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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
The shop is currently closed. We will open again Monday 30th March 2015.

If urgent please contact 810313 during Jan - March.

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.

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