We’ve got quilts all sewn up at exhibition

Members working on quilts surrounded by some of the massive display of quilts
Members working on quilts surrounded by some of the massive display of quilts
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More than 100 intricate quilts stitched by Sheffield enthusiasts were on show at a group’s exhibition.

The pieces, ranging from huge canvases to small wall hangings, were included in the second event run by Totley Brook Quilters.

Some of the massive display of quilts

Some of the massive display of quilts

Organisers said quilting has had a recent surge in popularity.

Quilters’ group member Sarah Williamson, of Sharrow, said: “It’s becoming a very popular pastime.

“At the shop where I teach sometimes we are becoming busier and busier.

“A lot of people make quilts for charities, or for causes such as women in refuges.

“There has been some coverage of quilting recently by Kirstie Allsopp and we had the Great British Stitch In which helped too.

“I think Aberdeen University did a study which said it is one of the healthiest hobbies you can have because you are working with your hands, using your brain and doing it all together in a social situation.”

Workshops encouraged new quilters to pick up a needle at the exhibition, which also included cakes and work for sale.

Money raised went to Macmillan, Highfield Church on London Road and the Quilters Guild.

Sarah, who teaches at Patchwork Garden on Abbeydale Road, said: “The quilts can take months and months of work, some of them are entirely hand-stitched.”