The Cottage Orné Quilt

The Cottage Orné Quilt
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Thursday, 22 November 2012

Another great British Patchwork.

Following on from a wonderful American quilt, here is a fabulous unquilted patchwork coverlet, most probably English, but now in New York in the collection of the Metropolitan Musuem of Art.


here is the link if you want to zoom in on the fabrics.

What intriques me is what the museum says about it -  

Patchwork quilting is usually associated with America, but it also has a tradition in Europe, particularly in Germany and England. The number of differently patterned printed cottons used in this quilt top, ranging in date from the 1790s to the 1820s.

Now how can I say this without causing any offence, but Germany doesn't spring to my mind as a cradle of traditional patchwork and quilting?  Can anyone reading this fill this gap in my knowledge - I can't find much on Google? Could the Met. have got it wrong and meant Holland?


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Evy en Petra said...

Maybe they are thinking of the Amish who originate from Germany.

One way or the other, the American patchwork tradition was brought in from Europe. As far as I know the Indians didn't quilt :)


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Jeanneke said...

This really is a beautiful quilt, I'm wondering if someone already had the courage to reproduce it...
Think you're right about Germany, maybe they confuse 'Deutch' (from Germany) with 'Dutch' (from Holland)?

Andrea said...

I agree with you,we here in Germany don't have a quilting tradition like UK has. As far as I know quilts had been made, but today only a few are preserved in museums. But we are working on creating a tradition! :)