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Mannin Quilters' home is in the Isle of Man. We were the first quilting group on the island, starting when a group of ladies attended evening classes and decided they would like to carry on doing patchwork and quilting. Eight of them started meeting in their former tutor's house in 1990 . They made an inaugural quilt in 1991 adapting blocks to represent Island Life and 21 years later we made ourselves a birthday hanging, again depicting different aspects of island life. Now we have about 80 members but are still a group of ladies with a shared love of sewing who meet to quilt, embroider, chat, share tips, eat cake (usually home made) and drink tea! The group is open to anyone who enjoys sewing - you don't have to be 'a sewist of a certain standard' - and they can come along to a couple of meetings to see what we do before joining.

We meet twice a week, Tuesday evenings from 7:15pm to 9pm at Ballabeg Methodist Chapel, and Wednesday afternoons at St. Columba's Catholic Church Hall in Port Erin from 1:30pm to 4pm. Members can attend either or both groups as they wish.

Every 2 years we hold an exhibition of our work for four days over May Bank Holiday weekend where we showcase things made at workshops as well as quilts made at home. We don’t have an exhibition every year as it takes us 2 years to make enough items for a good exhibition - 150 exhibits in 2016 and 148 in 2018. We also make a group tombola quilt which takes a year from design to completion. The tombola quilt is raffled for charities which are relevant to and chosen by the group. Tickets for this are sold by all members before, during and after the Exhibition until mid September when the draw takes place. As well as displaying member’s work, there is a sales table where members can sell their work, 10% of the sales price going to Mannin Quilter’s funds. Our last exhibition in May 2018 attracted many visitors. Photographs of our work can be found in the Gallery page.

In 2000, we created a suitcase collection which was a selection of small quilts as an efficient and creative way to show our work.


We welcome new members. Come along to one of our meetings to see what we do. You do not have to join straight away. Members bring along some handwork to do, chat, sometimes we have a demonstration or talk, and maybe a book or fabric sale. We are all at different levels of ability, so don’t feel that you have to be an expert!


Mannin Quilters have always been involved in community projects.

For our Millennium project in 2000, instead of making a big quilt we started making tiny quilts for babies in the Neo Natal Unit (then SCBU - Special Care Baby Unit) at our local hospital. The parents choose a tiny quilt to brighten up the incubator and when the baby is big enough to go home, the quilt goes with them. We make between 100 and 120 every year. We also made a cover for the travelling incubator which cuts out noise and light which can be stressful for the baby while in the helicopter flying to hospitals in the UK and then a couple of years ago we accepted the challenge of making new bright covers for the incubators in the Unit.

During the early years of visits from the children from Chernobyl (who come over to the island for a month's respite care every year) we made lap quilts - each in it's own little bag - for them to take back with them. The first year, the children carried them everywhere!

For the past 3 years we have also made cushions for island ‘Live at Home’ schemes which are given out as presents at Christmas, much to the delight of the recipients.


Charities supported since 2000

2000
Started making baby quilts for the Neo Natal Unit.
Exhibition at Ballabeg
Made a replica quilt for Harry Kelly's cottage, Cregneash
Made lap quilts for Chernobyl children to take home
2001
Made 24 lap quilts, each in their own bag, for Chernobyl children - each had a Manx cat or 3 legs on somewhere
2002
Exhibition ‘Stitches in Time’ at Ballabeg
2004
Exhibition at Ballabeg - Hospice care £1,000
2006
Exhibition at Ballabeg - Alzheimers Society / Rebecca House £650 each
2008
Exhibition at Ballabeg -Parkinsons/Breakthrough Breast Cancer £650 each
2010
Exhibition at Ballabeg - Robert Owen House/ Hyperbaric / Hospice £500 each.
2012
Exhibition at Ballabeg - Manx Cancer Care/ Parkinsons £620 each
50 lap quilts for Hospice
2014
Exhibition at Ballabeg - Alzheimers/Macmillan Nurses £1,000 each
Made 93 cushions for Southern Befrienders
2015
Made 64 green jerseys for start of the Tour de France in Harrogate
Made a Manx patchwork quilt for the North American Manx Association homecoming
2016
Exhibition at Ballabeg - Hyperbaric/Rushen First Responders £1.000 each
Made a new travelling incubator cover for Neo Natal Unit
Made cushions for Laxey and Lonan Live at Home
2017
Made Christmas bunting for Neo Natal Unit
Made cushions for Western Live at Home scheme
2018
Exhibition at Ballabeg - money will be donated to the Macular Society Isle of Man and Multiple Sclerosis Society Isle of Man once the draw for the tombola quilt is made in September