This quilt is actually an incomplete one. It is only the top of the quilt. It was paper pieced and had the original papers still inside. You can read hand written words and numbers on it. Fascinating. Here is a close up.
The next quilt was stripy "thrift" quilt. The wadding was mainly made from a woven blanket, but had a cut up wool jumper in it. You can see the shape of the sweater outlined in the sunlight.
This section of the quilt (where the jumper was used) was very damaged. It isn't clear why. It could be something to do with the inserted jumper. It's hard to say. (Here's a picture of the back and front of the quilt)
The last quilt we looked at was a "whole cloth" quilt. The front and back are one continuous piece of fabric, versus a pieced top. It's design or art work was added through the quilting process. They are much harder to photograph, as you can see. Whole cloth quilts were mainly made in the North Country and in Wales. Rachel used the clues in the design to work out which area it was from.
Thank you Rachel and Vanessa (Director) for inviting me to visit you at Gawthorpe Hall. We are working on some exciting partnership visits in the near future.