Quilt Museum To Close
It’s really sad to hear that the Quilt Museum and Gallery in York is going to close in October 2015, after struggling to make enough income to keep going. Over the last six and a half years over 75,000 people have visited the museum.
I first visited for my 21st birthday in 2010 and was so inspired that I used my birthday money to become a member of the Quilters’ Guild. I really enjoyed visiting the ‘Quilt Art @ 25’ and ‘The Averil Colby Legacy’ exhibitions in 2011 – especially after learning to quilt following the Quilt Art 20 exhibition at the Harley Gallery, Worksop in 2006. And the ‘Celebrations’ exhibition later on that year inspired me to start sewing quilts to commemorate the birth of our friends and families’ babies. And of course, I loved seeing the wholecloth quilts in ‘The Celtic Fringe: Wholecloths of Wales and Scotland’ exhibition when I first visited in 2010.
What’s exciting is there will be a Kaffe Fassett exhibition from 15th May to 5th September called ‘Ancestral Gifts’ where Kaffe will select 15 of his favourite quilts from the Quilters’ Guild’s Heritage Collection. Not only that, Kaffe is in the process of producing 15 new quilts made in response to the heritage pieces, which is definitely something to look forward to.