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Beautiful quilt that really tells a story.

Babies and tots are set to be inspired by a quilt created by charity champion Ann Hill.

The 68-year-old, who lives in Clarencefield, has given her support to the new PS8million National Centre for Children's Literature and Storytelling at Moat Brae in Dumfries, through her colourful gift.

Ann's handmade quilt features characters from key British nursery rhymes which are important for young children as they help develop an ear for the English language.

Ann said:"Nursery rhymes are so important because they help with language and communication from an early age and that develops into books and into reading.

"I think its important that we keep nursery rhymes going and encourage young children to learn them." Ann, who took on the role of Quilter in Residence at Alzheimer Scotland, has been busy sewing memory quilts and inspiring people all over the world to get stitching for the dementia charity. She has raised more than PS100,000 for charity.

She was delighted when her own grandchildren offered to help choose materials and rhymes for the Moat Brae quilt.

She said:"It took several weeks to make but it was a lot of fun, remembering and reflecting on the old rhymes and the newer ones my grandchildren like.

"I had to be careful too as I wanted to put a smiley face on the clock for Hickory Dickory Dock but remembered that wouldn't be right as the hands needed to show one o'clock."

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Material girls A stitch in nursery rhyme as Ann Hill (right) hands over her nursery rhyme quilt to schools creative learning and engagement officer, Wendy Jones

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Publication:Dumfries and Galloway Standard (Dumfriesshire, Scotland)
Date:Jun 21, 2019
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