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American Museum- The Quilts

Warning-This post is a bit photo heavy. And I am not sharing all the pictures I took. There was just just much to see in the textile room.

Imagine one room full of woven tapestries and quilts, all hanging up behind glass, on a display a bit like you see for posters.Next picture a lot of ladies, completely unknown to each other making instant friends as they ooh and aah. Finally see the exodus of males- husbands, boyfriends and partners as they beat a hasty retreat!

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I loved the homespun look of so many of the quilts. This one had names embroidered on the individual panels.

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This one so much more precise. I love the colours.

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I loved the fans on this one and the embroidered details.. Sorry you can see my reflection in this one.

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I loved the cartoon type characters on this one and the comments sewn underneath each picture.

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This is a nine patch one. I don’t know the individual names for the designs being so new to the world of quilts. So many of them were hand sewn and quilted, which I just loved.

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How about this with embroidered leaves and animals on the pieces. That pig!

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And this one, so much to see

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I was especially interested in this hexie one as you can imagine.

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And this one , all in white with red images embroidered onto the fabric.

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I mean who can resist Mr Frog, or maybe he’s Mr Toad. I don’t know.

One last one nearly..

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I loved the head dress on this.

So what is a lady to do when she gets home….. Why dig out the pack of nine 15cmx15cm fabric squares and finally , finally , FINALLY,  do something with them.

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Look I managed to quilt the inside of each square. Bit of a pigs dinner in the middle hence the buttons!! Now I need to buy a 20 inch cushion pad. It is for use in the summer on our garden chairs. I am inordinately proud of myself for this one.

Hope you enjoyed the tour!

American Museum- Bath

It’s been a long cherished wish of mine to visit the American Museum in Bath (UK). Last week I fulfilled it. Full details of the museum can be found here.

My main reason for visiting was the textile room with the collection of quilts. Apparently they have so many they change the exhibition from time to time. I took rather a lot of photos of quilts and other exhibits so have split this visit into two posts. This one does not contain any quilts. I will post those another day!

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The museum is situated in this house. It doesn’t open till 12, but you can walk in the grounds and visit the cafe after 10.30 if you are an early bird. Being able to do this is a new venture for the museum called appropriately Early Birds. There’s a whole flock of them on the lawn!

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The views are wonderful.

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And the coffee and cookies weren’t bad either. Glad we were early birds.

Inside the museum you go on a walk through history. Here’s what caught my eye.

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These wonderful figures.

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A collection of black mammy dolls. Apparently there are few survivors of these dolls as they were loved to pieces.

Photography was allowed but no flash, so apologies for lighting issues.

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A series of rooms through the ages. I know you will all love the wool winder.

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I am not quite certain what this gadget it. Any ideas? Note to self , take a notebook to write this stuff down in!

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Now that is a Shaker style sewing box. The pin cushion looks so modern.

Quilts next time….. Hope you enjoyed this short visit with me. I can really recommend it.


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