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Wholecloth Quilting 


Quilted by Margo Cope

designed by Mary Cook


Wholecloth quilts are not pieced, but are made from a background fabric and decorated with stitched patterns.  Wholecloth quilting dates back several hundred years in Wales and North America.  The fabrics and waddings used depend on the materials most easily available in the area.  The quilting is often worked in the same colour thread as the background fabric, although occasionally a contrast colour is used.  The traditional quilting stitch is a running stitch, worked through all three layers of top fabric, wadding and backing fabric; the stitch holds the wadding in place.


The designs of wholecloth quilts were usually inspired by everyday objects - leaves, flowers, feathers, goose tails and wings, cords, fans, shells.  Leaf shapes were often created by drawing using a flat-iron as a template; one side of the iron would be trace, then turned around for the other half of the leaf shape.  Because quilting was usually done in groups, it is difficult to know where the traditional designs originated; individual quilters would add their own touches to the chosen patterns.


Taken from PATCHWORK AND QUILTING, A Step-by-Step Guide



Our pattern was designed using traditional motifs - a celtic knot in the centre bordered by a star.  Feather borders were used in the corner to frame the star.  The background was filled in using a grid or cross-hatch pattern.  The quilt was hand quilted and bound.