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Child's Paisley Wholecloth (c1890s)

Ref: 2001-2

2001-2 child's paisley wholecloth
2001-2 child's paisley wholecloth
2001-2 child's paisley wholecloth

This is a child's wholecloth quilt made in the late 1800s from a fine wool paisley dress fabric. The quilt has been machine quilted, with a central medallion. The wadding is a blanket.

Dr Philip Sykas, Research Associate at Manchester Metropolitan, studied the quilt at a workshop at The Minerva Arts Centre in September 2009. He pointed out that this quilt was produced after 1889 because the fabric is dyed with synthetic Turkey red. Authentic Turkey red was made throughout the late 18th and early – mid 19th century, with the centres of production being Alsace in France, the Vale of Leven north of Glasgow in Scotland, and Lancashire.

The familiar “teardrop” paisley pattern originated in Iran and India, but was adopted by Scottish printing works, originally for shawls and also for dress fabrics. It was named after the town of Paisley where production was particularly prolific.

Red was traditionally believed to protect children. Red flannel was hung around the door of a sick child’s room.


Floral Wholecloth (1900)

Ref: 2001-1

2001-1 floral wholecloth
2001-1 floral wholecloth
2001-1 floral wholecloth

This is a wholecloth quilt finished in 1900 to commemorate the birth of Sarah Nicholas (neé Evans) of Aberdare, Glamorgan on 5 March 1900. Quilts were often made to celebrate special occasions, such as weddings, anniversaries, and here – the birth of a child. The quilt would then become an important keepsake for the rest of a person’s life, and then handed down to other members of the family. Clearly quilts were often much more than just utilitarian bedcovers, worked with love, and intended as heirlooms.

Aberdare is an industrial town situated in the heart of the Rhondda Cynon Taf area of South Wales. The family originally came from the Cardigan/Carmarthen area, but moved from the Pembrokeshire farms to go and work in the coal mines. High quality coal had been found in the Aberdare seams, and by the late 19th century production was at its peak, with wages being considerably higher than those achieved by farm labourers.

Furnishing fabrics with a cotton twill weave have been used to make the quilt. The widths have been machine stitched together, and feature pink chrysanthemums on the front with a formalised leaf print on the reverse which forms green and brown stripes. The quilt is probably filled with wool collected from the local hills and cleaned and carded.

The wholecloth quilt has been quilted in squares to create a patchwork effect with alternate closely spaced diagonally quilted squares and wider crosshatched squares. The edges are butted.

Pale Brown Wholecloth (c1930s)

Ref: 2005-1-A

2005-1-A pale brown wholecloth
2005-1-A pale brown wholecloth

This is one of two quilts donated by the Pinion-Jones family. It belonged to Mrs Pinion-Jones’s family, and was made by her mother or grandmother. The family came from Carmarthenshire originally. Mrs Pinion-Jones was the wife of Reverend John Pinion-Jones, previously the minister of the Presbyterian Chapel in China Street, Llanidloes. The couple retired to Aberaeron circa 2006. The quilt was probably made in the 1930s, during the time of the quilting revival in south Wales, as promoted by the Rural Industries Bureau.

This beautifully hand quilted wholecloth quilt (2070 x 1660mm), now faded to pale brown, was probably originally mauve. The thread is still purple. It is made of cotton sateen, with wool wadding, and a floral pattern on the cotton sateen on the reverse. The quilting symbols are typically Welsh - there are spirals around the border, a central medallion, and fans. It has been finished with butted edges.

2001-5-B, a pink wholecloth quilt, was donated by the Pinion-Jones family at the same time.

The quilt was exhibited at the Minerva Arts Centre during the 2006 summer exhibition, Double Running.

Paisely Wholecloth

Ref: 2002-18-A

2002-18-A paisley wholecloth
2002-18-A paisley wholecloth

This is a reversible wholecloth quilt in cotton sateen paisley fabrics made in the valleys of South Wales. One side has a blue green background and the other a cream background. It was hand quilted in strips with uneven large stitches in white cotton 2 ply, and the edges are butted.

The quilter was Sarah Ann Davies (1862 – 1944), who was born in Pontrhydyfen. Her mother died of tuberculosis when she was 2 years old and she was lovingly raised by her step-mother. Poverty decreed that aged 10 she left home to become a dairymaid at Llangyfelach and later at Castell Nedd. On her rare days off she would return home exhausted. Her step-mother would greet her lovingly but having sat her near the fire and provided a cup of hot tea she would be handed a half knitted stocking or a piece of sewing to work on.

Sarah Ann married David Davies in Aberdare and began sewing quilts for her own rapidly growing family. David worked as a collier until, wearying of the continual industrial unrest in the area, the family moved from Aberdare to Abertridwr where he found work at the Windsor Colliery. In all Sarah bore eight children several of whom died in infancy. Throughout her life she battled hard against the crippling poverty that was her lot. Standards were upheld, however, and the house sparkled - not a penny was wasted and every scrap of everything was put to good use.

The Quilt Association has several of Sarah’s patchwork quilts, which were assembled from “recycled” fabrics and pattern books from drapers’ shops in Abertridwr. This wholecloth is perhaps an exception – made for best. As her daughters grew, Sarah taught them patchwork and quilting. Her daughter Eunice recalled as a child being taught to sew the patches together and, when the faces were complete, the quilting frame being brought down from behind the horsehair sofa for the quilting process to begin.

Cotton Wholecloth (c1900)

Ref: 2001-8-A

2001-8-A cotton wholecloth
2001-8-A cotton wholecloth

This cotton wholecloth quilt was made by Lizzie Jane Williams in about 1900. Her husband was Tom Williams, and the couple lived at Cwm Llynfe Farm, Llansadarn, near Llandovery, on the north-western edge of the Brecon Beacons. Their son-in-law, John Ernest Roberts, ran the family business R Roberts & Sons Gentlemen’s Outfitters at Cambrian House in Llanidloes. When John’s son, Ken, moved to Ludlow, several of Lizzie’s quilts were found and bought by The Quilt Association.

One side of the quilt is made of a fine cotton fabric with a pattern of all over leaves and trailing stems. It is possibly a 19th century half-mourning fabric. In the Victorian era women would dress in a particular way if mourning the loss of a husband. Following the initial period of dressing in black fabric (for a year and a day), there came further stages of mourning, including second mourning (nine months) and half-mourning, where gradually more ornamental fabrics would be allowed. This is a two purple print probably made using  a natural dye (from the root of the madder plant). It is very crisply printed. The fabric must have been roller printed with three rollers: one for the dotted ground figure, one for the darker sprig, and one for the infill of the sprig leaves.

The quilt is hand quilted in white cotton thread. There is a circular medallion with borders, featuring spirals, hearts, trellis, and zigzags.  A few blue chalk lines still remain on the front of the quilt where the quilting patterns were drawn.

Paisley Wholecloth 

Ref: 2006-5

2006-5 paisley wholecloth
2006-5 paisley wholecloth

This is a paisley wholecloth quilt from the Brecon area of Mid Wales. It was given to Project Linus*, and then passed to The Quilt Association in return for a donation.

The quilt is made of cotton sateen, featuring a green paisley on one side and plain green on the other. The wadding is a dark woollen blanket. It has been hand quilted in green cotton thread, and features typical Welsh quilting symbols, including a central medallion with spirals, hearts, leaves. The edges are butted together.

* Project Linus provides a sense of security and comfort to sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers through the provision of new home-made quilts and knitted/crocheted blankets. Find out more here -

White Wholecloth (1913)

Ref: 2008-4

2008-4 white wholecloth
2008-4 white wholecloth

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.

Art Deco Wholecloth (c1920s)

Ref: 2006-3

2006-3 art deco wholecloth
2006-3 art deco wholecloth

This is a Welsh wholecloth quilt with some very fine quilting showing Art Deco influences. It was made in the 1920s or 30s, and is coffee-coloured on the front, with a pink reverse. It has a wool wadding.

Art Deco arose in the first decades of the twentieth century as design influences moved away from the organic forms of Art Nouveau. It was based on geometric shapes, and influenced by many art movements such as Cubism and Futurism. It influenced architecture and furniture design, but also inspired many very striking fabric patterns, and here has influenced the quilting patterns. There is a large central star, surrounded by stylised chestnut leaves, spirals, roses, fans and yet more stars. The quilt has been hand quilted beautifully in a pink thread, and the edges are butted.

Maroon & Mustard Wholecloth (c1880s)

Ref: 2001-8-E

2001-8-E maroon and mustard wholecloth
2001-8-E maroon and mustard wholecloth
2001-8-E maroon and mustard wholecloth

This wool flannel wholecloth quilt was made by Lizzie Jane Williams in about 1900. Her husband was Tom Williams, and the couple lived at Cwm Llynfe Farm, Llansadarn, near Llandovery, on the north-western edge of the Brecon Beacons. Their son-in-law, John Ernest Roberts, ran the family business R Roberts & Sons Gentlemen’s Outfitters at Cambrian House in Llanidloes. When John’s son, Ken, moved to Ludlow, several of Lizzie’s quilts were found and bought by The Quilt Association.

This reversible wholecloth quilt measures 2230 x 1942mm, and is made of plain weave wool flannel, maroon on one side, mustard on the other. It is finely hand quilted in black thread, with hearts in the borders, and also fans and cables.

The quilt has been exhibited several times, including at The Quilt Association “Reds on the Beds” summer show of 2005, at Ludlow Library Resource Centre, and Holyhead Arts Centre on Anglesey.

Red & Pink Wholecloth (c1880s)

Ref: 2009-1-H

2009-1-H red and pink wholecloth
2009-1-H red and pink wholecloth

This is a reversible wholecloth quilt in red and pink printed cotton sateen made in the late 19th century. It was bought from the Cheshire family which had previously donated seven other items to the Association collection, including hexagon coverlets, appliqué and wholecloth quilts.

Side 1 is red with a yellow floral design; side 2 is pink with green lozenges with paisley symbols inside. It has been neatly hand quilted in red thread, and features a central medallion, fans, hatching and then a border with spirals and rams’  horns.

A blanket has been used for the wadding. The butted edges of the quilt have been machine stitched in a dark red thread using a wavy line as a narrow border pattern. This quilt has not been used much and the fabrics are very well preserved in bright, distinctive colours.

1950s Cushion Covers

Ref: 2009-6-A

2009-6-A 1950s cushion covers
2009-6-A 1950s cushion covers

These unfinished cushion covers were made by the donor in the early 1950s in Pembrokeshire. The Women’s Institute had revived quilting and experienced quilter and teacher Mavis Fitzrandolph co-ordinated the programme which continued until the 1960s.

Mavis Fitzrandolph wrote several books on quilting including “Traditional Quilting – Its Story and Its Practice” and “Quilting”. She was driven to capture quilting stories of the time, and to enthuse new adopters of the craft.

Mavis was originally taken on by the Rural Industries Bureau in the 1930s to look at the viability of supporting quilting as a growth industry in South Wales and North East England. The RIB organised quilting classes for women, helped promote their products to high class buyers such as hotels and upmarket stores, and supported them to buy fabrics and other supplies. Many of the original quilting classes disbanded with the start of World War 2, and Mavis’s activity in the fifties was spurred on by the WI revival of interest in the craft.

There are two unfinished cushion covers, one in pale pink and the other in green, each approximately 45cm square. The rayon fabric covers have been hand quilted in a wholecloth style over a wool wadding. Two quilting patterns feature – shell patterns in pink thread and a wineglass pattern in green. Tacking is still in place around the edges.

Pembrokeshire Wholecloth (1935)

Ref: 2012-7

2012-7 Pembrokeshire wholecloth
2012-7 Pembrokeshire wholecloth

This wholecloth quilt was made by Mary Ann Thomas. She was a dairymaid, working in a large house near Boncath in Pembrokeshire, in south-west Wales. Mary Ann made the quilt as a wedding present for a bride in 1935. In 2012 the bride’s daughter donated the quilt to The Quilt Association.

The fabric used is a faded blue cotton sateen on what appears to be the front of the quilt which has been exposed to the light. The sateen is a deep pink on the reverse, so less well used. Some wedding quilts were made reversible in blue or pink so that when a baby was later born it could be placed upon the appropriately coloured side of the quilt when guests or a doctor visited after the birth. Perhaps there were more sons born to this bride which is why the blue side is more worn! Wedding quilts were often only brought out for special occasions, such as the birth of a child, and later folded and put away. For this reason wedding quilts often remain in good quality condition. This quilt is filled with wool held between blankets.

The quilt has been boldly and beautifully hand quilted in a dark red thread. There is a central medallion with borders, and the striking use of simple Welsh motifs, including spirals, leaves, church windows (an overlapping semi circle used in the borders), fans in corners, cross hatching, and cables. The edges have been butted together and finished by machine.

RIB Pink Wholecloth (c1930s)

Ref: 2012-6

2012-6 RIB pink wholecloth
2012-6 RIB pink wholecloth

This pink wholecloth with a flounce was made by a quilter from Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales.  She entered it into a competition and it was exhibited at St Fagans National History Museum in 1953 to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. A black and white photograph of the original quilt is held in the Rural Industries Bureau library. You can find out more about the RIB scheme for quilters in the South Wales valleys in the 1930s here.

The quilt is made of silk poplin in a salmon pink shade. The wadding is well carded wool, and there is also a layer of thin muslin to prevent the wool being pulled up the surface.  The original quilt has been added to on all four sides, and a flounce later machine stitched round the enlarged piece on three sides. Frills were popular in the 1930s, and were fashionable again in the 1950s.

The wholecloth features fine and detailed hand quilting in a salmon pink thead. There is a central medallion with borders. The hatched borders have been hand stitched to the main quilt. The quilted piece which has been added at the top edge could originally have been a pillow case. It has a white cotton reverse fabric.

There is a note on the reverse of the RIB photograph which states: “The double hammock border on this pink quilt is also found in the north of England. The fan corners and the centre star are based on traditional units, but treated in an original way.”

Welsh Floral Wholecloth (c1900s)

Ref: 2014-1-A

2014-1-A Welsh floral wholecloth
2014-1-A Welsh floral wholecloth

This beautiful wholecloth quilt was made by Letitia Davies in the Llandeilo area of south Wales, probably in the early 20th century. Letitia also made the hexagon patchwork quilt 2000-2-A which you can see here.

This reversible quilt features striking floral sateen fabrics in pink and yellow on one side, and blue and pink on the other. It is quite likely to have been a wedding quilt. Blue and pink sides were popular choices as the quilt could then be turned to the appropriate side following the birth of a child. Different sizes of fabric have been pieced and machine stitched together to make the top and bottom sides of the quilt top. The wadding is carded lambswool.

The quilt has been very finely hand quilted, probably from the blue side. The quilting style is typically Welsh, with a central medallion featuring hearts, surrounded by borders, spirals and leaves. The edges are butted together and hand sewn neatly.

Welsh Floral Wholecloth (c1880s)

Ref: 2014-4

2014-4 Welsh floral wholecloth
2014-4 Welsh floral wholecloth

This reversible wholecloth quilt with borders, which was probably made in the early years of the twentieth century, came from the Morriston area of Swansea. It belonged to the donor’s cousin’s grandmother – Mary Hannah Rees – and was later handed down through the generations. It is believed that the quilt came to Mary in 1912 when her son was born.

Each side of the quilt features cotton sateen floral furnishing fabrics in the central panel. One side is blue themed, and the other pink, so that the quilt could be used either way upon the birth of a baby. The fabric is the same pattern on both sides in the two different colour ways. The border is golden-brown on the girl’s side and a very faded blue on the boy’s side, possibly because it was most used when Mary’s son was born.

The quilt has two different waddings, one of which is possibly a quilt or blanket. There is a ridge where the two types of wadding meet. The fabric has been machine pieced, and then the three layers finely hand quilted in a cream coloured thread. The pattern consists of concentric circles all over, with diamonds between the outer circles. There are fans at the corners and quilted crosses between the circles in the borders. The edges are butted.

The donor wrote: “I know that my mother was always proud of it as a fine example of the Welsh style.”

RIB Green Wholecloth (c1900s)

Ref: 2013-6

2013-6 RIB green wholecloth
2013-6 RIB green wholecloth

A typical 1930s Welsh wholecloth in pale green cotton sateen which was made as part of the Rural Industries Bureau scheme in the South Wales valleys. The RIB was  set up in 1928 to encourage small craft industries in economically deprived areas including Porth in the Rhondda Valley. The Porth group produced high quality work under the skilled tuition of Miss Jessie Edwards, the group teacher. All materials were paid for by the RIB, which then found upmarket galleries and stores in London to sell the work. Whilst the RIB scheme ended with the start of World War 2, it successfully raised the standards of Welsh quilting. A new generation of quilters produced high quality traditional Welsh quilts, many of which found their way outside of Wales, including this one. The donor of the quilt is from Lincolnshire, but prior to that it had been used by a family in Surrey.

The quilting pattern is one of those used by the RIB and features in Plate 57 in Elizabeth Hake’s book “English Quilting Old & New”. It is described as “a typical Welsh pattern, by Porth Group, Rhondda Valley”.  It consists of a central diamond motif, filled with nine smaller diamonds, on a square field of double trellis. The central diamond contains a flower motif; the others feature alternating four-leafed and four-spiral motifs. The inner border contains diamonds and triangles, filled with double spirals and three-leafed motifs. A middle border of double trellis includes eight spares, each containing a four-leafed motif. Large spirals fill the outer border. The reverse is of pale green cotton sateen. It is wadded with thick carded wool.


A similar quilt, but in cream cotton poplin, is in the National Museum of Wales quilt collection and features on page 6 of quilt images on the website here. It featured in the 2010 exhibition Hidden Histories Untold Stories at the V&A in London. 

Yellow Gold Wholecloth

Ref: 2017-1-B

2017-1-B yellow gold wholecloth
2017-1-B yellow gold wholecloth detail

This Welsh wholecloth quilt was made in the Rhondda Valley sometime in the 1920s or 1930s.  It is possibly a Cymmer quilt, as it is very similar to those produced by the group of the same name which was one of several set up by the Rural Industries Bureau in South Wales to revive the craft of quilting. Each group’s work was generally done in the style of a particular teacher. It’s not clear whether the quilt was meant to be reversible.


One side is made from two pieces of yellow/gold cotton plain weave which has been joined down the middle.  The other side is made of a multi coloured pastel paisley cotton fabric. The paisley side is faded although the original colours can be seen through a gap at the edges.  The wadding is of flannelette and the quilt has been hand quilted in white cotton thread with some knots showing through and there is some pink tacking in evidence along one of the edges.  There is a central medallion in a square on point with a four petalled flower and spirals in the corners.


One small section has not been quilted.  The three borders are defined by double lines. The first border has a design of swags and tails with two swags in the corners.  Border number two has a design of continuous spirals. The third and final border -which is wider than the previous two – has a pattern of either twisted leaves or two petalled tulips on a cross hatched background.   2050mm x 1630mm.

1930s Wedding Quilt

Ref: 2017-1-D

2017-1-D wedding wholecloth
2017-1-D wedding wholecloth detail

This quilt was made in the St David’s area of Pembrokeshire in the 1930s.  It is a wholecloth quilt made from orange cotton sateen on the top and lavender cotton sateen (now faded) on the reverse.  With cotton wadding, the quilt has been hand quilted with orange thread. It has a central medallion of four large hearts and the design incorporates smaller hearts, spirals, church windows and wine glasses in the borders.  2020mm x 2085mm.

Green Wholecloth with Frill

Ref: 2017-1-E

2017-1-E green wholecloth frill
2017-1-E green wholecloth frill detail

This is a Welsh green wholecloth with a frill on two sides, made in Carmarthenshire in the 1930s or 1940s.  The top is made from an eau de nil coloured cotton sateen and the reverse is a floral patterned pale green, plain weave fabric (possibly rayon).  The wadding feels quite stiff and lumpy, suggesting it may be kapok or ‘shoddy’ which is recycled wool fabric.  The quilting has been done by hand in a dark green cotton thread.  There is a strip of three large flowers down the middle surrounded by leaves, hearts, cross-hatching and feathered circles.  2200mm x 1803mm.

Welsh Green Wholecloth

Ref: 2017-1-F

2017-1-F small green wholecloth
2017-1-F small green wholecloth detail

This is a basic, everyday Welsh quilt from the 1930s/1940s.   The eau de nil coloured fabric, which is used in strips for both sides, could be a cotton-mix or a single man-made fibre.  It is very closely woven so would have been very difficult to quilt.  The strips have been machine stitched together. The wadding is quite thick and lumpy suggesting it may be kapok or ‘shoddy’ which is recycled wool fabric.


The quilt has been simply hand quilted in a white cotton thread which has broken in many places and so there are patches which are no longer quilted.  The design consists of rows of wheels and flowers with cross hatching in between.  1725mm x 1680mm.

Scalloped Edge Wholecloth Quilt

Ref: 2017-1-J

2017-1-J scalloped edge wholecloth
2017-1-J scalloped edge wholecloth detail

This was purchased by the donor at a seminar being run in 2011 by the British Quilt Study Group at Gregynog Hall in Powys.  It dates from the 1930s and possibly originates from the Cymmer group of quilters, one of several groups set up in South Wales in the 1930s by the Rural Industries Bureau to revive traditional crafts such as quilting.  It has similarities to other quilts produced by the group. It has a well thought out design and an interesting scalloped edge.


Made of cotton sateen, in eau du nil on one side and two shades of pink on the other, the quilt is reversible.  There is a central medallion in a design of overlapping circles, two borders and then a scalloped edge.  The borders are separated by double lines of stitching.  The hand quilting is one in pink thread with small, even stitches. The quilt is a good example of Welsh quilting and, because of the work edges, it’s possible to see how the quilt is structured.

1618mm x 1955mm.

Pale Pink Wholecloth

Ref: 2017-1-L

2017-1-L pale pink wholecloth
2017-1-L pale pink wholecloth reverse

This is a well-used, worn wholecloth quilt with repairs to the edges which dates to the 1930s.  It was acquired from a charity shop in Barry, Sout Wales.  Each side is made of three strips of cotton sateen, pink on the top with pale green on the reverse which have been joined together using a sewing machine. 


There is cotton wadding in the middle.  The quilt has been densely hand quilted in a white thread in a utilitarian  design.  There is a central medallion of concentric circles and hearts surrounded by four borders.  Some of the borders have been sacrificed to repairs around the edges, which have been turned over where worn.  Two sides have pink strips appliquéd on to strengthen the quilt.   1755mm x 1710mm.

Gold Wholecloth

Ref: 2017-1-M

2017-1-M gold wholecloth
2017-1-M gold wholecloth detail

This is an exquisitely quilted but very worn Welsh quilt from the 1930s.  It is a wholecloth quilt with a top of three strips of gold cotton sateen, a reverse of three strips of pale yellow sateen and a cotton wadding in between.  The strips on the top and reverse have been machine pieced.


The hand quilting is beautifully done in a white thread with some typical Welsh motifs.  There is a central medallion with a four-petalled flower and four hearts with quarter circles in the corner containing eight-petalled flowers. This is surrounded by a circular border with a  cable design and then several other borders.  The sides are very well worn and  frayed.  2145mm x 1900mm.

Lemon Wholecloth Quilt

Ref: 2017-5-A

2017-5-A lemon wholecloth
2017-5-A lemon wholecloth detail

A finely hand quilted wholecloth from the North Country, one of a pair purchased in Durham, this quilt was probably made during the era of the Rural Industries Bureau project to revive dying crafts.  Both quilts appear to have been cut down and used under mattresses.


The quilt is reversible and made from lemon coloured cotton sateen, both sides formed from three strips of fabric machine pieced together.  It has been finely quilted in a white thread and has a central medallion surrounded by a design of wine glass patterns, feathers and fans.  1965mm x 1965mm.

White Wholecloth Quilt

Ref: 2017-5-B

2017-5-B white wholecloth
2017-5-B white wholecloth detail

A finely hand quilted wholecloth from the North Country, one of a pair purchased in Durham, this quilt was probably made during the era of the Rural Industries Bureau project to revive dying crafts.  Both quilts appear to have been cut down and used under mattresses.


The quilt top is formed of three pieces of white cotton sateen machine pieced together.  The reverse is formed of eleven strips of white cotton sateen, six narrow strips (170mm) and five wider (230mm) which have been machine pieced together.  The fine hand quilting follows these strips.  The quilting design uses a variety of cables – plaited and twisted, some with flowers and leaves.  The central strip features cross hatching with flowers. 2070mm x 1985mm.

Cream Wholecloth Wall Hanging

Ref: 2017-10


Made towards the end of the 20th Century, this quilt was donated by the maker’s family after her death.  This square quilt in cream cotton is made from cotton and has a cotton or possibly cotton mix wadding.  The layers have been quilted together by hand using a cream cotton thread but it is obvious which side is meant to be the top because on the reverse the knots at the end of the thread where the quilter began to sew are clearly visible.


There is a circular central medallion which has a flower design in the middle and leaves around it. There are leaves in the corners of the quilt and the rest of the quilt has been filled in with cross hatching and a border along the edge of each side in a Welsh pear pattern.  The fabric on the reverse has been turned to the front to create a deep border with mitred corners.   1060mm x 1060mm.

Red and White Wholecloth

Ref: 2019-4


This wholecloth quilt has a top made from red cotton and a reverse in cream cotton twill.  There is an extra layer of red patterned fabric between the top and the woollen wadding.   A hand quilted diamond with circles inside forms a central medallion.  Surrounding it is four cables with interlocking half circles with a filler of cross hatching.   1918mm x 1725mm.

Orange and Yellow Wholecloth

Ref: 2019-07


This lovely, bright quilt was made in the 1930s of shiny rayon fabric in orange on one side and yellow on the other. There is a very bouncy, full wadding in between the outer layers.  The hand quilting, which is in a very fine thread,  looks very professional and could have been made under the RIB initiative.  In the centre is a diamond surrounded by some wonderful, typically Welsh patterns of leaves, spirals and coiled rope.  It is in excellent condition.  1900mm x 1720mm.

Emerald Green Wholecloth

Ref: 2021-2


Made by the donor’s grandmother in the 1930s this hand quilted wholecloth has an olive green rayon top and a reverse of an emerald green jacquard weave fabric.  There is possibly another quilt inside which forms the wadding.  The quilting design has a central medallion of an eight-pointed star in a circle, which is itself within a square.  There is a pattern of spirals, cross hatching, church window and a cross in each corner all hand stitched in dark green thread.  2100mm x 2050mm

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