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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 19 November 2012

North Country Nightdress Case

Quillters have always made small items either  as gifts, or to sell. And after  WWII, there were quilting classes in which ladies made small items and lap quilts rather than bed quilts.

Here is a nightdress case that I recently bought on Ebay. It is  worked in gold coloured tafetta with a peach inner. It  measures 14 x 12.5 inches and is all hand worked.

The edges are hand stitched which is slightly unusual for north country work and makes me think of a class where "the correct way" was taught.

However, the stitching looks so even and well done that it may just be a gift  made by an expert quilter. It does not look to have been used.

The seller came from the Tyne and Wear area, and says she does not remember where it came from, but most likely an auction.


  1. What a facinating little piece. Imagine having a holder for a nightgown? That seems quite elegant.

  2. Beautiful! Sometimes I think we should start to use and make such little treasures again... they would increase the value of our days a lot. Thank you for posting it, Pippa!