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Quilters help to celebrate York 800 with innovative work displayed across the city

PUBLISHED: 20:35 24 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:57 20 February 2013

A colourful quilt map of York created by Alicia Merrett is one of the centrepieces of a new exhibition

A colourful quilt map of York created by Alicia Merrett is one of the centrepieces of a new exhibition

Quilters help to celebrate York 800 with innovative work displayed across the city

This autumn the Quilters Guild of the British Isles, based at the Quilt Museum and Gallery in York, launches an exciting city-wide exhibition entitled Quilt City. The exhibition celebrates 800 years of the City of York and is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and City of York Council.

The Guild is excited about commissioning two leading quilters to make work especially for the Quilt City exhibition, said guild president, Tina McEwen. The exhibition takes the best of contemporary quilting to a wide audience in all sorts of locations across the city and introduces the art of quilting to people who people who have never seen contemporary textile art. We hope that many people will also visit our museum at Peasholme Green as a result.

Two contemporary quilt makers have been commissioned to create new work as part of this innovative project. Linda Barlow and Alicia Merrett will produce quilts exploring contemporary and historical York.

Alicia Merrett is based in Somerset and has won the Quilters Guild Trophy for best use of colour in show twice. For this commission she has produced a colourful quilt map influenced by John Speeds 17th century map of York.

Alicia said her quilted map describes the main features of the city that survive today, and shows the beginnings of what is now a great and flourishing city. It celebrates the permanence of the main features of York.

Linda Barlow, based in Shropshire, makes pictorial quilts. She has created a party scene attended by famous people associated with York. George Hudson and Margaret Clitherow, Shed 7 have reinvented themselves as a carnival band, theres a pop-up Bettys doing the catering and ghost Roman soldiers have discovered Pimms.

The quilt also depicts Guy Fawkes, sorting the fireworks for midnight, Dick Turpin and Thomas Cooke.


This will be a unique and interesting York 800 event, and I am delighted that we have been able to support the Quilters Guild, said councillor Sonja Crisp, City of York Councils cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism. Residents and visitors alike will be able to learn much more about modern quilting, and appreciate the quilters efforts at the same time.

Quilt City runs from September 14th November 16th and includes over 30 original and contemporary York-themed quilts in various locations around the city centre. Venues include Barley Hall and the Merchant Adventurers Hall, as well as shops including Cath Kidston, Purple Haze Vintage Clothing and York Cocoa House. Quilts will also be on display in The Bar Convent, Lady Ann Middleton and Monkbar hotels.

Visitors can pick up a Quilt City map and brochure at the tourist information centre, all exhibiting venues and at the Quilt Museum and Gallery. A map together with more information is available on the Quilters Guild website quiltersguild.org.uk

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