Queen of quilts goes on show here

Kyabram Free Press - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

PICOLA artist Lin­den Lan­caster (pic­tured) is truly a stitch­ing ge­nius.

She had been cre­at­ing quilts for eight years when her hus­band, Cameron, en­cour­aged her to start mak­ing her own de­signs.

Since then she has been on quite the jour­ney, and her lat­est stop on that jour­ney is the Kyabram Town Hall.

Her ex­hibiton Quilt Show, which is open for all of Oc­to­ber, show­cases a range of her cre­ations through­out the past 10 years.

‘‘I got a lit­tle bit sick of do­ing nor­mal quilts to be hon­est,’’ Lin­den said.

‘‘My first orig­i­nal piece was in­spired by our farm, at Picola West, its called Cameron’s Drought and I guess that one put me on the map.’’

Lin­den said her pieces are in­spired by her sur­round­ings. And whether it be her fam­ily por­traits, the pop­u­lar Kan­ga­roo stitch­ing or the gar­den of roses, they have all played a part in her life some­where along the line.

‘‘I’m re­ally proud of how this ex­hi­bi­tion looks, it’s just my se­cond solo, so it’s ex­cit­ing,’’ she said.

‘‘I am proud when I see my work up like it is, it’s very hum­bling.

‘‘A lot of hard work goes into them, es­pe­cially the hand stitch­ing, the long­est I have spent on a piece is prob­a­bly around five months.’’

Les­ley Lowe from the Town Hall met Lin­den at a work­shop and af­ter chat­ting brei­fly to the artist, re­alised she was a per­fect fit for the lo­cal gallery.

‘‘We are ex­cited and thrilled to have Lin­den’s work up in the Town Hall,’ Les­ley said.

‘‘She is a very in­spi­ra­tional artist and the way she com­bines dif­fer­ent tech­niques is in­cred­i­ble.

‘‘I en­cour­age ev­ery­one to come down to the Town Hall and check out some of Lin­den’s award win­ning work.’’

STYLISH STITCH­ING — Lin­den Lan­caster and Les­ley Lowe were pic­tured at Lin­den's ex­hi­bi­tion Quilt Show.

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