‘A Gift of Quilts’ is the project being organised by Jenny Rundle and her team of quilters 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 as a unique sign of friendship and peace.
Quilters in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, organised a similar event in 1996 and presented 397 quilts to the Olympic teams during the Centennial Games of that year.
Support has been received from Lord Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the London Organising committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Ltd for ‘A Gift of Quilts’ and the Ceremonies Director is currently deciding on how and where the quilts will be presented.
An exhibition of the quilts and a book and a DVD are also part of the project for 2012.
This is an opportunity for not only individuals but groups of friends, church groups, schools, youth groups or community projects to get involved in a practical way for the 2012 Olympics.
Cathy Miller, the Canadian singing quilter, says in her talks that “we can heal the world one stitch at a time”. If we could bring a small amount of happiness, peace and friendship through our stitching just think what an achievement that would be.
The quilts need to be between 39” square and up to 54” x 78” (single bed size) and will not be required until November 2011. Full details of the project together with registration and regulations relating to the finished items can be found on the web site www.agiftofquilts.co.uk. Or you can write enclosing a SAE to A Gift of Quilts, 6 Barrow Hill, Goodworth Clatford, Andover SP11 7RG.