Dunsborough fair: Three generation quilt to be a show stopper

Bessie Gardiner’s daughter Marie Ginbey with Bessie’s granddaughters Emily Warmington and Penny Regan.
Bessie Gardiner’s daughter Marie Ginbey with Bessie’s granddaughters Emily Warmington and Penny Regan.

A unique quilt made from three generations of one family who are spread across the globe will be one of the prime exhibits at the biennial Dunsborough Quilt Fair.

The quilt honours the late Bessie Gardiner, a pioneering South West farmer.

It has been put together over the last 20 years with stitchings from around the world by her daughters, sisters and granddaughters, who say her life’s journey has inspired them.

Bessie was born in 1913 into a farming family in Dardanup, later farming with her husband at Burekup.   

Their quilt constantly evolves and grows, with the names of great grandchildren being added as they are born, the latest just in time for tomorrow’s fair. 

The two day biennial fair is on Saturday and Sunday at St George’s Family Centre in Gibney St, between 10am and 4pm.

It is one of the South West’s biggest quilt shows with more than 100 quilts entered this year. Entry is by a gold coin, with funds going to relief programs overseas to assist refugees and famine hit communities.