Labour of love: artistic handmade quilt donated to Westmead Cancer Centre

Brenda deSmid and Pat Corbett from Blacktown Art and Crafts Group

The Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre Westmead (CPMCC) has today received an amazing handmade quilt created and donated by the Blacktown Arts and Crafts Group.

The 16-block pink and green quilt took just over three weeks to make and features cartoon images of women with breast cancer.

“12 years ago my husband was here at the CPMCC being treated for prostate cancer, and although the quilt predominately features images of women with breast cancer, it’s still cancer, so it became a pet project of mine,” said craft group member Pat Corbett, who led the creation of this special quilt.

“We also have ladies in the group who are currently going through breast cancer treatment or are having cancer-related issues, so we all wanted to give back to the hospital.

The people at the CPMCC are just so marvellous.”

Creating the quilt was an enormous group effort with 20 people involved.

“We handed out pieces of fabric to the group to be decorated and the ladies decorated those pieces of fabric,” explained group president Brenda deSmid.

“The quilt was created in stages – you do the top first, the wadding then went into the middle, then the whole thing was quilted together.”

The quilt was then trimmed down and an edge is added by hand; which was done by Pat.

“This is the first time we have donated to CPMCC, and it’s a joy to give a quilt to somewhere like here where we know they are going to make good use of it,” said Pat.

The Blacktown Arts and Crafts Group is a non-profit group is a place for community members to come together who are interested in arts and crafts and enjoy the social interaction it brings.