Over the years we have come to love and appreciate one of the most classic quilt styles in the UK tradition – frame quilts. We’ve taught several classes together and individually featuring this style (one of Chris’s class samples is shown above) and we’ve also re-visited it in several of our series of Heritage Quilt patterns. What is so appealing about this style is its sheer versatility – it can be as simple or complicated as your time and skills allow. Lots of piecing, not very much piecing, co-ordinated fabrics or truly scrappy, perhaps throw in some appliqué, hand piece or machine piece or combine the two techniques – it will all work. We’ve rounded up some examples to pique your interest and Barbara has gone so far as to start up a Frame Quilts board on her Pinterest account.
First, a vintage Welsh “everyday” frame quilt from the house collection of Jen Jones. Look how simple this is – and how stunning.
There are several frame quilts tucked away in Barbara’s quilt cupboard –
This is one of two frame quilts featured in Barbara’s classes at The Corner Patch this year. Below you can see Barbara’s re-make of the same quilt – quite a difference!
Another vintage frame quilt from The Cupboard
Again, really simple and so effective. This would look great in almost any “style” of fabric – modern, reproduction, batiks…
And two more from the Jen Jones collection
A small selection of non-vintage frame quilt tops from our classes –
We’re going to follow this pictorial post with Frame Quilts Part 2, coming soon to a screen near you – tips and guidance on how to go about constructing your own frame quilt. Stay tuned!