I am a quilter living in Woodbridge, Suffolk who has made quilts since I was a teenager. I also ring bells! Both are great British traditions....I will try to feature some of my antique Welsh and Durham quilts, the quilts I make myself, my quilting activities and also some of my bellringing achievements. Plus as many photos as I can manage. NB: Double click on the photos to see greater detail, then use back button to return to the main page.
Sunday, 9 February 2014
Strippy Quilt from Ashington, Northumberland
Here is a strippy quilt from Northumberland, an area that was well known for its quilters. This quilt has the cheerful red strips, but instead of white, these are teamed with a nice apricot color.
The quilt measures 77x 68 inches. June says that this quilt came from clearing her aunts house. The aunt was Ethel Sudlow from Ashington, and Ethel had inherited it from a relative. This quilt is a prime example of what I would call a club quilt. Nicely made, but nothing fancy!
Nonetheless, the quilting patterns are very attractive ...a running feather, a twist, a four petalled design, some hammocks and a flower in a square. The material is cotton sateen.
The quilting is nicely done, and was probably made by a quilter running a quilt club.
The ends are worn, as the ends at the top and bottom receive the most wear. Someone in the past has machine stitched some ribbon along either end. The quilt was finished with two lines of machine stitching.
I live in Woodbridge Suffolk, and work as a teacher and bookkeeper. Born in Princeton New Jersey, I went to Smith College and Durham University where I studied Biology. I then went to Kings College London where I did research in Quaternary Ecology. For 17 years, I taught Environmental Science at Suffolk College. I am a member of the Quilters Guild, The British Quilt Study Group, The Traditional Quilt Group, and The Suffolk Guild of Bellringers. I also enjoy walking. I have a strong interest in nature conservation and belong to the Suffolk Wildlife Trust. I am also an expert in alternative energy, on which I have written several books. I have two adult children. I have two cats.