Vintage and Antique Linens by Em's Heart
White Antique Whole Cloth
Item Number S20007
The whole cloth quilting style associated with Durham, England featured the stitching and design prowess of the maker
and so were often very well done. As with this piece, they typically had a central focus in a medallion style.
This piece is a fine example of an English North Country quilt and was recently imported from England. The center focus and medallion style were stitched on a whole cloth ground -- in this case, three panels were stitched together to form a single "whole cloth" presentation. The central star is surrounded by an intricate pattern of roses, feathers and finished with an elaborate swag that is punctuated with a star at the point of each drape. The outer edge is also swaged and punctuated with tulips in each corner. These quilts are sought after for their origin, age and complexity of the pattern. As with the cherished Amish Bride's quilts and the French Boutis style, these were often lavish expressions of design ability and exceptional quilting skill...and of course, we love them more when they are white!
This piece is finished with a knife edge which is consistent with the period and likely origin of the piece. Despite very minor fraying in a few places on the edges, it is in fabulous condition! At 9 even stitches per inch it represents considerable effort and skill in the stitching alone. It is lighter weight and has a cotton bat filling. This piece was lovingly cared for all these years and has been freshly hand laundered by me using the very best textile conservator's techniques. Superb condition. c.1890 - 1920's 85" X 90"
Antique whole cloth English North Country quilt
Em's Heart Antique Linens
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