20 June 2015

The Magna Carta Quilts

I talked before about a group quilting project I was in involved with, to produce a series of eight quilts in celebration of the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. You can read about it HERE

I am pleased to say that the quilts are finished and were unveiled at Royal Holloway this past weekend; they are now 'on tour' currently in Guildford Cathedral. They will be travelling to Houston for the International Quilt Market and the Festival.

The series of four medieval quilts tell the story of the reign of King John of England and the events that lead to the Magna Carta being drawn up; the four legacy quilts depict famous people known for their human rights work. The encaustic tiles around the four medieval quilts spell out the 'Golden Clause' of the Magna Carta, the one that talks about human rights.

The work was completed by a group of very talented ladies, I did a lot of the cutting out and boring hand sewing that no one notices, and lots of the admin tasks. I also made the bees and did most of the Goldwork embroidery.

More information is on our website www.magnacartaquilt.co.uk and Facebook Page


  1. They look fabulous. I hope I'll get to see them for real one of these days!

  2. a very interesting set of quilts nice that you were able to take part even if it was a small part.

  3. What a fascinating project to take part in and the quilts are fabulous. Wish I could see them in person particularly in Guildford where I once lived for a brief time in days long past. Regards from tropical far north Queensland

  4. That is stunning. HOpe I can make it to Houston to see it; not sure yet. knitnkwilt.wordpress.com

  5. We went to the Magna Carta exhibit at the British Library last week. There was an embroidered piece outside the exhibit that was the wikipedia page about the Magna Carta. I have to say I prefer your beautiful quilts. lol! Lovely work!

  6. these are amazing.............would love to see them in real life.............so special to be part of an historic event...............