Fundraising Quilt for PNGAA Scholarship Fund for PNG Students

Following a chance comment earlier in 2022, our Western Australia member, Jill Worsley, who has generously supported PNGAA events in Perth, kindly offered to make another quilt to help the PNGAA fundraise to support PNGAA’s Education Scholarship.  The quilt will be part of the fundraising at the PNGAA Christmas Luncheon 2022 in Sydney.  If you’d like to participate, please see information at end of post.

This community help for the PNGAA is greatly appreciated as it enables so much more to be achieved. 

PNGAA asked Jill to describe the making of the quilt:

This quilt was made in January 2022, while WA was in COVID-19 lock-down and we could not travel outside the state. It is 50-inches square (patch-workers nearly always work in inches). As I’m now over 80, that’s the largest size I can manage with my little domestic sewing machine. Pity about that!

‘The central print is one of Gould’s Bird of Paradise paintings, which was printed for me in Fremantle by our friendly T-shirt printer who, knowing I only sew for charities and other good causes, only charges me for the ink! I use either cotton or polycotton—whatever is going to look best.

The binding and central back panel are the remainders of a piece I bought on Panasesa Island beach some years ago. Panasesa is one of the Conflict Islands in PNG. Sadly, it is the last of my New Guinea-bought fabrics, so in future I will have to use whatever I can buy locally which at least looks tropical.’

The scholarship project occurred about the same time as we received Jill’s offer so it was decided that her beautiful quilt could initiate the fundraising.

If you are interested in the quilt, including having a higher resolution photo emailed, please contact

PNGAA funds and members are invited to assist by making a specific donation to the PNGAA Scholarship Fund by depositing money into the PNGAA account and marking it as “Scholarship Fund” along with your name. Transfers can be made to PNGAA at BSB: 062-009/Account No. 0090 7724. Please also email to confirm.  Alternatively, follow the directions for donations in the Treasurer’s Corner which is located at the back of every issue PNGAA’s journal, PNG Kundu, or use the ‘Donation’ button at

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