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 2017

The first quilt of the year is one I have made with fabric I had in stock. Really it is pure indulgence on my part as I was very much wanting to use the small amount of 'owls on a branch' fabric I had been hoarding as I love it so much! I wanted the quilt to have a woodland feel in fairly bright colours and have designed it so that it could be a little quilt for a child or a wallhanging and even a sofa throw for and adult. I love the owls and dragonflies in our garden and the deer on the common land which I can see from our windows and this quilt has both, so is a big hit for me! Here is the finished quilt:

 

 Here are some highlights:

 

 

 The backing fabric is white with pale blue polka dots and the binding is a pale grey and white stripe fabric: 

 

 The quilt measures 40 inches x 40 inches ( 102 x 102 cm)

 This quilt is for sale on the Buy Now page.

 26th January 2017

 Catherine asked me to make a memory quilt for her from her boys' outgrown clothes. 

  I love the impact of the striped binding at the edges of the quilt. Here are some photos of the finished quilt, I have taken it on a walk around the house as it is such a lovely quilt to photograph.....

 

 Here it is against the African Kente cloth wall hanging in our sitting room, this hanging inspired the quilt design:

 

 Here it is against our banisters too....

 

 Here you can see the effect of the binding:

 

 And again because I love it!!

 

 Last one, this t-shirt design was too big for the front, so I have hand stitched it to the back....

 

 I hope this quilt will be a real treasure in Catherine's family. I will find it really hard to part with it from the sewing room and several people have asked if it is for sale!

 2nd April 2017

Kerry has asked me to make a large cot quilt for a gift to a baby yet to be born. She would like a woodland theme with owls in blue and green. This has sparked a new design for me and I have enjoyed drawing woodland creatures. 

 The backing fabric has little birds in bright colours on a white background to echo the creatures on the front of the quilt. Here is the finished quilt and some highlights:

 

 

 

 

 

 I am so pleased with this new design and will be adding it to the baby quilts page as a general design. I will add a name at the bottom of the quilt when the new owner is safely delivered. 

 6th April 2017

  

 

 I wanted to add a padded fish ( on the right) and a red heart to the bottom of the quilt, so I have put Jude's date of birth on the label on the back of the quilt:

 

 Here are some details of the finished quilt:

 

 

 

 

 Tomorrow is Jude's first birthday and I hope he has a lovely day. His quilt depicts lots of the things which have happened in his first year and I hope he will enjoy using it for a long time.

27th April 2017

Here is a small cot quilt made for James to give his new nephew:

 

 

 

 

 8th May 2017

Rhian  asked me to make a first bed size quilt for her little boy Ivor. The theme is a nautical one, boats, the sea, the beach and a large whale which is part of the nursery decor. Here is the finished quilt. The edges are bound with navy fabric which is the same on the back of the quilt. I think this gives a lovely crisp look to the quilt. 

 

 Here are some close up pictures:

 

 

 

I hope Ivor will use his quilt for many years and enjoy all the detail and fish.

 8th June 2017

I have been asked to make a single bed sized quilt to be given as a  21st birthday present. I must say that it is a real honour to be asked to make such a special quilt! Here is the design and the fabrics chosen to give a fresh modern look:

 

 

 Here is the big complex 24 inch ( here I must say that quilt makers generally measure in inches) centre star for the middle of the quilt. The colours are lilacs, pale mauves, greys and white, but my camera gets a bit confused by the subtle shades:

 

 Here are the four corner stars with photo transfers added to show college and school crests and a gap year subject:

  
  
 

This is one of the two Log Cabin blocks which go at the top of the quilt between the stars. These fabrics look so pretty together:

 

As the blocks are made, I have laid them out on the floor so I can see the colour balance and the texture of the prints:

Here is the finished top of the quilt:

 

 Here are some close up pictures of favourite things shown on the quilt:

 

 

 Next the three layers of the wadding, top and back of the quilt are layered together and pinned securely before the quilting stitches are added. This is my favourite part as the quilting makes the quilt into a 3D thing and adds so much interest too.

 

After the quilting is finished, the edges of the quilt are bound with a matching fabric. I aim to have the quilt finished by the end of this week, so it will be ready to post in time for the 21st birthday party. 

Here is the finished quilt:

 

Here are some close up photos of the quilting stitching too:

 

 

  
  

 

 

I hope the quilt will be a lovely birthday surprise in July.