Llanidloes signature quilt raises cash for Air Ambulance
4 May 2014
How many signatures can you fit upon a quilt? Little did the quilters of our local group, the Welsh Heritage Quilters, realise that 1500 and more is the answer. And once the signatures had been written, each had to be hand embroidered for posterity.
Signature quilts have traditionally been made as a way of raising money for charities for many years. The group decided to donate their Friendship Quilt to Wales Air Ambulance, and this week the local co-ordinator, Lynne Hughes, attended the Minerva Arts Centre to receive the quilt. Chair of the WHQ, Rosemary Wilkinson (below right), and WHQ member Angela Morris (left) are seen handing over the quilt to Lynne (centre) along with a cheque for £1520.
Each person who signed their name paid £1 for the honour, and dedicated members of the group then embroidered each and every signature during their weekly meetings at the Centre.
The quilt has taken two years to complete, and during the period has been exhibited at two major exhibitions at the Centre. Lynne thanked everyone for their hard work and dedication, and explained that the quilt would probably be exhibited at the local WAA charity shops. As there are, amazingly, still a few blank spaces remaining on the quilt, it is possible yet more signatures and also donations will be made.