Monday, 14 March 2011

Weeting Quilting Group

I was invited along to Weeting Quilt Group on Monday.

They meet the second Monday of every month at Weeting Community Centre from 11.30am until 3pm. Everyone made me feel very welcome and we were all sewing almost straight away.

Even new ladies whom it was their first time were taken under several peoples wing

and showed how to choose fabric, cut sew and were soon machining strips together.

At lunch time we stopped for lunch of course but also 'Show and Tell'.

The reason I had been invited by Chris the organiser was to join in on a project started by Ann, Chris's dear friend who has just died from cancer, after just 12 weeks after being told.

She wanted to leave a legacy of quilts and quilt making for the victims of The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster. It is 25 years after the event but the land will not be safe for

up to 600 years. Even though people are not living close to the area

the surrounding land is still contaminated.

The children have grown up and because they have had to eat the contaminated food and breathe the air they are having childbirth issues and their life expectancy and conditions mean many are placed in institutions for the rest of their lives.

Ann wanted to help a small local charity at Salters Lode to take warm quilts and

items when they go out to Belarus several times a year. So Chris is fulfilling her friends

wish and she showed us several of the quilts.

There will be a blog shortly so you can see the blog

and Anne's Legacy at work.

See Lifeline 4 Chernobyl a wonderful website

and so insightful

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