The Dorchester Stitchers have recreated a patchwork quilt to make Hardy’s Cottage look more homely – ” as if perhaps the Hardy family have just stepped out for an afternoon walk”.
Dorothy Maggs, a regular volunteer for the National Trust at the cottage, noticed the patchwork quilt cover which had been on Thomas Hardy’s parents’ bed for many years was faded and sun-damaged. So she approached the Dorchester Stitchers to ask them to make a replica replacement.
The group of 23 accepted the challenge and spent more than 100 hours completing the quilt.
They sourced fabrics that were similar to the original patchwork, cutting out 296 triangles, 168 octagons and 82 diamonds. The finished cover measuring 5’7″ x 6’8″ is now displayed on the bed in Hardy’s Cottage.
Alison Blacktop, leader of Dorchester Stitchers said she was “thrilled to be given such a project and it has given enormous pleasure to the entire group”.
The design is appliquéd on to a plain cream background and in the centre panel are birds cut out from fabric. It is not padded but backed by calico.
Martin Stephen, visitor experience manager for Hardy Country said: “The quilt will lighten up the room again with its beautiful design and vibrant colours. It will be admired by the many visitors to the Cottage”.
A second patchwork quilt is currently being made by the Hardy’s Cottage volunteers for another of the beds. Hardy’s Cottage is currently looking for new people to join the team of volunteers at the cottage. If you would be interested in joining the team, email firstname.lastname@example.org