mandy munroe

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Barbara Chaineys Quilts

Yesterday I went to a talk by Barbara Chainey at Oast Quilters in Canterbury. She showed us some quilts and quilt tops from “THE Cupboard” that she has accumulated over the years.


This quilt had been rescued from under a tractor.


And this folded log cabin from a skip.


Others had been purchased and made by her.

She generously shared her collection and let us touch her antique and vintage quilts. We got to examine good, bad and amazing stitching up close and enjoy a snapshot of British quilts from wholecloth to hexagons. Barbara houses a motley collection of wornout, unfinished quilt tops alongside beautifully finished gems because she understands the significant history and emotion that has gone into making them.

It was such a treat to spend the afternoon with her and her quilts, thank you Barbara and Oast Quilters for organizing her visit.

Happy Mothers Day!


7 comments on “Barbara Chaineys Quilts

  1. mollieandclaire
    March 15, 2015

    Have you ever been to the American Museum near Bath? They have a collection of really interesting American vintage quilts.

  2. mandymunroe
    March 15, 2015

    Yes, I was there for the Kaffe Fassett exhibition last year, lovely, I would go back again 🙂

  3. KerryCan
    March 16, 2015

    It’s so nice to see someone saving these less-than-perfect quilts–they have a different kind of story to tell!

    • mandymunroe
      March 16, 2015

      She had one made from shirts and tea towels that was worn out from being used and loved so much, I think you’d have enjoyed the talk.

  4. ukcitycrafter
    March 17, 2015

    That sounds as if it was a brilliant talk, so good that people save these treasures which would otherwise be thrown – under a tractor indeed!

  5. pippinrunwild
    March 18, 2015

    I can’t believe anyone would leave a quilt under a tractor or in a skip! So glad she managed to rescue them. Sounds like a fantastic and really interesting talk!

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