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 mutally convenient time and place in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset or Dorset.

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.