Hello! My name is Deb McGuire and I make quilts, I study historical quilts and quilters, and I write about quilting and quilters for modern magazines and for academic journals.
I’m a lover of quilt history making modern British quilts for today. I love the rich vernacular of the quilts of our country’s past, but I love to reinterpret these styles and techniques to create modern heirlooms infused with living British quilting traditions. I’m a passionate advocate of the tradition of hand quilting. You can read about my quilt practice here
I have been a pattern designer, quilting teacher and a quilt shop owner. I now work for The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles as their Marketing Director for the charity’s trading arm, responsible for sponsorship, retail and commercial activities. I am a member of The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles and The British Quilt Study Group.
I am currently studying for a postgraduate research Masters award exploring maker motivation in the past, looking at how particularly women, but sometimes also men, used sewing as a way to create and preserve their legacy, to mark a loss, or to express something of their own lives in stitch for us to remember them by today.
I am currently writing a paper for the British Quilt Study Group for publication in the peer reviewed academic journal Quilt Studies, exploring memorial textiles in Britain.
I write a quarterly column for The Quilter Magazine called ‘Modern Notes on Quilting’ reflecting on the quilting community today, but rooted in the traditions of British quilting of the past.
I also offer edge to edge longarm quilting services from my home studio The PlainStitch Workroom in Buckinghamshire using a Gammill Classic with Intelliquilter using beautiful Auriful threads.
Follow my quilt making on Instagram at @plainstitchdeb
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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