Sew yourself into the fabric of our borough

Have you benefitted from an act of kindness during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic - or have you helped a friend or neighbour in need?

Guildford Museum is inviting all residents to record these memories in pictures and words for the new Guildford's Quilt community project, whatever your age or sewing ability. 

We hope to capture your hopes for a kinder world on a 10-inch square piece of fabric as part of a project inspired by the historic Ripley Lending Quilt. This patchwork quilt was made in the late 1800s by The Girls' Friendly Society to comfort sick villagers in Ripley and survives as a record of our kindness to each other in difficult times. 

Director of Service Delivery, Ian Doyle says:  
"Museum objects have great stories to tell about our society and how we have lived through the ages, and the Coronavirus pandemic will be remembered as a uniquely difficult time across the world. Community projects like this will ensure that our voices are brought together in a permanent record of a time when we needed our neighbours more than ever. 

"We encourage everyone to join in. Whatever your sewing ability, the important thing is to give it a go and help us record your memories. We look forward to receiving all of your designs and creations and seeing the finished quilt on display at the museum." 

All squares will be displayed at Guildford Museum later in the year, and with the expert help of Stitch Together (formerly the South-East Region of the Embroiderers' Guild) will then be stitched together to create Guildford's Quilt. 

A template and details of how to send us your fabric can be downloaded at https://www.guildford.gov.uk/guildfordsquilt. You can also email a photograph of your work to heritageservices@guildford.gov.uk

Closing date for submissions is Sunday 1 August. 

You can follow the progress of the quilt on social media at www.facebook.com/VisitGuildford/www.Twitter.com/Gfdheritage and www.Instagram.com/guildfordsheritageservices.

Please post photographs of your work on social media and tag us in your posts so we can share your designs.

Published Tuesday 27 April