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British Traditions...


This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles. The Guild was established in 1979 to "...bring together quilters in a spirit of friendship and learning, (to) promote quilt-making in all its forms across the UK (and) as an educational charity (to) preserve the heritage of quilting and work to ensure a vibrant future for the craft..."

Anniversaries are always moments of reflection and there have been some thoughtful pieces written in the Guild's journal by Mary Jenkins and Deb McGuire about the direction of British quilting or even - in the days of global media - if there is such a thing. I have discussed before how I discovered quilting in my own little internet-led bubble, ironically just as the V&A were exhibiting Quilts 1700-2010 Hidden Histories, Untold Stories. And while I will always quietly kick myself for missing it, I do have a (well-thumbed) beautifully illustrated catalogue.

So, having discovered my own heritage as a British quilter in a rather roundabout fashion, how much does it influence me? My suitably roundabout answer is "sort of".

I will put my hand up to reproducing the design of an old quilt. Woodruff and