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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.

Monday 12 April 2010

Quilt Study Day in Essex

Here is a report that I am sending to the Region 8 Newsletter:

Region 8 Quilt Study Day - February 28th 2010 in Rochford, Essex

The day that we had planned for so long finally arrived - and it proved a full and interesting day. We all arrived on time, despite the heavy rain and malfunctioning traffic lights. There were 14 attendees - from Chelmsford, Southend, and Suffolk and also Kent and Oxford. The two textile experts, Pauline Adams and Bridget Long, came from Hertfordshire.

First Pauline showed us a range of quilts to highlight regional patterns and styles. North Country quilts included a club quilt, two stamped quilts and a strippy. Then Welsh quilts: a country quilt, a beautiful Rural Industries quilt and a Welsh strippy. We then saw Mary’s Hawick quilt, ending with Pauline’s Red Cross quilt and Bundles for Britain quilt.

Bridget then had the task of explaining about printed fabric dating and dyes, bringing a range of quilts and quilt tops. Pauline brought some family quilts as well. Some of these quilts had been featured in Quilt Treasures. Lots of questions here and close examination of individual fabrics.

After a delicious lunch prepared by Alex, we examined our own quilts brought in to show the group. Even a large hexagon top from the 50’s and rescued from a house clearance was of interest - Bridget warned us that we mustn’t be dismissive of recent history - this quilt was a showcase of 50’s fabric and the papers were social history. Many of the quilts were late 19th and early 20th century but several proved to be older than thought with the oldest c 1800.

The day was rounded off by tea and homemade cakes before everyone departed. All in all a very enjoyable day in which we all learned a lot and also consolidated what we already knew. Many thanks to Pauline Warwick for organising this and for Alex Rankin for hosting this day in her lovely sewing room.

Pippa Moss


  1. Hi Pippa, My friend Sue M came on the QSD and really enjoyed it. I started blogging back in January I found it scary to start with but am now thoroughly enjoying the new friends and contacts I am making. I am also a member of BQTHL which is where I saw the post about your blog. I shall look forward to following your blog.

  2. Hi Pippa,
    You mentioned 'Rural Industries quilt' as if that style was totally recognizable. I know about the sheets of quilting patterns the RIB printed but can you talk at greater length about what makes a Rural Industries quilt? Many thanks-your blog is lovely!
    Pepper Cory, North Carolina USA

  3. I am so happy I found your blog. I LOVE hand quilting and have wanted to do a whole cloth quilt forever.
    I am very intrigued with the quilt you recreated from the antique quilt in your post Good News.
    Can you show us a picture of the whole quilt? would love to see more sections of the design
    thank you!

  4. Kathie, I will try to post a bigger photo but its not always so easy to photgraph these wholecloth quilts!! Pippa