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Farne Islands Coverlet

Farne Island Coverlet

26 Farne Islands Coverlet

Maker: unknown

Date:1875–1900

Size: 171 cm x 197 cm (67 in. x 78 in.)

Fabrics: Velvets, silks and furnishing fabrics

Backing fabric: Paisley printed cotton 

Construction: hand pieced

This frame-style coverlet focuses on a central star within a star, set within striking squares on point. The borders contain star and hexagon shapes formed from diamond patches. It is hand pieced from velvet's, silks and furnishing-style damask fabrics, and backed with a paisley printed cotton. This quilt is thought to have been made by the donor’s grandparents while they were living on the Farne Islands in Northumberland. The grandfather was a lighthouse keeper, and the family would often have to travel across to the mainland in all weathers for food and household provisions. A possible source for the fabrics is a family member who was thought to have been a traveller in the silk trade industry.

The Quilters’ Guild Collection: 2010-3-A

This quilt will be shown in the BQSG's exhibition It's All in the Making: patchwork and quilting unpicked at the Quilt Museum and Gallery, St Anthony's Hall, Peasholme Green, York.  6 September - 30 November