Meet a Member – Pippa Wardman


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.

Meet Guild member and 2019 Festival of Quilts winner, Pippa Wardman.

What are you working on now?

At the moment I am making a quilt for the next Contemporary Quilt group Suitcase Challenge. The theme is “On The Road” and I immediately thought of our yearly family holiday journey to Abersoch in North Wales. The car radio was a welcome distraction and I associate “Song Sung Blue” with those long journeys. That was enough to trigger a design idea and it will be a nice reminder of those times when the quilt is eventually returned.


What is your favourite quilt that you’ve ever made? 

My favourite quilt that I’ve made so far is my “Taj Mahal at Sunset” quilt. It was a photo which I knew at the time was lovely, the light was just so wonderful. When it arrived in the mail printed onto fabric I couldn’t quite believe the quality. I enjoyed the hand embroidery and once I’d settled into how much machine quilting was required I enjoyed that too. It is the only quilt I’ve made that I was nervous about parting with.


Pippa Wardman being presented The Festival of Quilts Visitor’s Choice Award for her quilt Taj Mahal at Sunset, by Linda Bilsborrow, President of The Guild. This quilt was also winner of the Second Prize in The Quilters’ Guild Challenge at The Festival of Quilts 2019.

Who are your quilting heroes?

This is such a tricky question. How do you pick individuals from all the people who I’ve taken classes with, have written books I’ve read or taken the time to speak to me at an exhibition? I think I’d say those people who gave (and still give) their time running the Contemporary Quilt Journal Quilts and Contemporary Quilt Challenges which I have so enjoyed taking part in.

Can you recommend a good quilting read?

When I went to my textile bookshelf I found that there are a lot of books by Batsford! My latest acquisitions are Textile Landscape by Cas Holmes and Poetic Cloth by Hannah Lamb. These are books which help me reflect on what inspires me and how I might translate that into a textile piece.

When did you join The Guild and why?

I don’t remember when I joined or why! I think it might have been in 2004 so that I could use the fabric specially printed for the 25th anniversary of The Guild and enter the Quilters’ Guild Challenge class at The Festival of Quilts. I made a quilt inspired by David Attenborough’s Blue Planet series. I’ve been on the Region 14 committee and the Contemporary Quilt committee at various times which has been fun and built friendships that I don’t find that easy to make.



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.

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