Arts & Crafts

Patchwork Patterns 2

I promised some pictures of different quilts; here are some interesting examples from many countries....
Quilts have different traditions in countries across the world.
Here are some examples.
I have chosen a wide variety, because all kinds of techniques are used, applique, embroidery, and one of my favourites, log cabin(which is brilliant for a shadow and sunshine effect).
This is a log cabin quilt.

              
Some of the quilt stories are truly amazing.
First,the oldest piece of patchwork, from China.
What a story!
In 1900 a wandering monk discovered what were later known as The Caves of the Thousand Buddhas, hidden behind a concealed door by the roadside.
The caves, dug out by monks over many hundreds of years, beginning late in the 4th century, contained art, textiles & other priceless articles.
One of them was this pieced silk altar valance, dated 8th to 9th century AD.
More than 56 fragments have been sewn together, possibly silk pieces left by people who were hoping to have children.


Indian quilts are often made from threadbare traditional clothing, which has to be layered to achieve the desired thickness, then is quilted & embroidered using threads pulled from the coloured sari borders.
The muslim community in North Jharkhand made this quilt.

                         
Here is a traditional Double Wedding Ring quilt from Texas, c.1935.
It was hand-pieced & hand-quilted.

       
Another traditional design is Double Irish Chain.
This one is from County Donegal, Ireland,1890.
It was made by a farmer's daughter, name unknown, and is hand-quilted in a pattern of waves.
It was difficult to photograph because it was unevenly stretched, but you can see the border on the left.

             
This Crib Quilt is from the Netherlands,1834-1945.
Antje Gjalts,Reitsma, made it when she was 17, and embroidered her initials & the year in the centre of the 8-pointed star.

            
Here is another quilt with a story.
It was made in 1841 by an unknown group of convicts on board the Rajah.
They embroidered the following ( central bottom border ):
                                  To the Ladies of the Convict Ship Committee
                                This quilt worked by the convicts of the ship Rajah
                                       during their voyage to Van Diemans Land
                             is presented as a testimony of the gratitude with which they remember
                              their exertions for their welfare while in England and during their passage
             and also as a proof that they have not neglected the Ladies kind admonition of being industrious
                                                               June1841

            
Next, a contemporary Swedish Quilt, by Britt Stigebrandt, 2007.
Machine pieced, hand quilted.
I love this for its vibrant colour.

                
This Farm Life quilt,1932, is from South Australia.
It has alternate embroidered and quilted squares.
A warm, homely quilt.

                 
Finally, a Baltimore Star quilt from the 1800s.
This quilt contains hundreds of hand-pieced same-size diamonds.
The pattern demands absolute accuracy of cutting and piecing, because any minute mistake is magnified as you work outwards.

     
I hope you have enjoyed these examples of the craft.
Like hand-knitting or embroidery, there is much pleasure and peace to be gained from patchwork.
I have spent many happy hours dreaming and stitching: all kinds of thoughts gently coming and going in my head.
Poetry, memories, all stitched into the work in my hands.

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