Quilts by Big Wes

Traditional blocks - Quilts by Big Wes

I combine a variety of quilting techniques (modern, traditional, improvisational, technological…) and I create one of a kind heirloom quilts that are shaped by your input and reflections. I can transform fabrics from almost anything into a quilt so that every project we create is unique and tells its own story.

Creating your memory quilt starts with a consultation where we discuss how we can best preserve your memories. Book a time that works for you and let’s talk!

A Quick Quilting Primer

The history of quilting may date back as far as 3400 BCE with origins from Europe, Russia, and The UK. Today, quilting is a pastime and an art form that continues to progress in styles and techniques while preserving and paying homage to the past.

Making a bed quilt is a multistep process that first involves creating a quilt top, usually assembled of blocks made by cutting patches then stitching them together or by appliquéing cut-out shapes onto a backing. Batting, or wadding, made of cotton, polyester, wool, or flannel is layered sandwich-style between the quilt top and backing. The three layers are basted or pinned together, and the quilting design is marked on the top and quilted (sewn) in small, even stitches by hand, sewing machine, or commercial quilting machine.

North America’s strong quilting traditions undoubtedly crossed the ocean with the first immigrants: quilted garments and bedding appear in the crafts of many countries, including Holland, France, Italy, and England. Only the wealthy could then afford the elaborately block-printed and hand-painted fabrics and the palampores, or Tree of Life coverlets, shipped by sailing vessels from India. An examination of colonial American probate estate inventories reveals very few quilts, and those only in wealthier households. Most settlers relied on heavier loomed coverlets and “bed rugges” to protect them from the harsh climate. Richard Loe, commander of the emigrant ship Ark to “Mary’s Land” in 1634, counted a “flock quilt” among his possessions.