Rain Walk Fabric

Rain Walk Wholecloth Quilts

Rain Walk fabric wholecloth quilts by Anna Graham

I adore these quilts! I’ve wanted to commit to a wholecloth quilt ever since making the quilt for my own bed.

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I pictured these quilts being the perfect addition to a modern nursery. I think Rain Walk would look so pretty in any children’s room, boy or girl. There are quite a few prints in the collection that I think are going to be so great for boys, plus enough for the girls of course. Now I’m waiting on a friend’s baby to come along so I can make some fun nursery things, you know I love a good crib skirt and quilt and pillow project for babies!

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These will both be ending up in my girls’ room. They love how squishy and soft they are! I promised them when I brought the quilts home from quilt market that they could have them. I used two layers of wool batting (Quilters Dream Wool) in each quilt and hand tied each with Perle cotton size 8. The rounded corners of the quilt add to the softness.

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I’m not sure if these are technically quilts or not, because they are hand tied and not hand or machine quilted. Maybe? I’d love to hear if you know.


Pattern: none, my fabrics started at approximately 42″ by 54″,
but check out Carolyn’s wholecloth pattern for more wholecloth fun
Fabrics: Rain Walk by me! for Cloud9 Fabrics, Tumble in Navy and Gold, Reflect in Blue, Drizzle in Pink.
Bindings are Cirrus Solids in Sky and Petal


Wholecloth quilt with Rain Walk fabric by Anna Graham for Cloud9 Fabrics

30 thoughts on “Rain Walk Wholecloth Quilts

  1. Aunt Mimi says:

    Your fabrics are beautiful not to say anything about Emily and Natalie!! <3 <3

  2. beth lehman says:

    these are beautiful…!! and your girls… they are really growing up!! (as are all our kiddos!!)

  3. Terri in BC says:

    By definition, (from dictionary.com) a coverlet for a bed, made of two layers of fabric with some soft substance, as wool or down, between them and stitched in patterns or tufted through all thicknesses in order to prevent the filling from shifting. Yours count! Love the idea of a hand-tied wholecloth.

  4. annilu says:

    I am also sure, that everything made out of more than one single layer – and layers sewn together to prevent from shifting – is a quilt per definition. Hand quilted, machine quilted, patched or not, tied,…doesn’t matter.
    These quilt are really nice. Sometimes less is more and some fabrics are just worth to be celebrated standing all alone ;O)

  5. Dahlia says:

    Lovely, lovely, lovely!!!

  6. Jennifer says:

    Love these quilts! Your fabric is gorgeous!

  7. Lauren says:

    Totally a quilt! My goodness I remember my Mom and Aunties making quilts this way. They didn’t have fancy fancy sewing machines in those days – and they made their own wool batting from sheep on the farm if you can believe it. They were all hand tied – they used to stretch out the larger ones on some kind of frame with peg holes in it. I used to play under the quilt while they tied it! Then they hand stitched the binding.

    I love your quilts and the cures on the corners. Really nice indeed!

  8. Di Ross says:

    In my world they would be quilts. They look so cozy. Great way to display such beautiful fabric. They are on my list to do.

  9. kristin says:

    Ahhh so pretty – love the photos of your girls and the fabrics are so happy! Definitely quilts in my book – multiple layers of fabrics are joined together via quilting and bound around the outside…quilts to me!

  10. Marie says:

    Love the fabric designs -I would use them all in a heartbeat and they look great made up as quilts. I agree, the curved corners are a nice touch.

  11. Kelsey says:

    These look so cozy and lovely! What kind of loft did the two wool batting layers have?

  12. erin says:

    Yes! Tied quilts! I just made one for Kate’s room…a second is in progress. Yours look super cozy.

  13. Eileen DiPietro says:

    An original form of quilting, these are absolutely quilts. And they’re beautiful.

  14. Louise says:

    I think they are beautiful quilts. Tying or quilting, to me, makes no difference. If it is for the purpose of cuddling, keeping warm, or feeling safe it is a quilt.

    1. Luann says:

      Maybe we should just call all of them “cuddlers” or “wallies”. That’s how we use ’em! But, the ‘quilt police’ (LOL) have informed me that a quilt has three layers consisting of a top, a back, and a middle layer. And it is stitched together by hand or machine. Well, technically, you did put the harm into a needle and made stitches. Just not as close as some would do, but then I love the look of the ‘large stitch’ quilting that is out there.
      I absolutely love the idea of rounded corners. I bet scalloped edges all around would be very cheerful as well.
      Keep doing things your way. You can always outrun the quilt police anyway!!!
      May God bless the work of your hands,
      Luann

  15. Michele S @chelengeorge says:

    I still have many hand tied quilts of this style that my grandmother and auntie made for me as a young girl. The tying makes them so extra fluffy! We also had a large quilting frame that my mom used to hand tie or hand quilt whole cloth quilts. It made the best fort for me and my little brother!

  16. Grandma G says:

    I just think that this makes for a much nicer quilt than today’s modern quilts with all the fancy quilting. Yes, the fancy ones are beautiful, but I just think having all that stitching so close together would make the quilt a lot less warm. I much prefer the puffy kind like yours. And they look great in your fabrics! 🙂

  17. carolyn says:

    I LOVE these!! Great way to showcase your awesome fabric! 🙂

  18. Heather says:

    Love them! And hand tying totally counts as a quilt!

  19. Toni says:

    These are so beautiful and snuggly Anna – I’m sold!

  20. Maryam says:

    just love the idea of hand tying. I am hearing it for the first time.how do you do it?. Also how long did it take??

  21. Sona Jacob says:

    these look so pretty! and snuggly!

  22. MaryJo says:

    Years ago I received quilts like these as gifts for our daughters when they were infants. Later, I made one for each of the three girls as coverlets for their beds. Those were all the same fabric on top (they shared one room), but the bottoms and ties were unique on each quilt. The girls literally loved them to pieces!

  23. janet moilanen says:

    Wonderful showcase for your exquisite fabrics! Do you recommend prewashing everything?

  24. okiemaw9 says:

    Where I come from we made quilts as a necessity to keep us warm in the winter. We didn’t have time for hand quilting. We used old blankets that had seen better days as batting, we hemmed the sides, then we tacked them with crochet thread to hold it all together. Warmest quilt you will ever have. Thick, heavy, & very warm. We called this way of making a quilt as tacking. They are called tacked quilts. I still make them this way only sometimes using thick layers of batting. The quilting for show they do now would not have been warm enough in a drafty home with only a wood stove for heat. Love your quilt. It will be warm and fluffy to cuddle with on cold nights.

  25. Beautiful! They look so soft and fluffy. They definitely count as quilts.

  26. Jocelyn says:

    Visiting from s.o.t.a.k. handmade. I love these and they definitely are quilts! Can you explain how to tie them? I love the idea of using two layers of dream wool. I bet they are nice and fluffy!

  27. I’d say these are definitely quilts but not Wholecloth quilts. As I understand it, a Wholecloth quilt has no batting. It has a top layer stitched to a back layer, sometimes warm and fleecy but not always. But no matter, these look so “user friendly” as they say these days, especially with their round corners, and I am so enjoying all the stories this post has attracted about the quilts in people’s lives. I wish someone would collect such quilting stories before they are lost.

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