Sarah Hibbert is a modern British quilter and Guild member. Her exhibition, Linen Works (sponsored by Lucky Spool), is at The Festival of Quilts at the NEC Birmingham from 18th-21st August 2022.
Guild member, textile artist and quilter Annette Morgan shares with us her view of contemporary quilting and the founding of the Contemporary Quilt special interest group, which enjoys its 20th anniversary this year!
Guild member Anne Gosling shares some of her work from a recent miniature quilt exhibition, ‘Inspirations’, along with a selection of other pieces she has made as a member of the Miniature Quilt Special Interest Group.
I make miniature quilts, but I also make large quilts and other miniature things such as scale dolls house items. There is definitely something absolutely fascinating about anything made in a smaller than usual scale, that you can hold in the palm of your hand. It’s a bit like entering a fantasy world, but it is also awe-inspiring – how do people make things that small?
We asked tutors and Guild members Angela Daymond and Janet Goddard a few questions ahead of their workshops at The Stitch Festival, 3 – 6 March 2022 at The Business Design Centre, London.
Get to know The Guild 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 and Miniature Quilt Group member, Susan Grimes.
What are you working on now?
I live in South West Scotland, in Region 16. I’ve been quilting for thirty years, but only in last fifteen have things got serious. I’m currently finishing a Birthstone quilt. It’s a block of the month project and it has dragged on due to fabric shortages, but I’m about to cut out the last block. I also have one row of a Lucy Boston hand pieced English Paper Piecing patchwork to sew together; another long term project nearing completion. I’m a craft-a-holic so I also have wool spinning, knitting, crochet, cross stitch and fifteen other quilts in various stages, from doodles on envelopes to fabric selected ready to cut, or scraps that just need backing all on the go.
What is your favourite miniature quilt that you’ve ever made?
My favourite miniature quilt is just a little nine patch that lives in a jam jar on the shelf. Odd I know, but it’s the jam pot from my first trip to FOQ in 2019 and the jar is engraved. I get a thrill every time I see it, and during the recent pandemic I’ve held onto that jar and remembered the fantastic time I had at the show. Another favourite is my piper, made at a class with Paula Rafferty. It’s actually a drawing of my son turned into a mini quilt, and hangs in my craft room. I think this was why I joined the Contemporary Special Interest Group, but I decided it wasn’t the way I wanted to go long term.
Who are your quilting heroes?
What do you love about The Guild and your membership of the Miniature Special Interest Group?
Appliqué is a sewing technique that allows you to create designs by adding layers of fabric. This is the process of cutting pieces from a second fabric – or a selection of fabrics – then positioning and securing them to the main piece to form a larger pattern or design.
Since we last focused on our Special Interest Groups in 2019, the Traditional Special Interest Group have come a long way. Here to tell you more about the group is coordinator, Tanja Burlison.
The Quilters’ Guild are teaming up with Bernina to invite quilters around the UK to join us in the creation of a special Covid Commemorative Quilt.
On the whole, quilters are a social bunch. The sharing of knowledge and projects has been integral to our way of life for centuries.