The understairs cupboard that stored all my spinning junk supplies is right at the back of our house and is really not as large as my last post may have led you to believe – here it is, complete with sewing machine in front as a guide to the height of the door
Just to prove that I actually did make a start on the self-imposed ReLearn Spinning programme, here’s the yarn of the moment
The quilt cupboard is in the same part of the house but in the bedroom above and is much larger. Once upon a time (the house dates to 1640) there would have been a ladder stair going directly from beside the fireplace in the room below and coming out directly into the upper room. Before we arrived here 20 years ago both of these chimneyside places had been converted into very basic (ie unfitted) cupboard spaces with latch doors. And over the years it has proved to be a very useful space for keeping quilts, old or otherwise, and all sorts of other textile treasures – away from the keen gaze of Himself, who rarely ventures to this part of the house. There isn’t enough space to keep the quilts layered and rolled as they should be, but at least they can be away from sunlight and the attentions of the warring cats. Those of you who live with cats won’t need reminding that any self-respecting feline has radar that can detect quilted items, fabric, batting etc at a distance of several hundred yards and several brick walls. All of our cats have always felt that quilted texture is the perfect setting for them.
As there is quite a cupboard theme going on this week I thought it might be a good time to show a couple more vintage quilts.
The first one is crib size, never been used and is dark cream satin with carded wool batting. The quilting design is very straightforward, running feather with a diamond grid and a lined twist border. I bought this ten years ago from a general textiles dealer who had no information on it – my guess would be 1930s-ish. It’s nothing special, just very charming.
The second quilt is rather larger, being double bed size, but also 1930s-ish. Bought from Jen Jones fifteen or so years ago, this is a Welsh quilt, cream sateen fabric front and back, carded wool batting, green thread, and a once-fashionable frill. I use this quilt a lot for classes – the design is bold and simple and there is not one line that is perfectly drafted by our standards, but it is beautiful nonetheless. The first picture shows a folded quarter of the quilt –
Time to get some stitching done …