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 will be 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. Here are some of the blocks up on the design wall:

 

 There are 30 blocks to be made and when I have made just over half I put them out on a sheet on the floor to see how the quilt top is progressing:

 

 Eleven more blocks to make..... I love this bit when I can see how the quilt will look as the blocks fit together. There are lots of little pockets and also buttons to be added. 

 Now all the blocks have been made and stitched together. A few alterations have been made too, the dark navy small squares have been removed, relaced with mid blue ones and squares from little pairs of cord dungarees have been added. A star cut from a tiny sunhat has been appliqued on too. Buttons will be added when the quilt is finished. Here is the finished top of the quilt:

 

 My camera is a bit confused by all the shades of colour so some of the squares look darker than they really are.

Here are some close ups: 

 

 

 Next the three layers of the top, wadding, and backing fabric will be layered together. 

Here are the layers pinned together before the quilting stitching is added by machine. the backing fabric is white with little polka dots in pale blue. 

 

 Whilst the quilting is completed we are thinking about the options for the binding at the edges of the quilt. Here are the options:

1) Light blue fabric :

 

 2) Natural colour fabric:

 

 3) White blue pin stripe in the same colours as the backing fabric:

 

4) Plain white fabric:

 

 More photos when the quilting is finished....