For those readers who do not know me personally – I am a history nut. My favorite time period is 1400 to 1820. Lots went on across the world, including in textile production and quilting. I recently re-looked at the historic collection of quilts at the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles and thought you might find some inspiration there.
This quilt guild has a wonderful website with lots to explore. Allow time for poking around. This is not a place to rush through.
The blog is updated periodically and has many interesting articles. There is something for every level of quilter and all quilt interests.
The Learning Center tab has interesting helps aimed at children. However, it is also great for beginner quilters of any age.
The Collections tab is my favorite place to spend time looking and enjoying. If forced to pick a collection or two that are my personal favorites, I would pick “Wholecloth” and “Heritage”. But there are many other categories worth exploring. There is so much to see and be inspired by.
With prices of everything rising, it may not be a good time for unnecessary travel, but with the internet we can still enjoy distant places from the comfort of home. And that means more money for fabric and quilting supplies, right?
And my current favorites are –
Armchair traveler –
While we quilters enjoy seeing quilt shows in person, seeing a quilt show or collection via the internet is a good substitute. Not only do we save money, but we can see the show based on our schedule and quilt interests.
Don’t be shy. Get comfy, grab a favorite drink and snack, and spend time enjoying this collection of quilts. It is a great show. Hopefully, you will come away inspired and ready to start a new project.
This lovely quilt guild even has a small shopping area on the website.
It is no secret that colonial Americans brought the quilting skills from the “old world” to the new world. Quilting provided warmth, beauty, and expression then just as it does now.
Enjoy the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles. Have a wonderful “trip”.
If you are looking for more British quilting, visit the V&A museum too.
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