St Mary’s Quilters Display Quilts Destined For Hospice

Some of the members of St Mary's Quilters

Quilts destined for the new children’s hospice in Cornwall were displayed by their makers at the Atlantic Hotel yesterday.

Over 20 quilts made by the St Mary’s Quilters were on display at the coffee morning to raise money for the Precious Lives Appeal.

Jill Wilson said the idea is based on a US scheme called “Project Linus”, where quilts are made for severely ill children, which can be kept as comforters in hospital and at home.

Since the project came to the UK, over 116,000 blankets have been donated to children’s hospices around the country.

She said the scheme fitted perfectly with the Precious Lives Appeal, and the ladies have been busy making the quilts since last year.

The club received a grant from the Scilly Lottery to provide initial materials and Jill says the project has grown during the year. One quilter has made six quilts!

A few of the quilts on display

The designs are down to the individual quilters with blankets suitable for both boys and girls being made and the time taken to make a quilt can vary. Some people can make one in a couple of weeks, while some take six months, depending on the design.

And Jill said if someone got stuck, there was always somebody to help them out in the group.

Jill told us this isn’t the end of the scheme. She says there will always be children who will want blankets and they’ll continue making them.

The quilts were handed over to a representative from the hospice at a special dinner yesterday evening.