The discovery that beloved English writer Jane Austen (1775 – 1817) had made a quilt, and a visit to the author’s home in Chawton, England, was just the impetus that Karen Gloeggler needed to create a series of quilts (and a quilt book) inspired by Austen’s romantic novels. In this show, Karen shares how to find, and then incorporate, vintage fabrics, handkerchiefs, and doilies into your quilts to give them a period flair, and shows a clever technique for making a scrappy pieced border, perfect for a Jane-inspired (or any other) quilt. Then, in a field piece, we meet author and quilt historian Janet Finley, who has amassed the world’s largest collection of 19th- and early-20th-century photos of people with quilts, and take a look at the book she created to showcase them.
Karen Gloeggler shares both her quilt story and fascination with Jane Austen.
Karen teaches the tips and tricks to make a reproduction of the Jane Austen quilt
Karen shows how to make wonderful quilts showcasing antique handkerchiefs.
Janet Finley talks about owning what she believes is the world’s largest collection of early century photos of people with quilts from the 1850s to the 1950s.