Sunday, May 26, 2013


It's late May and I have the heat on in
my house. Who would know it's spring?

If it weren't for the flowers blooming
in my garden....I wouldn't know.

My cousin showed a photo on Facebook
of snow in the Catskills in upstate New York --

Yet, the flowers thrive, and the frogs keep
coming to the creek....

I made yet another one of my
Baltimore Album blocks into 
a small wall hanging with hand
quilting. I really like the way
it came out.


 I added some beads and metalic
thread out lines the leaves -
something different from the others
that I have made.

I'm in the process of making another

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Welsh Quilting

I bought this book a couple of years ago. Living in Amish country here in Lancaster;
I always wondered where the Amish learned the art of quilting.
Did they bring it with them when they came here to Pennsylvania? Or were they
influenced by their English neighbors. The Amish usually called all people (other than
themselves English)

*In researching the Welsh in Pennsylvania; I discovered that the settled
here about 1681 - by 1700, the numbered about 20,000. Most of them being
Quakers. They settled around the Philadelphia and southeastern Pa.

*By 1729 the county organized townships, two of which were Welsh -- Caernarvon and

    1740, Welsh place name

    1729, Welsh, Castle of Narfon

    1729, Welsh, "Llanbadr," Church of St.Peter. Divided into East and West Lampeter in 1841

 Six were English - Warwick, Lancaster, Martic, Sadsbury, Salisbury
and Hempflield. -----------------------------
I was inspired by a recent discussion on Facebook by a group that I belong to "Celebrate Hand Quilting" - it was about quilted Welsh whole cloth quilts.

It was then that I took the book off
of the shelf and go through it again.

I love the quilts and the quilting
motifs in them. I decided to try one.

This is my first attempt at Welsh quilting -  (a sample)

 This one is one of my favorites!

The motif comes from the book "making Welsh Quilts" by Mary Jenkins and Clare Claridge.

I used my hand dyed cotton sateen fabric.
For the quilting I used Superior Threads
for hand quilting in a rusty orange color.
I love this thread; it slides right through
the sateen.

The back is very important also in Welsh

Here I used muslin because I didn't
have enough of the sateen. 

 A quote from the book about stitches:

 "..Welsh quilters of old did not pride themselves so much on being able to work a certain number of stitches per inch...
but on originality of design."

Each quilter designed there own motifs

and did not copy from one another.
Most used simple items for shapes from
their kitchen - dishes, glasses, cups, etc.

With enough practice; hopefully there is
a quilted whole cloth in my future.

I really enjoy hand quilting - it's 
meditative and relaxing and best of
all I can sit out on my deck.

There is so much to learn about the 
History of Quilting! 

Here are some references:
The Amish Quilt

History of English quilts.....
Otherwise known as Durham quilts, North Country quilts have a long history in north-east England, dating back to the Industrial Revolution and beyond. North Country quilts are often "whole-cloth" quilts, that emphasize the quilting. Some are made of sateen fabrics, which further heighten the effect of the quilting.


The earliest surviving dated patchwork bedcover is the 1718 silk coverlet discovered in 2000 and purchased by the Quilters' Guild of the British Isles  The coverlet is pieced over papers, even the curved bits.

 British Quilt Study Group.



 Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013