Off to the Quilter

I finally finished the quilt back for my Valentine quilt and the Duck Duck Goose quilt. I will be very glad to see DDG go off to the quilter. It is very cute, and Tig will love it, but what a pain it was to piece.

The Valentine quilt back is solid Kona cotton in Cardinal. I thought of using one of the prints from the quilt but for some reason the solid red stuck with me. I don't have a pic of the DDG back but I pieced it with mostly the legions of ducks on blue and then pieced in the Duck Duck Goose banner from the panel. I hope it looks good on the finished quilt.

My quilter is Karen Farrell. She is my dear Pigwit's sister and does lovely quilting.

Now what to start on??


Anonymous said…
Hia Kigwit, thanks for popping by my blog. Well done with the quilt.

I love the Miss Read books too. Wood Green is Thrush Green in the books- my Great Aunt Agnes lived there- I'll be sharing pics of there too as well as a panorama of the market place (yes the same one as in the book!). I'm glad you enjoyed looking. Pop by again when you have a coffee break. :-)
Anonymous said…
In Medieval England the land was owned by one family usually, and so villagers came tied to the land of that family and the serfs worked the land and could keep something back for themsleves. Oxen to plough would be shared in the village as no one family could afford a tem by themselves. After the plague there was a shortage of labour and people were able to travel to get better land lords (lords of the manor) often with the bribe that they got some of the land for themselves. By the 1700s villages were small communities where each person had a few strips of land within the village fields.

In the 1800s came the enclosure acts from parliament which led to the field system and one person owning a whole field. Those who couldn't prove an entitlement to land ended up being labourers or migrating to the towns which were popping up as the industrial revolution took off. Those with money could buy the newly created fields.

I hope that helps a bit to explain why villages came about and were close-built settlements which relied on one another surrounded by fields.

In America the settlement pattern was very different where people had a number of acres to be a farm on virgin territory, so the farms are far apart compared with England.

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