A Gift of Quilts - Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012

We were delighted to be involved in the Gift of Quilts project co-ordinated by Jenny Rundle and Sharon Garrick. For those of you who haven't heard about it the aim of the project was as follows- 
One of the quilts quilted by Liz Holpin at The Cotton Patch

The object is to give a quilt to each country participating in the London Olympics and Paralympics in 2012 (The Games) as a unique sign of friendship and peace. This is the first time that a presentation of quilts has been made to countries attending the Paralympic Games. Countries attending the Olympic Games have in the past received quilts.

Over 400 quilts were received and photographed and the results are now in a book published by Traplet.  A pre-ordered copy of the book can be found at the link on Patchwork and Quilting's website. 

 Liz with one of the quilts (recently featured in Patchwork and Quilting magazine) in front of the Handi Quilter HQ18 Avante which was used to do the quilting.

Liz Holpin with the Handi Quilter HQ18 Avante Long arm Machine

Jenny has just sent out a Newsletter about the project.  

As I write this newsletter, Traplet Publications Ltd publishers of Patchwork & Quilting magazine have sent our book to the printers. The book contains pictures of all 420 quilts received plus stories behind some of the quilts and details of the Games and country to which each quilt will be presented. The book will be launched at the Stitch & Craft Exhibition at Olympia II, London being held from 15th – 18th March 2012 at the cover price of £14.95. But you can order copies in advance of the show from Traplet at a reduced price, plus P & P. For larger orders they will quote a price on application and P & P. 

Contact Traplet Publications on 01684 588599

A Gift of Quilts comes to Stitch & Craft!!

15th – 18th March, Olympia II, London

Patchwork and quilting is not something normally associated with the Stitch & Craft Show but this year A Gift of Quilts will be there. The collection for the London Olympics is now complete and the only place to marvel at this extraordinary collection is at Stitch and Craft where over 400 quilts you made will be displayed. For the star spotters amongst you, we have invited Steve Redgrave and Richard Palmer, who received quilts at the 1996 Atlanta Games, their quilts will also be on display.

Quilts 4 London (Pennants) & Quilting Live will also be part of the show. Plus on the Ground Floor will be Cross-stitch, on the Lower Ground Floor, Paper Craft Heaven, the First Floor the Knitting Zone including Mollie Makes  & the Stitch Zone – something for everyone.

Ticket details: Deadline for advance bookings is Friday 9th March at 12.00pm. Adults £10, Concessions £9, Children (under 12 free) 12 – 18 years £4 plus mini-group rates & subscriber tickets. Groups of more than ten can get a discounted rate and a sale-or-return system. Visit the Twisted Thread website for booking details: www.twistedthread.com or call 01394 288521 or for group bookings 020 8692 2299.

At the door prices will be: Adults £12, Concessions £11, children (under 12 free) 12 – 18 years £5.

The team look forward to seeing you there please come and chat to us, we will have our A Gift of Quilts shirts on!


If you can help with putting up the quilts on Tuesday 13th or Wednesday 14th March, no ticket needed and you will see the quilts as they go up. Quilt Angels are needed for show days, to keep an eye on the quilts, to stop them being handled and we have white gloves available to view the quilts close-up. Please contact Jenny or Sharon if you can help.


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