The Resilience Quilt

Join us to create a quilt made up of individual creative textile responses to the unprecedented events and experiences of 2020.

The museum’s collection is full of pattern designs dating from the last 300 years.

We invite you to help us document these extraordinary times: create a textile quilt piece using images, colours, patterns, words, stitches and textures to represent the isolation, the worries, the gardens dug and flowers planted, the extraordinary blue skies, the time we had to listen to the birds, the improvement in air quality, the amazing gestures of friendship, support and bravery; the uncertainty, the boredom! Whatever you are doing, however you are feeling, whatever you are hoping for, sew it into a quilt piece!

We’d especially love you to document your reaction to the Resilience Quilt project and the progress you make with your quilt piece on social media – please use the hashtag #resiliencequilt so we can identify your posts!

The quilt will be assembled into a diamond pattern, which has a strong significance for the museum as when Ruddington was at the centre of the 19th century knitting industry, it was known as ‘the diamond village’ because the knitters finished their work with a diamond signature. The qualities of strength, beauty and resilience associated with the diamond provide further inspiration for the quilt. Each diamond will interlock into a pattern and, most importantly, will be connected.

When the current restrictions are relaxed, we’ll be running physical workshops bringing interested participants together to combine the contributions into a finished piece, which will be known as The Resilience Quilt. It will be displayed in the museum on one of the framework knitter’s beds (pictured right), celebrating creativity and resilience in the face of hardship, both historically and in our current situation.

The project is led by Common Threads (, an organisation which supports wellbeing through creativity inspired by historical collections. The Resilience Quilt project builds on a previous Common Threads project called the Recovery Quilt, created with more than 50 participants in response to the theme of recovery and PTSD – find out more here.

How to get involved:

You can download the instructions and submission form here. Please complete the submission form and send us your quilt piece by 20 June 2020. We look forward to receiving your pieces!

You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up with the latest news on the quilt. When posting about the quilt on social media, please make sure you include the hashtag #resiliencequilt. Many thanks!