I am an antique textile dealer and also make things from a variety of my textiles,usually things that are distressed and can be recycled to extend their life and enjoy their beauty or workmanship.
I buy antique quilts exstensively ,log cabin pattern is my favourite. "Paisley" shawls are another passion of mine,even the damaged ones find a good home with me! love the colours, so rich.
I have a soft spot for anything in wool, must be my Northern roots and upbringing,Blankets, sweaters, tweeds and felts , the more rustic the better.
Lizzy and I share a love of French linen and textiles and have a joint collection , " Franglais " which we source together on our travels, bedlinens , soft furnishings , sheets for curtains , the more rustic the better we like them Handwoven linens and hemps from the 19th cent. wonderful shirts and chemises.
Even with the wear you can still see the beauty of this quilt ! The fact it is quite densely quilted has contributed to it surviving and in the photographs the design is quite clear. It has a hole in the middle right through and there is quite a lot of wear , despite this I decided it needed a good soak in the bath and after a few changes of water I rolled it up and took it to the garden to drip. I was rewarded with the colours I loved in it being much fresher and the whole thing looking much brighter and nice and clean. The backing is gorgeous and quite early , I would think early to mid 19th. I am going to try hanging it from a batten on my spare room wall where the red and white used to be, will let you see the result if it looks ok