Quilt historians have postulated that the graphic modern shapes and rich woollen colours of antique Welsh quilts are the origin for the much vaunted modernist quilts that went on to be made by the American Amish. Certainly, non-conformist religious migrant communities are documented as having stopped off in South Wales to restock ships as they… Continue reading Deconstructed Welsh Quilt
When I first read the story of the Hawick quilter Janet Pow (1884-1962) the fact that jumped out at me was that she lived in a mill town, and she came from an extended family of textile workers. Of course, she was also a quilter. I was already fascinated by the quilts she helped to… Continue reading My Lilliesleaf *Hawick* Quilt
A Scant History of Patchwork and Quilting in The British Isles.
I used to dream about what i'd do if I suddenly didn't have to do everything-else-I-have-to-do. When our lives were a constant dull hum of the front door slamming and car keys clanging as I whipped in and out of the house taking kids here, rushing to catch a train, running out to the longarm… Continue reading The Georgian Quilted Petticoat Project
I’m excited to be writing a new column in this quarters’ The Quilter Magazine* It is out at the start of December, so I wanted to take a moment to share with you my thoughts on the new column. Firstly let me tell you about the name of my column. ‘Modern Notes on Quilting’ is… Continue reading Modern Notes On Quilting
I was a quilter before I was a patchworker. The beautiful repeating nature of intricate patterns, the beguiling texture, the implied perseverance and diligence, the combination of delicate tiny stitches creating a strength to last generations. Everything about quilting fascinated me. My journey into patchwork and quilting was atypical. I bought a vintage quilt top… Continue reading The Misses Barron Quilt – Part 1.
Usually I post about a quilt once its finished but my plan is that this quilt is a long term make, and i've had quite a few questions about it so I thought i'd post a Part 1 to be going on with to explore the original inspiration quilt and my plans for my version.… Continue reading A Pinch of Mothering Quilt – Part 1
Since the end of last year I have been working on making a replica quilt based on the 1718 Coverlet. This amazing quilt is one of the most precious in the Quilters Guild of the British Isles Collection. It is one of the oldest, dated patchwork pieces ( The date 1718 an initial EH are… Continue reading The 1718 Quilt