The “Safe at Home?” Quilt Project 2021



Trumpington Stitchers want to work on something this winter that we can do together whilst apart, to benefit our community and to mark a year of living with COVID 19

Our quilted wall hanging will be hung as a piece of public art in the cafe area at Clay Farm Centre.  It will be made up of a total of 144 squares and will measure approximately 125cm square.

This is suitable for anyone from novice stitchers whose only skill is running stitch to those who love to play with their sewing machine.

The quilt will consist of 10cm squares holding an appliquéd home and a heart, to illustrate our theme of “Safe at Home?”.  Each square can be in whatever material is available, and it can be hand stitched or machined in whatever way you like.

Some squares will represent the difficulties that many have faced this year, with life being turned on its head, grief and bereavements and not feeling safe. Hence the question mark in the title. These “exceptional”squares will be created by the design team for the quilt but if you feel you would especially like to contribute to this aspect, please let us know.
Materials required

You will need:
3 different small pieces of fabric – medium weight fabric such as polycotton works best
IF YOU NEED MATERIALS – we can make up a pack for you. Just contact Carol Holloway on 01223 842427 or email

NOTE about printing the Templates provided:
 print on the Full Page setting not the Fit to Size setting
There is a  5 cm line at the bottom left of the page so that you can measure and ensure you have printed to the correct size.

Instructions for making your square

Step 1: Using the templates provided, trace around the house and heart shapes onto the right side (dull smooth side) of a piece of Bondaweb.  Also cut a square of fabric that is 12cms (this allows 1cm seam allowance for joining together with other squares).

Step 2:Cut out the Bondaweb shapes leaving a small margin around them (this means the glue will adhere to the fabric at the edge of the shape when it is cut, preventing fraying).

Step 3:Place the Bondaweb pieces with the rough shiny side down (this is the glue side) on the wrong side of the fabric and press firmly for 30 seconds with a hot iron. It should be firmly stuck down when you lift the iron.

TIP: To avoid all risk of getting Bondaweb on your iron or board, it is always best practice to sandwich your fabric+Bondaweb pieces between two layers of baking/greaseproof paper.

Step 4:Let it cool, cut out the shapes and then peel off the backing.

TIP:  if it won’t easily peel off, use a pin to tear the Bondaweb to get it started.


Step 5:Place the house, Bondaweb side down, in the centre of the square on the right side of the fabric and press it on.  Then place the heart in the centre of the house and press.
It is important that the house is in the centre of the square, otherwise this will look very messy when joined up with other squares, so do please measure carefully and place the apex of the roof on the centre line of your square and 2 cm from the top of the square.

To get the heart as centred as possible, use a ruler to line up the apex of the roof with the indent and point of the heart.

Step 6:Use whatever stitching you like to secure the two shapes – simple running stitch is fine, or you can use any other machine or handstitch you like. It is best not to add too much embellishment as this might detract from the impact of the simple shapes.

This one is attached using a machine with running stitch
around the heart and a fancy stitch around the house

This one is handstitched with  blanket stitch around the house and running stitch around the heart

This one is machine stitched with plain and zigzag stitch