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Giving (little) quilts of love

After spending 23 years making beautiful quilts, Tea Tree Gardens Retirement Village resident Margaret Sampson has been appointed to the South Australian Festival of Quilts’ Committee.

“Margaret, like many of our Tea Tree Gardens residents, is socially minded and enjoys using her skills for fundraising as well as volunteering in the wider community,” Village Manager Lucy Mulvany said.

Margaret has always been into craft and said she enjoys the social aspect of quilting.

“When I was young I spent a lot of time in and out of hospital and while I recovered I learnt to crochet and knit,” Margaret said.

The Quilters’ Guild plays host to the annual Festival of Quilts, which was held at the Morphettville Racecourse in September.

“We had an amazing three days with over 230 displays and more than 1,200 people attending the festival,” Margaret said.

In addition to attending the festival, Margaret’s voluntary work includes networking with three to four craft groups and since the early 90s they have produced nearly 500 quilts for charitable organisations – primarily the Craniofacial Unit and Little Quilts of Love.

“Our little quilts are sent to maternity hospitals to be used in the sad circumstance where a baby is stillborn or dies very early in life. The tiny quilt is used to wrap the baby when he or she is taken to the parents,” Margaret said.

“We also support the Australian Craniofacial Unit and money raised from our quilt sales provides support for children born with craniofacial anomalies that can cause speech difficulties, progressive brain damage, blindness and deafness.”

Margaret said she loves being a volunteer because it’s busy and very rewarding.

“There’s just no time to get bored and making quilts and interacting with the quilting community keeps me sane!” Margaret said.

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