My passion for quilting started, has always been the actual quilting designs on a quilt. Since my early years I was infatuated with Amish quilts and one of the first quilts I made was in the Amish style and I hand quilted it. In their book “Making Welsh Quilts, the Textile Tradition That Inspired the Amish?” by Mary Jenkins and Claire Claridge, they explain how the antique Welsh’s quilting design concept may have influenced the Amish. According to Ancestry.com and my DNA, I am from Welsh descent. For several years I have collected Welsh designs and motifs and have learned how to incorporate the hand quilting designs to longarm continuous quilting. From my perspective, there are two parts to the Welsh quilting that I can apply in my longarm quilting:
Their unique designs motifs
Their practice of quilting across the boundaries of the patchwork” (as stated on page 31 of the above mentioned book.”
Sometimes I do both of these concepts and sometimes I quilt across the boundaries of the patchwork using other designs.
Here is small example of doing both:
In this little quilt, I treated the outer blocks as a border and quilted them with leaf and swirls and in the center, I quilted a Celtic knot design and put my first initial in the middle. This quilt lays over my sewing machine when not in use.
Stars in a Time Warp, 1800s Fabric Study Quilt
made and longarm quilted by Sheri A. Mecom
In 2015, I took Barbara Brackman’s on-line “Stars in a Time Warp: 2015 QuiltAlong” weekly study and also attending Betsy Chutchian’s monthly “Fabric Study” class at a quilt shop in Arlington, TX. Betsy brought antique quilts and fabric so we got to see the antique fabric up close. Both these classes went over dyes and fabric print styles of the 1800s. When I put my top together the offsetting blocks were of different fabric in order to be able to get as many 1800s style reproduction fabric into the quilt as possible. In the upper left hand corner, the stars start with the earliest 1800s reproduction fabric then go back and forth, so that the last star in the lower right hand corner in the latest repro fabric for the 1800s. I did just the opposite with the offsetting squares. I decided to quilt the top in the old Welsh boundary style. The Welsh seemed to almost disregard the layout of quilt tops and made their own borders, blocks and sashing by grouping blocks together. So, I took the outer blocks and made a border with a spiral cable and then in all four corners and the middle block of the quilt I quilted spiral feather wreathes. I took the middle row of blocks across and down and crosshatched them for sashing. In the four remaining sections, I quilted allover patterns typical of the 1800s; clamshell, scallop, Baptist fan and orange peel. I enjoyed both of these classes immensely and learned so much about fabric dating while making this quilt. To the left is the layout and close ups of the quilt. Here is a link to Barbara Brackmans on-ine QuiltAlong: