Meet a Member – Kate Percival


Get to know The Guild better by meeting our talented members! We have interesting and inspiring members all over the country doing amazing sewing and we want you to be able to share their work.

Editors Note: Since this article went to press, Kate sadly lost her fight against her illness. She will be sorely missed by members and staff alike. We have decided to retain the interview in it’s original form as a dedication to her wonderful spirit.

This week we invite you to join with us in giving a special welcome to Guild member Kate Percival. Kate has been a member of The Guild for many years and has contributed significantly to so many aspects of the Guild’s life, the development of the Modern Group,  the fabulous 2017 Festival of Quilts Cottonopolis exhibition, and most of all it’s sense of enthusiasm and fun!

Kate has been battling a terminal illness with indomitable spirit and yet continues to inspire and encourage her fellow quilters by giving away specially curated bundles of her stash, asking only that they make something beautiful. We’re calling them Kate Quilts. Please join us in meeting, and greeting, our inspiring, creative and kind Guild member, Kate.

What are you working on now?

I’m giving away my stash and keeping only what I might finish in the time I have left. Mostly hand stitching, as this is what I love the most. I’m hoping to get a 1718 Coverlet version completed and a quilt for the Guild Anniversary Gallery at FOQ 2019. I’m also working on some sketches for paintings based on the Sidmouth Quilt.


Kate’s woollen 1718 Coverlet in progress.


Kate’s work for The Bloomfield Coverlet Specialist Group Challenge 2019.


Sketching the Sidmouth Quilt.

What is your favourite quilt that you’ve ever made?
I make quilts for fun. My ‘favourite’ was the first time I had the courage to use felts and wools and embroidery; I have not looked back.

Kate’s characteristic warm woollen appliqué work.

Who are your quilting heroes?
The triangle. Endlessly inspiring and delightful.

The Triangle – a quilting hero!

Can you recommend a good quilting read?
Laura Ingalls Wilder, every single time. She makes you want to make quilts!

What do you love about The Guild?

Friendship, sharing, laughter, knowledge, fun. Seeing other peoples’ work up close.


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 and we’ll send out a copy of our questionnaire.

One thought on “Meet a Member – Kate Percival

  1. Thanks to you Kate I have learned Sue Spargo’s embroidery techniques. I love to hand sew and have my brain stretched. I so enjoyed my visits to the NEC. My next challenge is to get involved with Young Quilters. My granddaughters Clara and Elsa love crafting and so are my first quilters for now. My first quilt was a mixture of embroidered panels in Gardner’s Journal and patchwork. We often talk about how to make it whilst having meals in front of it on the dining room wall. I love your idea of giving your stash away to be made up. I must pass some of mine on. I sell bring and buy at our region 7 days. But I like buying as well as selling so my stash continues to grow. So pleased to hear you are still doing some sewing. I love the kindness and generosity of us quilters. I feel I make new friends all the time. Sometimes I will never actually meet the lovely people. It’s just nice to be in touch. Happy Sewing

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