Conversations with ten different people, but with onepurpose - to ﬁnd out why quilting is important to them?Ten people with varying ages, life experiences and reasonsfor signing up for a course.
A Quilt for All Seasons
enablesthem to describe their experiences of a Calico Projectquilting course run by Mission Hall Quilts.
The Calico Project was operated by Mission Hall Quilts, one of the newest centres for quilting in Northern Ireland. Situated in thecentre of Derry / Londonderry, and run by people with a passion, itsells a huge range of fabrics and material. Not only that. It runs a wide range of courses to suit the beginner or a seasoned quilter.Calico started providing quilting classes in August 2006. Theresponse was overwhelming. Every class was booked out withindays, and waiting lists soon appeared. People from across thecity and beyond came to a range of classes to learn every aspectof the craft.Many of those who came had never quilted before. Each weekbetween 40 and 50 people would attend classes at Mission Hall. A community of people with a shared passion for quilting hasbeen established. Old friendships have been re-kindled, andmany new friendships established as the craft crosses allsectors of society, and appeals to those from all walks of life.Calico courses were made possible by the generous support of the Peace II Programme
. There are two key words in this funding
stream - ‘pathway’ and ‘transition’. They express some of the hopesof the funders. It is the desire to enable growth, development andthe learning of new skills - to build a strong sense of community.Do the words ‘pathway’ and ‘transition’ describe the experiencesof those whose stories are featured here? Have new skills led tonew possibilities? Have new relationships been forged? There is apower in each individual story told. It is not in the way each hasbeen written but in the fact that the experiences related are real.‘Pathway’ and ‘transition’ become appropriate words to describethe impact on those who took part.
A Quilt for All Seasons
captures the experiences of ten people whoparticipated in the quilting classes run by the Calico Project. Eachhas a unique story. They are stories of new skills learned. Sometimesthere were challenges to be faced. In every case fresh possibilitiesare discovered. The beneﬁts have not just been experienced bythose who took part but by those around them too.
Measure 2.4 of the PEACE II Programme