Thursday, 21 July 2011

Quilt Museum York

I find that in my quilting life there are two major delights:  one is looking at fabrics - by which I mean spending so much time in a fabric shop that it looks like loitering with intent - and the other is looking at other people's quilts.  This always fills me with awe at the creativity and workmanship of quilters but also gives ideas for things to incorporate in a quilt design in the future.

So it was a double pleasure to visit the Quilter's Guild Museum in York to see their Celebrations exhibition.

Unfortunately no photography is allowed inside so I had to settle for this photo of the outside of the museum.

Inside the building is just amazing.  The hall that houses the exhibition is the 15th century St Anthony's hall which is truly beautiful.  It has high ceilings and lots of beams which give it quite a reverential feel.

And of course the quilts were marvellous also.  The highlights for me were a quilt made to commemmorate Queen Victoria's jubilee in 1887 showing Victoria's head in outline surrounded by the embroidered signatures of those people involved and a really striking crazy patchwork quilt.  These two quilts really stood out, but there were also some breathtaking examples of quilted clothes in the form of a wedding dress and slippers for a baby.

As if that wasn't enough, a small side room contained quilts and fibre art hangings from local crafters.  A wonderful exhibition overall and well worth a visit.

 Because I couldn't show you any photos of the quilts at the quilt museum, I've put a couple of random photos in of quilty things!

This one I designed as a beach quilt - terribly simple design of strips in one colour one side in cool colours and on the reverse in hot colours (reds).

 This is a quilted wall hanging using a Celtic design.  Most of it is made from two different nine patch blocks and it was great fun playing around with the blocks to decide how to place them.

The rosebud quilt block.  Another example of how you can create all sorts of secondary designs without realising it until all the blocks are sewn together.

Thanks for visiting my blog.  Hope to see you again soon.

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