UK's Olympic welcome to London, A Gift of Quilts. All quilts shown made by Sharon Garrick.
‘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
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.