Quilter Helen Godden has come from Canberra to show local ladies her skills.
Quilter Helen Godden has come from Canberra to show local ladies her skills. Mike Knott

World-renowed quilter shares tips

QUILTERS from across Australia got a rare treat this week when award-winning quilter Helen Godden hosted a series of workshops in Bundaberg.

Ms Godden is not your average quilter, she does not deal in traditional blocks, triangles or squares, instead she uses painting and free motion stitching methods to create her art.

It took local quilters Kati Tremul, Karen Walden and Roxanne Hamilton plenty of work to get Ms Godden here but the work and the wait were well worth it for the series of workshops held over six days this week.

"We had people come from Emerald, Tasmania, Mackay, Monto, Cooroy, Gladstone Gin Gin and Bundaberg," Mrs Tremul said.

"We had about 16 ladies each day."

Ms Godden flew in from Canberra for the event and said she found plenty of skilled women at her workshop.

"There's been a bit of hidden talent up here," she said.

"I do think the way I do things opens up their eyes to something new and points them in a different direction. It's not about precision, it's about having fun and using colour and design."



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