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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.

Thursday 14 June 2012

Paisley Quilt from Devon

Here is a large and heavy quilt, cheerful with red paisley fabrics.  This quilt came from a seller in Devon -  it was sold by an elderly man; apparently it was made by his mother and he was clearing out her effects.

The quilt is extremely heavy and it is obvious that it is a recovered quilt. I have not peeked inside - but you can feel ridges where the quilting is. It has been recovered with scraps of fabric. The size is 66 x 73".

Most of the fabrics are red, but there are two pieces that are darker.

I like to see the red fabrics - this one has charming fans  -

and this one has pansy flowers....

.....while this fabric has the traditional paisleys. The quilting pattern is a rough grid.

I have previously open up another recovered quilt - alas, no hidden gem, only a rather ordinary welsh quilt in a beige colour..... obviously recovered as it was getting rather tatty. Recoveringa quilt was a way to extend the life of a quilt - important when people were poor and hadn't much money.

This quilt came from Devon, but with Wales not far away, I think that it is probably a recovered Welsh quilt, as you can feel the spiral quilting designs.


  1. Let's take bets as to how long before you go peaking in a seam or two to see what might be "in there".... The red fabrics are great --- would not mind have yardage of several of those for my shelf.

  2. Love to know what's inside. Do keep us posted if you are tempted to take a peek .

  3. These are really beautiful fabrics! And if I were you I couldn't wait any longer to take a peek inside the quilt...

  4. I am off to York just now for a Treasurers' meeting, but I will try to have a peek when I get back - will also show you the other recovered quilt that I have...Pippa