I also enjoy collecting and studying antique quilts made by others.
I love traditional style patchwork and quilting, and I like discovering and sharing ways to get perfect results.
On this website, you will find information about Antique Quilts in my Collection, the Techniques that I have developed, including Pressing for Perfect Points, and My Designs, which are available from my Shop
I have published another Christmas Story, which you can read at A Step forward for Tilly. This includes historic quilts from my Collection, combining factual research into the quilting tradition of the North East with fiction.
I run an online Heritage Quilt Club every two weeks, for those who would like to discover more about the antique quilts in my Collection. This runs on either Monday evening or Thursday afternoon for about an hour. I describe in detail the family history of the maker (if known), the printing and dyeing techniques used which can help date the fabrics, the stitching techniques and quilting designs. We have international members as well as from the UK.
You can book in the Antique Quilt Study section of the Shop for just £7 each individual session, or save by block booking.
I have recently started a new series called Skilful Skyful. Designed to gradually teach how to stitch different fundamental units of block patchwork, this series includes plenty of extra tips which will show you how to get perfect results – even if you have been doing patchwork for a while. The first four instalments are now available, and each links to two free block patterns; one easy, and one which is more tricky.
Skilful Skyful Part 4 is about Square-in-a-Square units
The free practice blocks also bring in elements learned in the previous instalments
Skilful Skyful part 1 is about half square triangle units
Skilful Skyful part 3 is about Flying Geese – such a popular unit in patchwork
This new video explores antique wholecloth quilts in my collection, in particular looking at how quilters have found alternative ways to treat the border corners.
The video also discusses briefly how to draft a border quilting design to fit your own quilt perfectly. More details are available on the Drafting Cable Borders page
A pack for Drafting Cable Grids is also available.
I love hand quilting, particularly traditional designs.
If you would like some tips on Hand Quilting Basics, I have now written a whole series to help you – the final one shows my stitching technique, and has links to all the others, covering fabric, threads, wadding and equipment.
I have quite a collection of antique quilts – start exploring them here
I have worked out methods to help you get perfect points on your patchwork. All of the patterns on sale in my online Shop have the best pressing directions already worked out for you, so that you can just go ahead and enjoy getting results that you can be really proud of.
There are now over 50 pages of quilts and techniques on this website, so keep exploring. More are still being developed, so come back soon for even more content.
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