I have an exciting announcement today! My research on early European and American patchwork quilts is being published by the Modern Quilt Guild in Modern Monthly, their quarterly online magazine! I'm writing a series of three posts and the first article just came out. The series explores European influences on colonial and early Euro-American quilting as well as the shift from these early styles to the block style layout we often think of when we hear the word quilt today.
Historical quilts and textiles are one of my passions and last summer I had the chance to see a truly amazing piece of quilting and patchwork history! The 1718 Coverlet is the oldest dated patchwork in the United Kingdom, that we know of at this point anyway. The piece is made predominantly from silk and is pieced over papers which are still intact in the coverlet, a process that we refer to as English Paper Piecing today. It is not quilted, hence the reason why it is called a coverlet and not a quilt.