Patchwork and quilting

A long-ish time ago before poetry, before running, before crochet, before cancer I did a lot of needlework, mainly counted cross-stitch but I had started experimenting with quilting and patchwork.

My first project was a hand stitched bag made from upcycled fabric.

I then made a small quilt, again entirely hand stitched, which I love and is usually (and currently) on my bed. The quilt was started pre-cancer and eventually completed about eighteen months after diagnosis.

Before this I had already planned my next project, I think if I worked each day on all my sewing and knitting/crochet projects I’d be kept busy until retirement age! Not only had I planned it but I had bought all the materials, including wadding and backing fabric, this was going to be a huge quilt, one that would keep me really cosy in the cold winters. Oddly, I had chosen fabrics in pink, green and cream, odd because our bedroom is blue. However, as with many things that got put on hold, forgotten about, or that I lost interest in, my enthusiasm for such a big project had passed and all the materials remained hidden away in cupboards and drawers.

That is until I started setting up my den, when I retrieved all my sewing materials from their various hiding places and sorted everything into some kind of order. Having a dedicated space has sparked my enthusiasm for craft projects.

Keen to start, I’ve begun a smaller patchwork project using red and green Christmas fabrics before embarking on the massive quilt.


I completed the first square (above) today, but don’t worry, my writing and poetry haven’t been pushed aside, I’m merely having a writing break while 2018 draws to a close and I make some decisions about how I want to move forward with it.

For now I’m happy and excited to be back at my sewing machine.

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Hi, I'm Karen, creator of which is home to my poetry, art and general ramblings. I am the author two collections of poetry, 'Kaleidoscopic Beauty' & 'I am the Stars in the Sky', and the children's book 'All That Glitters' (not yet published). I also enjoy running.

16 thoughts on “Patchwork and quilting

  1. Hi Karen,
    The main thing I learnt when I took up patchwork and quilting was that it took over my time and passion, squeezing out virtually other crafts! 🙂

    I’ll be interested to see the design you’re thinking of using for your bed quilt! Let me know if I can help you in any way. First rule: HAVE FUN!

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    1. I have a few books, they all have some gorgeous designs. I think I’m veering towards a block a month as that will allow me to try out a few different things.
      Happy New Year & happy quilting!

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