2019 Challenge from the Chair
Each year The Edinburgh Modern Quilt Guild set a "Challenge from the Chair". This is a project on a theme which results in a "mini quilt". What is a mini quilt I hear you cry? It's a small quilt!
As a guild we have been running challenges since 2017, our new chair, Mags, continued the tradition that Cathlene had started.
The 2019 challenge was inspired by the traditions of the past and the merging of our craft with that of communication and protest across history into the modern day. Sewing for ceremony and protest has a long history whether it is the beautiful banners representing political unions or religious messages sewn to adorn churches. As a community of modern quilters we still feel connected to our past regardless of the aesthetic.
2018 saw the centenary of women's suffrage in the UK the Quilters Guild of the British Isles featured the colours and themes at their showpiece Festival of Quilts in 2018.
So the challenge was set....
I want to see the story of what challenges you in your daily life what's the thing that gets to you?A tremendous amount of heart and soul were included in the mini quilts which were submitted to our September meeting.
CHERISH by Sheena
The countryside is being eaten away.
Replaced with tarmac, houses, industry.
Native plants are disappearing under a torrent of plastic and fly tipping.
Our summer sky is full of pollution.
Cherish what we have now.
Life Destroys Life by Cathlene
Highly commended by the judges for the use of quilting to ghost the words.
Joint winner from the guild and the judging panel.
Mother Nature Needs Our Help by Jo Avery
Hiding by Audrey
I Hate Waste by Juliet
Hospital Waiting List by Katie
Spilt Milk by Lucy
"Breastfeeding is a mother's gift to herself, her baby and the earth" - Pamela K Wiggins
To me breastfeeding is the biggest thing I've ever done. It's the biggest challenge with the greatest reward. I have been supporting women for the last 20 years with their breastfeeding journeys.
Is this Fergus's Future by Mags
Mag's own quilt was voted the public choice winner from the 2019 Stitchgathering.
Breaking the Stigma by Barbara G
Barbara's quilt inspired by her son's Pure O condition. She won the Chair's prize and jointly the guilds favourite. https://www.confessionsofabasketcase.com/
Sisterhood by Heather
Heather's quilt was the overall panel judged winner.
Time For Action by Sue
Sue's quilt is made from the rubbish she found whilst walking the lanes around her remote home.
The Benefits of Reading to Children by Fiona
Losing Earth by Barbara M
Life Sentence by Cat
Ruth Bader Ginsberg by Anne
It's OK to not be OK
Frank by Pam