I just love Paisley fabrics and use them a great deal in my quilts. I am always on the look out and when I see something Paisley, be it a handkerchief, scarf, blouse or cushion, it is in serious danger of being cut up and put in a quilt! The quilts I make always hold memories for me and I usually remember where and when I bought the fabrics and very often how much I paid. This quilt now reminds me of David Morgans, a local family owned department store, now sadly closed, where I used to buy so much on my twice weekly visits.
I am following tradition as Paisley was used extensively in 19th century Welsh quilts and old or damaged Paisley patterned shawls very often ended up in quilts. The Paisley motif was also very popular as a quilting pattern and was so widely used it became know as the Welsh Pear.
At the moment there is a wonderful exhibition at the Jen Jones Welsh Quilt Centre featuring Turkey Red and Paisley quilts. It is running until the end of the year and is well worth the journey to visit it - here is a taster -
This is part of a quilt - go and see the whole thing - it has been likened to "swimming in a bowl of strawberries".