Strippy Quilts

The strippy quilt is probably my favourite. I like the linear patterns and striking contrast of colourful stripes plus the fact that the quilts were made for everyday use.

The bright colourful strips with white make an attractive useful bedspread and often are found in the homes of the coal miners cottages in Northern England. Most strippy quilts date from 1850 to 1930.

They were generally constructed with 7 to 9 strips of alternating colours 7-9” wide, pieced together by hand or more likely a sewing machine which became available in the mid 1800’s.The patterns could be drawn and quilted with the strippy cloth on the quilting frame, which did not take as much skill or planning as the wholecloth quilts and were faster to make.

I recently bought a pink and white strippy quilt with several lovely designs placed in a symmetrical order. It has a running feather design in the centre. These photos show the overall layout and some of the individual linear patterns used on strippy quilts. The patterns usually ran down the entire length of the quilt and covered the width of each stripe.

Layout of a strippy quilt

A running feather with leaves and swirls

A running diamond with wave border

A large diamond with flowers and hearts

A running feather with diamonds

A trail

On a visit to ‘The Bowes Museum’ I was honoured to see the recently acquired quilt from the Hannah Hauxwell estate (thought to have been made by her grandmother).

The quilting patterns include cable twists, bellows with diamonds and waves, zigzags and trail.

The Quilters Guild Museum Collection also has a selection of strippy quilts including a striking green and pink one with lovely flowered backing. The back of the strippy quilts are usually plain, but can be floral or strippy on both sides.

This yellow and white strippy is one I have made which includes the Weardale Chain.

An example of the Weardale Chain

Strippy quilts are varied in colour combinations and amazing patterns. This one I made creating patchwork strips with scraps and then quilting the cable knitting patterns from the Yorkshire Coast.