In September 2017 Crow’s Eye Productions released a film commissioned by the Lady Lever Art Gallery and National Museum of Liverpool showing how a Lady in the 18th century got dressed. It went viral with over 3 million views so far! Nick and Pauline decided to do a followup film showing the dressing of an 18th century working woman.
The film was going to be set in an attic room and we were asked to help dress the set by recreating an 18th century quilt. Martha and Jackie pieced the quilt using 18th century reproduction fabrics and a typical simple quilt pattern for the time.
Emily quilted it during our November Juki Club Retreat. The quilting pattern came from the 18th century quilted petticoats that were popular at the time. the quilting is intricate and skillful which is a beautiful contrast to the simple pieced top.
Many poor seamstresses were exquisite stitchers. As such, they could transform a basic functional item like a quilt, into a work of art. Poor people could create things that were useful AND beautiful. Which as you know is the theme of the Arts and Crafts movement.
It was fun to make something quickly that looked so old and fit beautifully in the 18th century setting. Having the right tools makes all the difference. The film prop quilt was pieced on the Juki DX7 and quilted on a Machine Quilter frame using the Juki TL QVP Mini straight stitch sewing machine.
Here’s the quilt with Emily showing front and back with the light really showing off the quilting.