The ‘1718’, as it is affectionately known, was bought by The Quilters’ Guild at auction in September 2000. Until that time it had been in the possession of the Brown family of Aldbourne, Wiltshire, for many years. The coverlet is an outstanding historical piece, and the worked date of 1718 identifies it as one of the earliest known dated patchworks.
First published in the British Quilt Study Group journal ‘Quilt Studies’ vol 6, in 2004, we offer a rare opportunity to read this article by American quilter and quilt historian Laurel Horton, and gain an insight into the kinds of work pursued by BQSG.
The motto of Kipling’s mongoose was ‘go and find out’ and it is that sense of curiosity which is the driving force of the British Quilt Study Group.
At first glance, wholecloth quilts may not seem to provide much in the way of resources for research – two pieces of fabric stitched together with a filling between.
The British Quilt Study Group is the eldest of the specialist groups of The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles. Formed in 1998, BQSG has celebrated its twentieth year this year and celebration is not an exaggeration.