Huge patchwork quilt brings community groups together

The ''Patchwork Communities quilt
The ''Patchwork Communities quilt

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Schools, craft clubs and other organisations have come together for an art project led by The Novium Musem in Chichester.

Patchwork Communities has brought together more than 50 people across the district to make a large patchwork quilt inspired by the history of the local area or a particular object they saw at the museum.

The finished quilt represents Chichester District in a truly stunning way – the detail in each patch is quite incredible, there’s something else to see every time you look at it, and a story behind each one

Gillian Keegan

The 12 patchwork pieces, each representing a different area in the district, have now been stitched together.

The quilt has taken more than 900 hours to make and will be launched at The Novium Museum on Monday.

A book has been made to document the project, which features images of each patch, the object that inspired it and information about the group or community that created the patch.

A professional quilter led a series of workshops so people could learn different skills and techniques.

The groups involved include St John’s Craft Club, Southbourne and the Chichester WI.

Councillor Gillian Keegan, cabinet member for commercial services at Chichester District Council, said: ‘The aim was to create something that not only represented the whole district, but actually included them in the making of it.

‘The finished quilt represents Chichester District in a truly stunning way – the detail in each patch is quite incredible, there’s something else to see every time you look at it, and a story behind each one.’

The quilt will be on display on the ground floor of the museum before going on tour across the district to enable as many people as possible to see it.