Two years to make a quilt?!

A Scarborough woman has spent two years making a quilt for her bed.

Maureen Anderson is a founder member of In Stitches, a women’s sewing and craft club at the Salvation Army Citadel.

Her time-consuming project involved stitching the individual pieces by hand. Maureen only resorted to a sewing machine to join them all up.

The club has four machines. Two were paid for out of county councillor Janet Jefferson’s locality budget. A cheque from the Mayoress’s Community Fund paid for another and the club bought the fourth out of its funds.

Conceived as a hand-sewing group for repairing and altering clothes, In Stitches was launched by dressmaker Shirley Foulds in the Market Hall Vaults five years ago. When the catacombs unit was outgrown, the club transferred to a spacious room at the Citadel in Alma Parade, meeting on Monday afternoons from 2-4pm.

It’s as much a women’s social group as anything else, with about 20 members who pay £2 a week. The youngest are in their early 40s and the oldest in their late 80s.

“We all do individual projects”, says Bonnie Purchon, who helps Shirley run the club. On any given day, members may be quilting, doing canvas work, altering trousers, embroidering a tablecloth, making a tapestry picture or knitting a hat for shoeboxes.

A lot of material, especially wool, is donated and donations are always welcome. They can be dropped off between 10am and 2pm Monday to Friday and from 10am until noon on Saturdays. The Citadel cafe is always open.

* Heirloom Quilters’ 14th bi-annual show, at the Spa from 5-7 July, will feature a large display of new quilts and other articles made by members. Admission costs £3.50.