Colour, love in quilts

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The Timaru Patchwork and Quilters group is sewing the seeds of love.
During the past few months members of the group have pieced together about 25 quilts for vulnerable children in the region.
Last week the group presented Timaru’s Family Works with the array of quilts which the organisation will distribute to families.
Family Works manager Liz Nolan said the donation was gratefully appreciated and would be well received by young children and their families.
Timaru Patchwork and Quilters group president Linda Anderson said a similar donation was made two years ago.
This year’s project had attracted a greater number of quilts.
“It’s been a great effort,” she said.
While some of the fabric for the blankets had been donated, many of the group’s members had spent their own money, and time, on the project, she said.
The quilts included a range of sizes, from cot blankets to full-size blankets.
“We made sure all the quilts were made with washable cotton,” Mrs Anderson said.
Most have a soft lining and would keep people warm during the colder months.
When asked how many hours the project had taken to complete, the women were unanimous in their response.
“How long is a piece of string?”, they asked.
“Some quilts take six to 10 hours, and others take 10 to 20 hours,” Mrs Anderson said.
“On average, though, it would be about eight hours per quilt.”
She said a lot of thought and effort had gone into them.
“Each one is so different with a different style.”
Twelve members had worked on the project, with many giving up Saturdays to work on the quilts.
“We want all the quilts to go to good homes.”
Mrs Nolan said the time and effort put in by members was obvious when looking at the end result.
“You can’t measure the love that’s gone into each one of them.
“They will be great for all the families we work with. They will love them.”