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The 2013 Quilt Trip to England and Wales

The 2013 Quilt Trip to England and Wales

The 2013 quilt trip takes us to England and Wales - threading our path through the beautiful English and Welsh landscape to find the quilt treasures on display here. And not only the quilt treasures! Some places closely related to much-liked authors like Jane Austen, but also Elisabeth Gaskell and the Bronte-Sisters, are also part of our itinerary...

American Museum in Britain

American Museum in Britain

The American Museum in Britain opened in 1961 thanks to the effort of three men: Dr. Dallas Pratt, an American psychiatrist and collector, John Judkyn, a British born antiques dealer who had become an US American citizen, and Nick Bell Knight, a furniture restorer based in the Bath area...

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The History of Dutch Quilts

The History of Dutch Quilts

If you have been following what we do here at Quilt around the World, you will have realized that we are very interested in quilt history and quilt and textile traditions around the world. So when we acquired “A History of Dutch Quilts” by An Moonen, it was clear, at once, that a book review was inevitable...

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143 Pyramids

143 Pyramids (Detail)

The name 143 Pyramids quilt alludes to a well known one block quilt layout called One Thousand Pyramids. The 1000 Pyramids pattern is a so called one patch quilt layout which means that each individual block consists of only one patch or one piece of cut fabric. Set side by side, a 1000 Pyramids quilt appears to consist of such a multitude of pyramids that its ambitious name seems quite appropriate...

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Three Quilt Jobs Every Quilter Would Love to Have (3rd part)

Lily Quilt

When you read about antique or vintage quilts, quilt tops or quilt blocks in quilt magazines or in books, very often you are told NEVER to even think about altering, repairing or finishing them. What would you say to this?

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Three Quilt Jobs Every Quilter Would Love to Have (1st part)

Vintage Lady of the Lake top

For European quilters, especially, your professions seem very out of the ordinary and certainly make some of us green with envy. Can you tell us how you found your jobs or maybe how your jobs found you... (25 September 2011)

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Three Quilt Jobs Every Quilter Would Love to Have

Baltimore Album Quilt

Outside North America, the quilting world and the “quilting business” are less developed and shaped very differently. Many activities are only possible because of the initiative of individuals who give their time and talent freely and without pecuniary compensation. And we hope that this will remain so for many years to come. However, we thought it worthwhile looking across the big blue ocean to America (and across the Channel to the UK) to learn more about three job descriptions barely known in other parts of the world: the quilt museum curator, the antique quilt dealer and the quilt appraiser.

All three have a lot to do with antique, vintage and old quilts, but many aspects, especially the treatment, storage and restoration of quilts and the appraisal and determination of value, are almost certainly of interest to the maker and/or owner of contemporary quilts.

For this interview, a first at Quilt around the World, we assembled a panel of interviewees, and are delighted to welcome Katherine Hebert from England (Collections Manager for the American Museum in Britain), Mary Koval from the United States (antique quilt dealer and fabric designer) and Diane Shink from Canada (expert on textiles, quilt appraiser and author) and to tell us more about their jobs, their daily routines, the challenges they face and the joy their profession brings them.... (25 September 2011)

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Quilting Designs from the Past

Quilting Designs from the Past

... While leafing through quilt history books is a very enjoyable pastime, it is also very time consuming. Here the book “Quilting Designs from the Past” by Jenny Carr Kinney helps out the quilter or antique lover seeking pertinent information quickly.... (15 March 2011)

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Florence Nightingale of Orphan Quilt Blocks and Abandoned UFOs

Double Pink Princess

Have you ever felt the urge to own an old, perhaps even antique quilt? (30 December 2010)

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Displacement Activities

Thousand Pyramids

A displacement activity can occur in a situation where two different instincts conflict...

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