The Quilters' Guild Collection

The Quilters' Guild began collecting heritage quilts, coverlets, quilted clothing and items related to quilt-making soon after The Guild was formed in 1979. We now have over 800 items in The Quilters' Guild Collection ranging from the 1718 Silk Coverlet - the oldest dated piece of patchwork in the UK - through to pieces by contemporary makers. 

How can I see items from The Quilters' Guild Collection?

The Quilters' Guild aims to find opportunities to have exhibitions of items from the Collection in locations across the UK and abroad.  Check the Quilt Museum and Gallery web site for news of forthcoming exhibitions.  Each August we plan to have an exhibition at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC.

The Guild will continue to loan items where appropriate for exhibitions in museums and galleries in the UK and abroad.  

Your quilt group can book one of our 'Travelling Trunks' which provides a small exhibition or 'show and tell' of items from the handling collection complete with notes telling you about the items.  If you would like to know more about this please contact

We are able to welcome pre-booked groups of up to 15 people to visit for a curator's talk and to view items from the Collection please contact

Over 600 items from the Quilters' Guild Collection can be seen online on the Quilt Museum and Gallery web site.

The Quilters' Guild is grateful for donations to help support the care of the Quilters' Guild Collection.  You can donate on-line by clicking the button at the top of this page.