01 August 2018

1718 coverlet

Back in 2015, I was excited about taking part in a quilt-along to make my version of the 1718 coverlet, after I had purchased Susan Briscoe's beautiful book, The 1718 Coverlet: 69 Quilt Blocks from the Oldest Dated British Patchwork Coverlet. The book contains the fascinating story of the coverlet, including a chapter describing how members of The Quilters' Guild of the British Isles constructed a replica of the original.



Well, it's three years later and I have completed only the centre blocks of the first three rows. My enthusiasm has returned, though, now that the original coverlet celebrates its 300 year anniversary. 

There's going to be an exhibition of coverlets made from Susan Briscoe's patterns at the UK Festival of Quilts this month, as well as the original 1718 silk coverlet. I so wish I could be there to see them all but, since I live on the other side of the world, I've only been able to visit the show once. Best quilt show I've ever attended! Will you be there?

If you can't see the quilts in the flesh, check out issue 38 of Today's Quilter magazine (I bought my digital copy through Zinio), which features a supplement about the coverlet and shows some recently made. It's a beauty!  



In the meantime, I've started on the two large applique blocks that book-end the first three rows. In recent years I have become more interested in applique work and find that my stitching is improving the more I do. So satisfying.



Are you using Susan Briscoe's patterns, too? I'd love to see your versions, so please leave a comment with a link to your photos. I hope you are enjoying this project as much as I am.

4 comments:

  1. I like the colours you have chosen for the next two blocks. I think you are brave taking on this project and look forward to more posts. Cheers Pauline

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  2. Yes mine has been on the list to finish too. Am thinking maybe making a smaller quilt of a portion of the blocks. Thinking there’s no way I’ll do the whole quilt. But not this year

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    1. I'd like to do the whole quilt but I'm not in any hurry. Have you chosen fabrics different to the original colours?

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