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Strippy Quilt from Milfield, Sunderland

Strippy Quilt from Milfield, Sunderland

Here is a strippy quilt from Milfield in Sunderland. One side is an attractive floral cotton sateen in pink, and the other side is a pink and white strippy. I was attracted to this because of the superior quilting, this probably indicates that it is an earlier example, as the later quilts are much more simply quilted.

The strippy side of the quilt shows various patterns including feathers, bellows and a plait. 

What really attracted me is the motif with the close rows of quilting - not seen in later quilts - and a motif that I have not seen before which looks like doves end to end with added roses.

Although the stitches are not overly small, the quilting is dense, giving a lovely texture. The quilt is in good condition, with little wear, although there are some minor stains. Not bad for a quilt over 100 years old!

The seller said that this quilt came from her aunt’s house, who always had pretty things in her house. She did not know whether Auntie had made this - I suspect not, this looks like the product of a local quilter, as it is so well made and not a "one off". Sunderland seems to have had a lot of quilters.

Pippa Moss

For more photos of this quilt please visit Pippa's blog