Sew well… village quilters celebrate positive memories of lockdown
A VILLAGE sewing group has created a stunning tribute to the community spirit displayed throughout the Covid-19 closures.
The Hurworth Sewers drew on their positive memories of the closures to create a beautiful quilt, hoping to reflect the community spirit and sense of togetherness that they believe characterized those difficult days.
Eight members of the Hurworth Sewers, from the village near Darlington, have spent the lockdown using their skills to support others by making fabric hearts that people can share with loved ones in hospital, making scrub bags for hospital staff and by sewing face masks.
When these were no longer needed, the group looked for new projects and attention turned to a quilt.
Judith Aston, who joined the group to take on the project, said: “During lockdown the things we were making were really making a difference for families who were going through very difficult times. The whole community of Hurworth has been amazing throughout the lockdown, and we just wanted to do something to remind the village of the wonderful community spirit and some of the great initiatives that have all sprung up during the lockdown.
“When the squares started coming in, I was absolutely blown away by the memories in there and all the positivity.”
The quilt is made up of ten squares and commemorates events such as the ‘teddy bears in windows’ appeal, the Protect the NHS campaign and the opening of the Hurworth Bus Stop Library.
Village residents Tracie Jacobs, Joan Simpson, Margaret Fawcett, Maria Hadley, Linda Scott, Diane Hurst and Judith Aston all contributed squares, and the quilt has now been donated to Hurworth Village Hall, where it will be displayed for visitors can take advantage of it.