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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, 10 April 2014

Welsh Cot Quilt - Hywel

Here is a lovely little Welsh cot quilt. It is obviously well used, I suppose this is part of the charm of these small quilts.... It has also shrunk a bit, as it has undoubtedly been washed repeatedly...

The little quilt is treated as a wholecloth, with a grid enclosing spirals and four petalled flowers.

One side is white and the other side pink. This quilt measures 29.5 inches by 22 inches, and was found in Carmarthen.

In the centre of the quilt, the baby's name...Hywel.... Made by mother or grandmother? Hywel is a masculine Welsh name, and the anglisized version ( not often found in Wales) is Howell.

The edges are neatly hand sewn. This quilt is filled with wool and has a lot of bearding...

I dug out other crib cot photos - this one is also welsh and is patchwork, also very worn... 

Here is a north country one, and quilted with border patterns and having a frill... 

Another North country crib quilt, with an all over design with daisies....

I am trying to mark some quilting over Easter. I have a small piece of purple glazed cotton which I will use to mark a cot quilt. I want to try out the smallish traditional frame that I bought at is ex Angela Brocklebank......I will also try to start marking a larger quilt for which I have been drafting patterns. 

The purple cloth requires light markings, so I'll be using my remaining Karismacolor chalk pencils....they are difficult to source now. For the larger quilt, I will use a very light mechanical pencil, which has worked well for me in the past on light coloured fabrics.

My Hawaiian quilt is finished and has been bound, the sleeve applied and been de-furred. It is to go off to Malvern soon. I have been asked to return the hand applique cup with the quilt. I will try to take a photo of this quilt before I send it off.

I bought a copy of the May British Quilting and Patchwork magazine and noticed that this blog has been mentioned on their Wandering the Web page. I'll try to publish posts on some quilts that have stayed in draft for a while!

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