Tight-knit quilting group showcase latest works

The Esperance Community Arts showroom is awash with colour after members of Gibson's Fireshed Quilters displayed works submitted as part of their recent quilting challenge.

Sixteen members participated in the 'Colour My World' challenge, with The Judge's Choice award presented to Judy Nolan and Tracey Bareli.

Ribbons and prizes were awarded throughout the day, with 'Best Judged' going to Judy Nolan and 'Best Interpretation' awarded to Jan Turley.

Carolyn Scott took away the 'Viewer's Choice', while the 'Guest Viewer's Choice' was awarded to Tracey Bareli.

The challenge is a first for the group, which formed just over 12 months ago.

The group has since gone from strength to strength, with the 22 members meeting every second Tuesday at the Fireshed in Gibson.

Member Tracey Bareli said the group's meetings had become a social and creative outlet for members in what could sometimes be an isolating place.

"We take along our lunch, sewing, knitting or crocheting and talk and laugh amongst ourselves. It's just a chance for like minded people to get together," she said.

"I didn't know these sewing and quilting groups existed until about six or seven years ago and I've been involved ever since.

"A lot of our members don't know about it until they're invited along by a friend or family member.

"We help each other.

"Being so far away from everywhere, so isolated, you become this close-knit little group of friends."

Mrs Bareli said the challenge was born out of a desire to bring the group closer together and encourage members to expand their skill set.

"We told everyone to use their imaginations and they really did," she said.

"When we got the entries, this load of little masterpieces, we were gobsmacked at what the participants had achieved and rapt that we had the entries we did.

"Being able to showcase this work and share it with the community is great."

The competition comes just weeks before Mrs Bareli and fellow members Rhonda Gill and Dorothy Cowcher travel to Perth to see their quilts featured in the Western Australian Quilting Association's 'QuiltWest' exhibition on May 22.

Mrs Bareli is no stranger to the annual statewide competition, having taken out 'Best of Show' in the past two years.

The quilting works are now on display at the Esperance Community Arts showroom on Dempster Street.

For more information, or to join the Gibson Fireshed Quilters, contact Tracey Bareli on 0428377904.