Our First Stage Project
The National Quilt (2021) features panels made by 19 quilters from around the country. Some experienced textile artists. Some hobbyists and enthusiastic beginners.
All with a passion for making sure we don’t forget.
The creative brief was simple. Life experience during the pandemic. And the importance of the NHS.
August 2020 we put a public call out for people interested in taking part in a social history quilting project. We were overwhelmed by the interest.
We held online workshops throughout the long dark winter of Lockdowns. Exploring textile skills, quilting techniques, artistic styles, symbolism, colours and how to visualise difficult subjects.
The National Quilt is where we began. After introducing the idea, numerous groups developed and the collection sprang up across the country. It was an exciting process.
STITCHING IT TOGETHER
In May 2021, when guidelines allowed, we met at the Focal Community Centre in Huddersfield with an ambition to put the quilt together in a weekend. Thankfully we had Diane, Kate Rhiannon and Alison who led the way with fantastic sewing strength and determination.
We are so grateful for all the help and advice from people across the country. The support network has been vital.
And the reaction from members of the public has been wonderful.
UNDER COVER OF COVID
Add your voice to the 2022 National Quilt