The Quilters' Guild: Celebrating 45 Years

The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles is an educational charity which is open to everyone, and run by its members. Since 1979 the Guild has brought together quilters in a spirit of friendship and learning to promote quilt-making in all its forms across the UK. 
The Quilters’ Guild have been a partner to The Festival of Quilts since its inception in 2003, offering quilting expertise as well as providing staff and volunteers to help deliver the show.  


Membership to The Quilters’ Guild offers a huge range of benefits, not least a sense of belonging to a very special community. 

In addition to regional workshops and events, involvement in special interest groups and subscription to the quarterly magazine, Guild members receive discounts on Festival of Quilts entry tickets and workshops as well as the FOQ competition.

Your membership also contributes to an educational charity and accredited Museum Collection which you can read more about below.  

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The Quilters' Guild Museum Collection

The Quilters’ Guild Museum Collection is a unique collection of quilts and related artefacts, sourced from all over the British Isles. The largest collection of its kind in the UK, it features over 700 pieces, some of which date back 300 years.
Every year, a selection is displayed at the Festival of Quilts, and this year, in celebration of the Museum’s Sapphire Anniversary (45 years), we’re excited that the Museum will be showcasing rarely-seen quilts from the 18th and 19th centuries.

At the Festival of Quilts exhibition, expect printed cottons showcasing impressive patchwork techniques – including:

– the meticulous Billings Coverlet, a marvel of accuracy and geometry

– the Challans Coverlet, a fabulous example of a simple appliqué

– the Gooch Coverlet, a rare surviving example of cotton inlaid patchwork.