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I am a quilter living in Woodbridge, Suffolk who has made quilts since I was a teenager. I also ring bells! Both are great British traditions....I will try to feature some of my antique Welsh and Durham quilts, the quilts I make myself, my quilting activities and also some of my bellringing achievements. Plus as many photos as I can manage. NB: Double click on the photos to see greater detail, then use back button to return to the main page.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Pink Welsh Quilt with Scalloped Edge

Here is a lovely Welsh quilt in pink that I bought in July. Usually, pink quilts go for a premium - I was surprised that it did not go for more - but the fact that it was described as an "embroidered blanket" may have had something to do with this. The quilt is in good condition and the quilting is excellent. The edges are scallopped, which means that this was considered a "special" quilt.

The centre coin has a four spiral centre, with radiating rays - very effective.

There are nice church windows (one of my favourite patterns!) with spirals along the scallopped border.

The inner curves of the scallops have a neat button hole stitch. As the edges are hand stitched, and the curves would have been snipped to allow the turning, there would have been very little seam allowance for the stitching to catch. The buttonhole stitches ensure that the edge stays neat and firm.

One border is an unusual star pattern - different patterns are always cropping up on Welsh quilts, very refreshing and lively.

The church windows pattern.

The cats inspected, as usual in this house......

This quilt came belonged to the seller's grandmother, Catherine Harrie, who lived in Llandybie in Carmarthenshire, Wales. Catherine had eight children, of whom two died in infancy, one in the Great War, and one as a student. The seller's father was the youngest of the survivors.


  1. I always love it when you show us those beautiful quilts. And, thank you for the process explanations.
    Carole from Canada

  2. Oh My goodness, what a beautiful quilt. I love the central radiating circle and the scalloped edges. Thank you for your collecting and for sharing it. xo