Thursday, 2 June 2011

Please help!


The Quilt Museum in York, UK, is hoping to benefit from Lottery funding and has been short-listed to the semi-final of the National Lottery Awards.  You can help by voting and getting The Quilt Museum through to the final of the Lottery Awards with exposure on national TV.  The Quilt Museum have explained it so much better than I can so I'll let you read what they have to say:

"Our project “Unfolding the Quilts”, based at the Quilt Museum and Gallery, has reached the semi-finals of the National Lottery Awards, the annual search to find Britain’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.

The Heritage Lottery grant supports our work with volunteers and in education and outreach. The grant has enabled The Quilters’ Guild to open the Quilt Museum and Gallery, creating wider public access to our collection of over 800 historic and contemporary quilts. 

Over 30,000 people have visited the Quilt Museum and Gallery since opening in 2008 and this would not have been possible without the support of volunteers stewarding the exhibitions, helping with education events and working behind the scenes. Volunteers have been able to learn about the Collection and learn new skills. Others have practiced their own sewing skills making items in support of exhibitions. 

The Museum and Gallery’s education programme has enabled over 7000 adults and children to learn and develop practical sewing skills and to learn about the history, art and craft of patchwork and quilting. We have worked with a wide variety of people including school groups, children and young people, young mothers, people in hospital, elderly people in care homes and others from across the community.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
We are competing against nine other projects to be voted the
‘Best Heritage Project’ and if we reach the final, our project,
- and the Quilt Museum and Gallery – will be featured on BBC 1. 

This would be tremendous publicity for quilting and for the Quilt Museum and Gallery. "
So please, click on the button in my side-bar or here and make your vote and get all your friends to vote too.  We're all being encouraged to get back to traditional skills including 'Make do and Mend' and if you have any interest in anything remotely connected to stitching, textile arts or quilting the Quilt Museum needs your vote!  Voting is open until midday 20 June but don't wait, vote now!  Thank you :-)

10 comments:

jan said...

I've voted.

ju-north said...

Me too!

Heather said...

Just registered my vote - good luck.

gill said...

I've just voted

pam said...

I am voting - how did you hear about this - from the Guild your region or where?

Angela said...

I've voted and I'm spreading the word.

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Such a fantastic cause, I voted too! xox Corrine

freebird said...

I don't think it's right for me to try to vote since I don't live there but I hope you win. Good luck.

Linda said...

I voted too! A return to traditional skills...sounds good to me.
XX

Helena said...

Ooo a quilt museum! I'd love to see that!!!

OK I've voted!!