Mary Cook and members of Mannin
This small quilt has been
pieced using ¾" hexagons. It was finished using
the "bagging" method (i.e. both top and backing sewn right
sides together and then turned right side out) and hand
This method of piecing is
known as English Patchwork to distinguish it from the American
preference for piecing using a running stitch and without
English piecing requires two
templates, one to cut the paper pieces and then a slightly
larger one to cut the fabric. These were cut to
order by the tinsmith or ironmonger. Our quilt was pieced
using pre cut papers.
Papers were cut from old
letters, exercise books or pieces of card and material is then
cut and basted over the paper. The individual shapes
are then over sewn accurately from point to point.
English patchwork although
fussy and time consuming does give accurate results and this
was particularly apparent in the complicated patterns favourd
by the Victorians where patches were often less than 1".
All tessellating mosaic
patterns can be pieced in this way. The two best known are
Tumbling or Baby Blocks using a 60º diamond and Grandmothers
Garden using hexagons.