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Quilts hung out for the last time

The last ever International Quilt Challenge and Biennial Exhibition will be held this weekend at the Stirling Street Arts Centre, marking the end of 22 year dynasty.

Dwindling international entries was the last straw, according to event coordinator Carlene Williams, something she described as a terrible shame.

“The international flavour has waned a little bit,” she said.

“We had five this year from overseas where as before we’ve had half and half, 20 from overseas and 20 from around Australia.”

The exhibition will return home to Stirling Street for its last edition after several years of being hosted at Bunbury Regional Art Galleries.

All of the more than 35 entries to this year’s challenge will be on display throughout the centre on both days this weekend for the public to see and appreciate.

“The challenge puts the centre in the spotlight,” Arts Centre administrator Sue Dennis said.

“We’re expecting quite a few people to come and see what’s going on… they (the quilts) look so amazing when they’re all out.”

This year’s entrants were tasked with producing a quilt that explored the theme of “why I love where I live”, with the five international entries haling from Scotland, Britain, Canada and the US.

“When people look at them, I think they realise how much work is involved,” Ms Dennis said.

“There’s an incredible amount of skill that people have… which often gets overlooked I think.”

Several quilts will be raffled off to the public during the exhibition for the benefit of MSWA’s Bunbury centre with organisers hoping to raise more than $1000.

Ms Williams said tickets would be sold all weekend and she tried to keep the beneficiaries as local as possible.

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