By Khurshid Bamboat
Around 1984/5, in South London, a group of ladies met regularly to learn patchwork and quilting. They enjoyed themselves so much that they decided to continue meeting and quilting together on a regular basis.
In 1986, Dulwich Quilters was formed and this year we celebrate 30 years as a group. We have kept to the original ethos - we meet twice a month in members’ homes and for that reason, membership is restricted to 25 active members. Although small in numbers, we are very cosmopolitan as well as versatile in our work. We have, for many years, made quilts for Project Linus and deliver these on a regular basis for the children’s wards at Kings College Hospital. We also raffle a group quilt for a chosen charity at our exhibition and over the years, have given to many worthwhile causes.
This November, Dulwich Quilters will hold their exhibition on 5th & 6th November at The Old Library, Dulwich College SE21 7LD from 10 am to 5 pm both days. Individual members’ quilts, the Chairman’s Challenge as well as The Pearl Anniversary hanging, made especially to celebrate this milestone, will be on show. Our group quilt - A QUILT OF MANY COLOURS will be raffled on the Sunday in aid of HANDS UP FOR UGANDA, a project run by Bobby Britnell, a well known quilter/textile artist. The charity was created ‘with the overriding aim of empowering the people of Kisaabwa (a very poor rural community in South Uganda) giving them hope of a self supporting and sustainable future. HANDS UP was chosen not only because it is such a worthwhile project and deserves support, but also because three of our members grew up in Uganda. Do come and see the show!