Forthcoming exhibitions at the Quilt Museum and Gallery, York 17 May – 31 August, 2013

Great Hall: The Blossoming of Patchwork

Furnishings Coverlet 1790-1810

Textile enthusiasts are in for a real treat this summer as the Quilt Museum presents a unique collection of quilts and coverlets from the period 1780-1820s showcasing the burgeoning fashion for printed cottons and linens and their use in patchwork and quilting.

Drawing on pieces from the Museum’s heritage collection and loans from private collections, guest curator Bridget Long and curator Heather Audin have assembled one of the most comprehensive collections of early printed cotton quilts and coverlets that has ever been on display for public view in the UK.

The period 1780-1820 represents an exciting chapter in our textile history. Technological improvements in the textile industry enabled printed cottons and linens, either new or second-hand, to be available to all levels of society. For the first time, needlewomen were able to demonstrate their artistic and design skills with printed patterns, combining fussy cutting and careful piecing to create dramatic and complex designs.

The quilts and coverlets in this collection, by their very nature, provide a visual reference to the multitude of designs that were in production during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Furnishings Coverlet pictured here includes over 13 identifiable designs produced at the Bannister Hall printworks and at least two from the Jouy factory in France. The designs show the variety of design influences on furnishing fabrics, including fashionable Chinoiserie, Neo-classical, Egyptian and Drab styles.

Visitors will also be able to see samples from the Averil Colby fabric collection, commemorative panels frequently used for quilt centres and a patchwork chair covering made from fashionable fabrics of the time.

"The Blossoming of Patchwork exhibition promises to be a significant event on the calendar of textile events in 2013", said Rosie Crook, Acting Museum Director.

Bailey Gallery: Dialogue, Fibre Art Wales

Love Letters, Lisa Porch

Dialogue is a lively and varied body of work from leading contemporary Welsh fibres artists. Ranging from thought provoking to light hearted, literal to abstract, this exhibition promises to inspire and engage visitors.

Drawing on each artist's in depth knowledge of their specialised skills, a rich variety of 2D and 3D, works have been produced using a host of techniques from quilt making, stitch, machine embroidery, weaving, Shibori, resin work, print, paper making and film.

Fibre Art Wales was formed in 1999 with the purpose of providing professional advancement for contemporary fibre artists in Wales. The concept behind the group was to bring together like-minded artists to promote, educate and stimulate the public as to new developments and challenges in contemporary fibre art through exhibitions, workshops and publications.

As well as exhibiting, fibre art members work to commission, have won international awards and prizes and have their work included in many public and private collections worldwide.

More information

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.

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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.