Help create a lasting Covid Commemoration

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The Quilters’ Guild are teaming up with Bernina to invite quilters around the UK to join us in the creation of a special Covid Commemorative Quilt.

We’re inviting you to create a fabric block which reflects your thoughts on the pandemic and the recovery from it. It could commemorate a loved one lost; it could celebrate the NHS or a particular key worker; it could just be a ray of optimism as we emerge from the pandemic. All blocks received back will be expertly pieced together by Guild members to create the finished quilt, which will go on display for the first time at Festival of Quilts 2022.

Sheri Warren, President of the Quilters’ Guild, says: “The Quilters’ Guild is delighted to be partnering with Bernina to create the Covid Commemorative Quilt. Assembling such a poignant and sentimental piece is an honour, bringing communities together through a shared passion for quilting perfectly illustrates the Guild’s very purpose. Our team of warm and willing volunteers are primed and ready to play their part in piecing together this symbolic quilt.” 

Stephen Bogod from Bernina UK says: “We are very excited to be collaborating with the Quilters’ Guild to both demonstrate the talent and expertise in the UK quilting community whilst creating a lasting quilted commemoration of this challenging time in our personal and collective histories. We are excited to see the contributions we receive and, of course, how they are reflected in the finished quilt.” Those wishing to take part will be sent two squares of fabric, along with a square of patterned fabric, to be used to unify the blocks and which should appear somewhere in their design. Participants can use any technique, including piecing, embroidery, and appliqué to make their block. Participants will be asked to include the story behind the design they have chosen, so that the collective story behind the finished quilt can be told when it goes on display and everyone who has taken part can be credited.For more information and to request your squares of fabric, visit www.covid-quilt.com

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