CQ @20: Uncharted

‘Uncharted’ was chosen as the title for the CQ 20th Anniversary exhibition because it sums up the ethos of Contemporary Quilt. Members are very inventive in their quilt making, using all manner of materials and techniques, from commercial fabric to plastic, and traditional piecing to wholecloth printing and dyeing. The resulting designs are either abstract or pictorial, and based on traditional quilt locks that have been manipulated and transformed or created from the imagination of the maker. The ‘Uncharted’ quilts had to be 150-200cm long and 30cm wide at the top. This allows the quilts to be exhibited as banners, where possible, with both sides visible. An astonishing 77 quilts were submitted, and at The Scottish Quilting Show we will have 42 of them on show for the first time in the country. Their subjects range from explorations of land, sea and space, to historical documents and charts, the natural world and even dragons. Several quilts also represent personal stories, including recent challenges related to the Covid-19 pandemic.