Quilts get an airing in Nundle

IN THE Hills of Gold, just outside Nundle, there will be splashes of colour decorating the fences today.

The annual Airing of the Quilts not only celebrates the beauty of quilts, but raises money for the Cancer Council.

ALL STITCHED UP: Cottage on the Hill’s Kerry Swain is ready for the annual Airing of the Quilts for the Cancer Council today. Photo: Gareth Gardner 080514GGB01

ALL STITCHED UP: Cottage on the Hill’s Kerry Swain is ready for the annual Airing of the Quilts for the Cancer Council today. Photo: Gareth Gardner 080514GGB01

Kerry Swain and her Cottage on the Hill has been displaying the quilts on her fences for six years, and the event continues to attract plenty of interest.

Mrs Swain said this year was on par with previous airings, attracting between 100 and 120 quilts from across the region and NSW.

“The quilts mainly come from ladies that do my two-day retreats,” she said.

This year will see quilts aired from Muswellbrook, Singleton, Murrurundi, Denman, Gilgandra, Gulargambone, Peak Hill, Tamworth, Nundle and Walcha.

“It’s just the spectacular colours that are a highlight,” Mrs Swain said.

“This setting will be lovely and green behind us; last year it was brown. It will be a beautiful day and there is no rain or snow forecast, and hopefully it doesn’t blow up too windy.”

Mrs Swain said if it did rain like last weekend, the event would be cancelled.

The idea started when Mrs Swain saw the Buggy Barn in the US do a similar event and thought it was a good idea.

“It’s something different, too,” she said.

It’s not just about the quilts, though, it’s also run in conjunction with The Biggest Morning Tea.

There will be Devonshire teas available throughout the event, running from 10am to 4pm, for a gold-coin donation.

“All money goes to the Biggest Morning Tea and we will have a guest speaker from the Cancer Council because we raised so much last year,” Mrs Swain said.

The event raised about $780 last year, so is now a VIP event, and cancer survivor Marilyn Curtis from Tamworth will speak from 11am.

The sixth annual Airing of the Quilts starts at 10am today at Cottage on the Hill on Crawney Rd, Nundle.

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