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1954. Traditional Quilting: Its Story and Its Practice

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Fitzrandolph, Mavis. 'Traditional Quilting', published in 1954 in Great Britain in hardback with dustjacket by BT Batsford, 168pp, no ISBN. Condition: good, with a slightly tatty dustjacket, worn and rubbed at the edges, particularly at the top and bottom of the spine, and with a large 4cm rip on the top edge on the back. A previous owner's name is written just inside the front cover. Price: £10.00, not including post and packing
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About this book: For more than twenty-five years, the author of this book has been studying the craft of quilting as it is still carried on, particularly in South Wales, and in Durham and Northumberland. With the help of a grant from the Rural Industries Bureau, Mrs. Fitzrandolph has herself visited many scores of the Quilters who continue actively to work at their ancient craft as a means of livelihood. In this book, she has gathered together the traditional lore of Quilting which she has learned at first hand from those who were practising it. It would be misleading to convey the impression, however, that Mrs. Fitzrandolph's book is no more than a dead historical record. Quilting is still very much a living craft and, through the work of the Rural Industries Bureau and of the Women's Institutes, it is one which is now once again on the increase. A most important aspect of this book is therefore its practical use. Mrs. Fitzrandolph describes very lucidly how quilts are made: how the frame is set up, how the patterns are marked, with or without templates, and how they are sewn. She is equally helpful about the materials used in Quilting: the padding and the covers of tradition, including patchwork in handsome, but almost forgotten styles, and the materials which can best be used to-day. Finally, it's important to point out that the author is a rich source of inspiration and example on the patterns most suitable for quilting. The numerous diagrams add greatly to this book's practical use. The 55 photographs will also be of great value to the craftsperson. There is a unique series showing the work step-by-step and there are illustrations of a few museum examples of quilts made during the last 200 years to show their affinity to the present day work; quilts which are still preserved in private homes and of modern work in great variety

Preface; Acknowledgement; List of Illustrations

1. The Background
2. The Quilters
3. The Work of the Rural Industries Bureau in Reviving and Developing the Quilting Industry
4. How Quilts are Made: Setting Up, Sewing, Various Frames; Seams and Edges; Pattern-Marking; Templates
5. The Materials: The Padding; The Covers; Materials Used Today
6. The Patterns
7. The Uses of Quilting
8. The Future of Traditional Quilting
1. References to Quilting from the Fifteenth to the Eighteenth Century
2. Old Joe, The Northumberland Quilter, circa 1745-1825
3. Quilters' Earnings

List of Illustrations
Half-Tone Plates
1. Quilt made by Mrs. Coulthard, Weardale, with feather twist border (frontispiece)
2. Silk petticoat, eighteenth century
3. Eighteenth-century farmhouse quilt of woollen homespun
4. Cot quilt in sea-waves pattern
5. Part of a wedding quilt made about 1911
6. Pieces of quilted blue silk probably intended for a petticoat
7. Mussel gathers at Runswick about 1870, some wearing quilted skirts
8. An unusual type of quilting frame from Weardale, with ratchets
9. Quilt by Miss Emiah Jones, Carmarthenshire
10. Yellow silk quilt, eighteenth century
11. Patchwork quilt made by Joseph Hedley
12. The Red Star quilt made by Elizabeth Sanderson
13. Part of a quilt by Miss J. M. Edwards, Glamorgan
14. Part of a quilt made by Miss E. L. Hall, Northumberland
15. Red and white patchwork quilt made by Mrs. Anne Paulin
16. A Welsh quilter nearing the centre of a big quilt
17. Mrs. Lace and Mrs. Olivia Evans demonstrating at the Welsh Folk Museum, St. Fagan's Castle
18. A County Durham quilter considers her templates
19. Needle-marking the outline of a template on the top cover
20. Using a penny to mark the middle of the feather pattern
21. Marking the other lines freehand
22. Oversewing the bottom cover to the runner
23. The stretcher is fixed with pegs to give the right width
24. Wadding is laid carefully on the bottom cover
25. Tacking along the near side of the frame
26. The three layers are "needled" along the far side of the frame
27. Tape is "needled" to all three thicknesses and looped round the stretcher
28. Sewing the quilt
29. Working in the opposite direction, the needle pointed away from the quilter
30. Showing the number of stitches taken up on the needle
31. Sewing the quilt; seen from the worker's point of view
32, 33 The quilter's left hand under the work
34. Red and white patchwork quilt, about 1870-75
35. Late nineteenth-century quilt of strip patchwork
36. Quilt by Mrs. Armstrong, Northumberland
37. A characteristic Welsh quilt
38. PInk and white patchwork quilt from Northumberland
39. Patchwork quilt in baskets pattern
40. White quilt with applied pattern in Turkey red and green prints
41. Red and white calico coverlet made of groups of gathered patches joined by flat triangular and rhomboid patches
42. Centre of a quilt with Tudor rose and other patterns
43. Detail of red and white calico coverlet
44. Quilt by Mrs. D. K. Walters, Glamorgan
45. Quilt by Miss. G. K. Evans, Glamorgan
46, 47. Typical examples of County Durham work since about 1930
48. Quilt by Mrs. Irene Morgan, Glamorgan
49. Quilt by Mrs. Edgell, Monmouthshire
50. Quilt by Mrs. M. Nicholas, Glamorgan
51. Part of a quilt made in Elsdon, Northumberland, before 1900
52. Part of an eighteenth-century cradle quilt
53. Small quilt by Miss Gwen Stone, Glamorgan
54. Cot quilt by Mrs. Jenny Hitchcock, County Durham
55. Small quilt by Miss Irene Morgan, Glamorgan
56. Small quilt by Miss Emiah Jones, Carmarthenshire

Line Illustrations in the Text
Quilting frames - medium size
Uses of circle templates
Border Patterns
Feather templates
North Country templates
Uses of bell template
Pattern units noted from old quilt-borders
Pattern units noted from old quilts


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