Get to know The Guild better by meeting our talented members! Every year we are so proud to have so many Guild Members who are winners at Festival of Quilts. We have reached out to our talented member winners and asked them to share with us their quilting life, why they entered the competition, what their winning quilt means to them and where they get their inspiration. Read on and be inspired. Are you entering a quilt this year?
Meet Guild member Jacquie Harvey who was a winner in the Quilt Creation Category.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working very hard on an entry into The Quilters’ Guild Challenge, for the FOQ 2018. It is a small silk wholecloth quilt for my granddaughter (just 6 months old at the moment). It is to be given to her when she is older and in line with the theme title Stitch(ing) through time. I am adding every embroidery stitch I have learned to sew from the age of 5 and hope it will be of some inspiration to her someday.
What does your winning quilt mean to you?
My winning child’s 18th century style hand quilted waistcoat was specially made for the Costume and Textile Association’s 25th anniversary exhibition Silvery Threads, held at Norwich Cathedral in 2014. My quilting speciality has usually been more directed towards clothing and I have been inspired many times by historical clothing collections around the world. It took about four months to make and should fit a six to seven year old boy. Made of silk with additional silvery thread embroidery to emphasise the theme.
Who are your quilting heroes?
This has to be my sewing teacher at school called Madame Du Voss. She was a retired Court Dressmaker and had no patience with students who said they couldn’t sew. She seemed to think I could and taught me to make a blouse, all by hand, which encompassed every dressmaking technique known. She always had a ruler to hand and slapped it across knuckles, if mistakes were made. I have never forgotten her.
Can you recommend a good quilting read?
Quilts around the World by Spike Gillespie I was very proud to have my quilt Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day featured in the section on English Quilts.
What do you love about The Guild and the Festival of Quilts?
I have made many good friends through The Quilters Guild, both locally and nationally. I was privileged to design several online Blocks of the Month for the Traditional Group and Region 9 which has widened my group of quilting friends even more.
You can see more of Jacquie’s work at her website here.
We are asking members to tell us a bit about their sewing life using five simple questions. At the end of the interview each member suggests another to interview. This way we hope to bring you a wide range of makers from all corners of The Guild over the next weeks and months. If you know an inspiring quilter who we should feature, get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send out a copy of our questionnaire.