Where to see vintage quilts in the UK

Discovering antique quilts

We’re fascinated by old quilts – they tell a story about the maker and their time in history. Like a tactile version of old photos and parish records, we can learn so much. Antique quilts can be found in the most unexpected of places, and we loved every minute of collecting up quilt photos and stories for our free supplement this issue. Making History comes free with issue 12 of Today’s Quilter magazine. Inside we discover the fascination behind vintage quilts, see inside The Quilters’ Guild‘s travelling collection of antique quilts, and talk you through how to make tomorrow’s family heirloom today – with Pam & Nicky Lintott‘s intricate Cottage to Castle quilt.

TQ12 supp cover

If you’re looking for a project to curl up with and treasure as you stitch, the Cottage to Castle quilt (below) is the quilt to make this year. We named it as it gives the impression of grandeur, while retaining the charm of a country cottage. The design was based on a number of antique medallion quilts, but Pam’s first inspiration was a 19th century English medallion quilt. The pattern comes in seven parts, with a variety of techniques for you to have fun with, and we think you’ll love making it.

TQ12 supp Cottage to Castle quilt

Where to see heritage quilts in the UK

If our supplement has given you a taste for exploring the world of antique quilts, then why not visit your local museum and find out if there are any quilt treasures in their collection? We’ve got a few places to start your search below. It’s always advisable to check with the Museums and organisations we’ve suggested about the quilts they have on exhibit before making your visit. The Quilters’ Guild, for example, has an excellent online catalogue, and show quilts from time to time at pop-up galleries at events such as The Festival of Quilts and The Knitting and Stitching Shows. In many instances, you can arrange for group visits to view the quilt(s) by appointment with the Curator.

Cottage to Castle heirloom quilt

And don’t forget, you can get our free Making History supplement with issue 12 of Today’s Quilter magazine today.