Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity is appealing to everyone across Suffolk and North East Essex to help them create a Coronavirus (COVID-19) memorial quilt.
The quilt will be made up of small patchwork blocks and once completed will travel around healthcare and community buildings across the counties helping to continue to raise monies for those most affected by the pandemic. Quilters of all abilities can take part in the project, which is aiming to gather, narrate and share our community’s experiences of Coronavirus (COVID-19). By piecing together individual experiences stitch by stitch, the project aims to create a historical textile reflecting a living social history of our time.
But capturing memories and documenting them to look back on is only part of the story. This is also about local people and places – a way to talk, create and give people a voice. It is about gaining new understanding of the local communities around us and how we coped.
This is a great opportunity to share your own memory with others, or to help other people to share something, and continue to help bind our communities together.
People are invited to send stitched words or designs which reflect their feelings and responses to the pandemic. The fabric should be no more than 17cm square, ideally on cotton or calico and with a half inch border, with your design centred within the 15cm centre area. People are asked to experiment with embroidery, cross stitch, hand sewing, fabric paint or any other medium.
Mandy Jordan, associate director of charities and voluntary services at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust which is co-ordinating the project said “the struggles of this pandemic have shown what truly matters to all of us: family, friends and community. Whilst reflecting we must also recognise the hard work and determination of all those key workers, NHS and care workers, neighbours and strangers who stepped forward to help us at a time of need.
This quilt is a chance for us to pause to reflect and show our thanks to all those who helped, act as a time capsule of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and record a diverse range of experiences through the pandemic. I encourage people of all levels and abilities to get sewing”.
Completed squares should be sent to the Charity Office, North Zone, Ipswich Hospital, Heath Road, Ipswich, IP4 5PD before the end of September 2021. We also invite you to share a few lines about your experience of Coronavirus (COVID-19) if you wish to which may be posted on the charity’s Instagram account @cihospitalcharity together with a digital image of your square when received
We would love you to be part of our Coronavirus (COVID-19) memorial quilting project and importantly there is no need to be an expert sewer!
To complete your project you may need a piece of square paper, pencil, ruler, a small piece of fabric, sewing thread, scissors and scraps of fabric.
For this project we would like you to:
We want to see how your personal story plays its part within a large community of voices, come and quilt with us!