Authors: Linda Barraclough, Maria van der Burgt, Kathryn Broadbent, VIC
Event: 2001 TheMHS Conference
Subject: The SNAP Friendship Quilt Project, book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The SNAP Friendship Quilt Project was originally developed as a creative and interesting way for participants to learn new skills in a friendly and supportive way. It received funding from the Centenary of Federation Grants Scheme in 2000.
The project is facilitated by Community Worker and quilter, Linda Barraclough. At Sale in rural Victoria, the group meets on a weekly basis to trade blocks and stories, and work on the quilts. The main quilt is made almost entirely from ties, donated from some eminent persons and each block has a story, linked in some way to mental health. It is a work in progress, and many quilts will result from this venture both in Sale and further afield. The group in Sale facilitates the swapping of blocks through their website, and is working with quilting groups and individuals across Australia and in USA. The group’s creations have come to be highly regarded in the local community.
This project not only provides opportunities for participants to be involved in community centenary of federation celebrations, learn new skills and showcase them in the community, but also promote mental health and links with other communities in a unique way.