Meet a quilter  Kayleigh Excell from  Kindred Quilting Co .  Welcome back to ‘meet a quilter’: a series of blog posts introducing you to other British quilters. Find out how they learned to quilt and why, what they’re making right now, their top tips and favourite resources for inspiration.  This time, we’re off to London where quilter, mum and creative business owner Kayleigh Excell lives and works. Kayleigh has a distinctively minimal style which she pairs with quilting techniques to create modern family heirlooms. Her quilting story is especially inspiring as it began only a year ago….  Tell us a little bit about yourself   I'm Kayleigh. I live in London with my partner and our two children, both aged under three. I used to work in the television industry but left when I had my first child to become a full-time mum. I needed a hobby to keep me motivated so I started sewing and have never looked back!               

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


              When, how and why did you learn to quilt?   I’ve been quilting for less than a year. I started after the birth of my son in June 2018. He was lying on the floor and the idea came to me to make a modern style blanket. I didn’t know anything about how to quilt so I followed YouTube tutorials to make my first. I kept dreaming up new designs and knew it was something I wanted to keep doing.   What are you making at the moment?   I’m working on a couple of patterns which I'm really excited about. I enjoy simple, quick, and minimal designs so these patterns will reflect my style and I hope that other quilters will enjoy them. I’m also working on my new range of    patchwork pennant style flags   . They are decorative wall hangings inspired by travel and adventure.               

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


              What’s your sewing space like?   I sew in my tiny back room which is also my son's bedroom. His cot is in one corner and my sewing table is in the other! There really isn't enough space for quilting but I manage. I don't think I'll be making a queen-sized quilt anytime soon though!   Where do you like to shop for fabric and supplies?   I use Art Gallery Solids which I buy from    Hantex    (a wholesale distributor) who are great, I also get my wadding from them. I love    Stoff & Stil    for thread and accessories. My favourite non-quilting cotton is from the    Organic Textile Company    which sells the most gorgeous cross-weave cotton.               

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


              What do you wish you had known about making patchwork quilts when you first started?   I’d like to have known more about the vast history and community around quilting. I have felt imposter syndrome more than once and have worried about whether I am doing things the 'right' way. I don't want these feelings to hold me back from having fun with it. I was a bit unprepared for it all, but I don't think I'll ever stop learning.   Where do you find inspiration for your quilts?   All sorts of places! I love    Pinterest    and am always pinning inspiring images and colour palettes. I also like to reference things I see out and about, maybe a pattern on a rug or on the tube. My latest collection is inspired by scenic photos from my travels.               

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


              I love Kayleigh’s fresh palette and crisp angles, don’t you? It’s so inspiring to see other makers bringing quilting to a broader audience. I like to think that it's my mission to make sure that more quilts are handmade for British family homes. I’m so glad that Kayleigh and others have a similar mission. Even if learning to make quilts is not for you, you can still appreciate the craftmanship, design and comfort of a beautiful quilt made by someone who loves what they do.  Thank you so much, Kayleigh, for sharing your quilting story with us!              

 
   
     
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“Welcome back to ‘meet a quilter’: a series of blog posts introducing you to other British quilters. Find out how they learned to quilt and why, what they’re making right now, their top tips and favourite resources for inspiration. This time, we’re off to London where quilter, mum and creative business owner Kayleigh Excell lives and works…..”

      The making of a quilt  There’s a first time for everything!  When I stated making my  sidewalk chalk quilt  I had no grand plan. For the first time in a long time, I wanted to make a quilt just for the love of the pattern. It felt right to make this patchwork quilt entirely from solid fabrics. I’d never done that before and this became my theme: trying and being inspired by new techniques for the first time.     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     I started with a  colour palette of Kona solids kindly shared with me by Paula Steel at  Sew Yellow . Paula is a brilliant British quilter and pattern designer. She had used these colours in a quilt made with her  ‘Peach Kisses’  pattern. It’s a colour combination I could only dream of creating!  I soon realised that the sidewalk chalk pattern would introduce me to half-rectangle triangles. Another first for me! Even as a quilt teacher, I was a little nervous. They seemed tricky and, if I couldn’t get them right, this modern quilting pattern would not work. I needn’t have worried.     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Meghan - the designer from  Then Came June  - made videos to support the instructions in the pattern which I watched carefully before I started. I think I scrapped one block but the rest of my half-rectangle triangles looked good and were fun to make. With them made, this pattern comes together quickly and easily. Before I knew it, my quilt top was done and then came the procrastination…..  When you first learn to quilt, it’s easy to settle into a creative routine. I tend to make my quilts using the same methods, rarely trying something completely new. I usually hand quilt but I wanted to save some time and show my students that you can machine quilt successfully on a simple home sewing machine. Then I was scared to experiment on a patchwork top that I was really happy with. What if I messed up?      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     I got on with pin-basting, as usual, combining my patchwork top with quilters dream cotton wadding and an old remnant of fabric for the backing which is perfect with the Kona solids. I love it when that happens! I planned some very simple straight-line quilting and put it on a shelf where it sat, untouched, for months. And months. Eventually, I accepted that hand-quilting was not what I wanted for this modern quilt. I needed to hook up my walking foot, put on my big-girl pants and get on with it!  Then inspiration struck. Somewhere – probably on Instagram – I saw a quilt with machine quilted straight lines which ran in two different directions. THAT was what I wanted! From there on in, I rolled with the differences. I chose some Aurifil variegated thread (another first) and found a tutorial on  Crazy Mom Quilts  that would help me start and finish my quilting lines halfway through the quilt, where they changed direction. I was all set except that all my basting pins were in the wrong place. I’d have to stop and start all the time to take them out. So, it was time for yet another first for me: spray basting.      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     I’d used 505 spray for small projects before but never a full quilt. Again, I was scared to mess up but I knew that spray basting would make machine quilting easier. I turned to another of my favourite quilt bloggers for a tutorial – this time  Cluck Cluck Sew  – and got started. It was fine, of course! Not too messy or smelly, pretty fast and I was really impressed with the hold.  Now I could quilt. That was quick too. After all that worrying and waiting, I was almost done.      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     To bind this quilt, I made another first-time decision for me and used the same fabric as the backing. I love that fabric and had enough left so, why not? It works perfectly with the solids - I’m so happy with it!              

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


              Despite all my indecision and quilting insecurities, this quilt has opened my eyes to new ideas that I’m excited to try again. I’d love to know what you think and whether you have your own creative blind spots. Are there things you want to try but haven’t had the courage to tackle yet? Let me know - I’d love to check in and support you when you do!              

 
   
     
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The making of a quilt: sidewalk chalk

There’s a first time for everything!

“When I stated making my sidewalk chalk quilt I had no grand plan. For the first time in a long time, I wanted to make a quilt just for the love of the pattern. It felt right to make this patchwork quilt entirely from solid fabrics. I’d never done that before and this became my theme: trying and being inspired by new techniques for the first time…”

      How to organise a small sewing space  7 top tips for kitchen-table quilting  Quilters are notorious hoarders of fabric and notions. And more fabric. You can never have enough and it all sparks joy. Yet, not every quilter can dedicate a whole room of their house to creating. Most use the kitchen table and jostle for space with dinners, homework and all the other household stuff that ends up there.              

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
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              You might be surprised how many quilters work from the kitchen table. You might be amazed how many quilting businesses are run from the kitchen table. Take American modern quilting phenomenon Meghan Buchanan of  Then Came June . Meghan has built a successful quilt pattern business from her small home in Portland, Oregon which she shares with her husband and little son. She stores her fabric stash and materials in wardrobes in the couple’s bedroom and sews and works from their dining table. She regularly shares her home/sewing space over on  Instagram  and it’s really inspiring to see how she does it. Then there’s English Paper Piecing designer and Sewing Quarter presenter  Jenny Jackson  ( @hashtagsew on Instagram ) who has created a quilting corner in the bay window of her flat’s living in Brighton.   When we moved to our current home, I switched from quilting at the dining table to a corner of a room. I had my own table – an  Ikea Melltorp  – and my sewing machine and cutting mat had a permanent home. I felt very lucky. Over time, I gradually took over the entire room! It now hosts  regular workshops  where I teach beginners everything they need to know to make their own patchwork quilts by hand. I still sew my own projects in that same corner, on the same table. Overall, I still have the same amount of space for my own personal projects.              

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
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              If you’re quilting from a small space, organisation is key. Packing up projects in a hurry so you can serve dinner can cause havoc with your neat piles of patchwork pieces. You don’t have to go the full KonMari method, but a few flexible storage “solutions” can make all the difference. As can some guidelines (no rules!) to keep you in check. Here are the ones I swear by:   One:   Cut one, piece one, quilt one   I try to keep to three work in progress quilts at any one time*. This is pretty restrained by quilting standards so adjust it to suit you: cut two, piece two, quilt two is just as good! It’s not unheard of for quilters to rack up 15-20 WIPs. Personally, I would hyperventilate at 10 and in a small space it would be almost impossible to keep track. So, I try to keep to a limited number of projects, at difference stages of the process to keep me interested and so as not to overwhelm my space.     *Disclaimer: I currently have 7 work in progress quilts on the go, including a commission. Do as I say, quilters, not as I do!!              

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


               Two: Projects stored together, stay together    Sarah Ashford  (who could give Marie Kondo a run for her money with her beautifully organised sewing space in Somerset) creates  project pouches  in A4 and A3 sizes which are genius for organising patchwork pieces. Lettering can be customised and you can choose between different colours and zip charms. They are a genius and inexpensive way to stay in control of your projects.              

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


               Three: A little storage can go a long way   Portable storage like the the  Ikea Raskog trolley  is beloved of quilters and crafters. The three layers of storage can be wheeled to and from wherever you are working and tucked back into a corner or under a table.  There are similar products available from  Hobbycraft  and  John Lewis  if the thought of a trip to Ikea is too much to bear.   Four: Tupperware party   Transparent plastic storage containers are as useful for your sewing space as they are in the kitchen. From individual boxes like mine by  Whambox  from Homebase which I use for colour-coordinating fat quarters, to drawer units like the  Rainbow Storage Towers  from Hobbycraft.              

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


               Five: Shop your stash   If you’re just starting out with quilting you may not have built up your stash of fabric yet. If you already have lots of fabric, use it! When I gave up my job as an NHS Manager to stay at home with my then two-year old second daughter, I no longer had as much disposable income to spend on fabric. My fabric subscriptions had to be cancelled and my open tabs of online shopping baskets had to be closed and forgotten. I turned to my stash. Aside from background fabric – usually Kona White or Snow – it was two years before I really needed to replenish some of my stash. I was amazed!              

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


               Six: Swap shop   Swapping and sharing fabric is one of life’s little pleasures. If you’re getting together with crafty friends, take a few fat quarters that you won’t use (be honest!) and see if you can swap for something you’d love to cut into. If you don’t have a local quilt group or aren’t a guild member, shops such as the Village Haberdashery organise swap events  like this one  or you could even arrange your own. Recently two people have donated huge amounts of fabric to me and I couldn’t possibly use it all. So I’ve shared the cast majority with students on my  quilt-a-longs  and quilters who come along to my  monthly ‘quilt club’ sessions .   Seven: Table-top defenders   If you’re using a kitchen table for quilting, you’ll probably want to avoid destroying it! As well as your self-healing mat for cutting with a rotary cutter, think about investing in a table-top ironing board or  pressing mat . These are brilliant space-saving options that are easy to store (under a bed, behind a sofa) and low-effort in terms of setting up your space and putting it away again in a hurry.              

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


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7 top tips for kitchen-table quilting

“If you’re quilting from a small space, organisation is key. You don’t have to go the full KonMari method, but a few flexible storage “solutions” can make all the difference. As can some guidelines (no rules!) to keep you in check. Here are the ones I swear by….”

      Meet a quilter  Claire Campion from  Made Just Sew   Welcome to ‘meet a quilter’: a series of blog posts introducing you to other quilters. Find out how they learned to quilt and why, what they’re making right now and some of their top tips and resources for having fun with fabric!  This time we’re heading to Warwickshire where quilter, mum and creative business owner Claire Campion lives and works. Claire is such an inspiration as a self-taught quilter, with a fascinating background and a real eye for detail. Let’s meet her…  Tell us a little bit about yourself   I’m Claire, a late 30-something living in beautiful Stratford Upon Avon with my husband, our two beautiful girls who are 6 and 3 years old and our dog Dillon who is definitely my third child!               

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


               In my life before kids, I was a biomedical scientist in haematology and blood transfusion - a million miles from what I do now! I decided to take a career break when our eldest daughter was born almost 11 weeks early. It was a difficult time but gave me the courage to stop something I wasn’t enjoying and put my all into motherhood. Once we had made it through that tricky first year, our new ‘normal’ began to feel normal - I needed to do something for myself. I started sewing to release some creative passion. One thing led to another and I started my own business:    Made Just Sew   .   When, how and why did you learn to quilt?   I’m 100% self-taught! I’ve always admired quilts, appreciated the craftsmanship and luxury of each one. After I had Lucy I made things for her room and, around 5 years ago, I made my first quilt. YouTube played a big part but there was also a great haberdashery shop in Stratford (sadly closed now) which was a great support and introduced me to spray basting! I still spray baste all my quilts now - although the more I learn, the more I want to try new techniques and I’m going to try basting pins on my next quilt.               

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


               I was asked to make a quilt as a christening gift for a friend which made me realise that what I was making was resonating with people. Not long afterwards, a friend showed me a picture of a memory quilt and I just fell in love with the idea. I started to make memory quilts and bears, word spread, and the business grew! It’s predominantly what I make now, but I’m itching to make some ‘ready-made’ heirloom quilts and eventually design my own quilt patterns.   What are you making at the moment?   I’m so glad you have asked me this question! A few months ago, I would have said ‘memory quilts but I’ve just started a more traditional quilt from my own fabric stash. I’m using a    Suzy Quilt pattern called ‘Fly Away’   . I’m so excited about it! I love what I do but it’s good to try something new and keep that creative passion alive. I’m also planning to hand quilt this one, which is something I haven’t done before.   What’s your sewing space like?   My dream is to have my own studio with lots of natural light but for now I have taken over our dining room. Our big oak dining table is the perfect space for quilting because I can be at home with the kids but sneak off, every now and again, knowing they are happy playing nearby.               

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


              Where do you shop for fabric and supplies?   I’d love to do more physical shopping as I much prefer seeing fabric in the flesh first but, unfortunately, lots of local shops have closed and shopping is never a relaxing experience with kids in tow! Most of my purchases are made online with my favourite shops:    Billow Fabrics   ,    Plush Addict    and    The Village Haberdashery.     I’m lucky to live near the NEC in Birmingham and love going to sewing and quilting exhibitions. That’s where I stock up on supplies and buy things I didn’t realise I needed in my life!    What do you wish you had known about making patchwork quilts when you first started?   To always use a walking foot for machine quilting – it’s a game changer!! Also, to slow down and take time. Plus, there’s always something new to learn!               

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


              Where do you find inspiration for your quilts?   So many places! I love to treat myself to a magazine from time to time. My favourites are    ‘Quilt Now’    and    ‘Love Patchwork and Quilting’    for their modern style and fresh designs. I still love a good book - the ones that you refer back to time and time again. I got a new one for Christmas called ‘Ultimate Quilting Bible’ which is a great resource for everything quilting related.    Social media plays a huge part, especially Instagram and Pinterest. They’re both visual platforms which is perfect for creative inspiration. I don’t know if I’d be here doing this now without them! I love following fellow quilters - favourites being    @blanketstatement   ,    @riane.elise    (her new book looks amazing!)    @wren.collective    and    @suzyquilts    (she has the best blog to learn ANYTHING to do with quilting - I love her style, how she approaches teaching techniques - she’s awe inspiring. Definitely my quilting crush!).               

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


              I just love how Claire has turned her hobby into a business, don’t you? I especially appreciate that she creates “proper”, beautifully finished memory quilts from baby clothes - she definitely stands out from the crowd. Thank you so much, Claire, for introducing yourself to us and for sharing your beautiful photos!              

 
   
     
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Claire Campion of Made Just Sew

“Welcome to ‘meet a quilter’: a series of blog posts introducing you to other quilters. This time we’re heading to Warwickshire where quilter, mum and creative business owner Claire Campion of Made Just Sew lives and works….”

      The making of a quilt: no-points star  A quilt for keeps  About a year ago I had an idea for a new course. I’d taught lots of beginners how to make patchwork quilts and they had the bug! They wanted to make more and had all the skills but, as brand-new quilters, they also wanted someone to hold their hand. I wanted to find a way to bring new quilters back to quilt school to make something together, to develop their skills with the comfort of some guidance and company.       

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


       My idea was a guided quilt-a-long. A quilt-a-long is a way for quilters to get together in real life or online to make their own versions of the same quilt. Pattern designers regularly host quilt-a-longs online and they are a great way to meet other quilters and make new friends.  My first guided quilt-a-long group got started in April 2018. I chose a star pattern that uses the classic ‘flying geese’ method to make the points of the stars. We used a clever variation whereby the fabric squares used to make the points of the star are smaller than the background fabric (‘the goose’). This means that you don’t have to worry about losing the tips of the star shape when you piece the blocks together – every single block will have eight crisp points and look fantastic.               

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


              I couldn’t resist quilting-a-long. I planned to make a quilt for our home. I almost always make quilts as gifts and lately most of my quilts were made to demonstrate techniques and finishes to inspire my students. This time I felt like making a quilt for keeps. I decided on a pink and orange colour scheme and pulled all the fat quarters I needed from my stash. I added plenty of Kona white and I was all set to start cutting.  As I made my quilt I added in some extra fabrics here and there – mostly scraps – and played with the blocks a little. I made a few with white stars and patterned backgrounds and others with patterned stars and a contrasting patterned background. Some stars were made from the same fabric, other were a mix of two different fabrics. I made 42 blocks and put them together in a 7x6 layout to make a large single (twin) size quilt.       

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
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       The quilt-a-long was so much fun! Seeing everyone who took part having fun with their fabrics, getting to know each other and gaining confidence as quilters, was amazing. Each quilt was so different and so personal to the maker who made the pattern their own – you could hardly tell that each quilt was essentially the same.              

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
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              I finished my own quilt using a plain bed sheet as backing, my favourite quilter’s dream cotton wadding and a low-volume patterned binding. I quilted it by hand using my usual Gutermann quilting thread in white and I quilted circles all over it to soften all the points and angles a little. This quilt even came on holiday with us last summer to be finished and I have sweaty memories of trying to quilt it during a heat wave in the Black Forest! It now lives on my eldest daughter’s bed. Until a few months ago my girls shared a room but, now she’s nearly 8, my big girl began to need her own space. The quilt works perfectly with the little red bedside cabinet we made for her, her orange Tripp Trapp chair at her desk and the colourful tub chair that already lived in the spare room.  I’ve made a companion quilt to this one in teals and blues, quilting-a-long with my next group of new quilters and I’ll share that one soon. It’s destined for my little girl’s bed which is painted green.              

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
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              I’m hosting two more quilt-a-long groups starting in the Spring. We’ll use the same pattern because it has proved to be incredibly versatile and spot on for new quilters ready to tackle their first “big” quilt. Most people aim for a throw-size quilt but you can chose to make a larger or smaller quilt – it’s up to you. I make sure you have several months to finish your quilt so you can work at your own pace in between the sessions where we meet to work together at key stages of the process.       

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
          
             
                  
             
          
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
          
             
                  
             
          
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


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The making of a quilt: no-points star

A quilt for keeps

About a year ago I had an idea for a new course. I’d taught lots of beginners how to make patchwork quilts and they had the bug! I wanted to find a way to bring new quilters back to quilt school to make something together, to develop their skills with the comfort of some guidance and company. My idea was a guided quilt-a-long……”

       The story of a quilt: making a modern family heirloom   I finished a baby quilt recently and thought I'd share with you why and how I made it.    This one was special to me from the start. A good friend was pregnant after a long while of trying and I wanted to make a quilt for the baby. I don’t need much of an excuse, let’s face it, and I already had fabric set aside with a baby in mind. I even had a pattern ready too: Pow Wow from  Cluck Cluck Sew . I’ve made a few of Allison’s patterns and love them.              

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


              I set to work. I’m a stay-at-home mum with a six-year-old at school, a three-year-old at home and a one-year-old business to run in the evenings and weekends so my sewing time is limited. But half an hour here and there plus the occasional evening sewing session and it’s amazing how quickly a patchwork top comes together.               

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


              When it was time to baste, I chose a single fabric for the back. I usually like to use up what I have and make pieced backs but I found some gorgeous Sam and Mitzi fabric by Lewis and Irene on sale from  Fabric Punk  and, well, that was decided. It was a perfect fit – so cute for a baby quilt and it really complemented the fat quarters I’d chosen from my stash for the patchwork.  Then to quilt. I almost always quilt by hand. I love slow stitching and the excuse to watch TV while I sew! I tend to decide on how I want to quilt once I’ve basted but I was still undecided with this one. I thought to just quilt in the ditch around the arrow-heads but decided in the end to ditch stitch the flying geese sections and add in another chevron in between them. Simple.     


  

  


 
   
    
      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      
    
   

  

 




 
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     In the meantime, my friend had painted a lime feature wall in the nursery so that settled it: green binding! This one made it through the auditions. I always attach my binding to the top of my quilts using my machine and its walking foot and then to the back by hand with an invisible slip stitch. I love  Crazy Mom Quilts’ binding tutorial . I’ve done it so many times now I know it by heart but everything I do comes from Amanda-Jean.  I finished a few days before the baby was due. It was a beautiful frosty morning so I took the quilt off to take photos in a local meadow where the hedgerows were sparkly and white. It worked a treat until I fell over, landed on a hedge stump, ripped a huge hole in the bottom of my leggings and dropped the quilt. Cue a painful (pride and bum) walk of shame back through the village with ruined boots, a muddy quilt and everything hanging out of the back of my trousers!     


  

  


 
   
    
      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      
    
   

  

 




 
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     Anyway, the best bit about a baby quilt is always the baby. Little Harriet was born, healthy and happy, and the whole family loved the quilt which was a bonus!

The story of a quilt: making a modern family heirloom

"This one was special to me from the start. A good friend was pregnant after a long while of trying and I wanted to make a quilt for the baby. I don’t need much of an excuse, let’s face it, and I already had fabric set aside with a baby in mind. I even had a pattern ready too!"