Patchworkers get to work in isolation

The Cowra Art Group Patchworkers have been keeping busy in "isolation", doing craft work but also catching up with home renovations and the garden as seems to be the usual story.

Patchworking can involve a number of skills, from intricate hand embroidery and piecing to advanced work with sewing machines.

Members are always interested in new techniques to further their skills and knowledge.

Patchwork coordinator Betty Stokes went to a workshop in Bathurst with her granddaughter where they were introduced to "Sarah Jane's Scrapbag Quilt" which entails hand-piecing of leftover materials to make a new quilt.

Betty has been using the technique during the lockdown and has completed 28 blocks from 36 for her quilt.

She is pictured working on a "star" surrounded by some of the completed blocks.

A "Jelly-roll" workshop was held in the art room last year to introduce another new technique.

Members are shown following the workshop displaying the results of their work.

Another workshop was "Quilt As You Go" and Colleen Rosewarne has been working on hers during isolation.

She and other members have been using the opportunity to work on their "UFOs": Un-Finished Objects.

Patchworker and current President Diane Walsh has finished a quilt and as have other members, and worked on blocks to eventually combine.

Treasurer and patchworker Sheryl Worth has kept busy knitting a beautiful circular shawl for an expected great-grandchild, catching up on the garden, and dealing with Art Group on-going finances such as the rent and insurances - all successfully concluded, so no time for patchwork.

With the social distancing rules still in place, it may be a little while yet before the art rooms are reopened for the various groups.

"Show and tell" will be an interesting exercise when they are together again.