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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.

Tuesday 27 November 2012

Welsh Patchwork Fan Quilt

Most of my quilts are wholecloth ones, so I was pleased to buy this Welsh quilt which is pieced. It is a fan quilt and although this is a common pattern, this one is made in typically Welsh style.

The predominant fabric is a cheerful gold cotton. This is used in the narrow border and in the fans.The other fabrics used in the fans are a variety of stripes and prints. The quilt dates from the 1930's and measures 168 x 200 cm.

The fans are all handpieced and then the blocks sewn together by machine. While the quilt has some wear to it, is a nice item.

The backing is plain cotton. The binding is unusual for a Welsh quilt, as the backing is brought to the front and then machined down. The quilting follows the fans in arcs, with diagonal lines in the narrow border. Again, not typically Welsh, but the thick wadding and the quilting stitches are as one would expect to see in a Welsh quilt.  

This quilt was bought at auction in Carmarthen and is likely to have come from the Carmarthen area.


  1. I'm a huge fan of fan quilts. Thank you for sharing this one :-)

  2. Very unusual welsh quilt Pippa. I like it.