Quilters covering for kids

THE age-old art of quilting is undergoing a resurgence in popularity according to Tweed Patchworkers member Bronwyn Lane, who was surprised to find it popular in the Tweed when she relocated from Sydney.

The quilting group has just completed a bundle of quilts to donate to children who are patients at The Tweed Hospital oncology unit.

Mrs Lane said it could take anything from one day to two months to make a quilt, depending on the patterns.

"Piecing the top of the quilt and getting the colours right is the hardest part," she said.

Mrs Lane said the whole group had worked on the quilts for the children - particularly Terri Hackney, who made the majority of the quilt tops.

Twenty-three-month-old Ethan Shaw, a patient at The Tweed Hospital oncology unit, was on hand to select a quilt of his own yesterday.

Erika Shaw of Tugun, Ethan's mother, said she felt quite tearful to see the beautiful works being donated to the children.

"It reminds you there are people out there that are so full of love, and each time we see Ethan's quilt we will be reminded of that - it's a beautiful thing to have done," she said.

Mrs Shaw said Ethan, who suffers from neuroblastoma, a cancer of the sympathetic nervous system, was in remission after having eight lots of chemotherapy and lots of surgery.

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