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I am a quilter living in Woodbridge, Suffolk who has made quilts since I was a teenager. I also ring bells! Both are great British traditions....I will try to feature some of my antique Welsh and Durham quilts, the quilts I make myself, my quilting activities and also some of my bellringing achievements. Plus as many photos as I can manage. NB: Double click on the photos to see greater detail, then use back button to return to the main page.

Friday 12 November 2010

Progress so far with Hawaiian Quilt

I have been steadily working away on the applique of the Pilani quilt. It is about 2/3 complete and I am enjoying working on it. When it is all complete I shall go back and resew any bits that don't look smooth or nice. Then it is ready for quilting.

Cissy emailed me and told me that "Pilani was the greatest and most well known King of Maui and it is beleived that all great kings descended from him including King Kamehameha the Great. Google him and you'll learn more of this great king".

She also posted photos of my two quilts on her web site and you'll find them at

Several people congratulated me as they thought that my quilt was used as publicity for the Festival of Quilts - alas it was not my quilt but another vintage red and white Hawaiian quilt - one I think belongs to the American Museum in Bath.

I was able to download and print off an excellent booklet on storing and cleaning quilts from the York Quilt Museum and Gallery, under FAQs look for Cleaning and Storing Quilts and click on the highlighted link.

Subject to the necessary checks and references, I am looking forward to being the new treasurer of the BQSG - the British Quilt Study Group. This group does very valuable work and I am looking forward to getting more involved.

I am also starting to draw up a pattern for my Welsh quilt which I want to get started on. I also measured the Sawtooth Northumberland quilt top and will buy fabric to start to piece a replica of that. The quilting patterns will just be taken from the stamped top (I will trace the designs onto polythene and then just trace off with the light table) so that all seems fairly straightforward.

Its that time of year that everyone is thinking of the holiday season! I did not think that Tom and Sophie would be home this year but plans have changed and it seems that both will be home for at least part of the time, which will be great!! Time to think about my Xmas letter - last year's never got sent out as things were generally very hectic so I am going to start earlier this year...


  1. I love applique but have yet to tackle this style. I have a pillow top that I've started basting, maybe this winter. Your's is beautiful and I looked at your others, wow!

  2. Your Hawaiian Quilt looks marvellous, I like the color a lot. How will the Welsh one you plan look like? Wholecloth or pieced? I am really looking foreward to see it. Happy Quilting!

  3. Hi Andrea - the quilt will be wholecloth - bright yellow on the front and red paisley panels on the reverse....I am having difficulty choosong the patterns and will just have to experiment I guess...Pippa