All Shapes and Sizes: The Quilters' Guild Collection

  • Farne Islands Quilt
  • Squares on Point Quilt

This exhibition celebrates the geometric wonder of pieced quilts and coverlets, looking at the infinite possibilities and vast array of designs that can be achieved using different patchwork shapes. Throughout history, makers have been able to express their creativity by using the fabrics and skills available to them. From the simple repeated square to complex tessellating shapes, each one uses mathematics and planning to create the finished design.

This exhibition showcases a range of quilts, coverlets and costume items spanning the nineteenth and twentieth centuries from The Quilters’ Guild Collection. At the centre of the exhibition will be a stunning diamond mosaic patchwork top from Rutland County Museum’s own collection. Made in the 1850s by ‘Grandmother Sharpe of Ridlington’, this top is made by hand, and features a large border of striped printed cotton around a central mosaic patchwork section.

The exhibition runs from 14 July - 15 September at Rutland County Museum.

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