JANE AUSTEN COMMUNITY QUILT PROJECT, 2017

The Jane Austen House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire, has created a project to commemorate the bicentenary of Jane Austen's death. Participants from all over the world have been invited to create a block for this special quilt which will go on display in the museum in 2018.

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Quotes were taken from Jane Austen's novels, in particular Mansfield Park, to illustrate women's lives and how they were expected to behave in the home and in society. The hand stitched quotes indicate the restrictions placed upon women in the Regency era.

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Cassandra Austen's sampler which is on display at the museum was used as a starting point for this design.