North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions


17 May 2021 - 9 January 2022

This exhibition will celebrate the quilting traditions of northern England by showcasing historical and contemporary quilts that are among the finest examples of the craft acquired by the Museum in the last 20 years. 

North Country quilts have been made throughout the region for over 200 years, with characteristics including patterns being stitched through the layers, subtly creating softly sculptured surfaces.  

Contemporary textile artists now reference this tradition within their work, which will be reflected in the exhibition. 

Other examples will include a 19th century strippy quilt made by Hannah Hauxwell’s grandmother, wholecloth, pieced and chintz quilts as well as coverlets and much more. 

Curated by Joanna Hashagen, The Bowes Museum's Curator of Fashion and Textiles, and Dorothy Osler, Author and Exhibition Consultant, the exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue. 

 

Explore the North Country Quilts Virtual Tour below. 

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North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions Catalogue

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions Catalogue - £7.95

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions by Dorothy Osler accompanies The Bowes Museum’s 2021 exhibition of the same name. The 68-page, large format publication features each of the 26 quilts on show in double-page spreads. The full-page colour illustrations are accompanied by stories of where the quilts were made and who made them. International delivery available, please call 01833 690606 to purchase. Online orders may be cancelled if correct postage isn’t applied.

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North Country Quilts: Legend and Living Tradition Book

North Country Quilts: Legend and Living Tradition Book - £11.95

North Country Quilts: Legend And Living Tradition by Dorothy Osler accompanied the first 2000 exhibition of the same name. This 88 pages, full colour book has been reissued for the new, up and coming North Country Quilts exhibition at The Bowes Museum. International delivery available, please call 01833 690606 to purchase. Online orders may be cancelled if correct postage isn’t applied.

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Sanderson Star Cushion Pattern

Sanderson Star Cushion Pattern - £7.95

Elizabeth Sanderson designed her full-sized Star patchwork quilt as the master piece for her Apprentices. Once they had completed this Quilt they were considered able to take on their own pupils. The Sanderson Star Wholecloth Quilted Cushion has been especially designed for the North Country Quilts exhibition at The Bowes Museum. The quilting patterns have been taken from Quilts marked by Elizabeth Sanderson herself. The essence of the Quilt has been distilled from a 92 inch quilt into a 16 inch quilted cushion.

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Pack of 4 North Country Quilts Blank Greeting Cards

Pack of 4 North Country Quilts Blank Greeting Cards

Each of these beautiful greeting cards show intricate details of exquisite quilts in the North Country Quilts exhibition. Featuring Plantforms by Pauline Burbidge, a Strippy quilt by Elizabeth Hauxwell (Hannah Hauxwell’s grandmother), a Patchwork quilt and a Sanderson Star quilt, all part of the Museum’s collection. These cards are blank on the inside for you to write your own message.

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