CRAFTY FRIENDS: Mundubbera Lemon Quilters with their handmade tuffets following their RADF-funded workshop.
CRAFTY FRIENDS: Mundubbera Lemon Quilters with their handmade tuffets following their RADF-funded workshop. Contributed

Have you seen tuffets sprouting in region's libraries?

IF YOU have visited any North Burnett library in the past few weeks, you will have noticed some colourful additions to the scenery.

They're called tuffets: basically, stylised poufs, or ottomans.

They were made in the region by the Mundubbera Lemon Quilters, who in early May hosted a two-day workshop to create them under the tutelage of Teri Ahrens from Sew Patch n Quilt in Gladstone, funded by the Regional Arts Development Fund.

Lemon Quilters' Debbie Green said the group "jumped” at the opportunity to learn how to make them.

"Everyone finished and they look great,” Mrs Green said.

"A lot of people have said they look like pumpkins.”

Mrs Green has made three tuffets now: one she made previously in Bundaberg, and two she made at the workshop.

"The grandkids sit on one in Bundaberg, they love it,” she said.

"Whenever I make anything, it's made to be used.

"And when it's buggered, it's time for me to make another one.”

The tuffets made by Mundubbera Lemon Quilters at a RADF-funded workshop in early May.
The tuffets made by Mundubbera Lemon Quilters at a RADF-funded workshop in early May. Contributed

Mrs Green said creating things with her hands keeps her "grounded and sane”.

"It's the satisfaction of saying, 'I've done that',” she said.

"Giving someone a handmade gift is special.”

Mrs Green said she did it all: knitting, crocheting, embroidering and cross-stitching.

A condition of the RADF grant was the completed tuffets be displayed around the North Burnett, which is why they now live in our six libraries.

Mrs Green and Marilyn Elstob went on a "road trip” around the region to drop them all off when they were completed.

The Mundubbera Lemon Quilters meet each Wednesday from 9am-2pm at Lemon Jo's Country Crafts, either working individually or on group projects.

Group projects have included making bags for Tonga in the aftermath of Cyclone Gita.

A fortnightly night class also operates at Lemon Jo's for those who work full-time.


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