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In the Beginning...
The Islay Quilters was formed after a very well attended patchwork and quilting demonstration organised by Islay Arts Association. 

The two speakers were Kay Cruden and Audrey MacDougal from Calico Threads in Dunoon.  Their enthusiasm about their subject was so great it inspired a group of ladies to get together to form their own quilting group.  The very first meeting, organised by Sally Taylor, was held on 16 January 1992, in the Harbour Inn, Bowmore.

Approximately 24 people came to the first meeting.  It was agreed that there were to be three main aims of the group:

  • To generate an interest in quilting and associated needlework by pooling ideas, experience and resources.
  • To make quilts as a group to raise money for various charities, as well as making our own individual items.
  • To enjoy ourselves.


Although the numbers of the group have varied, due to members leaving the island and new members joining, the group has now over 30 members.  The aims are still met; the third one especially!

The group makes a quilt to raffle every year and donates the money to local charities in Islay and Jura.
We have also been involved in making quilts for and with local Primary schools and have made the magnificent wall hanging that hangs in the Columba Centre.  We hope you will be able to go and see it!

We have a workshop in Islay House Square where we also have a shop which sells haberdashery, materials, craft equipment and, of course, quilts and hand made items made by quilters.  All this is run by volunteer members and the profits are channelled back into the “Islay Quilters”.

Activities now include card making, knitting club and beginners' patchwork.  Our charity quilt keeps us busy - look out for the latest!.  Among our recent projects is a hanging for the “Finlaggan Visitor Centre” which is well worth a visit.

"Visiting Islay? Bring your quilting with you and come along to our workshop for a cup of tea and a chat.  We welcome the opportunity to meet fellow quilters and exchange ideas."

The Shop
Shop opening times are Monday to Friday 2.00pm - 4.00pm and Saturdays 11.00am - 4.30pm.

We hope you can find everything you need. Islay Quilters is focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction - we will do everything we can to meet your expectations.

"We welcome all commissions, large or small.  Please get in touch to discuss your requirements."

We organise various workshops throughout the year, to which everyone is welcome.  Watch this space for details of forthcoming events,and come and join us and have fun trying something new!

The Workshop will be open every Tuesday from 2 to 4.30pm throughout the winter for  members, those interested and visitors.  Purchases can be made from the shop at this time.

Islay Quilters Charity Raffle 2014
Tickets available from committee or from the shop - £1 per book of four tickets. The draw will take place at the Islay Show in August.

2014 Exhibition

Islay Quilters present an Exhibition of work done by members and friends every two years and the next exhibition will be held this year from 16th  to 23rd   July in Ballygrant Hall.


As well as the exhibits of work completed, there are also challenges open to all.  There are two open competitions ‑ one for miniatures (A4 size) with the title "Small is Beautiful" and one for larger quilts (each side must be at least 1 metre) with the title "Flower of Scotland".  There is also a competition for those aged 16 or under which can be individual or group work.  There is no restriction on size and the title is "Scotland".  The Scotland titles have been chosen because of the Commonwealth Games, the Independence Vote and the 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn but these themes do not have to be included!!  Lastly this year there will be a Cushion Competition ‑ the entrant can choose the design as long as the size is 18" by 18". Entry forms can be obtained from the Workshop in Islay House Square, any Committee Member or can be downloaded from our website ‑ see below for details.


At the Exhibition there will be  lots to see and buy ‑ quilts, cushions, fabrics and haberdashery from our own shop as well as from The Wool and Needlecraft Centre from Oban.  The entry charge of ,3 for adults and ,1 for children includes refreshments.


Our 2014 Charity Quilt is now finished (pictured to the right) and can be seen in our workshop and will be raffled at the Islay Show in August.


This year we are looking for Sponsors to help us with the costs involved and if you are interested in helping us please contact us in the first instance by email at


Much more information about the Quilters as well as photographs are available on our website ‑  

2014 Exhibition Entry Forms
*Closing date for enties is Monday 30th June 2014


We now have a newsletter, which will hopefully be produced three times a year.  You can download a copy here.

Contact the Islay Quilters at