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Friday, 30 July 2010

Treasures in the Trunk

Elizabeth Hake Quilt

Back of Quilt

I was very excited when Lizzie rang to so say that her mother was moving house and she had all granny Hakes textiles and wasn't sure what she should be doing with them and was I willing to take a look . Willing to have a look- well that was a silly question!

I drove to Wiltshire and collected the trunk , Yes It really was a trunk and it was an Aladdin's cave of all sorts of textiles, Lace, Dresses that she had worn as a child with the laundry mark in it EFB. Elizabeth Forbes Burnet.

Their were 3 quilts- sadly only one of Elizabeth's, she only made two and they were identical for twin beds. The only other quilted item was a tea cosy.

The quilt was a printed design in the centre and a cream almost tea dyed plain border. She had quilted over the whole quilt. If anyone does have the book you can see her head at the frame quilting in diagram 48. The one I saw must have had bleach spilt on it at some point. It had the embroidery mark EH in the corner of the back of the quilt.The other perfect quilt was with Lizzie's mother.

Also in the trunk were 2 Silk patchwork quilts and two cushions that again were very fragile. These were not marked but the fabrics looked very early. I will post pictures of these in my next post.
Till next time.


  1. Completely fascinating - what a wonderful experience to have. Thanks so much for sharing this.

  2. What treasures Sue and what a privilege to see them.

  3. How exciting...we love treasure chests! Will look forward to your future posts! What fun!

  4. Quilts in a chest no less?! Amazing and so cool!! A real ttreasure and I coulnd't think of a better person to have them.

  5. how lucky are you!
    that is so exciting, what treasures you have now. Thank you for sharing them with us.

  6. Oh Sue! How wonderful to be able to see her quilts and handwork!

  7. wow, that's amazing and wonderful for you!
    I love the tea cozy!

  8. What a wonderful moment for you it must have been to get up close and personal with such treasures.