Our charity work

We believe that it’s important as a business to give to others who may be less fortunate, or who could benefit from homemade treats and comforts. Here are some of the current projects we are privileged to be able to support.

40 quilts in 20 weeks!

Photo of a patchwork quilt, similar to those you will learn to make at The Peacock and the Tortoise workshopThe latest charity drive we’re supporting is by our friend Sam, who has undertaken to make 40 quilts in 20 weeks! She wants to meet the Quilters’ Guild Anniversary target of £40 in sponsorship but we’d like to help her raise a lot more – with your help. The quilts will all go to Project Linus (see below) and the money raised will go to the Quilters’ Guild. The City and Guild courses are discontinued and the Quilters’ Guild would like to provide some sort of textile education to fill this gap.

How can you help?

Sam would be most grateful if anyone could:

  • donate fabric that you no longer need or like from your stash (a good chance for a clear-out!), and/or
  • sponsor her quilting marathon – we have a sponsor sheet in the shop or you can go to The Quilters’ Guild donation page and select “£40 for 40” from the drop-down menu.

Project Linus

Photo of woman and two children holding up handmade quiltsWe recently supported Project Linus, a charity run by volunteers whose aim is to provide a sense of security and comfort to sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers. They do this by providing new home-made patchwork quilts and knitted/crocheted blankets, which gives volunteers across the UK the opportunity to contribute to their local community.

We had 36 “Quilty Pleasure” quilters who made up over 55 quilts to date – a fantastic amount.

Fidget Blankets for Alzheimer’s

In 2018 we had four drop-in afternoon classes where some of our lovely customers and friends came in and helped to make up “Fidget Blankets” for people with Alzheimer’s. People with Alzheimer’s sometimes feel that they need to “fidget and fix things” because they need to do something with purpose. Using a Fidget Blanket can have a beneficial effect, helping the person to feel less “lost” or agitated.

Check out our Fidget Blanket board on Pinterest to see photos of some completed blankets.