Here is a cot quilt from Saltburn, Cleveland. It is a small north country patchwork and has not been cut down from a larger quilt. It is cheerful and has some nice fabrics. I'm not sure how old it is, but I think about 1900 with some older fabrics. The quilting is in white thread with a cable design.
Saturday, 24 January 2015
Sunday, 18 January 2015
The white background fabric is textured, in a pebbled sort of way, and adds visual interest when you examine it closely. At the moment, this block is near to my sofa ( aka sewing station) where I can appreciate it. At some point it will go upstairs to join the other molas that I have bought over the years.
Thursday, 8 January 2015
Finally, another book from the Winterthur Museum, a book on printed textiles by Linda Eaton, based on the classic 1970 book by Florence Montgomery. This book covers the British calico printing industry, trade with America, and the American textile printing industry. There are also sections on designers and the chemistry and technology of calico printing. A big read, and a valuable reference book..
Thursday, 1 January 2015
Its a very large coverlet....so only half is shown here...
Saturday, 20 December 2014
Today was Christmas bellringing in Ipswich. We opted for St Clements Church this year...it is redundant, which is sad as it was once a proud old church with connections to the shipping at the port and with the British Navy...hence is known as the Seamans Church. Formerly used as storage for the local museum, the church has recently been cleaned up and will be used as a performance venue for nearby Suffolk College. Some of the monuments have been removed for safekeeping. We managed to ring Stedman, Ipswich, St Clements, Cambridge and Norwich here, on the ring of six.
Then we returned to St Margarets for tea and mince pies. This church has exciting plans for a new ringing gallery and work to the bells...
I went to several company Xmas meals...Hintlesham Hall...we were a bit rowdy there.....in the Christmas crackers were those long balloons that zoom around making funny noises....we had lots of fun with those!
Tomorrow, more ringing at Pettistree, where the scaffolding is down and the decorating is finished.
The church looks lovely and bright now.
Saturday, 13 December 2014
Finally, two books on textiles from Asia, bought at a used bookshop in Framlingham...
Saturday, 29 November 2014
Here is a pink and white Durham strippy that I bought recently. It is not in good condition....not surprising, as these quilts were utility quilts, to be used as everyday bedding. I bought it because
1) I like strippy quilts! 2) the quilting looked to be well done but also 3) the quilting patterns strongly reminded me of the Sanderson star quilts that I have been studying and seemed to have been professionally stamped, or marked.
Perhaps more unusually, the strips are sewn together by hand, as I hope that you can spot in this photo. This quilt top seems to have been sewn up by hand and then professionally marked by one of the professional quilt stampers of Allendale. The patterns are very similar to the older Sanderson star quilts that I saw at Beamish. This quilt came from a house clearance in County Durham and I hope to learn more from the dealer in due course, if possible. I think it may date from 1890 to 1900, although it is impossible to tell for sure.