Vine Patch quilters sew for top cause

Charitable craft: Make-A-Wish Barossa's Catherine Cox with Vine Patch Quilters Nerida Small and Rose Waver and their charity quilt for this year's exhibition.

Charitable craft: Make-A-Wish Barossa's Catherine Cox with Vine Patch Quilters Nerida Small and Rose Waver and their charity quilt for this year's exhibition.

The Vine Patch Quilters are quilting for a cause.

Every second year – in conjunction with the Barossa Vintage Festival – the crafty group presents a showcase of quilts at the Zion Lutheran Church Hall in Angaston.

“We’ve been going for nearly 25 years, so this must be our 12th bi-annual exhibition,” committee member Nerida Small said.

“They’re all our own quilts from around the Barossa Valley region.

“We have 28 members and all the quilts are made over the course of the past two years.”

They also raffle off a special quilt in the name of charity.

This year’s beneficiary is Make-A-Wish Barossa.

“We’ve made a quilt for every exhibition to be raffled off for charity,” Ms Small said.

“Last year we supported HeartKids, and the year before that Young Carers Link.

“When we were deciding which charity to support this year, we saw an article in the paper about Make-A-Wish, and that’s what helped us decide.”

Make-A-Wish Barossa’s Catherine Cox said they were grateful for the support of the Vine Patch Quilters.

“We’re currently working on five wishes in our region,” she said.

“Our area extends from the Barossa to Murray Bridge, across to Clare and Blanchetown, so it’s quite a large area.”

Make-A-Wish wishes help to build resilience and are a beneficial complement for children who are receiving medical treatment for life-threatening conditions.

The charity takes sick children and teenagers on a carefully designed, unique journey to fulfill their most cherished wishes and give them hope for the future.

“Our teams go out and visit children to establish their wishes, and then there’s a build up over about 12 months,” Ms Cox said.

“At the moment we’re working on a bedroom makeover for one boy; we also have another child who’s wish is to be a zookeeper for a day.”

The Vine Patch Quilters’ “Rapt in Quilts” exhibition will be held from 10am to 4pm on April 19-22 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Angaston.

Entry is $4 at the door, and charity raffle tickets can also be purchased there.

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