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, 7 April 2016
Floral and Pink Welsh Wholecloth
Here is one of the nicer Welsh quilts that I have seen for some time.....nicely quilted with some lovely patterns.....with a nice flower or star outer border....
The centre is filled with double lines and this is echoed in the corner fans....spirals in leaves and the corner....all very Welsh designs....
Four leaves in the centre coin surrounded by star/flower motifs..
Another look at a corner....outer edge neatly sewn by hand.
The reverse is a pink and green floral print. The quilting shows well on this side, too...
This quilt measures 66 x 81". The fabric is cotton sateen, of course, and the wadding is lambs wool.
The seller was in Northamptonshire, and unfortunately had no history for this quilt.
It is interesting to see how the quilting design has been manipulated to make the quilt rectangular and not square. New standardised bed sizes meant that quilts that were longer in one direction were needed to fit the more modern, larger beds. This trend towards rectangular was also seen in the Sanderson Star quilts that I examined.
You can see that the central panel has triangles at top and bottom on the photo, but not to the left or right. The two outer borders remain the same width on all four sides, unifying the design.
I live in Woodbridge Suffolk, and work as a teacher and bookkeeper. Born in Princeton New Jersey, I went to Smith College and Durham University where I studied Biology. I then went to Kings College London where I did research in Quaternary Ecology. For 17 years, I taught Environmental Science at Suffolk College. I am a member of the Quilters Guild, The British Quilt Study Group, The Traditional Quilt Group, and The Suffolk Guild of Bellringers. I also enjoy walking. I have a strong interest in nature conservation and belong to the Suffolk Wildlife Trust. I am also an expert in alternative energy, on which I have written several books. I have two adult children. I have two cats.