The Flower Garden Quilt Raffle is being held to raise money for the Quiet25 Fund, to enable the Quiet Garden Trust to increase and develop availability of Quiet Gardens, particularly in schools and hospitals, enabling wider access to the health and wellbeing benefits of quiet reflection in outdoor garden spaces.
UPDATE – The raffle has now ended. Itand was won by Jill Holmes and raised over £500 for the Quiet25 Fund.
The traditional Grandmother’s Flower Garden design quilt is completely hand-stitched, not a machine stitch in it! Exclusively designed and made by a group of Herefordshire women, using the oldest patchwork method of traditional English paper-piecing with a contemporary take on a patchwork design method dating back to Tudor times, makes it distinct and quite a rarity today.
Labelled and dated by the Homespun group of makers, its size is 160cm x 235cm and is made of cotton. There are 838 individual hexagon patches, over 150,000 stitches and it took collectively over 310 hours to complete. Given that the quilt is likely to be a desirable collectable in the future, it comes with some lovely items of provenance – a full-colour photo book showing its construction, a booklet giving details of the group’s history, how the quilt came about and a little about the Quiet Garden charity it has been donated to.
A lovely hand-stitched plaque also accompanies the quilt, commemorating the Quiet Garden’s 25th Anniversary year, this is also in the Grandmother’s Flower Garden patchwork design.