Cloud Quilting takes data as the starting point to design quilt patterns new ways. ‘Inspired’ patterns involve sorting and organising data in different ways then developing a pattern based on that data analysis. 'Personalised' patterns take data as the starting point but involve a degree of customisation by a real life person to create a bespoke pattern. ‘Data-driven’ patterns rely on topic specific algorithms to generate a quilt pattern using information you customise.

In all three approaches, data is central to the quilt design process in new and exciting new ways.

Claire Sowton brings to Cloud Quilting her research interests in arts engagement, digital cultural heritage and data literacy, and a lifetime of making and unmaking, stitching and unpicking, creating, editing and reworking.