Ladies from all over the world have joined together to create a beautiful cross-stitched a cosy quilt for our East Midlands children's hospice, Rainbows.
The quilt was the idea of Colette Robinson of Longeaton and Lorna Simons of Melton Mobray. Both ladies run a web based cross-stitch group called A Crafty Natter. Colette said "We were all discussing what we could do for a good cause and thought a quilt would make a wonderful gift for Rainbows."
Fourteen ladies including Hege in Oslo, Moll in Norway, Athalie in Australia, Michelle in Newzealand and Maria in Canada all starting stitching individual squares for the quilt. Each of the twenty-one beautifully designed squares depicts a children's character such as Humpty Dumpty, Paddington Bear and Peter Rabbit.
Once Colette, who has been cross-stitching for ten years, had received all of the squares, she set about stitching them all together into the quilt. It is estimated that it took over two hundred hours to create the finished article.
Both Colette and Lorna are pictured handing the quilt over the Rainbows staff in the hospice's play room. Emma Lovegrove, Community Fundraiser commented: "We were over the moon to receive such a wonderful and thoughtful gift. I'm sure the children will absolutely adore it."
This is a press release from Rainbows Childrens Hospice.