This is a Welsh white wholecloth made by Sarah Jane James from St Dogmaels, Pembrokeshire, in 1913. Sarah was the sister of sea captain John Lloyd James of Tyrhedyn, High Street, St Dogmaels.
This wholecloth, which measures 1935 x 1820mm, is made of white cotton sateen. It is hand quilted in white thread, with a central medallion, flowers, leaves and spirals – typical symbols of Welsh quilting. Unusually for wholecloths, the date has been embroidered into the centre of the quilt, along with the maker’s initials, giving no doubt as to the date it was made. The embroidery is done in stem stitch using stranded yellow thread. The wadding is wool, and the edges butted.
The quilt was inherited by Sarah’s niece, Ailwyn Lloyd James. She also lived at Tyrhedyn for a time with another aunt Kitty Griffiths. Ailwyn never married, and left the quilt to a family friend. It was later donated to the Association.