Criminal Quilts has been developed by Ruth Singer since 2012. The original project was a commission from the Shire Hall Gallery inspired by photographs of Victorian women criminals with their hands on their chests. Since 2017 Ruth has been Artist in Residence at Staffordshire Record Office, researching 500 women. Ruth won the Fine Art Quilt Masters prize in 2016 for one of her Criminal Quilts pieces. The exhibition is now touring the UK.