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One of the easier and more fun quilts to do as a beginner is the whole cloth quilt. This puts the emphasis on the stitchery and not on the pattern of blocks or triangles, so it will showcase your skills as a stitcher.

Quilts such as these were traditionally done to be that showcase of talent, and being so study and durable, many which are very old have survived in nearly pristine condition.

Thse are considered quilted masterpieces and were brought out only on special occasions.

The Welsh quilt that you see here is made from what is called sateen.

Rich full darker colors were favorites of the Welsh for use in their wedding quilts and this one, with its heart shaped motif on the edging was most likely a wedding quilt.

I made my own replica of this quilt, omitting the hearts and opting instead for a celtic knot quilting pattern and putting it on a deep gold sateen fabric.

I’ve included the celtic knot motif so that you can try it yourself.

Joining the celtic knot at the corner will make an incredible quilt or lap quilt, or one motif alone can be used to make a quilted pillow.

A large bed quilt took five yards of fabric of deep russet for the one side and five yard of dark gold fabric for the other.

This quilt is reversible.

To make your quilt, you will need:

10 yards of cloth

72 x 85 inchers of batting

template which is included.

thinble

hand quilting needles

quilting thread.

Assemble the front pieces, using one peice that is 30 x 85 and one 15 inches x 85 inches so that the quilt will measure a finished 45 x 85 inches.

assemble the back in the same fashion

Press the top fabric, lay it onto a flat surface such as a large table, and mark guidelines, dividing it into four quarters.

do this either by basting or by light pencil dots as it should not be visible on the finished product.

Measuring your template and dividing evenly, make sure that the knot is evenly spaced on both sides and bottom, so that if there will be a fifteen inch edge on the sides there should also be one on top and bottom.

Adjust your placements as necessary to make sure that you achieve that.

WHat I personally did with the celtic knot, was to mark my quarters, and then begin at that point.

I placed four celtic knots in the center touching at the corner, and moved them out from the center, rather than attempting to space from the edges. You can see from the image here how it was done.

Quilting:

Assemble the three layers, backing, batting and marked tops.

Quilt all of your marked lines, using a small rocking type stitch.

When you have finished quilting, trim the backing to within a scant inch of the outer quilted line.

Trim the top and backing fabrics so that they are about 1/2 inch from the batting

Turn the top fabric over the edge of the batting and turn under the edge of the backing fabric to meet it.

Top stitch the front and back neatly together, and try to stay as close as you can to the folded edge.

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