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Discover the Hidden Secrets of Patchwork Quilts at the Manx Museum 2 January 2007

Patchwork Quilt Study DayPatchwork quilts on the bed may be a dim and distant memory for some people, but for many people patchwork and quilting is a fascinating hobby. As a result Manx National Heritage will be holding its second Quilt Study Day on Saturday 3rd March 2007 at the Manx Museum, Douglas. This event will provide an opportunity for people to see a wide selection of 19th and early 20th century patchwork quilts from the collections of Manx National Heritage.

The day will start with an illustrated talk about the background history of Manx patchwork, followed by a guided ‘tour’ of a selection of quilts from the collections. In the afternoon there will be a further opportunity for people to study the various quilts on display in greater detail.

The study day is being staged in preparation for a temporary exhibition of Manx patchwork and quilting to be held at the Manx Museum from Christmas 2007. The exhibition will contain several examples of historic quilts from the collections of Manx National Heritage, together with a selection of modern contemporary quilts made by quilt makers on the Island today. The study day will allow local quilters to learn not just about Manx patchwork traditions, but will also provide an opportunity to closely study the historic quilts. The quilts on display will range from relatively plain woollen quilts through to far more elaborate and ornate quilts made from expensive silks, satins and velvets.

Yvonne Cresswell, Curator of Social History for Manx National Heritage said:

“The Quilt Study Day will provide a wonderful opportunity to show people the variety of quilts which were made on the Island in the past and will hopefully provide many of the Island’s patchworkers with inspirations and ideas for their own modern patchwork quilts.

The exhibition to be staged at the Manx Museum next Christmas will not just be a retrospective display of the Island’s historic quilting traditions and heritage, but will also be a celebration of the ongoing and evolving traditions of patchwork and quilting on the Isle of Man. Therefore, I am fascinated to see how the historic collection of Manx patchwork quilts will inspire today’s quilters and patchworkers and the work that they will produce”.

Further details and information regarding the forthcoming quilt exhibition and submitting quilts for display can be obtained by contacting Yvonne Cresswell, Curator of Social History at Manx National Heritage.

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