The Big Stitch 2009, The Children's Society Patchwork Competition.
One of the requirements was to use re-cycled fabrics in the Quilt; this was done, although the base of the Quilt was made from new fabric to give it a good strong foundation. Re-cycled fabrics were sent to Janet by the ladies; amongst these were fabrics from their children, grand children and their own outgrown clothes, old cushions etc, plus embellishments. All the children on the Quilt are made using the re-cycled fabrics, the corner squares are from old cushion fabric.
Each participant took responsibility for a border, which had to be cream fabric, they then had to put something on this border including the word MAY, somewhere, which links to the Maypole.
Starting at the top;
- Ros wished Children to have PEACE in several languages
- Janet wished Children have GOOD FRIENDS
- Kerstin wished GODS BLESSINGS to be with them
- Helen wished the Children LOVE and LAUGHTER.
Katy's quilt featured motifs to illustrate aspects of childhood that she thought were important for all children today. Clockwise from top left:
The quilt was made of soft flannel in muted colours, with a fleece backing for warmth and increased cuddle factor. It included some second hand tablecloth fabric from a local charity shop, and the block layout was based on a design by Cynthia Tomaszewski.
The winning quilt in both parts of the competition was made by Irene, and was a beautiful Kenyan seaside scene. Irene really deserved to win with this lovely quilt inspired by her own childhood. Not only was it the favourite quilt as voted by visitors to the website, but it also won the prize for raising the most money for the appeal.
Irene said, "I loved being part of the Childrens' Society Quilt competition and had immense pleasure making my wallhanging which was inspired from my own childhood in Kenya in the 1950's. I thought the other quilts that had been entered were brilliant."
"Fundraising for the Childrens' Society using my quilt happened quite accidently. I went to a coffee shop in Rochester which I frequent and happened to bump into two people I knew in there, so I joined them at their table. Conversation eventually came round to sewing and I mentioned my wallhanging, which I happened to have on me. When I told them why it had been made, to my astonishment, they both gave a donation. That was the start of my fundraising! My next step was to email many of my friends to tell them about the quilts and where they could be found on the Childrens' Society website, and then I took my wallhanging to group meetings where people, again, made donations. I was overwhelmed by the generosity of those who had made donations."
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