Sunday, 23 August 2009

A well-deserved rest.........

.....after all the excitements and exertions of the past week, I think we all deserve a rest, so, ever mindful of the fact that this blog is called "Quilt" Times, I thought I'd give you a chance to see some more of my quilts.

This was made in 2004 for my sister, who loves my quilts. Blue and yellow were her favourite colours at the time. Because she uses them all the time, she actually reckons that she wears them out (!) and therefore needs a constant supply of new ones. She's not daft is she?

This was made in 2004 (I think) for Mr and Mrs Teacher. It is cotton fabrics on top, backed by a gorgeous soft brushed fabric. Very snuggly. The design was my own, and it is hand quilted.

I think I made this for myself in 2002. It is another of my own designs and it is made entirely with brushed cotton. I think it was also my first attempt at machine quilting. Nothing adventurous, just straight lines, but it did tell me that I do not like machine quilting!

I adapted this from a commercial pattern because I wanted to try using fusible bias tape. It is a centrepiece for a table which I called Going Round in Circles. It was made in 2004.

I liked the pattern, so then I made this one in Christmas fabrics. Showing great originality, I called this Going Round in Christmas Circles!

I was in Christmas mode by now, so then I made these placemats. The design was my own, and they are all the same, and all made from a collection of 6 or 8 christmas fabrics. All I did was to make one with 3 fabrics, and then make another with the same 3 fabrics in different places. The "reversed" mat can be seen underneath the original. The 2 mats at the left were made for The Professor and Chatterbox with children's fabrics. This year I'll need to make another one so that Little Person has one too.

Luckily I finished all of these by mid-December, because by the 18th I was in hospital having my gall-bladder out! I vowed then never to leave my Christmas quilting till the last minute, but guess what? I still do.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing these quilts, because I've got loads more for you to look at in the future.


  1. I LOVED seeing your quilts!! You are one talented quilter!! And busy!! Not just good at buying cars, ha ha!

  2. I love the blue and yellow quilts.

  3. Those placemats are beautiful and should become another magazine article without delay.

    What a fabulous project - to make the same block but have it turn out so differently each time, you are one seriously talented lady (please come visit and maybe some of it will rub off).


  4. Its so lovely to see what you've been up to over the years. I love to see how you hate machine quilting, yet your machine quilting is awesome now! Beautiful quilts :o)

  5. Thank you for showing your quilts - they are a delight!

    I love the place mats in particular too - and it's lovely to hear a bit about the history - although the technicalities go over my head somewhat...

  6. great quilts

    love and hugs Gina xxx

  7. Hazel, a placemat is really a mini quilt, just one that gets used rather than stuffed in a dark cupboard once completed!

    They might be a good place for a beginner to start ... small, achievable, easy to learn new techniques, to practise quilting, not a huge investment in time and fabric if it doesn't work out for you .... I'll shut up and go away now {giggle}

  8. Thank you everyone for the interest. I can't reply personally to some of you, like Heather and Hazel cos I don't have email addresses, but I do love to get your comments.

    Bilbo, thanks for the suggestion about the placemats - I never thought of that. Hazel, we'll soon have you quilting!

  9. I love all the quilts, but like Heather the blue and yellows are my favorites.

  10. Great seeing all the historical quilts Sue, makes me realise I need to get a few more of mine on my blog. I particularly like your christmas centrepiece.

  11. I really enjoyed seing your quilts . Thanks for the tour.
    I would like to see how the Going in Circles were made. I don't think I have ever seen that before bp

  12. Bilbo, you are a rotter! {grin}

    Talking of placemats, I saw some photos (on a blog linked from here, I'm sure, & now I can't find it again - grrr) of the tombola stall at the FoQ with the prizes all A4 quilts - every one a little masterpiece...

  13. Sorry Hazel, I don't know where those photos were, but if/when you find them would you mind letting me know please?

  14. Ha! I found them!

    I linked through to A Quilter’s Journal ( from Cotton Cocktails which is a link on your site.

  15. Thanks for tracking that down Hazel, I've now been on an "expotition" and seen the photos.


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