Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Dutch Quilts

Reproduction quilt by Petra Prins
 from an antique quilt found in
An Noonan's A History of Dutch Quilts.

Somehow Americans have lost most memories of our Dutch heritage. Nineteenth-century writers focused on England when they wrote about the sources for American culture from holidays and foodways to needlework and quilts. It's time to explore the Dutch history of quilts and Petra Prins has a new book to guide us.

Treasures from Holland  has patterns for a dozen reproduction quilts based on Dutch antiques..

The publisher is the French QuiltMania and the instructions are in Dutch, French and English.

See more Quiltmania books here.

The cover quilt by Petra

She owns a quilt shop in Amsterdam called Den Haan & Wagenmakers, which sells wonderful reproduction fabrics.

Petra recently showed her quilts at an exhibition in Alsace. I found a post with pictures here at Journey of a Quilt Lover's blog:
 I first read about her quilts on Moda's Cutting Table blog. http://modafabrics.blogspot.com/2011/09/wonderful.html 
Petra's source for inspiration is An Moonen's book fromVan Gruting, Westervoort 2010.
Which is also in English as A History of Dutch Quilts

An's book is harder to find in the U.S. You might have to go to Amsterdam.
See a gallery of antique Dutch quilts at An's site

And if you think the Dutch influence on American culture is minor consider this man Sinter Klaas.
Happy St. Nicholas Day to everyone.


  1. Thank you!
    I'm happy to live in The Netherlands!

  2. nice the talk of our herritagage.

  3. And if you go to the shop in Amsterdam you might see me, because I work there with much pleasure !

  4. Great that you write about Dutch quilts.
    They are so beautiful.

  5. Wonderful to see books on quilts from quiltmakers that bought the craft and designs to america. My original ancestors were the first dutch settlers in NY and I love learning about their history and someday would like to incorporate that into a story quilt.


  6. Mary Koval has the An book in her quilt shop. Here's the link:

  7. I'm three-quarter Irish, one-quarter German, but I appreciate you sharing the history of the Dutch. Sometimes we forget this country was settled by peoples of many countries and they all contributed greatly to our heritage.

  8. I have to admit I splurged and bought this book; the pictures are stunning and the content incredibly informative. It is amazing to see what our ancestors did with fabric especially because it was so difficult to make.

  9. Thank you for your post on Dutch Quilts. My parents were both born in The Netherlands and came to America 2 years before I was born. My cousin and her daughter both live in Holland and we are all quilters. Nice to see the history and beautiful quilts in print.

  10. Lovely post and the book is fabulous, An Moonan's too, I can recommend it:)
    Just for your information Petra Prins also has a shop in Zutphen, Holland, a dream of a shop.
    Sinterklaas looks scary, well that's what I thought when I was a young girl:)

  11. Wow, what a great item about Dutch quilts and Petra Prins. She is a lovely lady, i know, i work for her too in Amsterdam!