This quilt was commission by Tracy and was made by prisoners who are part of the Fine Cell needlework programme.
We caught up with Tracy Chevalier when she and her quilt were visiting Lady Sew & Sew, in Henley on Thames. The quilt was on display as part of a larger exhibition of Fine Cell work, and you will get to see more of that in another video.
The brief for The Sleep Quilt was ‘things we do in bed’ and you will see that there is a wide interpretation of that. Given just 10″ of fabric, the prisoners produced blocks with a mixture of needlework, patchwork and other stitchery on a wide variety of topics. While this is a group quilt, the quilting was done by one single individual.
Tracy was involved with the Bankfield Museum earlier this year and their exhibition “Splendid Shreds of Silk and Satin”; members of the Yorkshire quilters also submitted small quilts and we understand that these will be on display at the Festival of Quilts, i Birmingham August 2016
We will be learning more about Fine Cell Work later in the month. www.finecellwork.co.uk