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Alice Caroline Quilt SOS exhibition at The Festival of Quilts

By Mark Hayhurst 06 Apr 2018

Liberty fabric specialists Alice Caroline will be displaying some of the work created for their 2018 Quilt SOS initiative at this year’s The Festival of Quilts.

Launched by Alice Caroline owner Alice Garrett two years ago, Quilt SOS makes beautiful handmade Liberty quilts for children that have lost their families and are living in SOS Children’s Villages around the world. The 2018 project aims to create 66 quilts – one for every child in the SOS Children’s Village in Krasnik in Eastern Poland which is affected by extreme poverty and high unemployment. An exhibition of some of the quilts will be on display at The Festival of Quilts in August before they leave for Krasnik later this year.

In 2017, Alice Garrett hand-delivered 83 Quilt SOS project quilts to children living in an SOS Children’s Village in Vilnius, Lithuania. She says: “Our visit to the SOS Children’s Village in Vilnius last year was very special. Having seen the clutter in our own children’s rooms, it was quite a shock to see how sparse the bedrooms were.

“The beds were neatly made with brown blankets and it wasn’t hard to imagine the new quilts decorating the rooms and giving so much colour where there was none. We met some extremely vulnerable young people who have had difficulties in their lives that we find hard to imagine and so it felt like a very worthwhile project to have undertaken.

“We are so happy that we can support the making of these quilts by subsidising the cost of the fabric and can’t wait to see the beautiful quilts from this year’s project.”

Quilters and quilting groups interested in taking part in the initiative can purchase a Quilt SOS pack from the Alice Caroline website (www.alicecaroline.co.uk).

Packs cost £67.60 and include Liberty fabric fat or long quarters for a quilt top and an entry form. Quilts donated using the Quilt SOS pack will receive a £30 voucher to use on the Alice Caroline website. Alternatively, makers can make quilts from their own stash of Liberty fabric. Only Liberty fabrics (including quilting collection cottons) or Liberty fabrics mixed with up to 50 per cent plains can be used and quilts must be single sized only Width: 51″ – 54″ ; Length: 81″ – 90″ / Width: 129cm – 137cm ; Length: 205cm – 228cm).

The deadline for submissions for Quilt SOS 2018 for display at The Festival of Quilts is Friday, July 6, 2018. The final submission date for 2018 before dispatch to Krasnik is Friday, September 21.

The Festival of Quilts is Europe’s ultimate quilting destination and takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from August, 9-12, 2018.

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