The motto of Kipling’s mongoose was ‘go and find out’ and it is that sense of curiosity which is the driving force of the British Quilt Study Group.
We invite Janine Pound, the organiser of Contemporary Quilt‘s ‘Uncharted’ Challenge, to introduce us to the challenge and what to expect from CQ’s 20th Anniversary exhibition at The Festival of Quilts.
At exhibitions where our contemporary work is on display, the most common question posed is, ‘What is contemporary quilting?’
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?
Miniature Quilts are small versions of a full sized quilt. If a miniature quilt was viewed with no indication of size, you shouldn’t automatically realise it is a miniature quilt.
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?
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.