Camden Haven Quilters

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Quilts are timeless pieces of work, fashioned with love, care and all with a story to tell! Trish Campbell, Secretary of the Camden Haven Quilters, fills us in about a very special exhibition to be held from September 29 to October 1 in Laurieton. Tell us about the Camden Haven Quilters – how many people are involved with the group, and where and how often do they meet?


The Camden Haven Quilters formed in 1985 and now has 56 members, aged from 35 to 90, meeting on Wednesdays and Thursdays of every week in the School of Arts Building, Bold Street, Laurieton, from 9am to 2pm. The members travel from as far away as Johns River and Port Macquarie.

The daily fee is $4, which includes morning tea. New members are always welcome, as well as short-term members, holidaymakers, and members’ families and friends.

Experience is not important to the Camden Haven Quilters, as we are lucky enough to have talented members who are glad to share their skills. We have a comprehensive library, and a wide range of equipment and supplies. We pride ourselves on teamwork and unity as a group. If a quilt needs to be sandwiched together, it is a joint activity, with the motto that ‘many hands make light work’.

What is the event the group has organised for September?

The 2012 exhibition will be held from Saturday September 29 to Monday 1 October. Saturday and Sunday will run from 9am to 4.30pm, and Monday will run from 9am to 2pm. The theme is ‘Blocks to Build on’. The exhibition will held at the School for Arts building, Bold St, Laurieton.

What will actually happen at the event … will there be quilts for sale, as well as on show?

There will be a display of members’ quilts, raffles and a trading table.

What costs will be associated for those wishing to attend, and where will the funds raised go?

Entry is $3 for adults and free for children under 12 years, with all proceeds going to the Hastings Autism and Aspergers Resource Group and Port Macquarie Women and Children’s Refuge.

The group has helped out numerous charities and charity events since their start in 1985. This year they have chosen to support the Port Macquarie Women and Children’s refuge and will be making quilts to raise money for the organisation. The other charity for this year’s event is HAARGS (Hastings Autism and Aspergers Resource Group at Lake Cathie.

Over past years, the group has helped the local MS group, making a quilt to be raffled for the Wauchope Bonny Hills Life Saving Club to help with the building of the new clubhouse, provided monies for outfits for the local dragon boat ladies and contributed towards the purchase of a portable defibrillator.

What are some of the benefits for members of the quilting group?

The group is also part of the Mid North Coast quilters that meet annually. The last get together was held in Taree, with over 220 quilters joining in the fun. Next year’s get together will be at Port Macquarie. Every year the members travel to various local exhibitions, from Coffs Harbour to Newcastle and Sydney.

As well as being a source of friendship and companionship, the Camden Haven Quilters has allowed our members to create many memories and stories. This year the group got together over the Christmas break to join in and make sunflower blocks, which were  pieced together for a very special member who suffers from MS – a very beautiful surprise for a very deserving long-time member. This quilt demonstrates the love and support the members of this group give not only to each other, but the local community.

This year’s committee consists of President Gail Gregory, myself (Secretary Trish Campbell), Treasurer Sherrie Harris and with the help of Lyn Burns, Volda Humphries, Bronwyn Dearinger, Lee Whant, Marj McCracken, Colleen Minett and Cheryle Waterlander, we make a great working team.

Where can people find out more information about the Camden Haven Quilters Inc. or the upcoming exhibition?

Please call Gail on (02) 6559 8919 or Trish (02) 6559 7825 for more information.

Thanks Trish.

Interview by Jo Atkins.

This story was published in issue 82 Port Macquarie

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