Martha Jackson Quilt, Georgian
Probably the most significant quilt from the Tullie House collection is this beautiful patchwork bedspread made by Martha Jackson of Westmorland in 1790. It is also an extensive catalogue of samples of eighteenth century printed dress cottons and calicos, which presumably reflect the clothes worn by Martha and the Jackson family.
In places, the import stamps from the bolts of fabric used can be seen, and many of the patchwork squares are made from fabric remnants which have been painstakingly pattern-matched and sewn together.
The Industrial Revolution from the late 1700s to the 1800s allowed printed fabrics to be mass produced and, as prices began to drop, quilting became a more popular past time.
- Quilting was a popular past time for women of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This became more common when patterned fabrics were mass produced in the Industrial Revolution
I’m responsible for the art collections in the museum which cover fine art (paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints, sculpture) dating from 1650