‘Handbag’ pattern Quilts


‘Handbag’ pattern Quilts

Yes I know the blocks don’t look like handbags, but I stole the idea from one where the bag handles were appliqued on to the top or narrow end of the ‘bag’.  As I was intending these for Project Linus for boys (most quilts are rather girly in colours and material) I left the handles off.

While simple in idea my brain did not cope well with sewing the slanting sides together.  First I sewed a straight side to a slant – the result was Not a rectangle.  Reverse all that and try again:  I sewed slant to slant but still Not a rectangle.  The idea is to sew the fat end to the thin end not fat to fat!.  Second go and reversing, and finally correctly shaped rectangles.

Originally I had planned only one but I had so much material there became two with still some left over.

All the fabric is brushed cotton. The paisley fabric on cream was given to me – about 7 yards worth, so it got used as backing for both quilts as well as the binding and some blocks.  The dark blue was left over from many years ago when I made myself a pair of pyjamas.  Apart from the red check, I didn’t buy any fabric.


Summer Linus Scrap Quilt

I’m calling this quilt ‘summer’ not just because it was made this summer but a couple of my friends at the Linus sewing day said “Strawberry and Raspberry colours”.  Unlike most quilts this one started with the backing – a piece of embroidered material presented to me at a previous Linus sewing day with the request to “make a front for this”.  I delved into my ‘stash’ and found a collection of similarly coloured squares and the plain material, all passed on from a friend.  I had only to add one square from my material to make enough for the front; it’s quite small 26” by 34”.  I planned and cut the squares at home and sewed and quilted it at the last Linus sewing day.  The quilting (free motion ‘scribble’) was done from the back to avoid sewing over the embroidered flowers. The binding was found in the Linus pile and today I attached the binding, so it’s all ready for the next sewing day.

Memory Quilt


I was asked back in late summer of 2016 to make a quilt for someone in memory of her mother, using a number of her mother’s favourite blouses.  I thought this was such a lovely idea.  The blouses were mostly in shades of pink and purple, and of beautiful material – all cotton and most were very fine cotton.  The client selected a ‘Rail Fence’ Design.  Out of 15 different materials, 3 weren’t used.  The main block had 9 different fabrics, 2 further ones for the sashing, and another for the binding.  The backing was white calico.  Quilting was using a multi coloured (pink and purple ) thread on the top and white on the backing.  I made a label using my sewing machine alphabet in the multi-coloured quilting thread on white backing. (If you click on the photo to see a larger version the materials will show up better)

I started on 14 August 2016 and the quilt was finished on 22 January 2017 so elapsed time was approximately 5 months.   This time I kept a log of the hours and minutes I worked and the actual work time was 96 hours.  This was broken down into  :

30 hours 40 minutes for material preparation – de-constructing the blouses and unpicking darts etc, ironing on very soft interfacing.

5 hours 35 minutes for cutting the material into strips – this would have been a LOT more without the use of my acquaintance’s die cutting machine

8 hours planning on which fabrics to use where and the layout of the blocks

26 hours 50 minutes sewing the strips into blocks and sewing the blocks together

9 hours 30 minutes quilting

15 hours 25 minutes sewing on the binding, creating the label and sewing it on.

Reversible Rail Fence Quilt

20160116 kaths 2nd quilt side 1    20160116 kaths 2nd quilt side 2

A further quilt for a friend following redecoration of her sitting room. The first quilt did not colour match. As she likes uncluttered styles I suggested a Rail Fence design; from the alternative construction combinations this was selected. The colour choice and fabric purchase was all hers. I think this shows that a simple design can very effective. The big challenge for me was getting the reverse side the correct way so the pattern was reversed!. I laid the first side right side down and placed the blocks on top to get the correct layout. Basic, but it worked!. The photos may not be turned the correct way around! Quilted in straight lines to echo the pattern.

Now for cushion covers to use up the small amount of remaining fabric

Fabric Picture Quilt

2015-08-11 neeru quilt1      2015-08-11 neeru quilt2     2015-08-11 neeru quilt3

I saw this design in an old quilting magazine and thought it was wonderful to show off the material that is too nice to cut up into small pieces. Most of the fabric in this quilt was from my ‘stash’, with the exception of the calico backing and some of the grey sashing. This quilt is for a friend to be installed when she moves into her next accommodation (hopefully soon!). She has seen the top and said she loves it. I quilted the squares in the ditch, then most of the remainder as free motion trying to enhance the material designs. This took quite a while and was quite challenging, and produced a lot of ends to tie off.

Alphabet Baby Quilt


Alphabet Quilt

Alphabet Quilt

Sewn for Project Linus.  This has been ‘in progress’ since before Christmas 2014, and finally it got finished. The letter patterns came from a book of quilt blocks given to me; as usual I amended the original design!. I used a lot of my left over very small pieces of material, and tried to colour co-ordinate them. Having finished the first couple of blocks I thought ‘why cut up a single pieces into 2” squares only to stitch it back together again?’. A lot of maths later (not always correct!), I had alternative sizes for each letter. The ‘half square’ blocks were fiddly but good practice for me, or so I told myself (!). 2 inch blocks are really too small for my sanity so this may be the one and only quilt I make of this design.

It is backed in white fleece which my sewing machine didn’t like sewing!. The blocks are quilted ‘in the ditch’ and around the white/cream shapes – giving many, many ends to tie off grrr.



Having finished the Traffic Light quilt, I had some of the backing material ( printed with small traffic signs) left over, so I made a smaller, less complicated version for Project Linus.   A friend who sews at the Linus days where I go, had not done applique before so she made one of the small signs at the last Linus sewing day. Despite her anxiety at doing applique, she made a very neat job, and I think she was pleased to have overcome a perceived hurdle.


Whilst at a previous Linus sewing day I saw some lovely brightly coloured fat quarters on sale; as usual couldn’t resist them and this quilt top is the outcome.

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