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November, 2014

Call for Entries, Fiber Arts Fiesta

Jun. 19, 2014 - Mar. 02, 2015
From now until March 2, 2015 we are taking entries for the Fiber Arts Fiesta, Albuquerque, NM. Please visit the website for the entry form. www.fiberartsfiesta.org

The 1718 Silk Patchwork Coverlet

Sep. 05, 2014 - Dec. 13, 2014
Rare Opportunity to See Britain's Oldest Dated Patchwork Coverlet! The oldest dated patchwork coverlet in Britain will be on exhibition for four months this autumn together with a meticulously reconstructed replica made by members of The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles. The 1718 Silk Patchwork Coverlet has survived almost 300 years and is an exceptional record of patchwork form the early 18th century consisting of 69 individual blocks constructed using mosaic patchwork. This is a rare opportunity to see one of Britain’s textile treasures which normally resides in environmentally controlled storage to prevent deterioration. Exquisitely designed and sewn, this complex and interesting Coverlet reveals clues to its maker. Silk would not have been readily available to all levels of society and the design motifs chosen would certainly have been influenced by the maker’s surroundings and the social and historical context in which they lived. A fascinating new book entitled The 1718 Coverlet is being published by David & Charles to coincide with the Exhibition. Experienced quilt author, Susan Briscoe deconstructs The 1718 Silk Patchwork Coverlet and each of the 69 blocks giving techniques and templates that will allow readers to replicate the Coverlet using the original mosaic piecing technique, as well as more accessible modern techniques. The book also explores how the replica coverlet was painstakingly reproduced and quilt historian, Bridget Long, explores the fascinating history surrounding the Coverlet and its discovery by The Quilters’ Guild. Royalties from the book will support the charitable aims of The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles including caring for and exhibiting The Collection. “There is a sense of excitement building within the Museum as we anticipate the exhibition of one of our textiles treasures. It’s a very rewarding experience to see the reaction of visitors when they catch their first glimpse of the 1718 Silk Patchwork Coverlet. “We are delighted to be able to offer visitors the opportunity to participate in ‘1718 re-visited’ workshops with Susan in the autumn and to purchase Susan’s fantastic new book, allowing them to study the construction of the Coverlet in detail and to use the templates for their own projects”, said Fiona Diaper, Museum Manager. Workshops Susan Briscoe is running two practical workshops ‘1718 re-visited’ at the Quilt Museum and Gallery on 11 October and 5 November 2014. Further details, including prices, available on the website www.quiltmuseum.org.uk/events Gallery Talks Quilt Historian Bridget Long will be giving two gallery talks on 6 September at 11.30am and 2.00pm. No booking is necessary for these free talks. Publication The 1718 Patchwork Coverlet (144 pages) will be published by David & Charles in September, 2014 at the cover Price of £ 19.99 (hardback). The limited pre-order price available from the Quilt Museum and Gallery shop is £17.99 plus £4.00 p&p.

  • Location: The Quilt Museum and Gallery, York, England
  • Admission: Adult £6.00, Concession £5.00, Guild Member £3.00 and children are free
  • Contact: Fiona Diaper, Museum Manager
  • Email: admin@quiltersguid.org.uk
  • Web Site Link: www.quiltmuseum.org.uk

Sign Here

Sep. 05, 2014 - Dec. 13, 2014
The Quilt Museum and Gallery in York will be showing its collection of historic Signature Quilts along with several loans from other museums and private individuals from September to December this year. Signature quilts (often called bazaar quilts) were a particular phenomenon of the 19th century. Often made to raise money for a church, chapel or charity, they were embroidered or signed either by, or on behalf of, the person contributing a sum for the privilege of having their name associated with the quilt. Similar quilts were sometimes made to commemorate an event such as an anniversary or as a memorial. This exhibition will explore some of the stories behind the making of these quilts. “Tracing the provenance of quilts is a challenging pursuit and it is a joy to have these quilts in our collection with such a clear record of who, what, why and where. They are a great example of communities coming together to raise money for a common cause”, said Heather Audin, Museum Curator. The Sheriff Hutton Bazaar Coverlet featured above is made from Turkey Red twill and white cotton squares. An image of Sheriff Hutton Castle is embroidered in red thread in the central square offering us details of “where”; the embroidered text ‘Sheriff Hutton Wesleyan Bazaar May 30, 1898 Opened by J Coates Esq. C.C J.P.’ provides the “when” and every embroidered square containing initials or signatures gives us a record of “who”. Signature Quilts provide clear markers for researchers and quilt historians who can trace surnames and events through census information, church records and local newspapers. This information greatly enhances our understanding of social history providing us with a snapshot from a local community at a particular point in time. Signature quilts are still made by groups today, sometimes for similar reasons such as commemoration and raising money. They also provide inspiration for contemporary artists, such as Lynn Setterington who researches and uses historic signature quilts to inform her textiles and community engagement projects, and Sara Impey, who explores the power of words and their meaning in her contemporary work.

From Heart to Hand: African-American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine A

Sep. 21, 2014 - Jan. 04, 2015
Quilts have held an important and cherished place in American culture, particularly in the American South. Though the materials and techniques of quilt making may be common, quilts—as process, as art, and as image—embody the very fabric of our country. In the late 20th century, several communities in Alabama received national attention as a result of the scholarship that focused specifically on the historic context of quilts in the rural environment, and this scholarship also inspired a new appreciation for their aesthetic appeal. The 30 colorful and creatively designed quilts on display are by African-American quilt makers, primarily of West Alabama, and are part of the permanent collection of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in Montgomery, Alabama. Most were made between the mid-1950s and the end of the 20th century, and represent the major themes in traditional quilt making. The exhibition includes examples of pieced quilts and appliqué, as well as the improvisational techniques use of unconventional materials that are common practice for contemporary quilt makers. The quilts are grouped within three sections: “Tradition: Patterns from the Past,” “Improvisation: Practical Invention,” and “An Unconventional Canvas: The Quilts of Yvonne Wells.” The exhibition sections are designed to introduce traditional patterns, and to show the improvisations upon these patterns that distinguish the work of individual quilters. Modern quilt making is exemplified by a group of outstanding narrative quilts by Tuscaloosa quilt maker Yvonne Wells. The exhibition is organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

'Coming Home' - an exhibition by London Quilters

Nov. 17, 2014 - Jan. 04, 2015
Please note that the exhibition will be closed from 24th December to 1st January inclusive. Opening hours: Mon-Thurs: 10.00-20.00, Fri-Sat: 10.00-17.00, Sun 11.00-16.00. A biennial exhibition of new work showcasing the diverse approaches of the group’s many members. Quilt raffle in aid of WaterAid and Noah’s Ark Hospice. Sales table and demonstrations. Disabled access.

Quilters European Christmas Markets River Cruise

Nov. 29, 2014 - Dec. 07, 2014
Join our group of fun loving quilters as we sail through the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland on this once in a lifetime Holiday Adventure. All inclusive cruise on the Rhine River with Viking Cruise Lines.