They also provided a very important social function for the women who were often left for long periods of time while the men were away looking for work. These social gatherings were called 'sewing bee's' where the women sat around exchanging gossip and news whilst busily stitching away, keeping their spirits high.
A patchwork quilt as well as being timeless in design makes a change of decor in the bedroom easy - being multi-coloured - as there are so many colours to pick out for a different scheme. Teamed with white lace pillowcases and flat sheets conjures the quintessential cosy cottage image.
|American sampler New England style quilt|
The look is more country cottage than loft though abstract designs can look stunning in a modern interior setting such as the vibrantly coloured geometric design of the quilt below Solid Magic in Vibrant Solids.
|Solid Magic Vibrant Solids|
|Trip Around the World|
Another hugely popular patchwork quilt design and instantly recognisable.
|Stamps and Log Cabin|
Artists such as Grayson Perry have taken this concept further with his magnificently thought-provoking Right to Life quilt at the V & A quilts exhibition to great acclaim and raising it to a contraversial art form.
Today all the designs and many more are available to buy from The Linen Lace and Patchwork House set in the beautiful grounds of Jean Gibson's house in South Benfleet, Essex. Tel: 01268 793336