Handmade quilts for Project Sri Lanka: Grand Raffle 2009
(4 August 2009)
Two large quilts have been made to raise funds for the village communities of Project Sri Lanka.
These beautiful works of art, which measure 111.5 inches x 50 inches and 73 inches x 71 inches were made by ‘Patchwork and Quilting Darlington’ One of their members, Linda Greener is a former staff member of Durham University and she laid down the challenge for the group following the tsunami disaster and the establishment of Project Sri Lanka.
The quilts have been hand sewn in the traditional patchwork block pattern called ‘School House’, chosen as reflecting the strong educational component of Project Sri Lanka. The group was asked to use existing or recycled fabrics rather than to buy new, to symbolise the regeneration of the communities in Sri Lanka. Many hours of work produced 28 blocks, all of different colours, which have been made into the two quilts. They took the best part of a year to complete. The quilts are a true labour of love by the people who crafted them. They represent a very personal and heartfelt contribution to the hugely important humanitarian cause they have been designed for.
Thanks to the efforts of Mrs Sandra Evans, former Mayoress of Berwick-upon-Tweed, a grand raffle is being staged to raise money from the quilts. The draw is scheduled to take place at Bradford House, Belford, Northumberland, on Saturday 12th December 2009.