Uniting Threads – Quilts for Bendigo and beyond

About Uniting Threads

The Uniting Threads quilting group was founded in February 2009 with a mission to make and give away quilts to various charities in the region.
There are around 30 members who range in age from 30 to 90+ years. The  group is open to everyone, regardless of any previous quilting experience.
The group meets weekly, on Wednesdays during the school term, from 9:30am to 1:00pm at St Andrew’s Uniting Church.

What we do

Each year we make up to 90 lap size quilts.
We have donated quilts to various organisations including:
  • Nursing Homes
  • Aged Care Organisations
  • Women’s Refuges
  • Youth and Children’s Services
  • School Chaplaincy
We also hold a Christmas Stall and donate the majority of the proceeds to the Christmas Bowl (an international aid program of the National Council of Churches in Australia).

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you sell your quilts?
No. We do not sell our quilts.
Sometimes we auction or raffle a quilt to raise funds continue our work

Where do you get your materials?
About 95 percent of our fabrics are donated. We try and use only 100% cotton fabrics in our quilts.
Is the group open to everyone, or is it a “church group?”
Uniting Threads is open to anyone who would love to make quilts for charity. The group is auspiced by St Andrew’s Uniting Church.

Do I need to have a sewing machine?
No. You do not need a sewing machine. We have had a number of sewing machines donated to the group and recently purchased two new machines.


We are very thankful for many generous supporters:
  • The Strathdale Quilter’s
  • Canterbury Quilting in Eaglehawk
  • St. Andrew’s Uniting Church
  • Quilters and crafters who have donated fabric and sewing machines to enable us to continue our work
  • Bendigo Sewing Machine Service

Happiness Quilts

One of our older members summed it up by saying that we were making “Happiness Quilts”: that being happy wasn’t about get-ting more, but about giving to others. Some of our quilts use the smallest one-inch square scraps, made into something beautiful. When giving our quilts, we pass a bit of that happiness on to others.

For more information

Please contact:
St Andrew’s Uniting Church Office
(03) 5441 3100 or standrewsbgo.axe@gmail.com

A Morning at Uniting Threads …