Friday, 15 January 2016

William Morris Quilt Three

This was my third Morris inspired quilt made between 1999 and 2000 and named "Morris Revisited". My reason for the name was because it was the third time I had revisited William Morris's work. Little did I know how irrelevant that word 'revisited' was to be - I think I have revisited Morris in my quilts over 30+ times now! …….
Really it should have been called "Dearle Revisited" as most of my inspiration for the quilt came once again from one of Morris's business partners John Henry Dearle. The central panel was inspired by his 'Apple' design from 1895-1900. It is hard to find on the internet or in books but I did find it here at the Smithsonian……
I've made some adjustments in black and white so you can see the central apples and large acanthus leaves that I used in the quilt…….
Two of the blocks were inspired by another Dearle design - 'Rose and Lily' from 1893. This luscious original wool and silk curtain hangs in the Art Gallery of South Australia so I was able to see it first hand……..
My Art Gallery resource book (Morris and Co. Designs and Patterns Art Gallery of South Australia 2003), tells us the following…….."Over a period of 34 years J. H. Dearle was responsible for 30 original designs at Morris and Co., his most imaginative period being 1888 to 1905. 'Rose and Lily' was designed by Dearle in 1893, while still under the direction of William Morris and was hand-loom jacquard-woven at the Merton Abbey workshop. The fabric is of woven silk and wool and was available in four colour ways - white, blue, red or dark green backgrounds. Like Morris, Dearle used the textile collection at the South Kensington Museum as a design resource. Dearle's passion for historic textiles is clearly expressed in 'Rose and Lily', which has as its source Italian 17th century brocade silks. Instead of Italian crowns, Dearle substituted roses, whose thorny stems create an ogee pattern framing two types of lilies."
It is nice to know that both Morris and Dearle gained inspiration for their own designs from the textile collection of the Kensington Museum (now the Victoria and Albert Museum), just as I am now inspired by both of them. Another source of inspiration in the quilt was 'Artichoke'. There is a Dearle design of the same name which was a wallpaper but the pattern is different to my source of the 1877 Morris Artichoke embroideries I had seen in books. These embroideries could be purchased from Morris and Co. as a kit and it was wonderful to see one of these when we visited Standen on one of the Morris tours in the UK last year. The silk design is simply stunning and you might be able to see elements I used all those years ago in my quilt…….
I was also fortunate to see the same design at the Victoria and Albert Museum some time ago but this time it is embroidered in wool…….

 So once again I am offering this pattern as a PDF download as my gift to you. The finished quilt is 64" x 64" (163cm x 163cm) but of course you could just use the centre as a wall hanging or even the blocks as a cushion. Enjoy x

13 comments:

  1. beautiful work, love seeing these older quilts that you made.

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  2. This is a great series of your quilts, such beauty. Of course I want the pattern even if I just sit and dream of doing something with it. Thank you.

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  3. This review of your quilts is marvelous. I cannot imagine doing those motifs in embroidery, amazing work. This is one quilt that I would enjoy doing.

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  4. Morris work is by far the most beautiful. I have done one of your quilts so far but have plans more. Thank you far your gorgeous patterns, you have done him honor.

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  5. Love reading about what inspires you when you design, will add this to my 'just do' list as well!

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  6. Beautiful quilts. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. Thank you again! I enjoy seeing the quilts you have made and reading about their history :)

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  8. your work is so lovely. Yes please to this pattern

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  9. Thank you Michele for reviewing your beautiful quilts and sharing them with us. I am enjoying the review and the history. Yes please I would like a copy of the pattern. (Canberra)

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  10. Thank you so much! I too would love to have this pattern. Have your books and enjoy immensely your lovely work.

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  11. Hi! I'm a huge William Morris fan, and would love to have this pattern. How do I get it?

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    1. Alison I just need your email address to send you the pattern, Hugs x

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