Quilts complete after 40 years

Heather Green, left and Judy Pyke, far right, presented Vicki Cronin and Jonathon Hay from Mercy Place with a quilt the Colac Quilters finished after 40 years.

Heather Green, left and Judy Pyke, far right, presented Vicki Cronin and Jonathon Hay from Mercy Place with a quilt the Colac Quilters finished after 40 years.

COLAC quilters have presented four Colac aged-care homes with quilts that took 40 years to make.

Scottish woman Sheila Miller started sewing almost 500 hexagons in 1974 with the plan to eventually make them into a quilt.

Mrs Miller, who turned 90 last year, never finished the job, but 40 years later the Colac Quilters have finished for her.

The quilters presented the four finished quilts to Mercy Place Aged Care, Anam Cara House, Barongarook Gardens and Corangamarah.

One of the group's completed quilts.

One of the group’s completed quilts.

Colac Quilters group member Judy Pyke said she enjoyed the experience of finishing the quilts.

“It’s an international passion we’ve all shared and enjoyed,” Mrs Pyke said.

“And now all the hard work we’ve put into it and Mrs Miller has put into it will be enjoyed by the residents of these houses,” she said.

Mrs Miller’s daughter, former Colac resident Sue Farrow, gave the quilters the hexagons last year and told them they could do whatever they wanted with them.

Colac Quilters member Heather Green said the group met to decide what to do with the hexagons.

“We thought about raffling them off or selling them, but then we thought Mrs Miller would be much happier if they were going to someone who would appreciate them,” Mrs Green said.

“We went to the nursing homes and asked what they would want and chose colours that would fit in with the area the quilt would hang,” she said.

“The project started in May last year, they’ve been a good 12 months in the making.”

Mercy Place’s acting services manager Jonathon Hay said it was an honour to receive the gift.

“We really appreciate being given such a valuable gift,” Mr Hay said.

“We’re going to display it on a wall so all the residents can enjoy it,” he said.

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