Our Presidents 1980-2019

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Margaret McCrory

Contemporary quilt commissioned for The Forties Collection, a body of work representing contemporary quiltmaking across the U.K. in the 40th anniversary year of The Quilters' Guild.

This quilt shows images of the 18 Presidents who have served and led The Quilters’ Guild during the past 40 years. No organisation can succeed in its objectives without sound leadership. The leader must be an effective communicator with the ability to listen as well as having passion, commitment and positivity. Straight line images were drawn from photographs of varying quality—some were black and white newsprint images. Where possible photographs taken during their presidency were used.

The Forties Collection quilts were made to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles. The 18 regions of The Guild are represented, as well as the three age groups of Young Quilters. Each piece was a new work specially made by a Guild member not already represented in The Collection. The makers were asked to interpret the theme of 40 as creatively as possible. The rule was that the finished piece had to have one dimension of 40 inches and between 25 and 40 inches in the other dimension. These pieces were exhibited at the Festival of Quilts in 2019 in a gallery entitled ‘Spotlight@40’.

Commissioned by Region 17 (Northern Ireland)

30 inches (76cm) x 40 inches (102cm)

Our Presidents 1980-2019