STITCHED MEM­O­RIES

QUILT A MEM­ORY OF DIGGER DAD

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Janita Singh

MAR­I­ANNE Roberts has cre­ated an inspiring quilt to hon­our her Digger dad, Barry Kedzier.

The quilt, called My Mem­ory of a Proud Digger, has a 3D ef­fect to re­sem­ble her dad’s favourite tweed jacket, white shirt, tie and much loved Re­turned From Ac­tive Ser­vice Badge.

It will be one of hun­dreds of quilts at this month’s Syd­ney Craft & Quilt Fair that cap­ture artists’ in­ter­pre­ta­tions of Australia’s in­volve­ment in World War I and hon­our fallen sol­diers as part of the Lest We For­get Quilt Chal­lenge – 100 years, 100 quilts.

“My dad was a proud Digger. He vol­un­teered for the Aus­tralian Army as soon as Australia was at war. He served in New Guinea and re­turned a very proud Digger,’’ Roberts, a quilter for al­most two decades, says.

“He was also a very smart dresser … al­ways wore a jacket and ties.”

He wore his Re­turned From Ac­tive Ser­vice badge when he wore a jacket, and Roberts wanted to make that the hero of her piece.

For the project, she found the per­fect jacket, shirt and tie at a lo­cal char­ity shop.

The quilt took three weeks to make and was care­fully crafted.

“The old adage ‘mea­sure twice, cut once’ was so im­por­tant. I only had one of each and had to get it right the first time,’’ she says.

The jacket, shirt and tie were cut out and at­tached, or ap­pliqued, to a piece of fab­ric to make the quilt top.

“I hand-quilted the work through­out. The ex­tra stitch­ing to high­light the medal on the lapel was worked in gold em­broi­dery thread,’’ Roberts says.

Af­ter the show Roberts will dis­play the quilt be­side a framed photo of her dad with his medals.

To dad with love ... Mar­i­anne Roberts (be­low left) made My Mem­ory of a

Proud Digger — a 3D quilt (above). Green and Gold Leg­end, The Don, by Mi­los Vu­cic (be­low right), is part of the True Blue quilt col­lec­tion.

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