The Hungarian Patchwork Guild
The Hungarian Patchwork Guild was established upon Anna
Dolányi’s initiative in 1989, and it operates as a
registered NGO. The membership of close to 1000 belongs
to some 80 active groups across the country. The groups
make up eight informal regional organizations that enjoy
some degree of autonomy. The majority of the groups meet
every other week, organize exhibitions, workshops and
summer retreats, and work towards charitable causes.
In order to preserve the traditions of old-time guilds,
new members are expected to make a block of 8 by 8
inches within one year of admission, which are sewn
together into large-scale guild charters. These are hung
at all national quilt events, and well represent the
diversity of patchwork and quilting. The Guild has been
a member of the European Quilt Association since 2004.
Challenges and competitions as well as exhibitions are
the most important venues of presenting members’ works.
Since 1993 the Guild organizes a national exhibition in
Budapest in even-numbered years, and in the provinces in
the other years.
Since its inception, one of the Guild’s objectives is to
offer members opportunities for learning new techniques.
Workshops are organized around the country from
September to May. Very popular are the longer summer
retreats. The Guild has a sizable library with an ever
increasing number of titles.
The Guild endeavors to give high recognition to
outstandingly artistic and skilful work: based on the
traditions of medieval European guilds, we confer the
“master quilter” title to the best of our members. We
are proud of the 17 quilters who have satisfied with the
The most important source of information for the members
is the 32-page News Patches magazine, which comes
out at the beginning of every even-numbered month.
Illustrated with plenty of color photographs, it
contains reports about various events, informs of the
major upcoming Hungarian and international competitions
and exhibitions, as well as publishes professional
articles, quilting tips and tricks.