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Wholecloth quilts have no patchwork – they just rely on the beauty of their elaborate quilting patterns. There are several included in the current exhibition of North Country Quilts at the Bowes Museum in County Durham, which I would thoroughly recommend if you can arrange to go in the remaining months of 2021. The quilt…

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The North Country Quilts exhibition at the Bowes Museum on until January 2022 contains some wonderful examples of typical British styles. In the last post, I wrote about the Strippy Quilts. Today the topic is the Patchwork Quilts. I’m going to start with a coverlet made by a 14 year old girl, Isabella Peacock in…

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Currently, there is a wonderful exhibition of Heritage quilts on display at the Bowes Museum, which is near Barnard Castle. These are all British quilts made in the North East of England from the mid nineteenth century onwards. If you think that all traditional quilts are made from blocks, you may be in for a…

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Historically, much of what we think of as “traditional patchwork” has its origins in the USA. Their “block” style is not really found in British patchwork quilts apart from a few designs such as the basket, which became popular in late Victorian times. This example comes from Cumbria. It was only with the American inspired…

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Wales is one of the Regions of the UK with a particularly strong tradition of patchwork and quilting. As part of the recent British Quilt Study Group seminar, I was able to view some of the wonderful collection of Welsh quilts held at St Fagans near Cardiff. Although we saw some beautiful wholecloth quilts too,…