Public invited to make and contribute quilt patches for community Quarantine Quilt Project

The Crediton area arts organisation Significant Seams is inviting the Devon-wide public to make patches for a community quilt artwork about living through the pandemic.

Everyone is encouraged to contribute a patch to share their story and to benefit from the health and wellbeing benefits of the activity. Nominations for people who are isolating to receive a gift kit are also welcomed.

Significant Seams Director Catherine West explained: “At the
All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing,
Dr Daisy Fancourt of the COVID-19 Social Study recently shared its findings that creative activities are proving to be the most protective thing people are doing for their mental health through this period.”

Significant Seams have recently hosted their fourth socially distanced session, packing kits of threads, needles, thimbles, embroidery hoops, scissors, fabric and instructions for people who are isolating.

Aside from Catherine West, the team also includes Artist Practitioners Melinda Schwakhofer and Naomi Wright. They were delighted when a BBC team recently visited them during a session and the project was featured on Spotlight.

Thanks to funding from Devon Community Foundation, Significant Seams are assembling and posting kits to individuals across Devon.

In addition to encouraging us all to make a patch, Significant Seams are inviting people to nominate a friend or neighbour who would enjoy receiving a gift kit in the post. Nominations for gift kits should be emailed to projectteam@thequarantinequiltproject.org.

Participants are invited to contribute one of three types of patches,
a stitched word for ‘The Wall of Words’ on a 5” high x 7” wide
rectangle with a word or phrase within the 4” x 6” centre area
(leaving a ½” seam allowance all the way around the design.

Alternately (or additionally), residents are encouraged to submit,
any design representing feelings, responses and experiences
related to the COVID-19 pandemic on 7” squares with your
design centred within the 6” centre area,

a traditional patchwork design at 13” square, noting that the 
project is using half-inch seam allowances, so 12” will be visible 
when the patch is sewn into the finished artwork.

The closing date for submissions is 15th September 2020.

Visit www.thequarantinequiltproject.org to download the submission form and posting details.

The Quarantine Quilt will be part of an online exhibition in October. Please note that further plans are subject to evolving circumstances in light of the pandemic.

The project is being produced and delivered by Significant Seams CIC (www.significantseams.org.uk) with funding from Arts Council England, and commissioning from Devon Recovery Learning Community.

Significant Seams is an award-winning social enterprise that uses textiles and craft to build community and support people in vulnerable life moments.

Last year it led a project called ‘The Craft of Caring Mid-Devon’, engaging over 200 carers in co-creating artworks that exhibited alongside works by eight professional artists.

Karen Chapman Newton

Author: Karen Chapman Newton

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