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ABOUT US

 

Kingfisher Quilters was founded in 1986 by Jean Campbell, who advertised in the local press for like-minded ladies to meet at her house and learn more about the wonderful art of patchwork and quilting. Back then the industry was just starting to take off, and the selection of materials available was a fraction of what's on the market today. The first rotary cutter appeared in 1979, and the rest, as they say, is history!

Once Jean's group outgrew her lounge, the meetings were moved to St Luke's Memorial Hall in Redditch, where they continue to this day. The group currently has over 70 members, with 45-50 regularly turning out to each meeting.

In early 2000 several members of Kingfisher Quilters appeared on national television in an episode of Real Rooms. The team was making over the family room in the special care baby unit at the Alexandria Hospital in Redditch, and asked Kingfisher to supply two cot quilts suitable for tiny babies. As a result, the group committed to making a regular supply of quilts for the baby unit, as many went home with the parents. We've lost count of how many were made, definitely over 50 and maybe closer to 100. Sadly the baby unit has since closed, so the group's efforts are now directed towards making Linus quilts. See the Linus organisation's website (on our links page) for further details of this wonderful organisation.

Kingfisher Quilters is a friendly group who welcome new members, although we currently have a waiting list. Abilities range from complete beginner to experienced hand and machine quilters, so there is help and advice for everyone. We have regular outside speakers and run two full day workshops each year.