Olympic Quilting Project: East Malling Craft and chat Group took part in this prestigious project and were thrilled to learn that their quilt was voted in the top 20 of all the quilts exhibited - nearly 500 in total! The quilt has already been exhibited at Olympia, Earls court in London and will now go on to be exhibited at the NEC in Birmingham, along with the other 19 quilts that made it to the top 20!! - Well done East Malling!
Read on to find out more...
This was a National project, organised through “A Gift Of Quilts”
About the project:
‘A Gift of Quilts’ is the project being organised by Jenny Rundle and Sharon Garrick plus a team to encourage ‘stitchers’ all over the UK to make and donate up to 500 patchwork quilts. The object is to give a quilt to each country participating in the London Olympics and Paralympics in 2012 (The Games) as a unique sign of friendship and peace.
East Malling Craft and Chat Group: The making of our quilt…
Our group made a quilt design based on their own front doors; the design also included “hands” from group members around the edges of the quilt. Our project was open to all members of the community and was truly an “all inclusive” project regardless of ability or any other factor.
To begin with, all members had their hands drawn around and also took pictures of their own front doors; both were incorporated into the final design.
The group learnt techniques by making a small quilted square each. They went on shopping trips to get all equipment and materials required and they have also had trips to exhibitions that feature displays of quilts and workshop demonstrations. We met some of the organisers of the "Gift of Quilts" at one of the exhibitions and had a good chat with them about the outcomes and aims of the project, which really inspired the group further.
We had one lead tutor and 2 assistants - it was a very detailed project and all members required assistance. They also required a lot of patience as it is quite a slow process! The more capable tended to help others sitting near them. It took a few months but once the quilt was complete it was personally handed in to the gift of Quilts team.
The quilt was featured in a display at “The Stitch and Craft Show” held during March at London Olympia, plus all quilts are featured in a commemorative book.
The group went by coach to the exhibition at Earls Court and were thrilled to see their quilt hanging on display along with nearly 500 others. Quilts of all sizes and designs were featured and the East Malling Craft & Chat Group Quilt was one of the largest and looked spectacular on display!
The group were very proud to gather around the quilt for a photo shoot.
We found out at the exhibition that our quilt was ‘drawn’ by the German Olympic team and will be presented to Germany at the start of the games.
We were also pleased to meet a young British Olympic sailor, Annie Lush, on the day. Annie kindly posed for a picture by our quilt, with group member Jane Barnard.
The Craft and Chat Group have made a duplicate quilt that is currently on display at the St. James Centre in East Malling.