Life Skills awarded at local show

By Emily Newton, 8 October 2018 , Comments

You can’t wipe the smiles from our Tamworth Everyday Life Skills customers who are celebrating after taking home second place in their category at the Tamworth Show this year.

It was hard but rewarding work for the customers, who worked together as a team from beginning to end.

The group wanted to submit an entry to the craft competition for the Tamworth Show and after being presented with a variety of options they decided on making a puffer quilt.

Jodie and Sonia were part of the nine customers that worked together to place second at the Tamworth Show for their beautiful quilt.

“Everyone wanted to do something different but we agreed finally,” Jodie said.

No time was wasted as a trip to Spotlight was on the agenda to purchase their supplies and choose the materials they wanted to use.

The group spent time cutting the material into squares and then spent a few days arranging and re-arranging the squares into patterns until there was one that they all liked and agreed on.

Then the hard work really began as they began to sew the individual squares together using the sewing machine.

All of the customers were given the opportunity to use the sewing machine, with many of them learning to sew for the first time. They then stuffed all the squares and hand stitched the opening on the back of every square.

“It wasn’t easy, but I enjoyed learning how to sew,” Sonia said.

“We couldn’t sew the backing on with the filling in the squares so we had to take it all out, sew it and then re-fill it again. It made it harder to do but we used team work to make it easier.”

Once the quilt was completed, the customers chose to utilise it as a decorative wall hanging. It was entered in the Tamworth Show and they were excited to see that they had placed second overall in their category!

It was an experience they won’t forget.

Jodie said that she really enjoyed “sewing and designing the quilt as a group and working as a team” and “seeing the quilt complete after our hard work.”

Feeling happy and full of pride, they decided to permanently hang their award-winning puffer quilt in their sewing room to remind them of their achievement and to encourage new customers to give sewing a try.

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