Here you can see what I am making at the moment, and you can see the design process, also how the patchwork quilts are made. I hope you enjoy the diary style of this page.

 Quilts for 2018 

 3rd January 2018

Happy New year to all my visitors! 

Rhian asked me to make the first quilt for 2018 for her little daughter who has a birthday in January. The quilt was to be a single bed size and the theme was fairies, flowers and butterflies. 

 This is such a pretty quilt!

 

 

The backing fabric is white with pink polka dots. 

 

Happy seventh birthday Elen, I hope you enjoy using your quilt!

 30th January 2018

I don't very often get a chance to make quilts which are not commissioned but January is normally a quieter month and so I have been able to make a quilt for my Buy Now page.

I have used some gorgeous fabric from the Makower Chicken & Egg range and added other fabrics too. While I have been making this quilt I have been trying to think of a name for it....  so here is my Free Range Happy Hens Quilt:

 

 I love the way the hens flounce across the quilt with smaller Bantams in the pale blue and the taupe squares too...

 

Eggs come in all sizes and pale colours with and without speckles.... feathers float across the squares too.....

 

 The backing fabric is a soft red with tiny flowers on a grid background. The wadding is 100% cotton which makes a lovely soft drape and feel to the quilt.


 I have taken to chance to use my cockerel as a photo prop.... he is made of paper mache although he looks stone like! 

 

 I was delighted to find a fabric with a chicken wire print for the binding. There was not quite enough to go right round the quilt but then I remembered that there was always a hole in the fence in the chicken field at home, so I added a similar fabric which just gives the chickens a chance to wander out in search of better worms!

 

 And the last picture.....

 

 This quilt measures 51 x 56 inches, 129 x 144 cm and is for sale on the Buy Now page.

20th February 2018

Here is a Hen and Chicks cot quilt made for Katie to give to her friend who is expecting her baby in April. I love the colours she has chosen and taking the photos has given me a chance to use my antique baby basket which has been used for all our babies in my family.

 

 The backing fabric is white with tiny yellow dots, the binding fabric is red-pink and white.

 

 Here is a close up of the quilting stitching:

 

I can't resist a chance to use our antique baby basket for a photo:

 

 10th March 2018

Here is a Beatrix Potter stories themed quilt. I have had these little picture squares and matching fabrics for a while, but wasn't sure how to use them. I decided on a simple log cabin design in soft pinks and blue fabrics with added star blocks in the corners. Here is the finished quilt:

 

 Here are some close up photos too:

 

 

 The backing fabric is white with Peter Rabbit and tiny flowers on it, the binding fabric is pale blue with little raddishes from Mr MacGreggor's garden....

 

 The quilt measures 46 inches  (117cm) long and 36.5 inches (93cm) wide. The wadding is 100% cotton which makes the quiilt soft and with a lovely drape too. This quilt is for sale on the Buy Now page.

 

 23rd March 2018

 Here is another quilt finished and for sale. The simple designs of sailing boats are appliqued onto soft natural coloured calico with some hand stitching of the masts. Red and white squares featuring rows of fish alternate with nine patch blocks in blue. The centre blue squares feature fun star contellations. 

 

 Here are some details:

 

 

 

 

 This quilt is for sale on the Buy Now page, please contact me using the contact page if you would like to be the new owner!

10th April 2018

Here is an elephant design cot quilt for Fiona to give a new arrival in their family:

 

 The baby's name will be added on arrival.

24th April 2018

 Gemma has sent me her little boy's outgrown clothes to be made into a happy memories quilt. The quilt is a single bed size and is a design called nine patch. A simple design is best with stretchy fabrics and also shows off the patterns and logos on the fabrics beautifully. 

 

 

 This is the binding close up and the backing fabric:

 

This quilt is a lovely memory of Barnaby's first year of babyhood. 

 

22nd October 2018 

Clare has asked me to make a farmyard quilt for a new baby arriving in December. The quilt will feature the family dog Poppy along with some animals and tractors. Here is the design I am using:

 


 These are the fabrics which I am starting with although I am not sure about the diggers one, I may use green tractors instead:

 

 Here is the first star which goes in the centre of the quilt. The tractors fabric looks better than the diggers:

 

 As the blocks are made they are put up on the design wall so I can see the colour balance. This photo was taken on a dull day and looks much too dark:

 

 Here is the top of the quilt finished except for the name which will go at the bottom:

 

 Next the three layers of the top, wadding and the backing fabric will be layered together and quilted. Here you can see the wadding and the backing fabrics too:

 

Please come back soon to see the finished quilt.... 

 12th November 2018

As the tractor quilt is not needed until Christmas, I have paused to make a cot quilt for Sophia Rose who was born in October. Such a pretty name! This is a larger size cot quilt with her name on the bottom:

 

 

 The backing fabric has tiny flamingos on a white background.

 

16th November 2018

As I do the quilting on the farmyard quilt I am also making a little quilt for an antique wooden swinging cot. This will be a scaled down version of a farmyard quilt with animal appliques. I have sourced some fabrics with tiny prints of traditional animals in soft pale colours to make the random look squares. We have decided to use only the paler colours and not the green or darker grey:

 

Here are the fabrics cut and on the design wall:

 

and here they are all sewn together: 

 

 Next the animals will be appliqued and the quilting stitches added.

Here is the finished quilt:

 

 The quilt is the size of a tea towel and fits the vintage family wooden cot beautifully.

 30th November 2018

Ki has asked me to make a memory quilt for his baby niece. He has sent the baby clothes from her first year, little babygros and hats. He would like a jungle animal safari theme as they love going to Chester zoo as a family. I have cut up the clothes to make squares and have added some baby jungle animal fabrics which compliment the baby clothes in colour and style. Here are the squares on the design wall: 

 

 The squares are sewn together and I am adding some simple applique animal shapes on the plain squares:

 

 When all the squares are joined, the borders are added. I have chosen a warm pink with little polka dots fabric for this. Here is the finished top of the quilt. The two tiny hearts are made from the soles of one of the babygros.The baby's name will be added at the end:

 

 Next the three layers of the top, wadding and backing fabrics will be layered together and pinned with safety pins. Then the quilting stitching is done by sewing machine. 

When the appliqued animals have been stitched down and the quilting finished, the binding is applied to finish the edges of the quilt. Here you can see the backing fabric which has tiny multicoloured elephants on it:

 

 Here is the finished quilt which measures 108 x 131cm. In one corner is stitched ' From uncle Ki' :