Libraries showcase crafty quilters’ lockdown memories

This story was published 26 August 2021

Libraries across Ryedale are to display the work of 20 carers who took up the needle and thread to represent their memories of 2020.

Vice Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire Chris Legard, volunteer Pat Thompson, Sarah Hendry and Claire Hall of Ryedale Carers Support and ALSS tutor Lucy Ryan with the quilts.

The quilters have hand-crafted two colourful wall-hangings with the guidance of one of our Adult Learning tutors, Lucy Ryan.

The community project was run by Ryedale Carers Support, a voluntary organisation helping carers and older people throughout the district.

They have used patchwork, felting, applique and embroidery to create their unique take on living through lockdown in Ryedale.

Councillor Patrick Mulligan, our Executive Member for Education and Skills, said: “The individual achievements of the carers and the success of the project demonstrate that coming together online can be a powerful tool for ensuring a more inclusive approach to learning for people with caring responsibilities.”

Sarah Hendry, Co-ordinator at Ryedale Carers Support, added: “The overriding message is of hope and resilience in a time of great uncertainty. These wall-hangings are a positive reminder to us all that working together on a shared project is the greatest tonic.”

Chris Legard, Vice Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, attended the unveiling of the quilts. He said: “It was lovely to meet many of the amazing ladies and to see the two fabulous quilts, which have been made with so much skill, care and artistry. There are so many wonderful stories of human compassion which really warm the heart.”

The quilts will be on display at the following locations and dates:

  • Norton library - September 1 to 14
  • Pickering library - September 16 to 28
  • Helmsley library - October 1 to 15
  • Malton library - October 22 to November 6
  • Kirkbymoorside library - November 10 to 24

You can check the opening times on our library pages.

Councillor Greg White, our Executive Member for Libraries, added: “It’s great to see our libraries get behind this community initiative which has brought many people together during an incredibly difficult time. It’s clear that a lot of work has gone into the quilts and this is a great way for their efforts to be recognised.”

Our Adult Learning Service is currently offering courses on patchwork and quilting. For more information on the current adult learning courses.

If you live in the area and need support or want to volunteer you can contact Ryedale Carers Support on their website or by calling 01751 432288.