Patchwork & Quilting

Interest Group Information:

Beginners work on a year-long project making a sampler quilt, sewn either by hand or machine. More experienced quilters work in groups or on their own projects.

Group 1 meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month from 10.00am in Weald.

Group 2 meets fortnightly on Tuesday afternoons in Weald or Tonbridge.

Margaret’s Cake Quilt

Patchwork and Quilting Groups.  Summer 2020

Perhaps we should rename our two groups “Quilts and Buns”.
Homemade cakes and sticky buns have now become a tradition at our meetings.
Both groups have met during the summer, outside and following all the rules.
Now the weather has turned colder, it has been a problem for each of us to decide whether meeting indoors is a safe option, depending largely on individual circumstances at home.
So far, this has resulted in meeting in two groups of six or less, twice a month. Meanwhile, we have continued to make quilts for Linus, a charity which distributes quilts. Some go to Kings College Hospital neonatal ward for premature babies, while others recently have gone to older children in foster homes.
Jean Conacher and Margaret Lewis.

Project Linus Patchwork Quilt Project

project linus photo 1“A quilt is a hug you can keep”

One day last month both Quilting Groups got together for a very special visitor.  Jenny Strong, King’s College Hospital Linus Rep, had agreed to come to Weald and talk to the Groups about a project to provide incubator quilts for King’s College Hospital.  A chance meeting with one of the morning group who was visiting an Exhibition in Dulwich had revealed that they were looking for people to supplement the groups contributing to making these quilts.

We had worked with Project Linus UK before – they aim to provide a sense of security and comfort to sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers through the provision of new home-made patchwork quilts and knitted blankets.

Some of us had gone along to the talk with a pre-conceived idea of what an incubator quilt would be – just a tiny quilt.  We couldn’t have been more wrong.  Jenny described the environment at King’s Neonatal Unit, where around 40 incubators are provided to care for premature babies.  The lights are bright, and the area can be noisy.  When parents come in to visit their babies, they are not always in the same place and so they have to find where they are.  By covering the whole incubator with a quilt, this provides a darker, quieter environment for the baby, and also a means of easy identification for the parents.  Each baby is given the 3ft. quilt to use as a playmat when they go home.  For parents who sadly don’t get to do this, they have an opportunity to take the quilt as a keepsake.

We were provided with full instructions, backing and wadding fabric, Velcro and binding.  The backings were all dark plain fabric. The choice of colours and design for the top was left to us.  Each quilt has a door cut out at one end to allow the tubes etc. to go through and this then has a quilted flap that covers the hole and can be velcro’d up for easy access.  A label is added by Linus saying “Made with tender loving care for Project Linus UK”.  Jenny told us how she had been approached by a businessman who was willing to donate 500 pre-cut backing, wadding and flap kits.  This of course was a huge boost for the Project –  so we had all better get sewing – the most prolific quilter of our group has already completed two quilts.

“When life gives you scraps, make a quilt”

Judith Sands











Patchwork and Quilting Group Solution

“What shall we do to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War? is, I suspect, a cry which has gone up in many U3A groups. The Patchwork and Quilting afternoon group had many discussions and thoughts but after a few meetings, were no closer to coming up with a solution. Then one afternoon one of our members went into her workroom and came out with a box and said “do you think we could do anything with these?”, opened the box and in there were some lovely scraps of silk, embroidered with flowers, aeroplanes, ships, flags of the Allies and sentimental greetings. After much oohing and aghing and despite their apparent fragility we decided to make two panels to display these lovely items. The leader of our group provided some cream fabric to mount them on and we were off…………..but where did these pretty pieces come from and what is their history? They are the remnants of silk embroidered postcards which were produced in France, mainly by machine, and sold for sixpence in local YMCAs near the battle zone: an expensive item bearing in mind that the average private soldier was paid one shilling a day.

Embroidered card002




Patchwork and Quilting 1 & 2


Group 1 meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 10.00am to 12.00 noon in Weald.

Group 2 meets fortnightly on Tues afternoons in Weald or Tonbridge.

Beginners work on a year-long project making a sampler quilt, sewn either by hand or machine, using their own cotton fabrics. More experienced quilters work on their own projects, with support and advice from the rest.

If you are interested in joining this group please email

Photo collage of Patchwork & Quilting 1 & 2 Open Day – July 2010

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