The Cottage Orné Quilt

The Cottage Orné Quilt
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Friday, 15 November 2013

Another favourite Welsh Quilt

I have featured this quilt before on this blog but have since come across some better pictures of it -

It's in the collection of Ceredigion Museum and is in the group of quilts in their travelling exhibition.

Just after we has completed projects for Making Welsh Quilts, I came across a picture of it on the net in an exhibition of Welsh Quilts at the Green Mountain  College in Vermont.  I was very struck with the design and regretted that I hadn't seen it before as I would have like to have included it in the book.  Nevertheless, I decided to make a little version of it, but I didn't quite get the colours right!  Instead of the lovely dark green backing the central star, I used blue.  When I saw the original in an exhibition at Hereford Museum I was so annoyed because I loved the green, but it was too late as it had been quilted.

The picture on the Internet wasn't detailed enough to show the lovely crunchy swirly quilting on the original.  I had nothing to go on so I made up my own design, which I probably would have done anyway, because when you reduce the overall size of a quilt you don't have the scope for large flamboyant patterning seen on the larger quilts.  Now when I look at it I know that I should have put more quilting in one of the borders.  This annoys me every time, so maybe one day I will do a little filling in?

I have used an image of my version in this blog's heading and also for Christmas greeting, which shows that I am very fond of it -

Why do I like it so much?  It's simple design grabs attention and it is so Welsh in form and colour.  If I had to choose a pattern to represent Welsh quilts, I think would choose this one.  Oh I do wish I had known about the green!


Lynn S said...

Your quilt is beautiful! I love the heart design in the border! Hoping you will share the pattern someday too!

audrey said...

Your quilt is wonderful! Love the detailed quilting you did. The Welsh quilts are absolutely fabulous when it comes to the stitching aren't they?

Robin said...

The green is great but it's the blue that speaks to me. I think you made the right choice. I love the spirals in the outside border, such tight curves.

Sue SA said...

Just dropped in, saw an earlier comment about a reproduction quilt = think the shop has shut, but they had a blog, but couldn't search, cos I didn't know the name of the quilt
there are so many Aussies doing quilt reproductions patterns, I might have the wrong site!