January 2020

Cotton Club Exhibition

The Cotton Club was started in 1993 by a group of friends who met through patchwork and quilting classes and this year is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Its aim was simply to promote quilt making, inspire others by holding exhibitions, inviting well known quilters and artists to speak at meetings and to hold practical, hands on workshops. 

Year on year the group grew to the point where it now has more than 60 members. Based at Bredfield Village Hall, the club meets monthly and holds workshops too. Its exhibitions are held biannually and give members the opportunity to show their very varied work from the strictly traditional to art quilts. Members work and shows have become so popular and well known that in 2018 the club raised £5000 for charity – shared between Riding for the Disabled and the Lighthouse project. 

With the next charity exhibition coming up at Wickham Market School from February 21-23 the club has ambitions to raise as much, if not more, but this time proceeds will be donated to the Blossom Appeal at Ipswich Hospital.

The  £2.5million appeal aims to provide a new centre that will bring all elements of breast care at Ipswich Hospital under one roof and provide an environment where patients can be imaged, biopsied where necessary, and see their clinician in one appointment without the need to get dressed and undressed several times. There will also be new dedicated clinics for men and young people.