Please join us to create a historical record of our town in lockdown that will use the artistry, words and feelings of the residents of Leighton Buzzard. All the squares we are sent will be stitched together to create one large quilt that will be given to the town.
You don’t need to be amazing at sewing to take part. This is about creating a memory – not your embroidery skills!
Whatever you like, as long as it is to do with coronavirus/lockdown/your experience of 2020 or 2021. This could be:
- A memorial to someone
- A message of hope
- Poetry or other text
- Things that you value or miss
- Memories of lockdown
- Things that signify this strange time for you
- A single word
Find out more..
Making your square
Cut a 20cm square of lightweight plain woven fabric in cotton or polyester/cotton mix. Leave an edge of 2.5cm all the way around (so the pieces can be sewn together). This gives a 15cm square in the centre for the design.
If you don’t have plain fabric, an old pillowcase or shirt would work well.
Please make sure it is a plain solid colour (no patterns or stripes). The colour is up to you.
You are free to use any stitching or sewing technique you feel comfortable with. This could be:
- hand sewing (eg cross stitch, plain stitch or embroidery techniques)
- machine embroidery
- If you add beads, buttons, texturing or sequins please make sure that nothing sticks out more than 0.5cm from your fabric.
Feel free to add your name or initials somewhere within your design
Things to note
Your design doesn’t need to fill the whole square, but it can’t be bigger than the 15cm square central area.
Make sure your finished design is robust enough to be handled while it is stitched together and displayed.
Are materials supplied?
Because of coronavirus restrictions, we are not able to supply materials. However, it should be possible to create something using basic thread and cotton fabric (such as an old pillowcase) so it is our hope that as many people as possible will be able to take part. You could also look round your home for extra bits like buttons, ribbon or wool to add to your design.
My fabric has a faint pattern, does this matter?
The main reason we have asked for plain fabric is to give a solid background colour. It doesn’t matter if there is a very faint pattern to the fabric (we know how difficult it can be to find completely plain fabric!).
How many squares can I make?
We are asking for just one square per person for the main part of the quilt. However, we will also need squares with a picture of either a rainbow or a coronavirus particle to make up the borders. You are very welcome to create several of these. They are the same size as the other squares.
Who can take part?
Anyone from Leighton Buzzard or the LU7 postcode area is welcome. This includes children as well as adults.
Is there a deadline?
Please post your square to the address below by April 30, 2021.
When will the quilt be finished?
Once we have all the squares, we will try to complete the quilt as soon as we can and aim to find somewhere for it to be displayed by the end of 2021, if possible. Look out for updates on the Facebook page. We will also be looking for volunteers to help us stitch everything together. Please contact us via the Facebook page.
Who can I contact if I have questions?
Please send a message via the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LU7CoronaQuiltProject
Where should finished square be sent?
Please post or drop off finished squares to:
Leighton Linslade Town Council
The White House
Bedfordshire, LU7 1HD
Mark your envelope ‘quilt project’ and please include your name and telephone number in case we have a query. (We won’t use your details for any other purpose).