Monday, 22 October 2018

Quilting for a good cause

Quilts and textiles, many of which had rarely been on public view, were one of the  colourful exhibitions which attracted much interest during Fairlynch Museum’s 2018 season.

Entitled ‘Treasures from the Fairlynch Collection’, the  patchwork and quilting included a wonderful array of hand stitched small pieces, large bed quilts and quilted garments.

Throughout the course of the exhibition, the regular stewards were supported by members of the local Avocet Quilters group.

As well as stewarding, members of the group demonstrated how to make patchwork using hexagon shaped paper templates and pre-cut fabric pieces. Visitors were encouraged to sit and have a go and many, including young visitors, were keen to do so.

Some young visitors took their samples home to continue to work on while others finished their pieces and had them added to the main patchwork.

Although the papers are removed from the finished patchwork piece prior to quilting, several young visitors decided to sign their paper templates.

The patchwork piece grew quickly and, by the time the exhibition came to a close, was large enough to make a cot-sized quilt. The Avocet Quilters have now backed and quilted the patchwork, which will be donated to the special care baby unit.

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