Pieceful Patchers

Bonnyrigg, Midlothian

Your story

Pieceful Patchers - Quiltmakers.

Group introduction

Our group was started by Mary Hall and was originally intended for beginning quilters.

We meet every second Wednesday and there are a number of experienced quilters who are happy to pass on their knowedge and tips and who give the occasional class so that the responsibility for running the class doesn't rest entirely on the shoulders of one person - it has evolved into a team led by a dedicated and enthusiastic leader.

Our ongoing projects include making Linus quits for local children in hospital. However, the ill children come from all over the country, so the quilts are widely dispersed. We also make small quilts for the Sick Kids Intensive Care Baby units (SKIBU) and they go to our local maternity hospital and St John's hospital in Livingston and we have made some for the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy.

Some of the Linus quilts go to a local children's home and to a local branch of a children's charity.

We also make small quilts for the Memory boxes which our local hospital provides for the parents who, sadly, lose their precious baby just before, during or after birth.

We know from the feedback we have received that the quilts are much appreciated.

As well as dooing patchwork, we provide a platform for local craftspeople to share their experiences and techniques and we provide a social outlet to be with like-minded people.

How would this funding have an impact on your community?

The funding would be a huge help to our group. The fabrics for the quilts are all purchased by the members and the quilts are then donated.

The grant would enable us to buy fabrics, books, patterns and specialist equipment.

We could also buy more stands to hold the quilts at our Exhibitions where we try to raise awareness within the community of our group and have attracted new members this way.

From time to time we hold workshops for adults and children to encourage them in the art of patchwork and quilting and, hopefully, pass it on to the next generation.

"I have belonged to a number of good groups but this is by far the best group I have ever had the pleasure of belonging to.

This is a very happy group; everyone is very helpful and we share fabrics, notions and ideas.

We also get a lot of emotional support from each other.

Helen Lawrie, Member"