Historic community quilt resurrected for library display

Cobar Library staff member Janet Place with the recently restored Cobar bicentennial quilt created by local residents in 1988. The quilt is currently on display at the library.

A quilt, handmade by locals to mark Australia’s bicentennial year in 1988 that was for many years thought to have been lost, has recently been brought to life and is now on display at the Cobar Library.

The quilt, which was created by the 1988 class of fashion students at the Cobar Campus of Orana Community College (now Cobar TAFE) was an Australian Bicentenary project and has recently been carefully restored by local quilter, Jenny Ilett.

Carol Pritchard, one of the instigators of the project, a teacher at the college at the time and a contributor to the quilt, was last week pleased to hear the quilt had been found.

“Lots of craft groups, TAFEs and organisations got involved in bicentenary projects,” Carol told The Cobar Weekly.

“I thought it had been lost.

“I have been to the TAFE several times over the years looking for it,” Carol said.

“The last time I saw it, it had been hanging in the entry lobby at the TAFE.

“My fear was that it had been thrown out and that it was gone forever,” she said.

Carol said a lot of thought and effort had gone into the quilt project by the fashion class students Keryn Akers, Nell Cohen, Judith Datson, Glenda Luke, Jen McLeod, Joy Mahy and Denise Yeo as well as herself.

The quilt was recently found when TAFE staff were having a clean up at the campus and the quilt was discovered neatly folded up in a cupboard.