Friday, 14 March 2014

Quilting of the Traditional Kind

Before we all started buying sewing machines and then longarm quilting machines, quilts were traditionally made by hand.

Lilian Hedley is the leading expert on Durham Quilting which is sometimes called North Country Quilting and she studied under Amy Emms.

On the one day course with Lilian, after seeing and touching a variety of quilts - some new, some old and some antique, you will be guided into designing a cushion cover and marking out your fabric ready for quilting.

Lilian provides a variety of templates to borrow and she will even teach you how to draw the Durham Running Feather by using old coins.

On the residential course you can start a larger project - a wholecloth of any size or a strippy quilt.

Sometimes students have a preferance for a Welsh style quilt - no problem. Lilian has templates for their designs too - but beware, there is more work involved!

When you have your fabric marked out, its time to layer up your quilt ready for quilting.  If you wish to have your top , wadding and backing basted on the longarm this can also be arranged. The backing fabric and wadding needs to be at least 4 inches bigger than the quilt top. More details of this service are available on

then its time start quilting....

Here is Lilian demonstrating her quilting frame

Lilians next workshop and retreat is 12th -16th October 2014. Contact for the leaflet.

Lilians also has some books of templates which are available from her website -

Before Lilian departed for home, we decided to make a YouTube video of Lilian demonstrating how to draw feathers.

you can view our efforts here -

Lilian will be teaching here again 12th/13th/14th /15th October 2014.

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