The Quarantine Quilt Project

We led a national project to connect textile responses to covid-19, to share learning and emerging models of remote delivery. Full details available at

We led the creation of three  Community Quilts thanks to Arts Council funding. We  invited people to make patches for one of several community quilt projects across the country, providing free learning materials online, and developing new ways to deliver remote arts-based courses. The first courses were delivered free to Devon residents in summer 2020 via Devon Recovery Learning Community (@Devonrlc), which is part of Devon NHS Partnership Trust. 

People sent stitched words or designs which reflect their feelings and responses to the pandemic.

An emerging network of organisations, artists, and projects across the UK are producing quilts in response to Covid-19 and the changes it has had on people’s lives. Alongside Significant Seams, so far,  projects in Oxford, Cambridge, London, Essex, Bradford, Derbyshire, West Derbyshire, Somerset and West Yorkshire have signed up to ‘The Quarantine Quilt Project.’

These include textile projects in response to Covid-19, arts & health organisations, and community organisations supporting one or more such projects. The emerging network invites other projects to get in touch with It is hoped the network will amass evidence of the positive impacts on health and well-being of such textile projects, and share emerging best practice for remote health and well-being arts engagement.

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