Whole cloth quilts

A group for people who make or enjoy looking at whole cloth quilts. Hand or machine quilted.

Members: 57
Latest Activity: May 15, 2018

Discussion Forum

Starting a whole cloth quilt

Started by Pam Bellis. Last reply by Ann Bowman Apr 30, 2016. 10 Replies

How do you decide what design to make and how do you get started?

Favorite batting and thread

Started by Pam Bellis. Last reply by Nancy Chaddick Dec 29, 2011. 4 Replies

Does anyone have a favorite batting or thread that they like to use in the whole cloth quilts?

Quilting patterns

Started by Pam Bellis Oct 26, 2011. 0 Replies

I found a web site that has patterns available for hand quilters and longarm quilters. It is : One Song Needle Arts. The hand quilting ones are pdf vector images. Has anyone used their patterns? The…Continue

How in the world?

Started by connie smith. Last reply by connie smith Sep 16, 2011. 2 Replies

Hi everyone,I have finished doing my trapunto work with the disolvable thread.  Now I am getting ready to quilt over that, but I am having a hard time telling where the new thread from the older…Continue

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Comment by Dena Dale Crain on September 3, 2014 at 3:28am


I'm new to this group, but not new to wholecloth quilting. It has for many years been a favorite of mine. By way of introduction, if you're interested, you can have a look at my background here:

Some of the first quilts I made more than 20 years ago were wholecloth quilts. Stitched by hand or machine, they were heavily influenced in design by the lifestyle I discovered prevalent on the Kenya coast, especially the island of Lamu where we have a holiday house.

With a history rooted in the traditions of Arab seamanship, slaving, gold, ivory and spice trading around the Indian Ocean, and with the style of architecture made from chunks of old coral and plaster accented with dark wood arches, shutters and large carved doors, the influence on my early work was strong.

Since then, I've been through several stages of interest in underlying design symmetries and have worked to develop a method of designing that is different from what we usually see in patchwork quilting. I wanted to share that underlying structure with a group of quilters who specialize in wholecloth work, because it would be a wide-open field for people who want to create their own designs and have them be "special!"

I hope that in coming days and weeks, you'll be interested to learn more. Thank you for welcoming me into this group!

Dena - in Kenya, where the refrigerator has just broken down for the third time this week!

Comment by Beth A. North on September 24, 2013 at 4:28pm

Wow Rita, that is amazing.  The design process is the hardest for me.  This one is off a bit in the center I think.  It is mirror image but should have made the center all the same.

Comment by Beth A. North on September 24, 2013 at 4:27pm

That is beautiful Debbie.  I just did this one.  My first design and time quilting one.  I have done pieced quilts with a wholecloth in mind but first for this. 

Comment by Rita Horstmann on September 6, 2013 at 3:55pm

I love to  hand quilt whole cloth. I do my own designs with the markings I have on hand. I sold one for 150. in may.  I do hand quilting if any one has one to be done.

Comment by Debbie Stanton on August 3, 2013 at 10:18am

I have been a longarmer for 9 years, and in between customer quilts I love to work on wholecloth pieces. This is a small piece on copper-colored satin. Currently I am working on a hand-embroidered linen tablecloth that I am quilting feathers all over.

Comment by Marie Moss on August 3, 2013 at 6:27am
Hello I'm newish to quilting and have just discovered whole I'm itching to do one !
Comment by Irmgard Jacob on March 10, 2013 at 10:47am

Hello, I am new to this group. I would like to make a queen orking size whole cloth quilt. I made a small one before and quite enjoyed it. Would anyone of you know a good source for buying a preprinted whole cloth quilt? I have seen the Christian Lane ones, there seem to be 2 patterns only.

Thank you, and happy quilting,


Ontario, Canada

Comment by Linda J Rogers on January 18, 2012 at 1:52am

Would a panel quilt be considered a whole cloth quilt?  I've done a few panel quilts over the years.  My last one was a baby quilt for my new grandbaby.  There's a photo on my profile.  I have a couple more I want to start on.  Would this be the right place to talk about 'em?  They'll be hand quilted.

Comment by Fleta Boltin on December 4, 2011 at 7:40pm

Hello everyone,  I am preparing to embark on my first whole cloth quilt.  I would like to include some trapunto and shadow trapunto on it.  I've watched A LOT of videos on this and everyone says to use white batiste.  This quilt will be one that is used, not just displayed.  My question is this....Should I be looking for a 100% cotton batiste material, or polyester batiste or a blend?  I'm finding all three of those types so I'm just not sure which way to go.  This is a wedding gift so I want to do everything right or at least as right as I can get it.  :)  Thanks in advance.  Any advice will be appreciated.

Comment by Pam Bellis on November 20, 2011 at 7:28am

Good morning everyone. Welcome to the group Rose. Have you ever made a whole cloth quilt? There are many places to get designs for whole cloth quilts. I usually design my own, but I have found a new place that I am going to purchase some designs to play with. The company is, They have recently added PDF vector images to their business. These designs can be downloaded after purchase and printed out to any size that you might like. They have a free sample download available to try out. I think that their designs are gorgeous and I am looking forward to some hand quilting time this winter. Also, has whole cloth quilt top kits available. I have some of Irena Bluhm's books. She makes beautiful quilts and has a great web site. Does anyone else have a favorite place to get designs from?


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