2018 ' Transitions' Exhibition

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Jan Rae talk on 'Warm Covers', date to be arranged


Features include










1718 Silk Patchwork Coverlet Inspiration


Many members have been taking inspiration from the 1718 Silk Patchwork Coverlet now owned by the Quilters' Guild. Blocks (and more)have been made in traditional and non-traditional fabrics and colours. The images above show a small selection of those which will be on display at our forthcoming exhibition.


Auld Reekie


A collection of small quilts was recently made, each interpreting the makers' inspiration in a unique fashion. These will be on show in Edinburgh for the first time, only seen once before at The Scottish Quilt Show in Glasgow 2016. See the images below.


A Thistle Year of Quilts 2017


One small quilt made to reflect news, local, nationall or international for each week of 2017



What? When? Where?


An exhibition of many styles and techniques of patchwork, quilting and textile art by members of Scotland’s probably longest established quilt group.


Free entry Refreshments Sales table Log cabin raffle quilt

Talks Workshops Handmade and bespoke printed cards for sale


Saturday 19th May to Sunday 3rd June Daily 10am to 4pm


Galleries 1, 2 and 3 at Edinburgh Palette, St Margaret's House,

151 London Road, Edinburgh EH7 6AE


More about the exhibition

Interpretations of our theme ‘Transitions’ will include a celebration of the 300th anniversary of the 1718 Silk Patchwork Coverlet, one of the earliest known dated patchworks in Britain.

Events of the years 1818 and 1918 have also inspired members’ creativity. There will be new work illustrating the quilting aspirations of our members, a year of journal quilts featuring news events of 2017, quilts demonstrating skills acquired at workshops, award winning quilts of recent years and the Auld Reekie series of small quilts celebrating our city. There will also be a selection of members’ historic/antique quilts on display.


A programme of short talks and workshops will take place, details will be posted here.



This stunning Log Cabin quilt made by members of

Thistle Quilters is to be raffled for charity at the exhibition.

Tickets will be available at the exhibition and from members

A greetings card featuring this image is available

at meetings or from members.








Transport links and access arrangements will be posted here closer to the exhibition.

Briefly, there are many buses leaving Princes Street which stop very close to the building, depending on traffic in the town centre it may take 10 to 15 minutes. The 26 goes every 10 miutes or less.

Car parking is on street Mon to Fri but in the car park adjacent to the building at weekends.



2016 Auld Reekie and Journal Quilts Quilt Show, Glasgow SECC

















































2012 Travelling On - 30th Anniversary Exhibition at the English Speaking Union, Atholl Crescent


2001 Follow Your Star - 20th Anniversary Exhibition at the English Speaking Union, Atholl Crescent


1998 Blooming Quilts at the English Speaking Union, Atholl Crescent


1992 Just Us at the English Speaking Union, Atholl Crescent


1988 Four Years On at the City Art Centre, Market Street


1984 Patchwork and Quilting in Scotland 1760 - 1984 at the City Art Centre, Market Street





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