Museum-goers in stitches over patchwork exhibition
An exhibition celebrating the geometric wonder of pieced quilts and coverlets has opened in Rutland.
Quilts from The Quilters’ Guild Collection is currently being housed by Rutland County Museum, showcasing the infinite possibilities and vast array of designs that can be achieved by using different patchwork shapes.
Throughout history, quilt makers have shown their creativity by using available fabrics to create everything from simple repeated squares to more complex tessellating shapes that use mathematics, precision and planning in every stitch.
This particular exhibition showcases a range of quilts, coverlets and costume items spanning the nineteenth and twentieth centuries from The Quilters’ Guild Collection.
At the centre of the exhibition is a stunning diamond mosaic patchwork top from Rutland County Museum’s own collection.
Made in the 1850s by ‘Grandmother Sharpe of Ridlington’, the garment is hand-made and features a large border of striped printed cotton around a central mosaic patchwork section.
Councillor Lucy Stephenson, portfolio holder for culture said: “This exhibition just adds to the diverse range of events and activities that make Rutland County Museum such a great attraction for both visitors and locals.
"Quilting has been part of our heritage for centuries and we’re proud and honoured to welcome this uniquely vibrant exhibition to our county. I hope everyone takes the opportunity to have a look."
The exhibition ‘All Shapes and Sizes: Quilts from The Quilters’ Guild Collection’ will be on display at Rutland County Museum in Oakham until September 15.
The museum is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10.00am to 4.00pm and admission is free.