UK sewing enthusiasts are being invited to contribute to a special “Quilt Fit For a Queen” to be created by Bernina, the manufacturer of high-end sewing machines, to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday next year. The project will combine creating a unique gift for the Queen with raising funds for Friends of the Elderly, a national charity of which the Queen is patron.

For a suggested minimum charitable donation of £15 or above, Bernina will provide a fabric square, which contributors can sew, embroider or decorate with their own design. All squares received will be used to create a virtual online quilt, which will include the names of contributors. In addition, an invited panel of judges, including world-renowned quilter Philippa Naylor, will select 60 patches, to create the quilt that will be sent to Her Majesty.

The finished quilt will be displayed on Bernina exhibition stands throughout 2016 before being sent to Buckingham Palace as a gift.

Friends of the Elderly is one of the UK’s oldest charities supporting older people. The charity runs care homes and offers grants, befriending and volunteering services that benefit thousands of older people across the country by providing financial support for those struggling to live on a low income, or a friendly call or visit to those without any friends or family around.

Steve Allen, Chief Executive of Friends of the Elderly, said: “What a fantastic way to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations with a quilt handmade with messages of congratulation by so many people. Thank you to Bernina for choosing to support Friends of the Elderly with this project – we are very excited to see the final piece before it is sent to the Queen!”

“Her Majesty’s 90th birthday will be a special occasion and as Royal Warrant Holders, we wanted to offer the country’s sewing enthusiasts the chance to mark it in a special way with us,” explains Stephen Bogod from Bernina UK distributor, Bogod & Company Ltd.

“To have your name, your artwork and your birthday greeting included on this unique quilt will be something to remember and we look forward to people taking part.”

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