Passion for quilting


Festival of Quilts 2012 (2)

You can’t start quilting soon enough, and while you’re at it, you might as well enter the competition at the Festival of Quilts. This years theme was: Diamonds, and this is what they did with it:

Bente, Tess, Emma, Lois and Rachel entered the competition for 9-11 year olds. Marle entered the competition for 5-8 year olds and she got a Highly Commended on her quilt. Well done, Marle!


Festival of Quilts 2012

The Festival of Quilts in Birmingham was once again an incredible experience. So many beautiful quilts, so many wonderful people, so much interesting new quilt stuff. You’re ready to drop after four days but it still never seems enough. If you’ve never been, put it on your calendar, August 8-11, 2013!

I sent two of my quilts to the competition. My threadpainted doors to the Pictorial Quilts:



and a new quilt, ‘A thing of beauty…’, to the Quilters’ Guild Challenge:

A thing of beauty…

The theme of the challenge was: Britain, what it means to me. The inspiration comes from English language and literature. I used several of my favourite poems. It has a needlefelted background with heavy machine stitching, hand stitching, poems printed on silk, and beading.

The quilts didn’t win any prizes but there were some nice comments from the judges and visitors.




More bookwrap fun

Once you get started making bookwraps, you see possibilities everywhere. So, I made some more, the Sunset series:

The strips on the bookwraps were made by needlefelting a piece of felt with wool tops. The background is quilted.


More bookwraps

Bits and pieces from my new quilt, it’s still underwraps, waiting to make its debut at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham next week, but here are the bookwraps:

Britain I

Britain II

Britain III

Needlefelting, machine embroidery, cording, and lots of stitching.



I’ve found a new addiction. The good thing is, it doesn’t cost a lot and you end up with lots of pretty gifts. For a project that’s coming up (still under wraps, more at a later date) I’ve started making bookwraps for A6-sized notebooks. To put in a little extra challenge for myself I’m making them from leftover bits and pieces and experiments. So far I haven’t had to buy anything. The only ‘new’ material I use is threads and ribbons and sometimes a bit of backing (leftover bits of fabric). Here are some of the results:

 Festival I        Festival II

Festival III

Festival IV


These bookwraps were all made from pieces left over from my Festival quilt. They are needle-felted (embellisher), stitched, machine quilted, and finished with cording.


The doors are finished

Finally, just before the deadline, I managed to finish my doors quilt.This is the result:

And these are the individual doors:

The doors are all threadpainted and the background has been densely machine quilted. The doors were all made individually and then joined together. The seams were covered with ribbon. The outer edge of the quilt is finished with ribbon and cording. The keys were attached with cording,



My doors are coming along nicely. Yesterday I finished door number seven and this morning I started on door number 8. It actually looks like I’ll finish in time for my deadline. These are the background fabrics I’m using for my doors:

And this is my assistant Ares, where would I be without him?

A few weeks ago when I was talking to my husband about the doors he asked me about the keys and that sparked the idea to add some keys to the quilt. I went to the local second-hand shop to see what they had. At that point not a lot but they told me to come back a week later because they were just cleaning a house for someone and the had already seen boxes with keys. A week later I went back and there were more keys thatn I’ll ever need for this quilt. Of course I bought far too many but honestly, how can one resist…?

Enough keys for this quilt and more.

Beautiful big rusty keys.

I love these small ones as well.



So what am I doing with all those doors? They’re all going to be part of a quilt. I’m threadpainting them all separately and then joining them together to make one quilt. I made a couple of samples first:

The doors are first printed onto Miracle Fabric sheets, then added to a background with fusible web. After adding batting and backing the door is threadpainted. The background is quilted.


More doors…

It’s taken me a while but after lots of sampling, sleepless nights, endless cups of coffee and tea, I’ve finally decided which doors I’ll be using for my project.

Now all I have to do is thread paint them…


Happy New Year

Wishing you all a happy and creative 2012!


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