An embroidered quilt that has taken members of a craft group a year to complete is being given to St Margaret’s Hospice in Yeovil, to help their fundraising. The hand-made quilt which is made up of panels of appliqued flowers and embroidered sections, has been a labour of love for the Crewkerne & District U3A craft group. Val Warren, a member of the group, said: “Some lucky person will be the recipient of this amazing piece of work, which I think will become a real heirloom piece.”

Each month for the past year, a dozen members of the craft group met at the home of Rita Fisk, who has led the group since 1999, to work on the quilt. Five of the group’s members; Ann Butler, Chris O’Brien, Gwen Bird, Dorothy Woods and Merle Redwood have been with the craft group since it started. The 42 panels that make up the quilt were sewn together by Rita. The quilt is being donated to the hospice, which plans to use it as a star prize in their Summer raffle.

The quilt is the latest in a number of community projects completed by the U3A’s craft group. Other projects have included a quilt for Crewkerne Hospital, a wall hanging for the Methodist Church and banners to hang in the streets when the Queen visited the town in 2012. Another project, to remember a group of women who were found guilty of ‘petty crimes’ such as stealing bread for their children or boots for their feet and were transported to Australia, resulted in the their handiwork being put on display in Tasmania.

The U3A craft group made and decorated authentic style bonnets, in memory of the women who were shipped to Van Diemen’s Land in Tasmania, on a ship originally built in Bridport.
Crewkerne U3A chair Anne Bright said: “They have produced some wonderful work for the benefit of the community. It is one of our oldest and most successful groups, mostly thanks to Rita’s leadership.”

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