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Lana’s quilt helps cover the cost of restoration

The Two Wells Court House Restoration Project has been given a boost following the donation of a hand-made Sashiko quilt valued at $1200.

And this beautiful piece could be yours, with the Craft Shop staging a silent auction to raise funds for the restoration of the exterior of the heritage-listed courthouse building.

Lewiston resident, Lana Barrett – who is a member of the Quilters Guild in Gawler and has been sewing since she was four years old – took six months to complete the piece.

The intricate style of Sashiko is the Japanese art of quilting and dates back to the 18th century, where the style was originally designed for strengthening a single layer of fabric.

Lana has been perfecting the Sashiko style for the past two years.

“I like the effect and how easy it is to do,” she explained.

“The designs and the history behind this type of work are interesting. It’s the ‘in’ thing.”

Lana donates a quilt every year to a community group or charity and is hopeful someone buys it to kick-start the restoration project.

“I get a lot of satisfaction out of doing quilts and giving them away to people,” she said.

Craft shop volunteer and Two Wells local, Mollie Frost, said Lana’s donation was tremendous.

“Our aim at the moment is the restoration of the outside of the building,” Mollie explained.

“We’ve had the inside done and it looks lovely, it would be wonderful to have the outside done too.

“Lana’s donation is very, very generous and a wonderful gift to the court house.”

The quilt is currently on display at the Two Wells Craft Shop and has a reserve price of $1000.

Bids can be made at the craft shop or by contacting Di Meaney on 0427 616 301 or Judi Frost on 0427 417 905 before December 24.

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