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Books on British Quilting

Pippa Moss, December 12, 2012

It is useful to have a library of books on quilt history – but as they are mostly out-of-print, I thought that I would feature a few of the most interesting from time to time. Most of these could be found through used book sellers such as Amazon, Abe and the like. Or look at your Area Day’s sales table.

Making Welsh Quilts by Clare Claridge and Mary Jenkins

There aren’t very many books on Welsh quilts, apart form Jen Jones’ two books and her exhibition catalogues, but this book Making Welsh Quilts by Clare Claridge and Mary Jenkins is a good one with lots of excellent illustrations. It has patterns for several small quilts and some good Welsh quilting patterns – a good buy, lots of information and eye candy.

Quilts and Coverlets by Rosemary Allan

For North County quilts, this book based on the quilts at the Beamish Museum is excellent. It is Quilts and Coverlets by Rosemary Allan – a lovely book with lots of clear photos. No patterns but lots and lots of quilt history as well as social history of this area. One I keep going back to look at.

Quilt Treasures by the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles

The book based on the Quilters’ Guild Quilt Documentation Programme has recently been slightly revised and republished. It is an excellent book with much valuable information and a wide scope covering many types of British quilts. Again, one I refer to often. It is called Quilt Treasures by the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles.

British Quilts by Dorothy Osler

The final book is British Quilts by Dorothy Osler. Out of print but well worth buying, this book is the result of Osler’s research. Packed with information and readable with interesting photos, there is also a ‘how to’ section including instructions on making a strippy quilt.