Celebrating 30 years with quilts of love

The Good Hope Quilters’ Guild is celebrating its 30th birthday on Saturday November 4 and is holding an exhibition of its members’ work.

Part of the event is the Little Quilts of Love, an international movement that started 21 years ago in Australia and is now active in many countries, including South Africa.

Little Quilts of Love is a token of empathy to parents who lose their baby late in pregnancy or soon after birth. The idea is to provide something soft and caring in which the baby can be wrapped when parents have to say goodbye. They can choose to keep the Little Quilt of Love as a memory or send the baby away in it.

With the help of many quilters in the northern suburbs, the guild is supplying Little Quilts to Mediclinic Panorama, Louis Leipoldt, Durbanville and Cape Gate, as well as Karl Bremer and Tygerberg hospitals.

In Stellenbosch, both the state hospital and Mediclinic Stellenbosch are also supplied.

Recently, the guild, together with the Vredelust Dutch Reformed Church, helped to renovate rooms at Tygerberg Hospital’s kangaroo-care ward.

Also at the exhibition will be well-known quilt artist Maretha Fourie, who has produced, among other things, original patchwork patterns for proteas.

There will also be a show-and-tell display where guests can learn a technique or two from the demonstration.

Entry is R50 for non-members and includes access to shop at all the vendors. Call Ronel Pistorius at 072 476 76 78, email littlequiltssa@gmail.com, or visit www.facebook.com/LittleQuiltsOfLoveSouth
Africa for more information.