Lockdown craft project to raise money for homeless charity

Open Studios participant Paul Singleton has been working on a project to create a quilt by repurposing his fabric samples. 

Paul has been working in collaboration with Alison Archer-Lock, a textile enthusiast to create the huge quilt which is hanging his studio at Venue 124 during Devon Open Studios.

Paul said:

“Alison and I decided it would be a great idea to repurpose many of the fabric samples that had been made as print trials in my design studio and use them to make the quilt. You might say it was something like taking an artist’s sketchbook and using all the pages to make a huge collage.”

After Paul had designed and printed the fabrics in his design studio in Liverton, Alison got to work, cutting, sewing and stitching in her garden sewing studio on the edge of Haytor. The finished piece is a large, bold contemporary quilt which measures 230cm x 230cm.

The project began by trying to bring about a positive outcome to the confines of the Covid restrictions, with the aim of creating a quilt to raise money for a charity. The chosen charity is Shekinah which supports homeless people in Devon.