Patchwork Strippy Quilt
First on my New Year’s Resolution List for 2017 is to carry our repairs and restoration on quilts in my collection that need a little TLC. Armed with the excellent book ‘Quilt Restoration – A Practical guide’ by Camille Dalphond Cognac, I feel confident in tackling the intricate work needed to repair the quilts and to do so in such a way as to preserve their future.
Quilt Restoration – A Practical Guide by Camille Dalphond Cagnac
This beautiful English Patchwork Strippy Quilt is a stunning quilt displaying a great assortment of scraps tied together with a Turkey Red Twill. The red has held up well but some of the patterned fabrics have worn. Fortunately the white fabric is in excellent condition.
I purchased the quilt from the Antique Textile Company and Christopher Wilson-Tate provided me with information on the quilts provenance. The quilt is from a family in Alnwick, Northumberland, circa 1880’s and is a great example of North Country English Quilting.
Back of Quilt showing the cable quilting design.
To undertake the repair of the quilt I have cut squares of reproduction and vintage fabrics. Placing right sides of fabric to butter muslin, I stitch around the entire patch.
I make a small cut into the butter muslin, trim the seams and turn right sides out. I ease out the corners using a stiletto and press the patches. They are now ready to be carefully appliquéd onto the worn square.
Squares cut and ready to sew.
Pinned and ready to appliqué
Stitched in place.
The final step will be to replicate the quilting design over the patches.
To quote Camille Dalphond Cognac “Scrap quilts are a joy to restore because the fabrics are chosen to blend into the totality of as many as a hundred or more colours.” With many hours of joyous stitching ahead, I hope to complete this task so this beautiful quilt will be preserved for many years to come.
Hope your stitching brings you much Joy.