Replica Quilt Project with NADFAS Heritage Volunteers

The replica quilt project was successfully completed in under six months by a team of eight NADFAS volunteers.

The volunteers met once a week to work collaboratively on all stages of making the replica: Cutting out templates, tacking fabric to hexagons, sewing together blocks of hexagons and attaching the backing fabric.

The finished quilt will go on display in the headmaster’s house at the British Schools Museum while the original 1830’s quilt is cleaned and rested. The project has highlighted the many hours of painstaking work that went into creating the original, and the subtle patterns of hexagons which are not noticeable at first glance.

The project has also been very successful in encouraging the development and sharing of volunteer’s skills and knowledge. One volunteer commented that “I have learnt so much from this”. The group of volunteers have, in their words, “really gelled” and thoroughly enjoyed the sociable atmosphere of the work.

The team of volunteers worked on site at the British Schools Museum and were supervised by the Curatorial Assistant. Museum staff facilitated the provision of materials, refreshments and ensured all relevant paperwork was completed. The project leader led on the construction of the quilt, using their considerable needlework experience to involve all volunteers in every stage of the project.

In total the replica quilt took 346 hours of volunteer time to complete, and was unveiled at the museum on Tuesday 10th November 2015.

The quilters are now working on a second quilt. This time it is a replica of a complicated quilt made in the 1880’s. The quilt was made by Luke Humphrey and donated to the museum by his Great-grandson Ralph Westell.

The team is getting on well and already chatting about the next project, and the next…