09:59AM, Saturday 26 May 2012
Maidenhead residents, groups and clubs, schools and businesses are being asked to join in a creative project literally sewing the community together.
Maidenhead’s Craft Coop and Sew Crafty Sewing Centre are joining forces to help create a giant quilt representing life in Maidenhead in 2012, and are urging anyone associated with Maidenhead to take part.
Maidonians of all ages are encouraged to make a 20cm square for the quilt – either by knitting or crocheting it, or by embellishing fabric with embroidery, fabric paint, appliqué – anything that takes their fancy – as long as it can be washed in the future if necessary. The squares will then be sewn together to make a huge quilt which will be displayed in the Nicholsons Centre throughout August.
Eventually the giant quilt will be split up into manageable size quilts and donated to charity. Suggested ideas for squares include Maidenhead (landmarks, your school or business), the Olympics, and 2012 (the Jubilee, the birth of a child, a wedding, etc).
"I have lived in Maidenhead all my life and remember taking part in lots projects with the Brownie’s, Guides, church groups and at school," said Samantha Claridge of Sew Crafty, one of the project organisers.
"I remember how much I loved feeling a part of something and going along to an event to spot the piece that I had help to make. Back in November last year I read about a town in the States that had come together to make quilts for the people of New Orleans after the floods, and how it had brought communities together to produce something for good causes. I thought what a lovely way to literally sew a community together.
“We think this is a really exciting and creative way to bring the community together and hope that everyone connected with Maidenhead will want to contribute to the quilt and then come along and see the finished product.”
Special Maidenhead quilt packs including fabric and instructions will be available from Sew Crafty Sewing Centre and the Craft Coop Shop (in Nicholsons Centre until the end of June). For more information visit www.Maidenheadquilt.weebly.com or email Samantha firstname.lastname@example.org or Deborah email@example.com
The closing date for entries is 30th June.
More than 50 street parties are set to take place this weekend across the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and the surrounding areas.