Quilting the next steps

Using special fabrics to quilt, Indonesian batik and memory quilt


After spending two days at Nimble Thimble and feeling much more confident in my 1/4 inch seams and nesting those seams it was time for me to fly solo, there are so many quilting patterns, the one I did at Nimble Thimble was a Nine Patch, and I have been watching plenty of you tube on half square triangles

I had some very beautiful Indonesian batik fabric which I bought at last year’s world textile event in Kings Sutton. A weekend free and it was time to make a start and see if I could improve on my last try at the half square triangle.
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Well I got my machine and cutting mat ready and made a start. It didn’t take long to see the pattern emerging. I chose a black contrast to the batiks, the quilt top came together within a day, quilting and binding the next- what fun but what to do with that spare block?


I am in need of more cushions, I found a lovely gold fabric in my stash to contrast with the black and highlight the batik in the quilt block. I wanted to try out a pattern I had seen which takes a pinwheel block and slices and spins it into a 9 patch variation. It was a little daunting slicing through my block but I moved the new smaller blocks around as per my diagram and it was time for some piping and a zip – voila patchwork cushion!


The other quilting project which has been spinning around in my head is a memory quilt. I am not really terribly sentimental but do like to use memorable textiles in my art (bits of a bikini are in my seascape) which was completed last year and exhibited in Chester at Funky Aardvarks Open Textile Exhibition.


A couple of people recently have asked about memory quilts and I have kept hold of a few very memorable pieces of clothing from my youngest Holly, not from the baby years but when she was a toddler – she was rather attached to a rabbit t-shirt and pyjamas with unicorns were very much loved.


I set to work on a rather random pattern making the most of the pictures and patterns, the rather stretchy pieces I stabilised with interfacing and I then quilted with a unicorn backing fabric. The whole thing is machine washable and although not terribly big is a lovely lap quilt for TV time, Holly loves it.


If you are interested in creating a memory quilt or memory cushion please feel free to get in touch, I can either help you make your own in a workshop or 1-2-1 or if you would rather commission me to make a memory quilt do get in touch.