The image of a quilt

conjures feelings of warmth

and comfort.

As a handmade item they are
lovingly made,
given, and... received.

The material cost of their making is rarely considered by the maker or the lucky recipient - it is the generosity of time and the spirit of giving that better denotes its value. For those not lucky enough to have been blessed by the gift of a quilt the questions generally asked are; How long does it take to make?... And what is it worth?….


As a designer I have noticed that often the best results come from projects that have both clear parameters and tight restrictions. Participants in this project have been asked to make functional quilts, and other textile pieces, with predominantly salvaged and donated fabrics.  Design was limited to three quilt genres – Log Cabin, Horizontal Strippies and Quilt-As-You-Go Strippies. Participants, often working together, were frequently pushed far from their comfort zone – using both unfamiliar fabrics and techniques. My focus in leading this project was on increasing skills in both technique and design.


The result of our work together, mathematically, is 83 quilts made by 45 participants in the space of 15 months. I prefer the results to be read a little differently. Personally, the best part of this project has been the passing on of knowledge that will reverberate down the line, and the empowerment of both it’s giving and receiving. It has also been about problem solving – learning to question the norm, not taking the easy way out, and continually searching for creative solutions. We have built a very supportive community – both in the creating of strong works and in making personal connections. Even though the maths is impressive, perhaps we have gained even more than we have given?


Please take time to explore our online Galleries and take a trip to The Moores Building where you will see our quilts beautifully supported by other functional textile pieces.

We hope you will then understand the true value of these works.






The Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery is managed by the City of Fremantle.


Ric Blaquiere

Lisa Beards

Judy Campbell

Lorraine Canestrini

Nettie Clarke

Leslie Clugston

Marlene Cole

Trish Davis

Marilyn Dillon

Margot Downing

Amanda Forknall

Pat Forster

Elaine Gill

Jeanne Glass

Jan Hills

Jan Holland

Clint Holland






The Salvage/Selvedge group has fundraised over the course of the project with the aim that all exhibition proceeds will go directly to our chosen project - enhancing lives at the School of St. Yared in Ethiopia.To learn more about our project go to

Judy Campbell

Margot Downing

Amanda Forknall



Jan Holland

Kaye Jacob

Jill Johnson


Jan Mullen

Sally Sweetingham

Trish Wykman

Julie Howell

Rosie Hunt

Kaye Jacob

Pat James

Jill Johnson

Alison Keen

Joy Keith

Jan Lawrie

Jill Lee

Charmian Lees

Pat Madden

Bev McDonnell

Mignon Mitchell

Jan Mullen

Pauline O’Brien

Vicki Passmore

Shantell Pike



BIG applause please to: Diane Roberts, Bewley Shaylor of Czar Photodesign, Square Peg Design

Stannards Dry Cleaning, Ritchie Kuhaupt of The Moores Building, Fremantle City Council and all those who have donated fabric.

Lisa Repsevicius

Lorna Richmond

Noell Stawarz

Bev Stevens

Judy Stevens

Judy Stocks

Valmae Stonehouse

Sally Sweetingham

Cindy Taylor

Marie Thompson

Barbara Turney

John Turney

Claire Turpin

Ed Wykman

Trish Wykman

PLEASE NOTE that that our quilts and other textile pieces have a reserve price and will be available for purchase in two ways;

SILENT AUCTION – bids taken throughout the exhibition (at the gallery and online – results announced on 2 June 2014) and LIVE AUCTION on 23 May 2014, 7 – 10 pm, The Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery, Fremantle – This is a ticketed event. Tickets available @