A quilt inspired by a love of books has been created by Exmouth & District University of the Third Age (U3A) members and depicts shelves of books and a curious cat. It took 12 quilters 80 hours of work to design, cut and stitch. 

This is a very special quilt as it was started on the third week of the first lockdown. Nothing stopped the group to organise themselves and work creatively together via Zoom. Clare Dawson coordinated the work and gave each of the 12 members a square of fabric. The members used different techniques such as appliqué, paper piecing, embroidery as well as their personal creative touch. When restrictions eased, they met in each other's gardens or dropped completed squares to Clare who put the squares together. 

The 170cm by 120cm quilt will be on display at libraries in East Devon, Mid Devon and Exeter.

Entries close on 30th June 2022 at 5pm. The prize winner will be drawn on 14th July 2022. Raffle tickets will be available in the libraries and online. Terms & Conditions are available on our website

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£298.00 raised by 47 supporters


From the 23rd June 2021 at 11:00 AM, until the 30th June 2022 at 06:00 PM.

The raffle will be drawn on the 14th July 2022 at 06:00 PM

£1.00 per raffle ticket


Special book-themed ‘lockdown quilt’


  • Depicts shelves of books and a curious cat. 
  • 170cm by 120cm.


Libraries Unlimited from Libraries Unlimited

Libraries Unlimited is a Devon-based charity responsible for running Devon Libraries and Torbay Libraries. We believe in the unlimited potential of library services in the UK to make a positive difference to people's lives and communities through a shared love of reading and access to high quality information and facilities. Starting with our operation in Devon, we are taking a new approach, reimagining library services and adopting new methods that allows us to innovate to support our social goals. Across all the areas in which we operate, we aim to bring ideas, imagination, information and knowledge to people's lives and communities, providing inspiring spaces, and supporting learning through a variety of resources, support and events. Every penny we raise goes towards improving and enhancing our library services, to help us reach more people and communities, so that we can go above and beyond to encourage a shared love of reading to people of all ages.


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