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COVER STORY; Quilts with tales to tell Art.

Byline: JULIE CHAMBERLAIN

PATCHWORK masterpieces are the stars of Coventry's new exhibition.

Intricate pieces of work demonstrate the patience of their creators on both sides of the Atlantic in Stitch In Time at The Herbert.

It tells the story of patchwork from the 1700s until the 1970s - though unfortunately doesn't make the leap to the present day when Tracey Emin has used patchwork quilts extensively in her art.

The patchworks come from a collection by Jane and Peterson Cobbett, who are both giving workshops, a talk and tour while the exhibition is on.

Well-written labels with each quilt describe the technique used to make it and often a little about the person who did the sewing.

It's amazing that Sarah Whinfield's quilt made in 1808 when she was 16, missing a few squares and with a few marks, has survived her tough life as a farmer's housekeeper to be passed to her niece and end up on show here.

A mosaic hexagon coverlet from the 1860s is believed to have been made by a boy, unusually, while convalescing, and includes 12,000 tiny hexagonal pieces in an aweinspiring design.

There's a distinctive Amish quilt from the 1950s, and a folk art appliqu quilt from the 1860s-80s, with symbols including birds, flowers and animals, believed to have been made by Pennsylvanian Dutch settlers.

There's an appliqu work from Scotland, one from Rowley Regis made to look like stained glass, and an English design from the late 19th century with patterns influenced by imported Japanese fabrics.

There's a chintz and cotton quilt from the 1790s, with the material more expensive than most, and a warming and simple Canadian Red Cross quilt made in the second world war for military personnel and their families in Britain.

Imaginatively, in the US Depression people made clothes and quilts from cloth feed sacks and there are examples of them here.

For anyone like me who is filled with horror at the mere thought of threading a needle, this exhibition showcasing the artistry, patience and hard work involved in patchwork is amazing, and for fans there is technical information which is also informative.THERE'S exhibition Floor One Coventry-mixed media until tomorrow seeds, buttons portraits and oil paintings Jackie University taught across retiring to LeicestershireRUGBY-Bill Zygmant BRUSHSTROKES* THERE'S a final chance to see an exhibition at Rugby Art Gallery's Floor One space.

Coventry-born artist Jackie Terrett's mixed media paintings are on show until tomorrow and feature fabrics, seeds, buttons and threads to create portraits and landscapes, plus some oil paintings inspired by North Wales.

Jackie studied art at Coventry University in the 1980s, and then taught across the Midlands before retiring to split her time between Leicestershire and North Wales.* RUGBY-BASED photographer Bill Zygmant is holding an exhibition of his photographs at a new Rugby gallery, above the Verve bar in North Street. They include images from his time as a Fleet Street photographer in the 60s and 70s of stars such as The Beatles and John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

* THE Association of Midland Artists is holding its late summer exhibition in the Atrium of the Bath Place Community Venture in Avenue Road, Leamington, with all works for sale. The AMA has attracted new members this year and the exhibition includes work by some of them.

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DISTINCTIVE: A hand-pieced Victorian silk ribbon quilt on display at The Herbert, and (below) a mosaic coverlet INTRICATE: A log cabin quilt on display at The Herbert in Coventry.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Aug 12, 2011
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