edan quilt project

East-Durham Artists-Network

Dear members and friends, 

A couple of members have suggested that in these difficult times we might think about doing a quilt and Sue Hall, our lovely Art Block volunteer and honorary member has agreed to pull it together at the end. 

Sue and I have had a conversation about this, and the following is what we have agreed: 

  1. The quilt to be made by edan members and friends, with the addition of anyone that they would like to invite personally. (Don’t do a public call on Facebook!
  2. We need to be able to manage it).
  3. The theme is SPRING. You might also like to include a little rainbow somewhere on your square as this seems to be the sign of hope that is being adopted. The rainbow is not essential though. 
  4. Each square should be 9 inches worked space plus a 2-inch border. So, your base piece should be cut 11 inches by 11 inches. 
  5. Please use cotton as your base material. An old pillow case is ideal. 
  6. Consider recycling/upcycling in the materials you use. We would prefer that to new materials. 
  7. Any medium is acceptable so long as it works on cotton. Obviously applique and embroidery will work. However, you don’t have to be a stitcher to do this. For instance, I have found that lino printing inks can work and I’m sure eco-dyeing would be great. 
  8. We will need buttons to fix it. So please find at least 8 buttons to accompany your square. Again, we would prefer that the buttons are recycled and meaningful to you in some way. They do not have to match! 

If you want to take part in this project while we are locked away from each other, please send an email and let us know. If you have friends that want to do it, ask them to tell us too. 

To begin with, one square each will do. We can assess the situation later if people want to do more. 

Sue has sent me info on how to do ‘rapunta’ quilting. If anybody wants to learn this process, let me know and I’ll forward to you.  

We have a promise from the people who made the Grenfell Tower remembrance quilt that we can borrow that to display in the Art Block at some point. We can organise an exhibition of some kind that would include both these quilts. Not sure yet what it would be but let’s see how it pans out. 

I think that’s all for now. 

Looking forward to hearing from some of you. 

And for those of you who haven’t submitted sea images, don’t forget – Rochelle is putting a picture a day on our FB page and they seem to be appreciated!

Best wishes and keep up your spirits!

Jean S. x 

Some images of Seaham

To all our friends.

Just a few photographs from around Seaham taken when on our daily exercise.

We wish everyone good health.

Take care & stay safe.

G&C. F

Government response Ibuprofen use and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

There is currently no strong evidence that ibuprofen can make coronavirus (COVID-19) worse.

Published 20 March 2020


Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

Until we have more information, take paracetamol to treat the symptoms of coronavirus, unless your doctor has told you paracetamol is not suitable for you.

We are aware there has been concern spreading about the use of ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) in relation to COVID-19.

However, there is currently no research into ibuprofen and the new coronavirus. This includes:

  • the link between ibuprofen and the likelihood of contracting the virus
  • the link between ibuprofen and the worsening of coronavirus symptoms

What should I do?

Patients who have confirmed COVID-19, or believe they have COVID-19, should take paracetamol in preference to ibuprofen.

Those currently advised to use ibuprofen by their healthcare professional should not stop using them.

There is some debate suggesting NSAIDs may increase complications from simple acute respiratory infections or slow recovery. The product information of many NSAIDs already contains warnings that their anti-inflammatory effects may hide the symptoms of a worsening infection. However the evidence is not conclusive.

In view of the current lack of research the Commission on Human Medicines (an expert advisory body of MHRA) and NICE have been asked to review the evidence.

Share this page

Published 20 March 2020

I hope this helps to avoid confusion and miss-information found

in some social media sites.

To receive up to date emails that have genuine information in them

below is the email address:

GOV.UK Email <gov.uk.email@notifications.service.gov.uk>

Stay safe & healthy


Monthly Meeting and Commitee Update

Good morning everyone

Thanks to all those who took the time to respond to the e mail I sent yesterday.

There was unanimous agreement that all U3A activity should be suspended immediately.

Consequently, there will be no committee meeting this month and the regular monthly meeting for

April is cancelled. Mabel has informed our guest speaker.

At the moment it looks likely that we will have to cancel the April committee meeting to and probably the May

Monthly meeting. A decision on that will be taken later.

U3A nationally has postponed the open day in June and it will now take place on 1st October.

I don’t have contact details for the majority of members. Please feel free to forward this message to anyone you

Know or phone them if you can.

The majority of interest groups have already been cancelled. Friday morning’s discussion group will not take place.

Please take care and God bless

Best wishes