Scattered jewels

“I want it to look as if someone has just scattered the bed with gorgeous jewels!”

This was the design brief for the latest quilt to roll of the production line and it was referring to a colour palette of course, not that a bag of glitzy beads be strewn and then sewn on individually. The customer wanted warm tones, autumnal shades, rich red colours to evoke a sense of luxury I think. Finding and selecting the first batch of fabrics seems to take ages – especially if they are sourced from existing stock and lovely old clothes that either carry memories or somehow resonate with the right shades.

Next step – slice it all up. This always seems a rather privileged and indulgent activity – chopping up fabric just to join it all together again. But I can assure you that much of this pile of rag picker’s delight was unwearable. At this stage calculation is involved – how many square do I actually need? So I make towers of quantities – these are twenties I think. Then rather like a pudding it is stirred in an attempt to mix it up. This quilt is all about the colour and the pieces are going to be randomly placed – a scattering of patches of course – but it’s a difficult look to achieve. My only rule is that two the same must not sit next to each other.


This is turning into a sort of recipe. the next task was to join pairs. The pairs were nice to do – radio on, select two pieces that work well together for some reason, 0.5 cm seam.

And lo, not a bunting lover, I have yards of the stuff!



I think they look like Christmas cards or decorations or even a Christmas tree.  It was a bit sad to cut the strings.

Oh well – move on. Now join the pairs to make fours. Then join the fours  …   to make a coat?


No. You are not playing at dressing up. Get on with it.

So then with the great stole joined up to form a square, it all became a large floor based activity. This part is difficult I think, involving much crawling around on the knees and trying not to pucker and wrinkle – the quilt that is. There are three layers now. The patches, a filling of quilter’s cotton wadding and a cotton backing – which also had to be patched in part, due to there not being enough of anything. And at this point I put a label on the back – with the date and a message.

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Feeling reasonably happy with the fabric sandwich I then trimmed the edges and put on a bias edging. And because I don’t have a gigantic quilting machine I stitched the layers together here and there, by hand with some little embroidery bits. It sounds a bit naff but at least the layers will hold together. I also had a last minute idea – to machine on some silken jewels, from iridescent scraps. I wish I’d thought of this earlier.


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Next request is for a quilt that looks like …   a Scottish rock pool.

Time to start collecting.





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14 responses to “Scattered jewels

  1. I love the colours – and I’m pretty sure I recognize a couple of the fabrics! That’s a lot of squares to sew together. I’m very impressed that you could just start off by sewing them in pairs and work from there; I would have to plan the layout to the nth degree!

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    • Thank you – I’m glad you recognise some of the fabric – there’s a bit of classic Liberty in there. Having colours that worked together helped, then I was on a roll of repeated actions – very therapeutic!


  2. its gorgeous. I know I would be overwhelmed by all the different shades……I love the centre diamond – really anchors it. really really beautiful.


  3. I love this, especially the “jewels”! Beautiful. I don’t know how you made it all work, but the result is just right. (And I’m even inspired to try some scrap bunting for myself!)

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  4. Absolutely beautiful!

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  5. It’s lovely, and I also liked the jewelled pieces added at the end, then you can add as set the right place or scatter landing!
    So that’s what you have been doing instead of garment making?

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    • Thank you – and yes, I confess! It was a lovely distraction. I have been making clothes though – lots of remakes and finishing long overdue, half-made projects. In fact I am unpicking a dyed linen Laura Ashley summer coat from 15 years back – difficult to picture I’m sure. I never wore it – but it’s going to be remade (forced) into a serviceable dress. The trouble is I don’t take enough photographs at the right moment, or in the right light, to create cohesive blog posts.

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      • I know what you mean, you want to chop something up and it’s the wrong time of day for a photo. I do the same too. I never have time to sew now since I went back to full time work, but I do post on in stage am, because I do still sew in any free time

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      • Pressed that by accident! !??
        Anyway it was supposed to say Instagram! Fast and not many words required. I can’t believe how many quilters, knitters and sewists there are round the world.

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  6. In stage am could be the way forward.

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  7. It could be an absolutely new form of image and writing Haha!

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