Mannin Quilters


Quilting in the Isle of Man

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Mannin Quilters
are a group on the Isle of Man who are interested in quilting and celebrate our 30th anniversary this year. We meet every Tuesday evening from 7:15pm in the Sunday School of Ballabeg Methodist Chapel and every Wednesday afternoon at Colby Methodist Hall from 1:30pm. New members will be very welcome. If you would like to join us or renew your membership, please complete the membership form which is available to download from the Contact Us page.

We hold exhibitions every 2 years. You can view the quilts which were exhibited at previous exhibitions on our Picture Gallery page.

More information is on the About Us page.

2021 Challenge "Mug Rug" swap.

Make a mug rug and wrap it up and we will have a swapping date before Christmas!

Biosphere Wall-Hangings
Mannin Quilters created wall-hangings depicting life in the Isle of Man's six sheadings to celebrate the Isle of Man Biosphere. The group has spent more than a year researching and crafting the hangings, which were due to tour four venues but this was interupted by the lockdown. Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK – chairman of UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man – launched the exhibition at Castletown Civic Centre on Monday 3rd February 2020. He said:
'Our UNESCO Biosphere status celebrates all that we hold dear in the Island: our green hills by the sea, our diverse nature and wildlife, our rich heritage, our abundant culture, which has shaped the way we live in the past and continues to do so today, and, not least, our strong sense of community and desire to work together to keep the Isle of Man special. This delightful project by Mannin Quilters brings together all the strands of our Biosphere. The quilters use traditional skills to create beautiful works of art such as these. They embody the community spirit that makes the Isle of Man so different from other places.'
Chris Eastham, Chair of Mannin Quilters, said: 'This has been an enjoyable project that has got the whole group talking and exchanging ideas as well as showcasing the amazing and varied talents of our members.'
The Isle of Man is the only entire nation UNESCO Biosphere, part of the United Nation's Man and the Biosphere Programme. The hangings are now in Tynwald.

Members of Mannin Quilters at the opening of the Wall-Hangings exhibition. Click on the picture for a larger image.

Vice Chair of Castletown Commissioners David Parnell, Chair of Mannin Quilters Chris Eastham with Howard Quayle MHK who opened the exhibition. Click on the picture for a larger image.

Housing Matters
2018's charity project was to make cushions were made for Housing Matters. 40 cushions were made. Thankyou to all the members who contributed. Housing Matters is an Isle of Man registered charity providing advice, guidance and support to local families and individuals in housing crisis. Click on the picture for a larger image.

Charlotte Shafto
One of our members Charlotte Shafto passed away in October 2017.
Charlotte was a longstanding and very active member of Mannin Quilters and never missed our Tuesday evening meetings when she was well. She served on our committee and was involved with many of our projects over the years. She was also an inspired teacher running countless workshops always popular and well-attended. Sadly, the last five years of her life were blighted with very aggressive chemotherapy but when she felt well she just carried on as usual. She was a very brave lady who rarely complained and is much missed by all.
For most of Charlotte’s adult life she was a prolific and accomplished quilter and her legacy to Mannin Quilters was the contents of her sewing room which included many, many quilts and wallhangings. Our committee decided (with members approval) to hold a selling exhibition of Charlotte’s work in Ballasalla Hall in 2018. This was very successful. Over 200 quilts were displayed, many of them were sold and over £8,000 raised for Charlotte's charities which were Hospice IOM, Manx Wildlife Trust and the Gaiety Theatre Restoration Fund.

Click on Charlotte's picture to see photos of the quilt sale.

2018 Exhibition

The 2018 Quilt exhibition is featured in the regional newsletter of the Quilters Guild. To view it, visit the News and Information page.

The 2018 Quilt Exhibition was held over the first weekend of May and attrated more than 300 visitors. It was included in the All-Island Art Festival held at various locations over the same weekend.
To view some of the quilts which were on show at the 2018 exhibition and at previous exhibitions, visit the Gallery Page

Our Quilting exhibition

Now the exhibition's over we can breathe again once more
The array of quilts were brilliant from the ceiling to the floor
The visitors came flocking to see our awesome work
all our precious sewing and lots of new patchwork
Even through the mist people came along in droves
just to have a peak at our lovely treasure troves
Tombola tickets sold and people walked around in awe
then they chose their favourite quilt from all the ones they saw
Teas and cake were served by the willing kitchen hands
as the visitors sat and chatted about the quilting stands
By Monday Lee was knackered, she couldn't take it any more
and still the people came in through the open door
With the quilters getting twitchy it was time for us to close
so we could gather up all the cushions, quilts and throws
So congratulate yourselves and relax from all the strain
but don't forget in just 2 years we'll do it all again!

Di Benson 2018

Mannin Quilters contribution to the 2017 Isle of Man Flower Festival is below. The arrangement is based upon the SCBU quilts, Click the picture for a larger image.

The 2017 project, cushions for the Peel Live at Home Scheme, can be viewed in the Picture Gallery Page

For more information about Mannin Quilters please see our Contacts Page

Below are photos of our sales day in November 2016.

In June 2015 Chris Eastham , representing Mannin Quilters, was invited to attend the opening of the Neonatal Unit and was presented with a certificate in recognition of the support Mannin Quilters have given over the years. We hope to continue our supprt for many years to come and are very greatful to all those members who have made and donated these much treasured items.

Below are photos of the cheques we gave to charity following our tombola in 2012.