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The 1718 Coverlet: 69 quilt blocks from the oldest dated British patchwork coverlet Hardcover – 8 Sep 2014

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (8 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1446304434
  • ISBN-13: 978-1446304433
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 1.6 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 486,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

Quilters will be delighted by this truly unique book which offers the opportunity to recreate the blocks in the earliest dated piece of British patchwork – the 1718 silk coverlet. 


The quilt is owned by the national quilting association in the UK, the Quilters' Guild. It features a comprehensive block directory of every block on the coverlet alongside instructions, traditional and modern, for how to recreate each block. Readers will learn about the discovery of the coverlet and how a replica was painstakingly reproduced using the original techniques. 

The 1718 coverlet is the earliest known British patchwork that has a date worked into the piece and as such can be used as a benchmark against which all other rare survivors of early eighteenth-century patchwork can be compared. It was purchased from the Browns of Aldbourne, Wiltshire; a wealthy farming family, which has been established in north Wiltshire since the seventeenth century.  

The coverlet was made using the Mosaic patchwork technique – a time-consuming method requiring the use of paper for templates. Some of the paper templates still remain in the coverlet and provide tantalising glimpses of printed and hand written text including bills, letters and printed text as well as hand drawn designs for the quilt.

Almost all the fabrics are dress fabrics, the majority of which show signs of previous use. There are over 120 different fabrics used and the oldest has been identified as being from the 1640s.

The coverlet itself is being exhibited at the Quilt Museum in York at an exhibition to coincide with the publication of the book.







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