Quilt Museum items on display

PEOPLE are being urged to explore a new exhibition on quilts and quiltmaking.

A new exhibition called Quintessential Quilts: Textiles from History is being held at Hartlepool Art Gallery, in Church Square.

It offers a rare opportunity to see a selection of quilts on loan from the Quilt Museum, in York, as well as local examples of current quilt work.

York’s Quilt Museum was formed in 1979 and is managed by the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles – an educational charity which promotes the crafts of patchwork, appliqué and quilting.

It features a unique collection of hundreds of antique and contemporary quilts from around the British Isles, from the earliest known dated British patchwork to recent pieces by contemporary quiltmakers.

Charlotte Taylor, Hartlepool Borough Council’s collections manager, said: “We are privileged to have items on loan from the Quilt Museum.

“With quilts on display from the 19th Century to the modern day, the exhibition is a real treat for the eye and an exploration of our social history as well.

“It’s also heartening to see that the craft is being kept alive through the skills and devotion of modern day enthusiasts.”

Entry to Hartlepool Art Gallery is free and it is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am to 5pm.