Queue up for charity Quiltathon for Moldova

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Volunteers are wanted for a 24 hour Quiltathon in aid of Moldova and Bethesda.

A dedicated team will begin making quilts at 6pm on Friday January 31st and continue until 6pm on February 1st and are looking for people to get involved.

The aim is to make as many quilts as possible within the 24 hours with the completed quilts being donated to the Eastern European country of Moldova where they will be given to a wide variety of people in need. Some will also be donated to BethesdaCare Home in Stornoway.

Local quilting and patchwork tutor Chris Hammacott is coordinating the event and says people don’t need any sewing experience to take part.

She said: “There will be a hardcore few who will be there for the full 24 hours but some people will just come in for half an hour.”

She said jobs would range from cutting out square material to sorting out fabric or sewing together but there would be something for all abilities.

Of the Quiltathon concept, she said: “It is quite empowering. I did one in Wales a few years ago for Haiti and it was very successful.”

They are looking for donations of fabric (any old, clean fabric can be used including bedding and curtains), sewing thread and wadding (old duvets are suitable for this).

Tesco, The Co-op and Anderson Road Nurseries have already agreed to be collection points for any donations.

To find out more, contact Chris Hammacott on 820029 or visit the Facebook page ‘Western Isles Quiltathon’.

And for those who are interested in Quilting and Patchwork, Chris will be running Quilt Making courses at Lews Castle College in February.