Caithness Quilters was officially formed in March 2001 with the aims of "promoting and encouraging the practice and techniques of patchwork and quilting as an art and as a needlework craft and advancing the educational development of its members by giving opportunities for their participation".
From the beginning members have developed, pieced and quilted items for their own use but have also been involved in charity work.
Group quilts have been made and raffled, raising thousands of pounds for a range of local organisations including MacMillan Cancer Relief, the Renal Unit at Caithness General Hospital, MS Society, West Caithness Community Transport and the Laurandy Centre in Wick.
Sales & exhibitions have also raised funds for charities.
Caithness County lies in the extreme north east of
Scotland, bounded on the north by the Pentland
Firth; on the east and south east by North Sea;
and on the west and south west by the county of
Sutherland. Caithness is about 43 miles in length,
and thirty miles in breadth; an area of 618 square
For more information about Caithness,
Introduction, Aims & History
Quilters have made quilts for dialysis patients, children in eastern Europe, Project Linus and Blankets of Love.
Monthly meetings have been held at various venues. There are regular workshops and sewing days. More experienced members pass on their expertise and visiting tutors have demonstrated and taught workshops, coming to Caithness from all over Scotland and as far away as Alaska and Kenya. We've had challenges and competitions, visits and social events.
Our work has been exhibited in local halls and churches as well as further afield.
The group has produced a backdrop which is on display at special events like Gala Week Exhibitions and Heritage Fairs.
Links have been forged with other quilting groups. Caithness Quilters and Highland Quilters from Inverness hold an annual joint meeting at which there is competition for the Caithness Highland Trophy.
Looking back over all this, it seems amazing that so much has been established and achieved in very few years.
Caithness Quilters today aims to maintain and continue all these activities initiated and developed by members over its earlier years.
This year's programme tries to reflect the wishes of members, to support and encourage those who are less experienced and to challenge and inspire more seasoned members. We also welcome those who are interested in quilts and quilting even if they do not sew themselves.
The area is rich in archaeological remains, including some of the best-preserved surviving brochs and chambered cairns. The towns of Thurso and Wick are surprisingly amongst the largest in the Highlands, with Thurso's port of Scrabster being the main gateway to the Orkney Islands beyond.
The county has a stunning coastline, from Dunnet Head, the most northerly piece of land in Scotland, to the Great Stacks of Duncansby and the remarkable Whalligoe Steps.