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,
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.
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
background was filled in using a grid or cross-hatch
pattern. The quilt was hand quilted