A Quilter's Alphabet

A Quilter’s Alphabet: Letter W for Whole Cloth Quilt and Walking Foot

Hi friends!

Today in the A Quilter’s Alphabet series, Tammy and I are up to the letter W! 

Top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs, shares about whole cloth quilts and more!

For this letter, I will be discussing whole cloth quilts and the walking foot and Tammy is sharing about width of fabric and WST!

Whole Cloth Quilt

So what exactly is a whole cloth quilt? I wish I had one that I had made to really be able to give you a visual, but basically in a whole cloth quilt, the quilt top is one piece of fabric. It is not pieced; it does not have appliquéd pieces. The quilt top is just one piece of fabric, usually a solid color.

One might wonder, why?  Well, in these quilts, the design comes in in the quilting. Some of these quilts are extraordinary in their complicated use of quilting to create intricate designs.

Below is a simplified example using EQ- one piece of fabric and stitching added to create design and texture.

Top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs, shares about whole cloth quilts and more!

Thread color might be in a contrasting color or it might be the same color as the quilt top. Maybe a white fabric with white stitching. I have seen some beautiful examples of a white on white whole cloth quilt. The quilting could be done by machine or by hand. 

Have you ever made a whole cloth quilt?

Walking Foot

A walking foot can also be called an even feed foot. Basically is a presser foot for your machine that mimics the action of the feed dogs. The feed dogs move the bottom layer of fabric and the walking foot moves the top layer of the fabric. It is especially helping when quilting all 3 layers of a quilt as it feeds the entire quilt sandwich more evenly under the feet and reduces puckers.

Some new machines have a standard even feed foot that you can use when piecing your quilt top. They can be helpful when piecing those bulky intersections!

Be sure to click here to head on over to Tammy’s blog post!

Top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs, shares about whole cloth quilts and more!

Next week I will be posting about my upcoming Mystery Quilt Along and then in 2 weeks will be the final posts in our A Quilter’s Alphabet series! 

Now that this series will be over, I am thinking about starting a series of posts on color- what do you think? What else would you like to hear about?

happy quilting!

Kate

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