Here it is! As promised a post on the creation of the City of Culture heritage Quilt made from my City of Culture 2013 fabric collection.
Local quilters were invited to a one day workshop to sew a block for the quilt. Over twenty local women participated; from independent mixed community patchwork classes at St Peter’s Hall, Clooney Estate Community Centre, and the North West Quilters Guild. The quilt label on the back bears the name of everyone who took part.
To create the Heritage Quilt for exhibition I worked with two of the city’s internationally renowned quilt maker-educators, Mary Good and Sandra Montgomery- who taught the quilt block and constructed the final quilt, from piecing to quilting.
The quilt pattern is my modern take on the ‘log cabin block’ where traditionally the centre square is red, representing the hearth and home. It seemed fitting then that each centre square in the Heritage Quilt shows an historic Derry City street name. The Quilt also features 5 feature fabric blocks, the centre one being Derry City Street names of course. The oak leaf fabric ties it all together with ‘corner stones’ of the Derry Walls fabric.
The quilt represents an intergenerational collaboration of old and new skills, with traditional mature crafters working alongside a contemporary digital artist to showcase emerging design talent from Derry, as well as Derry’s rich history of textile crafts.
The quilt is now on show at the Waterside theatre Derry until 3RD September, and will tour various venues after that. Check back regularly for updates on the quilts whereabouts
These fabrics are available to order online from fabric print specialists Spoonflower. Feel free to mix and match from the 2 collections-
Neutral colour way collection: www.spoonflower.com/collections/64189
Multi colour collection: www.spoonflower.com/collections/25134