January 2021 saw the beginning of a new Journal Quilt Challenge for Contemporary Quilt members. The brief was a little different from usual: no set theme, size or shape, but all 12 Journal Quilts had to be linked together to work as a single quilt.
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!
Miniature Quilt Group joint co-ordinator, Karen has designed a quilt made from the contents of her scrap bag. This applique, crazy patchwork and embroidery project will be really fun to do!
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?
The definition of a modern quilt definitely causes confusion. How does it differ from a contemporary or art quilt?
This is the last article from the current themed series around our Festival of Quilts exhibition ‘Quilts and their Makers’. We hope you’ve enjoyed exploring some of the items in the collection, and for those of you travelling to the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching show there will be an opportunity to see a selection of these quilts again – including this fabulous, theatrical piece.
We were so excited to celebrate the recent 2021 Festival of Quilts with our exhibition ‘Quilts and their makers’, showcasing 10 historic quilts and 10 pieces from our contemporary works. In this show we explored the variety and skill of our makers both past and present, and celebrated their creativity in a selection of the quilts which were on display.
We are so excited to be celebrating the 2021 Festival of Quilts this week with our exhibition ‘Quilts and their makers’, showcasing 10 historic quilts and 10 pieces from our contemporary works. In this show we explore the variety and skill of our makers both past and present, and celebrate their creativity in a selection of the quilts which will be on display.
We are looking forward to celebrating the 2021 Festival of Quilts by showcasing our forthcoming exhibition ‘Quilts and their makers’, taking 10 historic quilts and 10 pieces from our contemporary works. Newsletter readers can take a sneak peek in advance, as over the coming months we explore the variety and skill of our makers both past and present, and celebrate their creativity in a selection of the quilts which will be on display.
This interesting piece from our Contemporary Collection perfectly showcases the maker’s iconic, signature style, using words and language to provide visual design and deeper meaning.