Patchwork in Schools Initiative

Proudly announced by Victorian Quilters Inc.

Open to all Victorian Primary & Secondary Students and their Schools for their participation

This program is an initiative of Victorian Quilters Inc. in conjunction with, and proudly supported by Bernina Australia. Cathy Sofarnos, Bernina’s Victorian Representative, will assist as required.

The purpose of the program is:

  • to encourage children to learn and enjoy the art of sewing whether it be by hand or machine
  • to introduce children to the art of quilt making
  • to show them how different mediums can be used to create what they want, and that it does not need to be only traditional, but it can be modern, innovative or textile art
  • to encourage students to learn the history behind the art and design of patchwork and quilting  they have chosen to complete
  • to encourage children to achieve and to be proud of their efforts
  • to proudly display their work publically at Quilt Exhibitions and country Shows
  • to promote a future for patchwork and quilting instead of it becoming a gradual dying art

Schools may wish to run their programs as part of their yearly curriculum or as an After School Program. Victorian Quilters Inc. is encouraging those interested patchworkers and Member Groups to help assist schools in this exciting new Program & perhaps even “Adopt A School”.

To this end the aims are:

  • to communicate with the teachers involved at each school and give them as much support as possible.
  • to have communication with the schools regularly either by email, phone or visits to encourage the students with their work.
  • to have patchworkers who are willing to go into the schools to teach specific skills to these students
  • to encourage and assist schools in applying for grants  – for purchase of sewing machines and other equipment, maintenance of sewing machines & other equipment.
  • to have shops who will support them also by holding holiday classes for students.
  • to have projects for the students that are achievable to be completed in order to instill confidence into the students by promoting & supporting them to enter their finished project into Quilt Showcase annually

to foster up and coming happy, avid patchworkers to continue the tradition in the medium and design of their choice

For further details and offers of help contact:

Heather Shepherd
Patchwork In Schools Coordinator
Mobile: 0428 864 864