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Turning Twenty - the Quilt Association summer show

14 July 2014 - 13 September 2014

In 2014 The Quilt Association celebrates Turning Twenty, with a special summer exhibition planned to showcase some of the best quilts from our own collection. Some of these have never been exhibited before.

The show opened to the public on Monday 14 July. The exhibition preview for members and guests was on Sunday 13 July, you can see what happened and photographs of the exhibition here.

Quilt artist Sandra Meech will be exhibiting "Journeys - the Arctic and Beyond" - a collection of art quilts and stitched textiles that traes a journey from a visit to Baker Lake, an Inuit settlement in northern Canada. She is also inspired by the effects of global warming and melting ice.

Sandra says: "Transferring photographs on to cotton, with painted fabric and collage is my favoured technique but imagery isn't enough. The use of light and shade with machine quilting and stitch are the "marks" that bring the surface to life."

Sandra is running a 3 day summer school at Minerva this year. You can find out more here.

We have also challenged the Welsh Heritage Quilters to produce some new contemporary works on the theme of China. China, as you may know, is traditionally used to celebrate 20th wedding anniversaries.

And members of contemporary Welsh quilt group Cwiltcymru are showcasing a new collection of work on the theme of Connection.  This is a fascinating exhibition put together by the current members of the group, plus four guest artists. Each maker has explored her own interpretation of the theme of Connection: family experiences, history, language, industry, landscape and the natural world resulting in a diverse and interesting exhibition.

Members of Cwilt Cymru are: Judith Barker, Judy Stephens, Millie Thomas, Gwenda Williams, Dorothy Russell and Bethan M Hughes. The invited artists are: Jennie Durkin, Judy Fairless, Margaret Ramsay and Sandra Wyman.

Feather 3 by Dorothy Russell

Gekko by Dorothy Russell

Worn Walls by Millie Thomas

There will be the usual tempting selection of fabrics, books and sundries for sale.

You can read an article in The Quilters' Guild magazine, The Quilter, about the summer show here.
(This article first appeared in Summer 2014 issue (no. 139) of The Quilter, the quarterly membership magazine of The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles).