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Tumbling Blocks Quilt

(Collection of The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles)

90 in. x 88 in. (229 cm x 223 cm)
Top: silks and taffetas
Backing: wool challis
Wadding: thin white wool blanket
Construction: hand pieced over papers
Quilting: no quilting; tied at intervals
Edges: butted. Fringed on three sides

The quilt was given to me by my husband, Philip, in March 1994. He had purchased it for about £220 from an antique dealer in Newcastle under Lyme, who unfortunately knew nothing about its origins. 

The silk fabrics are a mix of plain, plaid and checked fabrics. Some have woven patterns; others are printed. There is a mix of black with bright colours: red, yellow, blue and green. The backing is a plain dark red. The fringe is 12 cm deep, printed with a repeat floral pattern, expertly dated to 1930 and printed on an ALJABA machine.