Stitches of Friendship

During 2020, the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic meant that members of Australian War Widows Queensland (AWWQ), like many others, were at risk of becoming socially isolated. This was especially apparent during times of lock-down and at other times when older ladies, in particular, were staying at home. In addition, their usual AWWQ meetings and other social outlets were cancelled.

1 April 2021

AWWQ looked at ways to keep its members connected as well as having projects to be involved with while staying safe. The AWWQ ‘Friendship Quilt’ was one such program.

The program involved participants being posted fabric squares with hearts stencilled on them. The ladies were encouraged to decorate these as they wished and return them to be part of the finished quilt.

Members of all ages and backgrounds, including those residing in aged-care facilities, embraced this challenge. Ladies worked in small groups or individually; even mother and daughters worked together.

All skill levels were able to participate as the hearts could be simply or elaborately decorated. Ladies used techniques such as: embroidery, silk ribbon flowers, applique, patchwork, felt-work and painting as well as embellishments with buttons, beads, ribbons, braids and sequins. The top of the quilt has now been put together, with quilting, backing and binding to follow.

Participants in the AWWQ Friendship Quilt program thoroughly enjoyed this process. Several ladies said it gave their day meaning while being isolated at home and are all eager to view the finished quilt. This will be displayed around the AWWQ sub branches located around

Queensland as well as being showcased at the annual AWWQ Friendship Day gathering, which will take place this year at Maroochydore in September.

The unique AWWQ Friendship Quilt is a wonderful display of the imagination, skill and connectedness of the ladies involved. Many are asking when the next quilt will be started!

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Close-up image of a quilt covered in a colourful love heart pattern