Exhibition dates for 2019


As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Quilters’ Guild and 40th year of The Quilters’ Guild Collection, we are thrilled to announce that we will be holding Open Days at our Headquarters in York twice a month throughout 2019!

Ensuring access to The Quilters’ Guild Collection is an important part of our role as an educational charity. Since its formation in 1979, The Guild has always realised the importance of collecting both historic and contemporary examples of the allied crafts of Patchwork, Quilting and Appliqué. What started as an educational reference tool for its members has now evolved into an extensive and internationally important dedicated textiles collection, which is available for study, exhibition and preserved for the benefit of future generations. To celebrate this anniversary, our monthly open days have been divided into four groups, which will explore a different decade of collecting activity.


Painted Silks Hexagon Coverlet, c.1900-1910

For a full list of free Open Days this year you can follow the link here.

In addition, we have an exciting collaboration with the Dales Countryside Museum at Hawes. A number of our quilts are on show in ‘Colour & Comfort’, an exhibition of 19th and 20th century rural quilts and quilted clothing from the Yorkshire Dales.


Swaledale Farm Quilt, c.1890.


This exhibition includes examples of frame, mosaic, applique, wholecloth, patchwork, recycled and repaired quilts. See those made for richer households alongside those created and used in traditional Dales cottages.

The ‘Colour & Comfort’ exhibition runs from 1 February to 8 May 2019 at the Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes.

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