Warm gesture of love sew important

Quilter Helen Robartson with Ocean Keys Sewing Centre owner Faye Peskett. Picture: Emma Reeves d417365
Quilter Helen Robartson with Ocean Keys Sewing Centre owner Faye Peskett. Picture: Emma Reeves d417365

The group donates its patchwork creations to the Department of Child Protection, which distributes them to children in their care.

Organiser Helen Robartson said they started the group in 2008 and met twice a month at the Ocean Keys Sewing Centre.

‘It started because the Whitford Church was organising a sea container of goods to go to South Sudan ” we made quilts and blankets and stuff to send,’ she said.

Mrs Robartson said after that, they made quilts to send to victims of the Victorian bush fires.

The Clarkson resident said then they made weight vests for autistic children at a primary school, which had pockets that could be filled with rice bags if teachers wanted the students to focus on something.

‘I thought about the foster children (and) contacted the Department of Child Protection,’ she said.

‘It’s probably from about 2010 that we have been making the quilts and sent them to the DCP in Joondalup.

‘All the fabric is donated ” we sew them all together.

‘Last year we did about 100 quilts.’

Each quilt has a label embroidered by the group members, which says ‘made with love for’ with space for the child who receives it to write their name.

‘Because it has got the child’s name on it, no one can take it away from them,’ the great-grandmother said.

‘It’s very exciting when a quilt is finished and you see the end product and you know that a child is going to get it.’

Mrs Robartson said the members had a range of skills, with some coming to learn how to sew and others highly experienced in quilting and embroidery.

She said the group met from 1pm to 4pm on the second and fourth Mondays of each month.

More volunteers are welcome and donations of cotton quilting fabric, and cotton thread can be made to Ocean Keys Sewing Centre owner Faye Peskett. Call 9407 7285.