GREAT HALL - It’s All in the Making: patchwork and quilting unpicked

(Left) Farne Islands Coverlet (Courtesy: The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles)

Focusing on the different aspects of making gives us a chance to explore the many facets of patchwork and quilting, as well as demonstrating the value and the breadth of quilt research.

This exhibition draws, in part, on research undertaken by British Quilt Study Group members and is organised around four themes: • making as gifts and to commemorate events • making to earn money (either fundraising or to make a living) • making out of necessity • making to be creative or express ideas

Quilts, coverlets and artefacts from The Quilters’ Guild collection and other sources will be on display; over half the exhibits are historic, and there will be some exhibits from the UK’s leading contemporary quilt artists. All the selected objects have a story in the stitching waiting to be unpicked.

“Since the founding of the British Quilt Study Group in 1998, research into patchwork and quilting has gone from strength to strength. To the wider world, however, the subject still remains a mystery. We are thrilled to be able to stage an exhibition in the Quilt Museum in York and to show just what a fascinating and valuable subject quilt research is”, Dr Susan Marks, British Quilt Study Group.

BAILEY GALLERY - A Sensitive Art

A Sensitive Art is the latest exhibition by the British Tapestry Group featuring a wide range of contemporary woven tapestry interpreting the theme of touch and texture.

Contemporary tapestry is an exciting art form. Today’s weavers combine the traditional skills of the medieval weaver with an exciting range of materials, shapes, textures and images to create their work. Tapestry is a slow art and many of the large pieces in the exhibition will have taken months to complete.

Further information on the British Quilt Study Group is available at Further information on the British Tapestry Group is available at The British Tapestry Group welcomes UK and international tapestry weavers as members. It aims to promote woven tapestry through exhibitions, networking and regional support groups.

The Museum closes during exhibition changeovers. Please check the website or phone 01904 613 242 to check on opening times.

  • Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am–4pm, Admission charges apply.
  • Contact: Quilt Museum and Gallery St Anthony’s Hall, Peasholme Green York, England YO1 7PW
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The Quilt Museum and Gallery is an independent museum operated by The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles. The Guild is a registered in England and Wales as a charity no.1067361 and a company limited by guarantee no. 3447631. The Guild is registered as a charity in Scotland no. SC043174.