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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.

Thursday 22 November 2012

Lilac and Cream Welsh Quilt

This quilt was sold as a Durham quilt, but is obviously a Welsh quilt. It came from a farmhouse clearance and was bought at auction at East Driffield, Yorkshire. How did a Welsh quilt come to be in Yorkshire? Was there a family connection, or was it a gift? We'll never know....

The colour was described as mauve, but looks more lilac or light purple in colour. The reverse is a cream colour sateen. The size is 72 x 80 inches. The quilt has been used and is worn, but has some nice quilting patterns.

The centre is the usual one of leaves with spirals surrounded by a twist. Fans echo the centre motif.

There are some nicely done leaves, all pointing in the same direction and outlined, with spirals as infill.

Here we can see the cream reverse and hand stitched knife edge.

I like the way in which all areas have been filled in with smaller motifs; note the triangles with spirals and a fern and also the four petalled motif as a filler. All create a rich surface texture.


  1. Beech leaves & spirals - win! The large beech leaves in the centre are stunning. The leaf veins look like loops.

  2. Lovely quilt, someone is pretty lucky to own it. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks for sharing Pippa. Just can't beat all those spirals and leaves. Love :-)

  4. I like the lilac and cream, the quilting patterns on this one are neat.

  5. Another Welsh beauty! I really like the colour combination, quite unusual and very pretty.

  6. So beautiful, and even though it is very heavily quilted it has a rather "light and airy, fresh" look, in my opinion.