The Whole Story: Why It’s Not Always About Piecing

Think about that big piece of purple floral sitting in your stash. How about that really wild geometric you bought just because you loved it?  Remember that Asian panel, that Kaffe Fasset print, or that one piece you couldn’t resist but have no idea how to use now that you’ve brought it home.

Get the big picture, the whole story.  Use a large section of material as a “whole cloth quilt.”

The whole cloth quilt was brought to America from Europe and was prevalent in the mid 1700’s.  The quilting was the focus of the project, and sometimes the creators added dimension and texture by a technique known as “Trapunto,” which puts extra stuffing into certain parts of the design.

But all you have to do is find a fabulous piece, printed or not.  Add borders, batting, and binding, and then quilt away. Thread work and/or interesting quilting will make that fabric sing.  Consider using varigated or metallic thread in grid patterns, traced motifs, or free-motion quilting.  The whole cloth approach enables you to see the fabric, not the intricate patchwork.

Check out Pat’s beautiful Australian whole-cloth quilt and get the whole story……because it’s not always about the piecing.

Whole Cloth Quilting:  Pat's Australian Treasure

Whole Cloth Quilting: Pat’s Australian Treasure


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