1001 Nights – Textile experiments with Kazakhstan fabrics This collection comprises a total of 50 quilts each 50cm square. They have been made by quilters from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany and the UK. The idea behind the collection came from a challenge designed by members of the Bohemia Patchwork Club. Run by Jana Sterbova, who also organises the annual Prague Patchwork Meeting, the club designed the rules and invited the quilters.
The rules of the project stipulated the size of the quilt, a 50x50cm square; the background to be black, dark red or dark green – being a single colour without any pattern; the quilt to use 4 to 5 fabrics from Kazakhstan alongside any other fabrics which the quilter wished to use to complete their design.
The fabric supplied for the challenge was purchased in the Alma Ata bazaar, Kazakhstan by Wolfgang Eibisch, the now retired director, Bernina Eastern Europe. He had suggested the original idea for the challenge to use unfamiliar fabrics rather than the more usual quilting cottons.
This challenge was the first occasion when quilters from the UK were invited. The groups taking part in “1001 Nights” are:
Bohemia Patchwork Club http://www.b-p-k.cz/
The Slovak quilters are members of Bernina Slovakia, meeting at the Patchwork Party Shop. The group is organised by Anna Zimova.
The German quilters are all members of a quilt group meeting in Leipzig, organised by Sabine Frank.
The group of quilters from the UK are all members of Contemporary Quilt. This group is a Special Interest Group of The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles.
Since this UK group has over 800 members, it was felt that since only ten members could take part, the challenge would be advertised with the first ten to respond being the ones to represent the group. All ten quilters have their quilts in the collection. Two won prizes when the quilts were first shown in Prague. They are Nava Young and Chris Dixon. Information about The Quilters’ Guild and also Contemporary Quilt can be found on these websites: http://www.contemporaryquilt.org.uk/ http://.quiltersguild.org.uk/ http://contemporary-quilt-group.quiltersguild.org.uk/