Mavis Stacey with the quilt she made for seven-year-old Mika Campbell.
Mavis Stacey with the quilt she made for seven-year-old Mika Campbell.

Flood inspires cotton quilt

WATCHING the devastation caused by the flooding over the past few months inspired one Warwick woman to pick up the needle and thread as a way to show her support to one of the victims.

Mavis Stacey handcrafted a cotton quilt and donated the item to seven-year-old Mika Campbell, who moved to Warwick with her family from the flood ravaged Lockyer Valley last month.

“I just decided I was going to make a quilt for one of the children affected by the floods but I didn’t know who I was going to give it to.”

“Somebody gave me a bag of scrap pieces and I decided I would put it to use,” Mrs Stacey said.

Mrs Stacey said she saw the family’s story in the Daily News and knew instantly she Mika had found the one to give it to.

“I had most of it done and I saw the family’s story in the paper so I thought ‘That’s it, I will give it to Mika’,” she said.

Mrs Stacey has been quilting for around 20 years and says he loves creating quilts, which she often gives to family members as heirlooms or donates to charity.

And Mika’s 17-month old sister Layla has not been forgotten either.

“We will be back to bring one for Layla too, it’s almost made,” Mrs Stacey said.

Mika said she loves that her gift has been handmade and said will take good care of her new quilt.

“I have another one but this one is bigger and it will go on my bed,” Mika said.

The quilt even features a touching message of love, which Mrs Stacey sews on to each quilt she makes.

It reads: “Made with love by Mavis 2011.

“May the Lord bless you and keep you in his care.”

Mika’s parents Kevin “Bushy” and Simone Campbell said the gift is “absolutely beautiful” and is just another example of Warwick residents offering their support at this difficult time in their lives.

The family have been trying to rebuild their lives from scratch in Warwick.

Mrs Campbell said the support of the people of Warwick has been “overwhelming”.

“The people of Warwick have made us feel more welcome than we ever did in the Lockyer Valley,” Mrs Campbell said.

“Most people we have met, if they could help us, they have.”

The Campbell’s have had every item imaginable donated to them over the past few weeks, including a fridge, big screen TV and even a brand new pair of work boots.

They were even treated to a family dinner out on Valentine’s Day.

“We are just really thankful to everyone who has helped us and we just want them to know we appreciate everything they have done for us,” Mr Campbell said.

The Campbell’s said Warwick already feels like home to them and they plan to buy a property in the area at some stage.


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