Quilting is the process of sewing two or more layers of fabric together to make a thicker padded material, usually to create a quilt or quilted garment.

The word ‘quilt’ comes from the Latin culcita meaning a stuffed sack, but it came into the English language from the French word cuilte. The origins of quilting remain unknown and extremely vast, but sewing techniques of piecing, applique and quilting have been used for clothing and furnishings in diverse parts of the world for several millennia. The earliest known quilted garment is depicted on the carved ivory figure of a Pharaoh of the Egyptian First Dynasty, about 3400 BC.

Shackleford Quilters have been meeting every Friday morning in the village hall for over 20 years. We are currently over 20 members strong and include both machine and hand sewers.

We are a ‘self help’ patchwork group and vary in levels of skill. Complete beginners are welcome to join our group. We meet every Friday morning during term time, the dates running in parallel with those of the nursery who use the adjoining rooms of the hall http://www.acornsnursery.org/terms.html.

“I joined with beginners skills, I owned a sewing machine and could sew in a straight line! I had my hand held by all the amazing quilters and within a couple of terms had produced 2 beautiful quilts for my twin daughters birthday presents in addition to various smaller projects along the way”.

If you would like to join or find out more about our group or quilting, please do pop along on any of the Friday mornings between 9.30 and 12.30. You will be warmly welcomed.

We run like a committee, all decisions are put to the group and we have a weekly/termly schedule of tasks that everybody helps with.

Most work is for personal pleasure but we do try and organise a visit from a guest demonstrator once a term. In the recent past these have been Anne Walker, Julia Gahagan and Gwen Jones from Great Bookham’s Patchwork Cabin.