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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 2 May 2011

Pink and Gold Durham Quilt

This is a quilt that comes from Durham county. I am hoping to find out more from the dealer when she next sees her "contact" - most often there is nothing, but sometimes there are some interesting snippets of information.
This quilt was not very expensive, as the edges are worn, but seems to have some quilting patterns that I have not seen before.
The measurements are 79 x 89 inches. The right side is a shell pink, while the back is an old gold colour cotton sateen. the filling is a rather thin cotton - a light weight quilt.The centre medallion is a feather wreath,
but there are some interesting scroll-type patterns seen on the rest of the surface. The centre is surrounded by goose wings and rose in a ring plus other scrolls.

The corner treatment is an asymmetrical scroll or spiral design.

On the border is a floral (tulip??) design.

Corner showing the two colours - north country quilts are often bi colour.

To look at the quilting patterns more closely it is helpful to trace the patterns onto polythene - I use a Sharpie pen. Here you can see the floral design - it is rather freely drawn and it seems that a template was not used. One half of the design does not always match the other half!! But the use of scrolls is very handsome and covers the surface well.

And here is part of the central cartouche - I will have to complete the tracing to see "what is going on" here. I like the rose in a ring.

You can see that there is a rather columnar set of feathers connecting the corner with the centre - they are rather V shaped at the base and the individual sections are rather straight.

And here is the corner device - an asymmetrical design - a spiral is surrounded by feathers and leaves , all looking very freehand, as if the quilter marked the designs out on the cloth with pencil or chalk.


  1. What a beautiful example of North Country Quilting! I like the color combination and the freehand drawn patterns a lot. The scroll-type patterns besides the rose in a ring near the center feather wreath seem to be the "cockscomb" - what do you think, Pippa?

  2. Well, you stumped me there! Andrea - did not remember Cock's comb - but have gone off to books on shelf - WI booklet shows something called goosetail which is spiral affair ending in feathers (looking something like a paisley pear shape) - also North Country Quilts by Osler (in back p85) shows swirl and cockscomb which does look very similar...all very interesting.

  3. I love thw way you trace the quilting ! How do you transfer the quilt markings onto fabric when you replicate the quilting lines on a new quilt?

  4. Hi Lynda - I have a simple light table made of four wrapped bricks and a large sheet of plexiglass with a light underneath - then I just place the polythene sheet under the fabric, pin in place securely and trace lightly. Of course you either have to turn the plastic tracing upside down, or place another sheet of plastic on top or the sharpie ink will tranfer onto the back of the cloth. But it is very easy to trace the designaltho time conuming of course. More details on the tracing method in a post from last year.