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If You Quilt It, They Will Come

‘Northern Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions’ celebrates the quilting traditions of northern England. You can see it at the Bowes Museum.

This fine exhibition showcases historical and contemporary quilts that are among the finest examples of the craft acquired by the Bowes Museum over 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 is reflected in the exhibition. Other examples include a 19th century stripy quilt (made by Hannah Hauxwell’s grandmother, no less), whole cloth, pieced and chintz quilts, as well as coverlets and much more. (Note: on 20 November, there is a Giant Cozy Kindness Quilt Family Fun Day at the museum, with different workshops for all ages – details from the website, below.)

Northern Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions, until 9 January, The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle.