Quilt created in friend’s memory raises £1,000 for hospice

By Dave Doyle | 04/12/2017

Quilt created in friend’s memory raises £1,000 for hospice
Julia’s husband Mick with members of From Rags to Stitches.

BEREAVED needleworkers created a quilt in their friend’s memory using her unused cloth — raising £1,000 for the hospice where she died.

Ladies at Maltby-based From Rags to Stitches sewed quilt squares from fabric left by Julia Quanbro (60), of Retford.

Group member Julia died at Bassetlaw Hospice in February after a battle with cancer.

Jayne Maxwell runs From Rags to Stitches — a needlework supply shop and meeting place for crafters.

She said: “Julia was a much-valued member of our Thursday morning quilting group for about two-and-a-half years.

“It is a nice, friendly group of ladies and she became such a big part of that.”

Jayne added: “Julia loved fabric and would buy some every week.

“When she passed away we divided her stash up and everyone helped to put the quilt together.”

The quilters planned to raffle off their creation, donating the proceeds to Bassetlaw Hospice.

But Julia’s husband Mick could not bear to see the keepsake go just anywhere.

He asked Julia’s close friend Linda Blagg to accept it — and made the £1,000 donation himself.

Jayne said: “Julia seemed to struggle on for a long time — sometimes she would look quite frail — but she still came, up to two weeks before she died.

“She made lots of things for her family and friends in her last weeks, things to remember her by.”

Hospice charity administrator Ian Hall said: “This is a wonderful and lasting way for these ladies to remember their friend.

“We are very grateful for this very generous donation in memory of Julia.”

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