Irene MacWilliam

Year and Peace Quilts


Panels from some of my Events of the Year Quilts
The 27 Events of the Year quilts are now in the Permanent Collection of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, Holywood, Northern Ireland. https://www.nmni.com/our-museums/ulster-folk-museum/home.aspxs

Year Quilts

Since 1986 I have been making Events of the Year hangings. My last hanging in the series was Events of 2012 I have not yet photographed it!!! I just got fed up making them, too many panels of conflict, forest fires, earthquakes etc.

Each quilt portrays 19 events, the 20th panel shows the year. The hangings measure 216 x 140cms. Each quilt has an accompanying file of newspaper cuttings.

Year and Peace Quilts have been shown in solo exhibitions at Quilts UK, England 1996, Irish Linen Centre, Lisburn Museum 1996, Festival of Quilts, Birmingham 2004, Armagh County Museum 2005; together with a retrospective show of my work. In 2012 26 year quilts, curated by Roberta Bacic, were shown in Tower Museum, Londonderry/Derry Northern Ireland and Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny, Ireland. .





The 27 Events of the Year quilts are now in the Permanent Collection of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, Holywood, Northern Ireland. https://www.nmni.com/our-museums/ulster-folk-museum/home.aspx

Click year to see image
   2012 ... I have been lazy and so no photos

Other hangings related to my year quilts are Children on the Edge ----- The Disappeared ----- Global Warming ----- Japanese Earthquake ----- life Goes On ----- Lost Children of War -----

Peace Quilts

Peace Quilt 1 is made of 4 panels that contain 3116 pieces of red fabric. Each piece represents someone killed in The Troubles in Northern Ireland between 1969-1994.

Peace Quilt 2 uses morse code and semaphore in a plea for Peace.

Peace Quilt 1 ---- 230 x 150 cms