I was privileged to visit the Reeth Museum when on holiday in the Yorkshire Dales. Helen Clifford welcomed me and showed me several quilts, the hexagon patchwork, the beautiful mosaic quilt mounted on the wall and the red and white strippy I had requested to study. The front of the red and white strippy is made from red turkey twill fabric and white plain weave fabric. It is backed in plain white cotton and has a Turkey red binding, the wadding is probably cotton. The quilt has 9 strips and is 80” x 100”, the 7 central strips are 9 1/2” wide and the two white outer strips are 6”wide.
The arrangement of the pattern is interesting for a strippy as it has a border of parallel stitch lines in triangles and geometric curves, giving the central area a frame.
The central area is filled with a half wine glass, which is roughly marked out giving it an individual charm.
I worked in my sketch book to document the patterns and drew out (in a smaller scale) and quilted the half wine glass design. Although I am still trying to work out if she quilted it in curved lines or one circle at a time!
It is lovely to imagine a lady in a Swaledale cottage quilting this bright coloured strippy ready to put on the bed to keep her family warm over the bitter cold winter nights.
I hope to visit The Dales Museum in Hawes to see their strippys , there is certainly no shortage of quilts to study and my North Country Strippy pattern bank continues to grow.
If you are up in the Dales Swaledale Museum it is definitely worth a visit .