2018 ' Transitions' Exhibition

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Workshop programme now available for booking.

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Monday 21st May. Little Thistles, sewing in the Gallery.

Bring some stitching or sit and chat with the Thistle Quilters house group “Little Thistles”. 11am-3pm-Free


Tuesday 22nd May, Linen and Lace. 10am-4pm

A whole day workshop with internationally recognised award winning quilter Sheena Norquay. Using a piece of lace as inspiration you will enlarge one of the motifs for the focal point. The motif can be embroidered, appliqued or both. Lace, buttons and stitching will be used to complete the design.Cost £30 Materials list will be provided in advance or a pack can be purchased for £5. Hand sewing.


Wednesday 23rd May an Introduction to using Inktense blocks and watercolour pencils 11am-12pm

A 1 hour workshop with Thistle member Carol Lenagan, You will have the opportunity to try out Intense blocks and watercolour pecils in a number of ways and Carol will show you how Inktense has been used in some of the exhibition quilts. Cost £5. All materials provided


Thursday 24th May Character Doll 1pm-4pm

A half day workshop with Thistle member Jan Wagner. You will use vintage fabrics, which bring character and charm to the doll. Cost £15.All Materials provided. Hand and machine sewing.


Friday 25th May Warm Covers 2pm-3pm

A talk by internationally recognised Thistle member, author and historical quilt expert Janet Rae. Janet will give an illustrated talk on the history of quilts in Scotland based on her published book Warm Covers. Free


Saturday 26th May English Paper Piecing 2-3pm

A 1 hour workshop with Thistle member Deborah Pearce , You will learn the basics of this traditional technique, and learn about modern designs/methods. You will take away a small sample with suggestions for its use. All materials provided .Hand stitching Cost £5

Sunday 27th May Demonstration: Using a soldering iron to fuse and decorate organza: 1.30-2pm

A 30 minute demonstration by Thistle member Deborah Pearce on the use of a soldering iron to fuse and cut layers of organza producing interesting colour variations and shapes which can be incorporated into textile art. Cost Free


Monday 28th May Boro: 2-3pm

A 1 hour workshop with Thistle member Gillian Sandilands where you will stitch fabrics in the Boro style. This will be a relaxing hand stitching workshop using simple stitches and you will produce one small stitched piece which will introduce you to the elements of the style. All materials provided Hand stitching. Cost £5


Tuesday 29th May 1718 Silk Coverlet Goose Block 1-4pm

A half day workshop with Thistle member Gillian Sandilands. You will make a goose block using needle turn applique in the style of those in the exhibition. All materials provided. Hand stitching. Cost £15


Wednesday 30th May Little Houses 2-4pm

A 2 hour taster workshop with Thistle member Marjory Grant. You will make a small applique house using tweed fabrics which can be later incorporated into a cushion or other item. All materials provided. Hand and machine stitching Cost £10


Saturday 2nd June Fabric Hearts 2-3pm

A 1 hour workshop with Thistle member Rosy Carmichael You will make at least one silk covered heart decoration. All materials provided cost £5. No stitching required.


Bookings can be made at the exhibition or online via thistlequilters@outlook.com


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


The sales table will feature fabric packs in coordinated colours, cut to an even size ready for making, in silks, batiks, Liberty fabrics and more.

Hand made cacrds will also be on sale.


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.





This stunning Log Cabin quilt made by members of

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

There are many other prizes including a silver and pearl brooch

made and donated by Sheana Steven


Tickets will be available at the exhibition and from members

A greetings card featuring this image is available

at meetings or from members.




Getting There and Getting In


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. 4, 26 and 44 go frequently from stops from Haymarket and along Princes Street (many others too)

5 and 45 leave from Waterloo Place.

The bus stop is called Meadowbank House and is a few yards beyond the Edinburgh Palette entrance (also known as St Margaret's House)

Check Lothian Buses website for details.


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


By Car. Enter the car park from Restalrig Road South, (from the traffic lights on London Road this is downhill and turn before the railway bridge) then follow the arrows around the carpark close to the railway line then turn left and go right round St Margaret's House till you see the Loading Bays - a double width dark blue door with ART above it is the way in. If closed, press the Gallery buzzer, there should be someone there all day to let you in but be quick when you hear the click!

Dropping off is possible at all times and there are 'blue badge' bays for parking at all times.


The website for Edinburgh Palette has detailed transport arrangements.


Getting into the building - if the front door or car park door is closed there is a panel to buzz to the office.



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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