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Welsh Double Sided Strippy Quilt

This quilt has the popular “Strippy quilt” format of alternating lengths of two colours of fabric, machine stitched together before being hand-quilted. Although many of these were made in the North East of England, close inspection of the quilting designs reveals this one to be Welsh.

Whereas North Country strippy quilts always have designs such as cables, twists or feathers which run along each strip, this quilt has a quilting design more similar to  that on a wholecloth quilt, with a central “coin” and borders stitched over the entire quilt surface with no regard to the placing of the fabric strips at all. This habit is found on many Welsh patchworks.

This quilt (sized 81" x 69") probably dates from the 1920’s or 30’s, when bright, contrasting colours of satin cotton which would be generally considered rather eye-popping nowadays were very popular with quilters. One side has five strips, alternating between old gold and deep rose pink, while the other side is mainly salmon pink with two narrower side borders of what must originally have been a strong turquoise, which has now faded to a softer blue.

The quilting design of the central “coin” has radiating spokes surrounded by a simple cable within a double lined circumference. A quarter circle of this design appears again nearby as fan corners, and half circles of the same pattern again are found all around the final wide border.
In between are a row of concentric circles, and a border combining pairs of petals (or are they a rather straight version of a paisley pear?) with spirals.

The stitching is fairly coarse, partly due to the impossibility of fine stitching through the thick wadding - here probably cotton. The butted edge is finished with a line of machine stitching.