Every time I go to a quilt show I see one or two wholecloth quilts and just stand there fascinated by the detail and patterns put into these one piece quilts. It is a whole different kind of quilting when you have to think about the entire piece and create patterns without using different patchwork fabrics.
You can purchase pre-marked kits if you want to attempt this yourself without marking your own top.
A technique commonly used in wholecloth quilting is called trapunto. This is where extra batting is inserted in certain areas of the quilt to really make it puff up and stand out. One technique featured on Simply Quilts is the McTavish Style and you can see the written out tutorial here. You can watch videos of this being done along with videos on how to do “shadow trapunto” and “color trapunto” creating a neat color effect using fabrics between the top and the batting:
- HGTV Simply Quilts – Wholecloth Trapunto – Part 1 Video
- HGTV Simply Quilts – Wholecloth Trapunto – Part 2 Video
- HGTV Simply Quilts – Wholecloth Trapunto – Part 3 Video
Have you ever tried a wholecloth quilt?