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Coming Home: London Quilters Exhibition 2014

17 November 2014 - 4 January 2015

Learn to Quilt & Patchwork. Every Saturday of the exhibition from 11am - 4pm, starting Saturday 22 November. All welcome.

London Quilters return for their seventh exhibition at Swiss Cottage Gallery. The large selection of quilts on display have been made, and in most cases designed, by the members of London Quilters. The quilts in this exhibition provide a significant insight into the broad spectrum of this art. 

Quilt-making has developed in its own right as an art form. This can be clearly seen by many of the artistic quilt wall hangings that are displayed in this exhibition, along with some more traditional examples.

'Coming Home': collaborative quilt to be raffled for charity

As in previous years, the centrepiece of the exhibition is a collaborative quilt project by many of the members of London Quilters. The quilt is called ‘Coming Home’(pictured above). Creating a ‘group quilt’ is a significant part of quilting, both in the past and the present. Working together in this way on a shared piece of art helps forge wonderful friendships between the quilters involved. ‘Coming Home’ is being raffled for charity. The charities that London Quilters are supporting this year are WaterAid and Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice.

To mark the centenary of the commencement of World War One, there will be a display of themed quilts (pictured below) made by London Quilters from 8 November, in the Library's atrium space.

Author Tracy Chevalier was guest of honour at the private view of the London Quilters Exhibition 2014. Tracy Chevalier’s latest book features patchwork and quilting, along with runaway slaves in the US and an English girl gradually conforming to her new home in America.

Some of the quilts on display are for sale. During the period of the exhibition, members of London Quilters will be on hand to talk about the quilts, their inspiration and the techniques used to create them. There will also be a sales table of textile and quilted items made by the members.


Quilting demonstrations and workshops will be held during the run of the exhibition. These will be held every Saturday during the exhibition from 11am - 4pm. Come and learn to quilt and patchwork with the London Quilters: beginners welcome. £1 may be charged for materials but otherwise free.

London Quilters

London Quilters are a group of around 100 textile enthusiasts who meet monthly at Crossfield Centre, Camden. As well as listening to talks from leading figures in patchwork and quilting, they take the opportunity to share their recent work and experiences with other members. For more information, visit

‘Coming Home’ is part of the Swiss Cottage Library’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Swiss Cottage Gallery Visitor Information

Admission: FREE
Opening times: Mon-Thu 10am-8pm
Fri-Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 11am-4pm

Swiss Cottage Library and Gallery
88 Avenue Rd, London, NW3 3HA

The Gallery Programme

  • Solo exhibitions by artists and arts organisations based and/or working in the borough area - and beyond - reflecting the contemporary visual arts community of Camden and the visual art and design institutions in the borough.

  • Exhibitions that draw attention to the artistic history of Camden and artists that have lived or worked in the borough.
  • Regular exhibitions to mark local or national initiatives such as the WWI centenary or Open House.
  • Annual Open Open exhibition, usually in July, which is open to all including professional and non-professional artists alike.

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Swiss Cottage Gallery policy and guidance

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