I love wholecloth quilts, which are probably the most typical British style.They have no patchwork or applique, but just rely on the texture created by hand quilting over the entire design.
In looking at wholecloth designs, remember that they were of course designed to be seen on beds, rather than displayed vertically as on most of my photos.
The usual framework consisted of a large central design which would be displayed on the top of the bed, surrounded by one or more borders which would hang down at the side.
Two regions of the United Kingdom have particularly strong traditions of wholecloth quilting; Wales, and the North East of England. The overall style and the motifs used from each region can easily be recognised.
On Welsh quilts, these areas are always divided clearly into sections with straight lines, as on this beautiful Pink and Gold quilt:
Click here to see the Blue Paisley Welsh wholecloth, another lovely example
An older Welsh quilt with plenty of intricate designs is this one made by Q. L Jones
This Green & Gold Welsh quilt is quite simple in design
However, in the late nineteenth century, a new style developed in the North East, with the design flowing more freely between the centre and the edges.
Click to see details of a typical North Country wholecloth quilt; the Yellow Lovers Knot
I am particularly interested in what happens to border quilting designs at the corners. After winning the Amy Emms bursary in 2016, I researched this more, and presented my findings in a display at the annual conference of the Quilters’ Guild, and also in their quarterly magazine.
To find out more about this, click to look at the Border Corner Quilting Designs page
or to download the article, from The Quilter, Winter 2017, issue 153 click on this link: TheQ_#153_12–14_Amy Emms Bursary.
Click here to see Strippy quilts
Or go back to Antique quilts
Or to My Designs
For those particularly interested in studying more, the British Quilt Study Group is to be recommended.