Bev Wilmot displays her quilts from the last 25 years

THE GALLERY: The gallery of quilts spans two large rooms. Photos: Melissa North
THE GALLERY: The gallery of quilts spans two large rooms. Photos: Melissa North

Stitching soothes the soul – it must be true – with a countless amount of quilts to her name, Bev Wilmot, has set up a Quilt Gallery at the old dining hall in the Laura Johnson Home Complex in Lucy Street.

The viewing began on Monday August 6 and runs through to Sunday August 12 from 10-4pm daily and all proceeds from the gold coin donation to enter will be donated to Bowel Cancer Research.

“These are by no means all of my quilts, there’s only 65 here and about 12 are for sale,” Ms Wilmot said

MORE QUILTS: Each quilt is unique.

MORE QUILTS: Each quilt is unique.

“There are three full to overflowing suitcases at home, along with the ones I have gifted quilts to, like my sisters, my brother, my son, nieces and nephews for Christmas, birthdays and weddings. 

“A few friends have them too and my niece and my husband Tom have their favourite quilts for their eternal rest,” she said.

Over 25 years ago a friend of Ms Wilmot’s encouraged her to attend a quilting workshop.

“She said to me ‘you should go, you’d enjoy it’.”

“I replied to her that I can't justify going to a place, chopping things up and then sewing them back together but I went along just to keep her quiet,” she said.

BLUE AND WHITE QUILT: Ms Wilmot made this quilt for Katie's 21st birthday. The photos are from her first to her most recent prior to her birthday.

BLUE AND WHITE QUILT: Ms Wilmot made this quilt for Katie's 21st birthday. The photos are from her first to her most recent prior to her birthday.

“It was the beginning of the end – I made two quilts and haven't stopped since.”

Ms Wilmot said her favourite quilt is likely the one she is working on at any one time.

“I do like the quilts now that are a little bit different.

I love sampler quilts which are the ones made up of all different blocks,” she said.

I make them because I love the process and the friendships they inspire and I love to teach quilting too.  

There is a story behind all the quilts and this particular one – The Heart Quilt –  was made for Ms Wilmot.

“The members of our Quilting group made the blocks after my brother, John and his family died in a house fire in 2004.

“I cried when the ladies gave me the blocks, I cried when I pieced them together and cried when I quilted it,” she said.

THE HEART QUILT

THE HEART QUILT