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Northumberland Wedding Strippy

Northumberland Wedding Strippy

Strippy quilts were the everyday quilts - they were easy to sew together, economical of cloth, and easy to mark in the frame. However, this quilt was a wedding gift and is especially finely worked. This quilt was made in Woodton, Northumberland by Annie Walton, for the seller's  grandmother,. "I remember visiting her as a child - we had to cross the moors from East Woodton to get there, and I used to dread it - on the way we passed a gibbit used to hang poachers in the last century. It gives you an idea of how bleak the area was. As farmers they barely scratched out a living but were self sufficient and had all they wanted. Annie fished for trout until her eighties, and died with all her teeth."

"After a day of sewing and reaping, milking, cooking, cleaning, darning and child rearing, Annie spent her time quilting (by candlelight). All hand stitched, the time these quilts took to make was measured in winters, not hours".

The quilt must have been made about 1920. Grandmother kept it for best, and hardly used it.The quilt is made of cotton poplin with machine sewn strips 7"wide. The quilting is neat and fine, with 9 or 10 stitches to the inch. The white stripes are stitched with an elaborate daisy and swag pattern, and the pink strips have a running feather motif. The reverse is white cotton. The quilt measures 76 x 82 inches and has butt edged seams finished by hand. The wadding is thin cotton/