The Quandialla Centenary Committee were the recipients of $785 under the NSW Government’s 2014 Country Arts Support Program (CASP). These grants support short term, locally initiated community arts projects and are administered by Regional Arts NSW on behalf of the NSW Government and the Hon. George Souris MP.
The idea to represent the village of Quandialla as a quilt is the brain child of Mrs Judy McAlister – a Quandialla resident and well known local artist and crafts person. The quilt will depict Quandialla as it is now, nestled in an agricultural environment surrounded by well known landmarks within the town as well as geographical landmarks such as the Weddin Mountains. The design is based on a map of the village and will use fabric, photographs and various techniques to depict the streets, housing blocks and businesses. It will also provide a record of family names within our community. Judy saw it as an opportunity for older and younger members of the community to come together and share their history. Whilst the project will give participants a unique way to contribute to their Centenary celebrations, it will also leave a visual legacy for generations to come. The project will call on the sewing skills of a number of local residents and once completed, the quilt will be framed and hung in the Quandialla Soldiers Memorial Hall.
One hundred years of settlement in our small village is a milestone to be celebrated and while many of our memories will be but fleeting experiences of the Centenary weekend, the Centenary Quilt will remain long after the event has passed.