Take a tour of Britain and the British Isles and see extraordinary examples of precious quilts from bygone days with our souvenir supplement, only with issue 42 of Today’s Quilter magazine.
This year has been a busy one for Christopher Wilson-Tate, owner of the Antique Textiles Company. Not only has he been travelling all over the world, he has launched three fabric collections in collaboration with Moda, all inspired by antique quilts in his private collection.
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He has also exhibited at the Bramble Patch, and worked with us to produce an exclusive supplement, inspired by his gallery of vintage quilts.
For those of you lucky enough to have visited the Antique Textiles Company in Hampstead, London, you’ll know why this is a must-see place for many quilters. Bursting at the seams with quilts from all over the world, every wall, chair and shelf you look at is covered with the most wonderful quilting and patchwork creativity. If you haven’t already visited, we really do highly recommend it!
Christopher himself is a wonderful source of quilting information, and remembers all the pieces he has bought, including details of their origins and the people he acquired them from.
5 things you’ll find inside the supplement
1. Tips for starting your own quilt collection
When you’ve built up a private collection of nearly 900 antique quilts, you know a thing or two about how to hunt them down! In our supplement he shares his tips for first time buyers of vintage quilts, from where to find them to tracking down the provenance of a quilt and how to preserve them.
“I rotate the quilts on display in my own home throughout the year and this way I get to enjoy the real treasures in my collection.”
Christopher is setting up his website this year and will be selling some of the quilts he has amassed.
2. Antique quilt gallery!
Enjoy over 12 pages of textile treasures Christopher has kindly shared with us – it’s truly a feast for the eyes as well as the heart. We love seeking out all the details and amazingly intricate techniques in the patchwork that his collection holds.
3. Sew your own heirloom
The lovely ladies at the Bramble Patch have created a gorgeous quilt pattern with full step-by-step instructions to complement Christopher’s new Regency Ballycastle collection for Moda. Find out how to sew this medallion quilt inside the supplement.
4. Find out how a new fabric range is created
Inside the supplement we reveal how Christopher worked with Moda to create two fabric collections inspired by the vintage quilts in his collection. His Regency Blues range was inspired by an early 19th Century Quilt.
“When Moda approached me with the idea to reproduce some of the fabric designs from my quilt collection we decked on a select few, but this one really stood out,” he explains. Each of the prints in the collection has been named after places from Christopher’s childhood.
Christopher’s latest collection: Regency Sussex, was released this month at the International Quilt Festival in Houston.
5. Win Moda fabric
Of course we couldn’t show you all this fabulous fabric without the chance to win some! Christopher’s second collection with Moda is inspired by an 18th Century Irish chintz patchwork quilt that he named Ballycastle.
We have a Fat Quarter bundle of the range (worth more than £100) for one lucky reader to win.