies from Mundijong Arts and Crafts have a lot to celebrate after completing their 111th quilt for Crisis Care this year.
Through the initiative of member Maxine Martin, the group has donated over 1300 quilts to people in need since 2016.
Each piece is lovingly designed, sometimes with hand-stitched applique details, and can take up to 30 hours to complete.
Most of the materials are donated, with the greatest financial help coming from local company Doral, which supplies the wadding.
“It’s a huge cost. We simply couldn’t do this without their donation of wadding,” president Jan Johnson said.
So far, the group’s efforts have helped those in women’s refuges, regional nursing homes, rough sleepers and families in need of support.
Jan said it seems that the current cost-of-living crisis is exacerbating the demand for their hand-made items.
The group also knits and crochets toys, and sews pyjamas, tracksuits, beanies and scarves.
Jan said while the group is proud to help others, members also get a lot out of it for themselves.
“When we get together it’s like a therapy session for us all – quilting, talking and sorting out the problems of the world. It’s the three Cs – company, craft and a cuppa,” she said.
The Busy Hands mixed arts and crafts group meets each Thursday morning at the Old Railway Station in Mundijong, while Fridays are reserved for sewing.
Anyone wishing to join can contact Kay McBroom on 0400 243 951 or Jan Johnson on 0409 112 346.