Friday, April 06, 2007

UK Stitches In Time Quilt

A quilt containing 60 blocks illustrating historical British figures and scenes about the 1807 Abolition Act to abolish slave trade on British ships was unveiled at London City Hall yesterday, April 5, 2007. The In Stitches project, sponsored by The African Families Foundation (TAFF) and a £50,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, brought together African, African-Caribbean, and British quilting women in England - from cities such as Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, London, and Manchester.

Nana Ama Amamoo, Director of The African Families Foundation is quoted in an article that “The creation of a quilt is a uniquely feminine way of recording events. The project enables us to remember the past and seek for reconciliation through working together in the present.”

The quilt will be displayed:

April 5 - 30: City Hall, London and Greenwich Maritime Museum
May 1 - 30: British Empire and Commonwealth Museum and Feminist Archive, Bristol
June 1 - 30: Central Library, Liverpool
July 1 - 30: Soho House, Birmingham
August 16 - 19: NEC, Birmingham for the international Quilt Festival
September 1 - 30: Central Library, Manchester
October 1 - 30: City Hall, London

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Thanks for posting about this, Kyra.

I saw the quilt earlier this month at the AGM of The Quilters' Guild in Scarborough. It was co-ordinated by Janice Gunner, our President, and a number of other Guild members were also contributors.

It is an impressive piece of work and I am so pleased to read that it will be on display at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham. Last year more than 24,000 people visited during the four days of the event.

Val Shields.