Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

How to Make an Australian Quilt; Grafton,COs Chris Timmins Is the Go-To Lady for Quilt- Making 101

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

How to Make an Australian Quilt; Grafton,COs Chris Timmins Is the Go-To Lady for Quilt- Making 101

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Byline: STORY: LESLEY APPS

IF EDUCATING high school students on the finer points of quilt-making for more than 25 years has taught Chris Timmins anything, itCOs patience.

C[pounds sterling]Trying to keep 24 school kids doing 24 different things on track will teach you that,C[yen] the now retired teacher says.

And itCOs that desirable quality that makes Chris one of the countryCOs most sought-after tutors in the craft, so much so she is rarely at home, and when she is, she is conducting her weekly Wednesday classes there. C[pounds sterling]I often joke I only come home to wash my clothes.C[yen]

Chris has been a textile and design teacher for 33 years but only really became interested in quilt-making out of necessity.

C[pounds sterling]We couldnCOt enter the then Clarence Valley Design Awards because we didnCOt have textile art skills required to produce suitable entries. I did a patchwork class and was hooked. We ended up winning 40 sewing machines over the 25 years we entered that award.C[yen]

Since retiring from high school teaching in 2006, Chris has continued her passion for patchwork through her private tutorials specialising in educating maiden quilters and regularly assisting the latest crop of textile students with their HSC projects.

It is her ability to teach people of all ages quilt-making from scratch which sees her visit Melbourne next week to conduct workshops at the countryCOs number one quilting expo, the Australian Quilt Convention.

C[pounds sterling]ItCOs quite a prestigious event with tutors coming from overseas to do workshops.C[yen]

Apart from the Victorian capitalCOs expo, Chris is constantly travelling the countryside to teach her craft and regularly spends weekends in places like Macksville and Bellingen and occasionally further a field.

C[pounds sterling]ICOm taking a group to Fiji in July. I have six friends already booked in.C[yen]

Her stitching talents will also take her to Canberra, Central Coast, Sydney, Wauchope and Coopernook this year.

C[pounds sterling]ICOll be doing the annual Misty Mountain Getaway in Dorrigo at the end of September. …

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