This wholecloth quilts tutorial is part of the series
The top of a wholecloth quilt is a single piece of fabric – no piecing or appliques.
The design must be transferred to the top then the marked fabric is layered with batting and backing and the sandwich is quilted.
A wholecloth quilt is about color and texture – one color and a lot of texture; it’s simple and elegant.
Prepare the fabric
If you have a design that you think it could be distorted by the shrinkage of fabric after washing, then you have to pre-wash all the fabrics used, including the batting; or use a batting that doesn’t shrink (like polyester).
After washing, starch the fabric. A stiff fabric is easier to mark and the quilting will be easier as well.
For the design below, prewashing is not absolutely necessary.
-top fabric, batting, backing :16”x 16”
– If you want to give more definition to the quilt design, you could use a thick batting or even 2 layers of batting. For small quilts, 2 layers of batting should not cause trouble.
Download the design
To assemble the pattern, cut on the dashed line of the first page and tape it to the second page.
|-click on the picture to download the design-|
Transfer the design onto fabric; as I don’t have a lightbox, I taped the paper pattern onto a window then I taped the fabric over it.
Using a washable marker (I used one from this box), transfer the design onto fabric.
Then layer the top fabric with batting and backing and quilt as desired.
The small quilts are quick and easy projects.
This one below was a quick project because I quilted following the design on the fabric.
You could call this “Addiction”!