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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.

Wednesday 25 March 2020

Chalybeate or Zany Quilt

This is a Welsh quilt made in Aberythsweth by Mrs Annie Davies who lived above a drapers shop in Chalybeate Street. The quilt was bought from Jen Jones, who has another quilt by Annie.

Jen asked to borrow this quilt for this years show at her museum in Lampeter. The intention is to do further research about the drapers shop at archives in Aberythsweth, and to hang the two quilts over a re-created drapers shop. It should look stunning.

The quilt has been posted off and received by Jen, I only hope that the current lockdown does not delay the exhibition too much. I am really hoping to see this exhibition!

Sunday 15 March 2020

Lilac and White Sanderson Star Quilt

Here is a recent purchase. I have a special interest in this pattern, the Sanderson Star, so was pleased to acquire this quilt at a reasonable price.

 This quilt measures 81" x 93". It is in very good condition with no wear or spots.

The quilting patterns are rather simple compared to the earlier quilts, so may be a later quilt. The designs seem to have been stamped, or marked by a quilt designer, but are simplified. For example, in the star there are the usual rose and fern, but not as detailed as earlier quilts.

 It is also not square. Beds changed shape during the 20th century, and quilts became rectangular in shape to fit the new-sized beds. In this pattern, which was very popular, the centre stayed the same but the borders in one direction were enlarged to create a rectangular quilt. When I get a chance to measure, I will confirm this.

The quilt came from an established dealer in the North East who has her own collection of quilts. No further information on this quilt.