The 2013 Seminar was held in York, timed to coincide with the Quilt Museum's exhibition "Its All in the Making". A full timetable had been arranged.
On Friday the 11th October, we were divided into two groups. One group toured the exhibition with Sue Marks who had been instrumental in setting up the exhibition, while the other group had a workshop with Philip Sykas on fabrics and pigment printing.
On Saturday, we met at the lecture theatre of Kings College, York University, to hear several papers. The first speaker was Janice Frisch from Mathers Museum, looking at the relationship between the American block style quilt and 19th C British quilts. Next, Joan Foster showed quilted and embroidered textiles in Norwegian Museums. Textile holdings there are extensive but are rarely on view, so it was lovely to see the photos.
Dorothy Osler was the keynote speaker, and was able to give us a synopsis of her recent book which studied the relationship between Welsh settlers to the United States and the Amish communities. Communities were established side by side and had similar beliefs, so cultural crossover was a real possibility, thus explaining the resemblance of Welsh quilts to classic Amish quilts.
Brigid Ockleton and Janet Crossley told us about their work in two local museums; after a discussion on record keeping they showed us some of the textile gems that they had uncovered. Anne Jeater updated us on the progress of the Signature Quilt, which was on show at the Quilt Museum. Hilary Richardson had done research into the coverlet made by Matilda Prior, a postage stamp quilt made with very tiny squares. Celia Eddy closed the day, with ongoing research into North American influences on British Quilts.
That evening, many members went to Evensong at the Minster. Afterwards, a large group had an eveining meal at the Deans Court Hotel.
On Sunday, four short papers were presented:
Sanderson Star Quilts by Pippa Moss
Quilter Robina Frizzel by Margaret Nichol
Signature Quilt - Zion Quilt by Rachel Nichols
The Billings Patchwork Coverlet by Debbie Evans
Hopefully, we will hear the final results for these projects at a later date.