I was luck enough to be able to attend the 2010 Quilt exhibition at the V & A in London, I fell in love with the beautiful hand quilting on this Welsh quilt from their collection.
The original quilt was made between 1800 - 1850 and measures a whopping 235cm x 207cm, you can read what little is known about it on the V & A website
I wanted a lap sized quilt, so I did a lot of figuring out and came up with something around 59" x 66"
I made templates for some of the triangles as they were very odd sizes! Here are my rough notes in case anyone else wants to have a go:
I cut a square and turned it into an octagon for the centre - finished 13” approx
narrow cream border finished 1 1/4” then turned it on point
once it was on point the whole thing including the blue floral setting triangles measures 22"
The next cream border is 3"
triangle border = 5” - rectangles not squares length approx 5 3/4” plus fiddling!
2nd triangle border = 3” - rectangles not squares length approx 6” plus fiddling!
last triangles border on top border only = 5”
final cream border = 7”
The piecing went together quickly and I started hand quilting in the Autumn of 2013 things were going really well...
I pick it up on and off over the next winter, until the arthritis in my hands and wrists go so bad that I couldn't hand quilt. I was finally diagnosed last year with rheumatoid arthritis and have been relatively pain free for a few months now. I have finished all the hand work I had prepared for Happy Days so I have picked up my beautiful Welsh Quilt again. I am hoping that my hands will hold out, and I can carry on quilting.