26 November 2012

The Welsh Quilt

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 HERE

I came home and spent a lot of time trying to draft a pattern so I could make my own smaller version, mine measures 150cm x 168cm.

The fabrics are mainly reproductions and all came from my stash including the backing. I am using a Hobbs Wool wadding which is a dream to hand quilt. I wanted to replicate the look of the beautiful Welsh wholecloth quilts on the back, so I chose a plain fabric. Part of what makes a quilt 'Welsh' is the fabulous designs they use for quilting, I struggled to see the quilting on the original and so made up my own stencils, using some of my British quilt reference books and the internet. I am really happy with how this is progressing and will pull this out to work on in the evenings now it is turning cooler.


  1. Amazing. This will be a wonderful family heirloom.

  2. Elaine, this is just beautiful. Your hand stitching and designs are so exact. Sooo not worthy!!! x

  3. I also found wool a wonderful batting to quilt with and I love this quilt! your hand quilting is just gorgeous!

  4. WOW! Gorgeous quilting!

  5. Just found this wonderful project of yours - love it! The fabrics you have chosen are perfect and your quilting is coming along beautifully.