Jane Austen’s House – Jane Austen Pillow Cover Kit (Boxed)
Item Number: KT-17451
Release Date: November 2020
Item Description: The Jane Austen Pillow Cover Kit includes pattern and fabric for pillow top and back. Fabric featured is Jane Austen at Home. Comes in a keepsake box. Finished pillow size is 20″ x 20″. Box size is approximately 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ x 4″.
The fabric of Jane Austen is available for the first time ever! Riley Blake Designs has reproduced these beautiful floral prints to make this stunning part of history available to everyone. To make this collection even more unique, we designed fabrics using music written by Jane Austen, as well as passages from her personal letters. These treasured pieces of history are owned by the Jane Austen House. Join with us in recreating Jane Austen’s Pillow Cover Kit for gifting or keeping. Official licensed product.
Washing Instructions: Machine Wash Cold/Tumble Dry Low
Information about the Quilt Made By Jane Austen, Her Sister Cassandra and her Mother:
Jane Austen’s house is in the charming village of Chawton, Hampshire. UK. It is the place where Jane wrote or revised all her published novels and is visited by over 40,000 people each year, from all over the World. The house contains items that belonged to Jane, including her writing table and her ring.
One of the most popular exhibits is the quilt made by Jane, her sister Cassandra and their Mother. Strictly, it is not a quilt, but a coverlet as there is no layer of wadding, simply a patchwork top with a cotton backing. It is a medallion quilt measuring 91 inches x 105 inches with a large central motif in chintz, cut as a diamond. This is surrounded by a central panel of 232 smaller diamonds, each with edges of 30mm. There are over 2500 of these smaller diamonds in the border. All the stitches are joined by very fine whip stitch – there are approximately 12 stitches per inch, which is quite remarkable given the lighting conditions of the period.
The fabrics used in the central panel are block-printed dress weight fabrics and are arranged in alternating rows of darker and lighter. Those in the outer edge are a mix of block and roller printed materials and include both dress and furnishing fabrics. There are many remarkable things about this quilt, aside from the fact that it was stitched by one of the world’s favourite authors. The central panel of diamonds shows fourfold symmetry in their placement and the tiny diamonds in the outer edge are also placed symmetrically with top and bottom and left and right sides matching. There is also extensive use of fussy cutting in the diamonds. This was a carefully planned quilt. The diamonds are 70 degree and 110-degree angles, which is unusual, and the sashing joining up the central diamonds is composed of short pieces, rather than continuous lengths – perhaps fabric left from a previous project? We have not found another quilt like this anywhere, it is truly a unique piece (although there are rumours of other quilts made by the Austen ladies, and this was clearly not the first quilt they had made in terms of the quality of the design).
We do not know the exact date of this quilt, but do know that the Austens were working on a quilt in May 1811, as Jane wrote in a letter to her sister Cassandra, “Have you remembered to collect pieces for the patchwork – we are at a standstill”. Cassandra was staying with her brother Edward on his estate in Kent, where the re would have been fabric pieces available from the dressmaker who made clothes for his eleven children.