THE QUILT OF MEMORIES
The idea of the quilt of memories was formed when Sylvia Priest’s husband was tragically diagnosed with Leukemia. Wanting to make sense of what was happening Sylvia chose to create a quilt to honour all the people who have been lost to Leukimia.
After speaking to others about this project, over 140 people got involved sending in quilt blocks with initials of the people they wished to be remembered.
Here Sylvia tells us in her own words about The Quilt of Memories:
“After my husbands life changing diagnosis of an acute form of Leukaemia I wanted to do something to make sense of things. So the idea of a Quilt of Memories came about.
Through Helping Hands, a FB Group run by Nicki Adm, I asked for help. I contacted the Warm Company too. I also asked Juliet Nice’s FB Group, UK Quilters, to send me heart shaped blocks. It was like an avalanche! Not just Quilters, but from Machine Embroiders too. Then out of the blue The Warm Company delivered a king size block of wadding.
Over 140 quilt blocks arrived. The initials of the people being remembered have been embroidered onto the Quilt Blocks by the East Yorkshire Embroidery Society (EYES), and £350 has already been donated to the Castle Hill Oncology Unit in Hull.
In the summer of 2016 a group came together and created the Quilt top. A happy, fun day.
I was concerned how to push this super-king sized quilt through a domestic machine but Joe Bennison contacted me and volunteered to longarm the quilt. Off it went and the pictures show the wonderful work she created. She also donated a £100 first prize for a raffle, which we will be offering at the Festival of Quilts along with a several other prizes including a Vintage Singer hand Crank from Teresa Barrow and a lovely crocheted Elephant from Em Arfee.
The final stages were wrestling this Quilt through my Janome 8200QC to attach the binding,and sitting with the friends at Our Quilty Pleasures quilt group for hand sewing the final stage and Jackalind embroidered the label my son designed for me.
This has been a mammoth but rewarding Quilt to have been part of and with so many people involved it’s impossible to mention them all!
The FOQ organisers have allowed me space at this years Festival to display the quilt and it will be used to raise further donations for Bloodwise, the National UK Charity, for whom I am an Ambassador, but equally so it is the chance for the many lovely people who have been involved to be able to enjoy it too!”