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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.

Sunday 7 June 2015

Green Durham Quilt with Strippy Patterns

Here is a wholecloth quilt, which has been quilted with strippy patterns. The quilting is not elaborate, but is very attractive. I imagine that it must be a club quilt or one made by a church group. The patterns cover the cloth nicely but are not too intricate - ideal for a servicable quilt.

The quilting patterns include twists, fans, a four lobed pattern and a flower in a square pattern, arranged as if on a strippy quilt.

This quilt was much used in the past, which of course is to be expected as this was a utility quilt and not an heirloom!

The back is a white sateen, the quilting shows up nicely with the thick cotton wadding.

Another photo of the quilting.

I was interested to find this photo in Brenda Marchbanks book, Durham Quilting. It is a framed quilt with very similar strippy patterns in the plain centre.
This quilt was from a church group in Grangetown, Sunderland (1912) - I wonder if the green quilt might be from the same stable or area?


  1. Lovely quilting patterns, I particularly like the central panel with the fans and four-lobed pattern and it certainly does look very similar to the one in the book.

  2. Beautiful patterns, and to my eye, actually intricate, especially for a utility quilt (I guess it's all relative!). It looks to be in really good shape despite its age.

  3. Love the cable quilting and my favourite colour green. Thank you for sharing.