Manchester Quilt Mini Exhibition

21st February 2018
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The Elizabeth Gaskell’s House Sewing Bee are delighted to present their Manchester Quilt in this temporary exhibition running until 5 March 2018.

The quilt, made for Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, is based on a bedcover from the 1860s called the Manchester Quilt. The design is traditional and is called Grandmother’s Flower Garden, consisting of over 2,000 hexagonal patchwork pieces.

The bedcover at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House has been made by a group of volunteers including Margo Singer, Eileen Owen, Christina Norton, Janet Martin and Polly Macleod. The Sewing Bee meets every Thursday 1.30-4pm in Servants’ Hall – all welcome. Just turn up.

Accompanying the quilt is a small exhibition providing more information on English patchwork, Elizabeth’s own sewing habits and other literary quilts such as the Jane Austen coverlet and the Bronte quilt.

The exhibition is in the Servants’ Hall and is included in admission.

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