JANE AUSTEN COMMUNITY QUILT PROJECT, 2017/2018

a GROUP PROJECT

The Jane Austen House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire, created a project in 2017 to commemorate the bicentenary of Jane Austen's death. Participants from all over the world were invited to create a block for this special quilt. Cassandra Austen’s sampler which is on display at the museum was used as a starting point for this design. 

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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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Detail at The Festival of Quilts, August 2018  Photo credit: Kathryn Green

Detail at The Festival of Quilts, August 2018

Photo credit: Kathryn Green


Exhibited in:

Jane Austen Community Quilt Project, Jane Austen House Museum, Chawton, Hampshire (2018)

Festival of Quilts, NEC Birmingham (2018)