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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 7 March 2012

Pink and Blue Welsh Strippy

Here is a Welsh strippy in pink and blue that has nice traditional Welsh stitching. The size is 70 x 87 inches and the filling is a thin carded wool.
This quilt is all hand sewn - there is no machine sewing. Even the strips are hand pieced.

There are some very attractive patterns to be seen - I especially like the Church Windows with infill spirals...chevrons surrounding stars above....

A view of the whole quilt - you can see how wide the strips are, much wider than in the North Country strippies.

The central motif is a lozenge shape formed by the four corner fans surrounded by bands of sprials - this centre shape is filled with cross hatching.

The fabric in this quilt is not sateen but a cotton poplin, which has a plain weave. In contrast to the showy and shiny sateen, it has a muted, matt effect which is most attractive.

The other side of the quilt is also a strippy - it is reversible and the strips are the opposite colour - very economical to run up, nothing wasted.

This quilt was bought from a dealer - I finally managed to coax the details out of her. The quilt came from a farmhouse owned by the Howell family at Byntag, at Cynwyl Elfed above Carmarthen. It was made by the seller's grandmother who had considerable skill and may have been a seamstress.

This quilt was one of a batch of my quilts which were sent off to France - they were shown at a quilt show as Les Quilts Gallois. The show was organised by Jane Rollason who now lives in the Charente.


  1. What a beautiful quilt!! Kathie (Inspired by Antique Quilts) sent me your way. I am so glad she did. I am so enjoying your blog!

  2. What a lovely example of fine hand stitching! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  3. So so beautiful, and still looks brand new, in fact I thought it was one that you had quilted yourself until I got to the end! Beautiful

  4. Another beautiful example of the Welsh quilting tradition - I love it! Pippa, is it possible to see the sitch that is used to sew the stripes together? Back stitch or running stitch?

  5. Hi Andrea - the stitich is a very fine running stitch. Thanks, Pippa

  6. lovely quilt and those 'church windows with spirals' is a great pattern~!!~ i'm sketching it out and thinking about where i might be able to duplicate it.
    thank you for sharing these amazing works of quilting art.