COVID QUILT: Ladies group produce giant quilt reflecting on lockdown
A ladies group on Teesside have joined forces through the pandemic to create a giant work of art- a Covid quilt!
Teesside based ladies group Pimm’s & Needles are popular amongst their members for being creative, adventuress and all-round fun! The group aren’t shy to try new things and have come together to partake in sausage-making classes, belly-dancing classes, hanging basket making, laughing yoga and even life drawing to name but a few.
When the Covid-19 pandemic struck, the ladies were suddenly unable to get together and socialise at their regular meetings. Group Directors, Charlotte Pyrah and Donna Feeney decided to flip the mood of the lockdown, and go virtual, tasking their members with a project like never before. Each member would have 3 weeks to design and create an individual, embroidered patch that should reflect their lockdown journey. The idea, to bring the final patches together in a ‘Covid Quilt’.
Whilst some ladies opted for the classic symbolism of lockdown; blue face masks, Zoom meetings and working from home, others had more personal meanings. One patch depicted a broken heart being sown back together, representing the struggle of being apart from family, whilst another depicted a bicycle, representing one of the members overcoming her fear of cycling on public roads.
Group directors Charlotte and Donna said “It’s not about the outcome or what we create, it’s about the journey and bringing everybody together”. The quilt will be on display in the Bowes Museum in the summer.
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