Handmade Tales opens at Western Plains Cultural Centre

TRADITION: Studio Art Quilt Associates president Lisa Walton and Dubbo Patchwork and Quilters Group president Meg O'Brien at the exhibition. Photo: AMY McINTYRE
TRADITION: Studio Art Quilt Associates president Lisa Walton and Dubbo Patchwork and Quilters Group president Meg O'Brien at the exhibition. Photo: AMY McINTYRE

For years Meg O’Brien has been taking photos of art quilts and showing them to the Western Plains Cultural Centre.

The Dubbo Patchwork and Quilters Group president finally had her dream fulfilled at the weekend with the official opening of Handmade Tales.

The exhibition includes 37 items, mostly quilts, made in a variety of styles.

“There’s one quilt, Labyrinth, and it’s completely black and white. It looks like a maze,” Ms O’Brien said.

She said the black and white quilt had been a challenge made to the quilter by a loved one. They had loved the finished product.

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Handmade Tales was opened by Studio Art Quilt Associates president Lisa Walton, who has been experimenting with artistic quilts for the past 25 years. 

“Some groups have ‘quilt police’ who judge the work but we don’t judge our group, we just encourage them to do better, that’s why I joined it. Lisa went out of her way to break every rule the quilt police set,” Ms O’Brien said.

“We liked that and she got along with us quite well.”

Ms O’Brien said when she emailed the quilt expert to see if she would open Handmade Tails, despite being in the United Kingdom and it being in the early hours of the morning, she instantly replied to say she was interested.

Ms O’Brien said she was extremely grateful to the Western Plains Cultural Centre for taking a chance on the exhibition, especially to Mariam Abboud for her exceptional help in curating and displaying the pieces.

The Handmade Tales exhibition will be open until December 9.