my Victorian quilt

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    thought i would show the Victorian patchwork quilt i bought recently,in 1890 it won first place in a horticultural show and the prize certificate is still with it,one of the pics shows a piece of an envelope the maker used as a template (nothing was wasted in those days)IMG_0601.jpgIMG_0603.jpgIMG_0604.jpgIMG_0605.jpgIMG_0607.jpg
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    IMG_0610.JPGIMG_0611.JPGpics of the template,dated April 20th,1880.
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    Very nice quilt collection you have there, Ivy!! :)

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    That quilt with the piece of the envelope is a family heirloom in my opinion :)
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    That is a wonderful find Ivy. You have a real piece of history. I quilt,, but with a sewing machine. The woman who made yours probably sat and sewed by hand after the children were in bed. I think the pattern is called grandmothers flower garden.

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    Very lovely Ivy.....I love looking at old pieces like these and you've certainly found a nice one here!
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    thanks everyone,i just love antique textiles.
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    thanks Bobbi,how wonderful to know what the pattern is called,i did wonder....and yes it's completely hand stitched,must have taken months.
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    IMG_0612.jpghere is the prize certificate.
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    I thing it's wonderful that the documentation stayed with the quilt for 123 years. It's rare for that to happen.
    If you're up for a bit of detective work, you may want to see how much of the history of the quilt you can trace. If the Norton Horticultural Society which issued the prize certificate had records that still exist, that would be a good place to start.
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    yes it's wonderful to have that provenance,what a shame the ladies name isn't on the certificate,i did google the area but nothing came up,i might give it another try though at some point.
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    Here's something you can try right away. On the certificate, below the writing "class 13 patchwork quilt", there are two blank lines. Try illuminating the certificate under UV light in a dark room. It may show any faded writing, if there is any.
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    oh right,what could i use for UV light though?.....found something but no writing on it :(
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    This is a small quilt I made to send with my son when he went to Northern Ireland to visit family. All of the family here signed the quilt and then they all signed it. They gave it to a 97 year old aunt, the oldest in the family.

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    that's lovely Bobbi,what a nice idea to have the family sign it....can you imagine doing all that by hand though.
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    I can imagine it. I just don't have that kind of patience.

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    i like needlework,i repair victorian beadwork if it needs it and i can turn my hand to most things like repairing old textiles ect but i wouldn't have the patience for that either.
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