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Museum-Goers in Stitches Over Patchwork Exhibition

Date Published: 31 July 2018
Quilters Guild exhibition

An exhibition celebrating the geometric wonder of pieced quilts and coverlets has opened in Rutland.

Quilts from The Quilters’ Guild Collection is currently being housed by Rutland County Museum, showcasing the infinite possibilities and vast array of designs that can be achieved by using different patchwork shapes. 

Throughout history, quilt makers have shown their creativity by using available fabrics to create everything from simple repeated squares to more complex tessellating shapes that use mathematics, precision and planning in every stitch.

This particular 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 is a stunning diamond mosaic patchwork top from Rutland County Museum’s own collection. Made in the 1850s by ‘Grandmother Sharpe of Ridlington’, the garment is hand-made and features a large border of striped printed cotton around a central mosaic patchwork section.

“This exhibition just adds to the diverse range of events and activities that make Rutland County Museum such a great attraction for both visitors and locals. Quilting has been part of our heritage for centuries and we’re proud and honoured to welcome this uniquely vibrant exhibition to our county. I hope everyone takes the opportunity to have a look.”
Councillor Lucy Stephenson, Portfolio Holder for Culture

The exhibition ‘All Shapes and Sizes: Quilts from The Quilters’ Guild Collection’ will be on display at Rutland County Museum in Oakham until 15th September 2018. The museum is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10.00am to 4.00pm and admission is free. 

Rutland County Museum has something for everyone, with an interesting programme of exhibitions and events telling the story of the county through arts, archaeology, history and stories of rural life. 

Already this year, the museum showcased an exhibition for the Armed Forces 100th anniversary and hosted the Rutland CAMRA Beer festival, as well as celebrating local arts and photography. 

For information please call: 01572 758 440 or visit the Rutland County Museum website.

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