The Trust was set up in April 1995 by Audrey Dean and was formed to enable members who normally could not afford classes and workshops to be able to extend their knowledge of patchwork and quilting.
Through the generosity of members it has also been possible to offer a token of support and good wishes to those experiencing physical or personal difficulties.
It is important that this is done discreetly and the responsibility for this rest with a committee of the Sunset Trust which is made up of:-

  • Chairman of South West Quilters
  • Vice Chairman of South West Quilters
  • Treasurer appointed for Sunset Trust
  • A nominated committee member

In recent years the Trust has begun to give bursaries to textile students studying in the south west. This has been very successful giving the students much needed funds to draw on, usually in their final year. In return they bring their work to show us and give a short talk on their journey into textiles and their plans for the future. These have proved to be fascinating and gives us a much needed link with the younger generation of sewers.
The funds for the Sunset Trust are replenished by our members through a Chinese Raffle and Bring and Buy stall held at each of our meetings.
If anybody has unwanted quilting items including books and fabric, do get in touch with us . We will do our best to make arrangements for collection at a mutually convenient time and place in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset or Dorset.

Recently The Sunset Trust has been able to obtain some sewing machines and given them as well as fabric pieces to craft groups in several primary schools encouraging young children to learn sewing skills beyond hand stitching.

Killerton Apple Quilt Project

As most of you will know, SWQ Sunset Trust made a donation of £300 at the Summer Day to Eileen Dillon (Killerton National Trust) for the Apple Quilt Project to help four schools with the cost of participating this year. This donation was made, in particular, in memory of Jo Harrison, who sadly died last year. Jo was a member of Exeter Quilters, and also keenly interested in encouraging young quilters, and was there at the inception of the Apple Quilt Project at Killerton three years ago.

You will see from the copy letter below the three schools participating. Eileen has since been in touch and she now has FIVE schools participating, and is looking for volunteers to help encourage these young children to learn to sew. If you think you could help, contact Eileen for more information as to the school, dates and times. Her details are in her letter.

Also you will see she has invited us to see the work at their Apple & Cider Festival on 14th and 15th October 2017, but we have a personal invitation to the preview the day before on Friday 13th October.
Val Thomas, Treasurer Sunset Trust

National Trust
Killerton House
Broadclyst Exeter
Devon EX5 3LE
16th June 2017

Dear Val,

We would like to thank South West Quilters for your kind donation of £300. We will use this donation towards the cost of National Trust staff and volunteers from Killerton running a quilting project in four local schools.

This project began with one school in 2014. Your donation, in memory of Jo Harrison, will enable us to increase participation from three schools in 2016 to four schools in 2017. This is a fitting tribute to Jo who was passionate about this work and the benefit it brought to local children. Some children do not experience quality 1:1 time with an adult teaching them a craft. This simple act of patience and dedication can achieve surprising results. In one school, a boy, to the shock of his teachers and parents, saved his pocket money for two weeks to buy a sewing kit.

The Schools who have confirmed their involvement are : Silverton Primary School; Broadclyst Primary School; Stoke Canon Primary School. Unfortunately St Martins School in Cranbrook have had to withdraw due to staff changes but three other schools have expressed interest. We should have confirmation in the first week of July.
Broadclyst School, as the first school to take part in this project in 2014 are now self-financing. Each of the other schools will receive £100 each from this donation towards the cost of materials.

We hope that you will come and see the work that is produced. It will be displayed at our Apple & Cider festival on 14th and 15th October 2017 and we would be happy to give you a preview the day before on Friday 13th October.

Very best wishes Elaine Dillon
Learning Officer.

Bursary Awarded to Richard Lander School, Truro

A bursary was awarded to the Richard Lander School, Truro, Cornwall and we have received the following letter of appreciation.
‘Thank you Southwest Quilters! Richard Lander mainstream and ARK students would like to say Thank You to SWQ for the kind bursary of £150. The money will be put towards purchasing a range of materials and equipment to produce a range of handmade items to sell to raise funds for the Outdoor Residential Trapat Calvert Trust, Exmoor that the ARK students will be going on in April 2016.’

Busy Bees

Busy Bees was set up about 8 years ago and they are now a registered Arts Award centre delivering all five levels of Arts Award. They meet weekly and are a 25 strong group of creative artists from age 8-18. They do all sorts of arts and craft and specialise in textiles. They join in with community events and have so far raised £2000 for various charities. They put on exhibitions, run workshops at community events and go on field trips like Devon Open Studios and Westpoint events. They were very grateful for their bursary and are using it to fund a crafts tent at our village Georgian Fair, where we will be making a village quilt amongst other things.
The photo depicts a few of the Busy Bees presenting a thankyou note to Christine Badger at Craft4Crafters 2014

Presentation of Sunset Trust bursaries to Textile Students at Tremough

On March 6th 2007 members of South West Quilters were delighted to present cheques to the two students who had given such interesting talks at our Open Day at Tresillian in November. Becca and Vicki are who had given such interesting talks at our Open Day at Tresillian in November. Becca and Vicki are coming to the end of their three year degree course in the textile department at the Combined University of Cornwall at Tremough. The photograph shows the cheques being presented to the girls with their tutor Di Downes in the reception area in front of one of Vicki’s hangings.

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