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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.

Saturday 17 October 2020

North Country Bed Jacket

Here is a very nice hand quilted bed jacket, which comes with a history. It was made by Mrs Herbert, pub landlady from Todhills, Byers Green, Bishop Aukland in Co. Durham. This was given to the sellers grandmother  Ruth of Sleights House Farm as a wedding present by her mother in law Mrs Herbert.  In 1973 it was then given in turn to her daughter in law Jennie Wearmouth of Hunwich, Bishop Aukland when Jennie was pregnant with her first child.  Through all this time, the bed jacket was kept safely in a box, so has never been worn.

The bed jacket is fully reversible. the front has daisies and twists, with a running feather up the sleeves.

 The collar has a twist, and the back has a rose surrounded by two feathers. Liz Nally has a similar bed jacket from another maker living nearby, and once Covid is over, it will be interesting to compare the two to see if there was a locally used pattern.

Saturday 10 October 2020

Hawaiian Quilts on the Go

I enjoy making Hawaiian quilts, but the appliqué is more enjoyable than the quilting! The background is easy to quilt, but the appliqué, where there is an extra layer of cloth, is more difficult. So I have quilt tops waiting to be hand quilted and some partially quilted. But with no quilt shows, I guess that I have plenty of time to do this!

This is Ulu, an Elizabeth Akana design that I posterised. I like the combination of light grey and mid blue. I have started to quilt this, and am just waiting for blue thread to arrive in the post.

This is Kuuipo, still waiting to be basted and then quilted. 

This is Kuna wai, not basted yet, I was worried that there would not be enough contrast between the grey and the purple, but I think it works...

Kikui Nut, again partly quilted, the green is a print...

Carnation, again partly quilted with a dark pink print.

 And this is Umeke O Kamehameha in purple and orange, it is partly quilted.

I have ordered more patterns from Hawaii, and I hope they arrive safely. Last time, I had to pay customs (import duty) which added to the cost, but it is worth it to me as I get a lot of pleasure from these quilts.