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'Manx Discoveries: Quilting on the Isle of Man' 16 April 2008

The exhibition Manx Quilts and Patchwork may have finished at the Manx Museum, but there are still opportunities to discover more about patchwork and quilting on the Isle of Man. Cheryl Cheek shows of the memory quilt made at her workshop

On Saturday 19th April, Manx National Heritage will be staging the final part of its programme of events that accompanied the exhibition with an illustrated lecture by Dr Cheryl Cheek entitled Manx Discoveries: Quilting on the Isle of Man.

Cheryl Cheek, an American academic and enthusiastic quilter, will give an illustrated personal account of her time studying quilts and quilts makers on the Isle of Man over the past three months, courtesy of a Rotary International Grant for University Teachers. Cheryl has previously studied quilt making in the Amish, Mormon and Appalachian communities in America.

The illustrated lecture will draw to a finale, the Manx Quilts and Patchwork: Stitching through the Years exhibition and associated programme of events, which have included a series of lectures and workshops by Dr Cheryl Cheek and the South African quilter, Helen Granville together with children’s workshops during the Easter holidays.

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

“I have been extremely pleased by the degree of interest and enthusiasm that visitors, from both on and off the Island, have shown for the exhibition and the associated events. We have had visitors travelling from around Britain to visit the exhibition and attend the workshops. It was also fascinating to see the pleasure that quilts give to all ages – in particular seeing children as young as 7 learning to make their own Manx log cabin squares and studying the quilts in the exhibition."

Cheryl Cheek’s illustrated lecture Manx Discoveries: Quilting on the Isle of Man will be held at the Manx Museum at 2pm on Saturday 19th April, admission is free of charge and places can be reserved by contacting Manx National Heritage on 01624 648000.

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