Afghan Friendship Quilts

Our members are busy making friendship quilts to give to Afghan families who are settling in the UK. Most families left Afghanistan with few possessions and although the necessities are being provided by various agencies, a gift of a new quilt seems a friendly thing to do.

Our Chair’s husband worked for a British Government Aid department for two years in Kabul so we have personal contacts who find themselves in this dreadful situation.

There is a buddy system in place which matches a British person who used to work with the British Embassy in Afghanistan with a newly arrived family or individual and our quilts will be distributed using this network, so, hopefully, we can match the quilt to a suitable recipient.

If you would like further information, please get in touch with us using the contact page on this website.

Thanks to The Little House of Patchwork in North Mundham and also Falcon Fabrics Chichester and The Eternal Maker in Chichester for their very kind donations of fabric to help our members make the friendship quilts.

Not only do we have to thank our members for the quilts they have made but also, Valerie Nesbitt of Justhands-on.tv, Ann Bartlett of Bourne Quilters and Socialable Stitchers, Littlehampton Quilters, Littlehampton U3A and Pam Peck. We are very grateful for your hard work and donations.

Also a huge thank you to Valerie Nesbitt of Justhands-on.tv for generously donating a large pile of quilts which was much appreciated and got us off to a great start. The photograph shows many of them.

Quilts from Just Hands – On TV

Our members have also been busy sewing and more than 20 were brought to the October 2021 meeting though many more are wanted and there is still plenty of time to get sewing! Here are some of our members donated quilts.

Ann Bartlett has very generously donated 55, yes 55 quilts !

Ann is a member of Bourne Quilters and is also Chairman of a small group of quilters – Sociable Stitchers who meet in Bedhampton, Havant. All of these quilts were made during lockdown and we thank her for her kind generosity.