Patchwork & Quilting
If you were at our U3A General Meeting in September 2014, you will have seen the display of the quilts we made for the children's wards at Basildon Hospital. This is the 4th batch which we have sent them and the nurses are very appreciative. The quilts are given to children who are in for long-term treatment and, when they go home, the quilt goes with them. So you see it is an ongoing work.
We also provide quilts for the Premature Baby Unit. These are draped over the incubators to cut out light and noise. Again, when baby goes home, the quilt goes with him or her.
We meet on the fourth Monday of March, April, May, June, July, August, September and October at Bulphan Parish Room, where we enjoy being able to take our sewing machines and where we sew uninterrupted by anything from 10 am to 4 pm.
Obviously, as well as the hospital quilts, we sew for ourselves! Materials for the hospital quilts are provided.
Even if you have never made a quilt in your life, I promise you will complete one for the hospital in a month or so!
I would emphasise that we do not all sit round in a circle stitching away at one quilt by hand. We sew by machine and, if anyone says that isn't how they used to make quilts, I would assure her that it was indeed the way they made them. Lucky the lady on the Oregon Trail who had her sewing machine strapped to the roof of the covered wagon!
If you are interested in joining us, or would like to know more about us, please refer to your List of Groups and contact the Group Co-ordinator.