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About Contemporary Quilt

Hello and welcome to Contemporary Quilt!

We are a diverse group of over 600 quilters and fabric artists at the cutting edge of quilt making.  We like to work in textiles to create innovative and dynamic art.  Many of our members have exhibited work nationally. However we also want to encourage newer quilters to extend and develop their work.
We set group challenges which are open to all members, work is selected for exhibition and our varied work styles can be taken to a wider audience. Since January 2007 we have had the opportunity of an annual challenge to make journal quilts to develop new styles of working, record memories and express our feelings.
If you are interested in developing your own creative abilities or are interested in contemporary quilts and would like to join us, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Karin McCollin, Co-ordinator:

The aims of Contemporary Quilt are allied to those of The Quilters’ Guild, in that we aim to promote the appreciation, knowledge and skills of patchwork and quilting to our members and the general public. In addition, Contemporary Quilt endeavours to: Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information relating to the practice of contemporary quiltmaking.

Take traditional techniques and push them to their limits by using new fabrics and technology and encouraging original design.

Encourage members to be makers and exhibitors of their own work and to attend and appreciate exhibitions of contemporary work.

The group is open to all interested members of The Quilters’ Guild, both makers and appreciators of contemporary practice in quilting and patchwork. For an application form and information about joining Contemporary Quilt, please contact Karin McCollin at

About Contemporary Quilt

The group was set up by Annette Morgan, who handed the job over to Effie Galletly in August 2002 for the following two years. Effie, along with Judy Stephens as our first Newsletter Editor, and Margaret Ramsay, helped shape the beginning of what is now such a successful part of the Guild. As well as our informative and challenging quarterly newsletter we have a facebook group where we can exchange news and views.

More information about Contemporary Quilt can be found on our website:


Considering the information currently available on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)and the Government's proposed further measures, the Contemporary Quilt Committee find it necessary to cancel the Annual Meeting due to be held on Saturday 28. March in Newcastle.

We do apologise for any inconvenience this action may cause.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Chris Dixon and members of Northern Threads for their time and effort in helping to pull this event together.

It is always disappointing to have to make this kind of announcement, but we hope you understand our action.

Keep safe

Karin McCollin

CQ Co-ordinator