Celebrating 40

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Chris Fost

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 is the maker’s take on the first 40 years of the Guild and what the Guild has meant to her. She hopes this piece will be seen as an historical record of the Steering and Executive Committees, Presidents and Regional Coordinators representing all staff and volunteers since 1979. She has included the colours of the three Guild badges, albeit with variations in shade and tone, but that's what quilters do! She hopes the banner words emerging from St Anthony's Hall will resonate with many to encourage and inspire the next generation. Here's to the next 40!

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 5 (Bristol, Gloucestershire Somerset)

36 inches (91.5cm) x 40 inches (102cm)

Celebrating 40