Saturday, 10 March 2018

Re-imagining Jane Austen's Patchwork Quilt

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death last year a quilting project was inspired by the patchwork quilt made by Jane, her sister Cassandra and their mother.  Two quilts were commissioned as community projects.  This one is the Community Story Quilt, panels of which were made by various Jane Austen societies from around the world and local people.

Workshops were also held around Hampshire to make patchwork squares for a second quilt, The Admiral's Quilt.
I took part in the workshop at Chawton and my square is included in the Admiral's Quilt which is on display in the house.

This is the square that I made.
I was really pleased to be able to take part in such a historical project.
The original quilt that was the inspiration behind the project.
A local group of lacemakers were demonstrating bobbin lacemaking in the museum.

We had a quick look around the rest of the museum.  This is a special piece, Jane's writing desk.

Some lovely examples of babies bonnets, belonging to the Knight family.

Regency horn fan.
Portrait of the lady herself.

Our visit to Jane Austen's home is number two of our Thirty in Thirty.

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