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Online Study Sessions

Cumbrian frame quilt centre, Carolyn Gibbs

Online Training Sessions

BQSG Zoom Sessions

After the success of our Fabric Identification Session and Beginning Research Sessions in November 2020 we are planning to do some further Zoom sessions this spring. Our first one will be:

Antique Quilts Show and Tell with Carolyn Gibbs

Zoom Session

Saturday 20 February 2021

Two sessions will be available: 10.30am or 2.30pm. The sessions will look at the same quilts so please don’t book for both!

This will be a chance to look in superb detail at some of Carolyn’s own amazing collection of heritage quilts via a PowerPoint presentation on Zoom. The focus will be on looking at 3 or 4 quilts and each session will last 1.5 hours so there is sufficient study opportunity and attendees can contribute comments and questions. There are ten places available at each session.

There will be a charge for the session of £5 which is payable at the time of booking. To make a booking contact Barbara Crawford, Treasurer via her email (please note the underscore _ between ‘treasurer’ and ‘bqsg’ in the email address!) Barbara will give you the payment details once you make contact. Please state in your email if you wish to book a place on the morning or afternoon session.

Fabric identification and dating – an introductory session with Rachel Terry

Zoom Session

Saturday 27 February 2021

Two sessions will be available: 10.30am or 2.30 pm. The second session will be a repeat so please don’t book for both!

Please note that this is a repeat of the session from November for those on the waiting list and anyone else who missed it the first time. In this session you will be introduced to lots of resources for identifying and dating the fabrics which often appear in patchwork quilts from the 18th through to the 20th centuries. The groups will be small to allow for sharing ideas and questions. There will be a combination of PowerPoint slides and discussion. As before, this session is still free, although we do ask that you let us know if you can’t make your booking. To book please contact Rachel Terry, Research Panel Chair on her email (please note the underscore _ in the email address). Please state if you wish to book for the morning or afternoon session.

We also have exciting plans for a future Zoom research session with Heather Audin, Curator of the Quilters’ Guild Collection, and Isobel Dibden Wright, looking at items in Guild’s Collection and looking at research techniques. We will advertise this via our BQSG mailing once we have a firm date, so do keep an eye out for more details in due course.


We held two Zoom online study sessions in October 2020 both hosted by BQSG Chair of Research, Rachel Terry and each lasting two hours.

Session 1 was 'Introduction to Fabric Identification and Dating' and in this session we will looked at examples of 18th, 19th and 20th century fabrics of the types used in patchwork and quilting. We focused on the clues to dating fabrics by looking at dyeing, printing and weaving techniques. Rachel also pointed out museum and archive collections which are helpful for research in this area. Rachel used a combination of Power-point slides and actual physical examples shared onscreen and as the group was limited to eight, all participants were able to ask questions and comment.

Session 2  'Initial Ideas for Research Mentoring session' was a starting point for finding out more about quilts and their stories.  The brief for the session was "Do you have an interesting idea for patchwork and quilt research and aren’t sure where to start? Or, maybe you’ve started some initial research and would like help to explore further in order to write an abstract or progress a possible paper. I am hosting a friendly session via Zoom which might be the next step for you.The session will be a combination of sharing your ideas and discussion around good research practice. The group is small so that participants can ask questions and comment."

Events held in previous years have been:-

How Do I Start? Where Do I Go Next? BQSG Advanced Research Day which took place on Saturday 7th Sept 2019: 10.30 – 16.00 at the John Woolman Room, Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London

Exploring Research Study Day which took place on 29th June 2019  from 10:30pm to 4:00 pm at The Quilters' Guild Headquarters, St Anthony's Hall, Peasholme Green, York YO1 7PW.

A 'Recent Acquisitions' Study Session was held on 30th March 2019 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at The Quilters' Guild Headquarters, St Anthony's Hall, Peasholme Green, York YO1 7PW.