Whole cloth quilting is just what it sounds like - making a quilt without the fiddly piecing! It's a lovely way to showcase a single gorgeous fabric like our Nani Iro double gauzes.
Firstly, credit must go to this tutorial at The Purl Bee, which is the blog of New York yarn and fabric store Purl Soho, and a treasure trove of inspiration. You can follow their tutorial if you like, or use ours for The Drapery's take on it, adding simple hand quilting to the loveliness.
These small quilts are gorgeously light and soft, filled with the warmth of our 100% Australian wool batting. On the front is the beauty of Japanese Nani Iro double gauze featuring designer Naomi Ito's stunning hand-painted designs. On the back is silky, lightweight organic cotton.
The finished size is around 105cm square, perfect for keeping your knees toasty on the couch, or as a cot quilt or baby playmat. A beautiful gift for a new baby or anyone who'd love a bit of warmth, colour and cosiness.
We will put together a kit for you in store at The Drapery or you can purchase the kits online.
1.1m x 110cm wide Nani Iro double gauze (choose from our selection)
1m x 150cm wide organic cotton in Melange or organic cotton/hemp in Oxford Blue
110cm x 120cm 100% Australian wool quilt batting (this is half the width which we will cut specially for these kits)
Valdani perle cotton for hand quilting
Sewing machine (walking foot recommended)
quilt basting pins or needle and thread for hand basting
hand needle with eye large enough for perle cotton
Optional: quilting hoop.
Iron your fabrics and lay on the floor or other large, flat surface, starting with your Nani Iro feature fabric, face upwards.
Carefully lay your backing fabric on top (if it has a right side, make that face the right side of the Nani Iro), and finish with the quilt batting. Take care to smooth the layers out and align the edges.
Here's a basic tutorial for hand quilting, and another great resource that we have learnt from is Anna Maria Horner's beautiful instructions here.
On a small quilt such as this, you can probably get away without a quilting hoop (like a giant embroidery hoop to stretch your quilt in and keep all layers neatly together), but use one if you prefer. We simply used the quilt basting pins again to stabilise each area we were working on.
We used the coloured checks on this fabric as inspiration to start the hand quilting, then filled in around them with more shapes following the checks. You may choose to follow the print on your fabric or use straight lines at intervals, or whatever takes your fancy.
Thread your needle with about 80cm of perle cotton and tie a knot in the end. Push the needle into your fabric a couple of centimetres away from where you wish to start stitching and bring it up in your starting spot. Pull the thread through until the knot is sitting on top of your fabric.
here and in store.
- Jane & Fiona xx