Thursday, November 22, 2012

Still Life- By Nerida Richmond Benson

Another gorgeous quilt constructed by our Guest Quilter, Nerida Richmond Benson. This highlights the use of traditional and modern design to construct this "Still Life."
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Guest Quilter for 2013- Nerida Richmond Benson

The guest quilter for 2013 Springwood Community Quilt Show is well know mountain resident, Nerida Richmond Benson. Nerida has lived in Canada and the United States for many years and was inspired by the revival of quilt making in these countries.She returned to Australia in 1996 and has taken up resinence in Leura. 
Many of Nerida's quilts reflect her time spent in Japan, visiting her daughter. Her love of Japanese fabrics and her skill in sashiko stitching are evident in many of her quilts. The Amish people and their beautiful quilts have also influenced her craft.
In more recent years there has been a movement away from the traditional, geometric designs to more creative, abstract quilts. At times, these pieces of art incorporate her love of poetry and offer the viewer a story or an invitation to become part of the adventure of the quilt. She has created several quilts with pockets that contain small souvenirs from bushwalks in the local area. We are excited to have Nerida as our guest quilter for 2013.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
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Friday, November 2, 2012

Support for local community

Members of the Springwood Community Quilt show Committee recently attended a meeting of the Rural Fire Service at the Paragon in Katoomba. A cheque for $6000 was presented to Maurice Cooper- OAM and Superintendent David Jones- the Blue Mountains District Manager of the Rural Fire Service. Committee members include Suzanne Laird, Tania Gunther, Robyne Stuart and Susie Anderson. The Blue Mountains Rural Fire Service and Springwood High School are the recipients of funds raised each year.
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