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 has asked me to make the first quilt for 2018 for her little daughter who has a birthday in January. The quilt will be a single bed size and the theme is fairies, flowers and butterflies. The colours will be pinks, purples, blues with the background of white. I am going to use fabric printed with fairies which is from designs by Ciecely Mary Barker who wrote the Flower Fairies books. It is so pretty! Here is the quilt design:


 And here are the fabrics I will start with:


 This is the corner big star:


 And four corner stars together:


Here are more bocks laid out so I can see the colour balance: 

 Here is the top of the quilt finished:


Next the three layers of the top, wadding and backing fabrics are layered together and pinned carefully before the quilting stitching is done with a sewing machine: 


Lastly the edges are bound with a pink and white gingham fabric and Elen's name and birthday date are appliqued to the bottom of the quilt. Here is the finished quilt which is a single bed size.


 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.