Joe the Quilter's Cottage, Beamish
Quilting has long been a traditional craft in the North East of England with the famous Durham or North Country Quilting.
I have a Durham quilt which I inherited from my mother in law after she died. Sadly I know nothing about who made it or when as she never showed it to me. I'll do a post about it once I manage to take some decent photographs of it. It's so large I haven't found a way to take them.
Beamish Museum has a lot of quilts and recently a new cottage has been built or rather re created honouring Joe the Quilter, a famous quilter in the North who was murdered in 1826.
Joe the Quilter's cottage was in Warden near Hexham in Northumberland and the team from Beamish researched the site and recreated the cottage in Beamish.
I had a half an hour to spare last week when we were doing our quilting at Beamish so dashed across to take a look at the cottage. Apologies for the quality of the photographs. I hadn't realised that we would be visiting the cottage so didn't take my camera. I must get to grips with the camera on my phone one of these days.
Musicians playing outside the cottage. Note the little puppet the fiddler was keeping going while he played. Multi tasking!
The interior was bigger than I expected but just a single room for living in!
Behind that wattle & daub wall was where Joe kept his chickens!
Wonder where Joe kept his quilting frame as it would have been pretty big.
Outside the cottage was a notice letting people know they could take part in an investigation into the murder!
We took a quick look into the church (another building taken down & built up in Beamish). There were some quilts and some boards showing activities relating to the cottage & quilting.
Small pieces of blue & white pottery were found when the archaeological dig was done and they were copied here by a local textile designer and artist.
She then designed a lovely cotton fabric using her water colour print.
Also in the church was a locally created new quilt. Couldn't get the whole thing into a single photo.
I particularly like this square of the little town of Alnmouth.
There's a lovely video telling the whole story of Joe the Quilter's cottage here.