All Shapes and Sizes – Quilt Museum, York 24th Jan to 9th May 2015

Celebrating the design and draughtsmanship skills of quilters through the ages

24th January to 9th May 2015, Great Hall

Billings Coverlet
Square coverlet made from fifteen frames of printed cotton hexagons, squares on point, kites and long diamonds made from triangles. Some of the fabrics date from the 1770s and several have three blue threads in the selvedge. The majority of the fabrics are made from dress prints, although there are some furnishing prints represented.

Billings Coverlet


The Quilt Museum and Gallery is celebrating the design and draughtsmanship skills of quilters through the ages as its first main exhibition for 2015. All Shapes and Sizes is a stunning collection of quilts that reveal complex, geometric designs that are pieced to perfection.

“It’s quite staggering to think that many of these quilts were pieced by makers who most certainly would not have had access to the tools and knowledge that today’s quilters take for granted”. How they achieved such precision with limited resources baffles quilt enthusiasts and is a topic of much debate. If only quilts could talk…”, commented Heather Audin, Museum Curator.

The exhibition showcases a fascinating and varied selection of items from The Quilters’ Guild Collection including The Billings Coverlet (1805-1810) – a Tour de Force of geometry with each of its fifteen frames executed precisely and displaying very small and difficult piecing. Equally impressive is the Concentric Row Hexagon Top (1880-89) which incorporates over 2000 hexagons and is real testament to the patience, fortitude and needlework skills of yesterday’s quiltmakers.

Quilt Historian and teacher Celia Eddy will be leading two practical workshops entitled ‘Patchwork and the Spirit of Geometry’ on the 20th March and repeated on the 21 March at the Quilt Museum and Gallery. Visit the Quilt Museum and Gallery website for more information

Silk Diamond Top
Multi-coloured silk hand-pieced top. The design is a central arrangement of diamonds on a mosaic.Silk Diamond Top

About The Quilt Museum and Gallery
The Quilt Museum and Gallery is Britain’s first museum dedicated to quiltmaking and textile arts.
The Museum is managed by The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles, an educational charity founded in 1979. Their aim is to promote the crafts of patchwork, appliqué and quilting through changing exhibitions of historic and contemporary textiles. The Quilt Museum and Gallery is independently funded through admissions, grants and donations.

Since its formation in 1979, The Quilters’ Guild has built up a unique collection of antique and contemporary quilts from around the British Isles. The collection has grown due to both donations and acquisitions and now numbers over 800 items, from the earliest known dated British patchwork the 1718 Silk Patchwork Coverlet to recent pieces by contemporary quilt makers.
As well as full size quilts and coverlets, the collection includes miniature pieces, quilted clothing, small domestic items templates, tools and quilting equipment.

The Museum closes during exhibition changeovers. Please check the website or phone 01904 613 242 to check on opening times.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am–4pm, Admission charges apply.

Information contained in this press release was correct at the time of issue.

Quilt Museum and Gallery
St Anthony’s Hall, Peasholme Green
York, England YO1 7PW
Tel: 01904 613 242