One Stitch at a Time

This week, thanks to my mum, I’ve been indulging in a bit of quilting. I enjoy quilting but recently I’ve struggled to find the energy to get on with a quilt I started for my eldest daughter over a year ago. My mum came over this week and kindly made me a little box up of all the quilting essentials; reels of cotton, thimbles, pins and scissors. She dug through my quilting fabric stash and cut out little pieces so that I could just collapse in an evening and pick up a bit of sewing.

And I’d forgotton how much I enjoy quilting. I really do. It somehow feels so well… historical. Like each stitch ties me closer to all my quilting ancestors. I’m not putting it very well, but whenever I sit down to doing some handsewing I can’t help thinking of how long people have been doing the same thing.


Here are all the blocks I’ve done so far on Ellie’s quilt.
The row of snails are my favourite.

My mum taught me to quilt, although I tend to actually quilt in a more relaxed (read lazy or haphazard) way without the complications of freezer papers, rotary cutters and rulers, but most importantly she taught me to appreciate quilts and the effort that goes into them. I still have the first quilt she made me, a quilt that each day my children either make a den with, or pretend to go to sleep under, and I often curl up under in an evening.


This is one of my many quilts that my mum has sewn for me. This one is an album quilt and contains things that have been important to me along with quilting, from tailors dummies, planets (from when I worked in the space industry), shoes and teacups.

Writing wise, I am still scribbling away despite the bags under my eyes through lack of sleep. Here’s a snippet from Braving Madness, fabric orientated…

She unfastened the cord of the reticule Wilkins had given her; a bag left behind by some unknown woman, a whimsical concoction of pale blue silk, printed with blushing roses and edged in peach ribbon.

She should have kept her own sturdy bag, taupe never showed stains when travelling. This was also far too small; there had barely been enough room for her notebook. Obviously fashionable ladies thought nothing of function when they were selecting their frivolous trimmings, a fact that didn’t promise well for the spare clothes Wilkins had packed.

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8 responses to “One Stitch at a Time

  • twoquiltsandachicken

    All of your blocks are SO cute but the snails are just ADORABLE!! -Jamie

  • starryslippers

    This is so precious, I feel a little inspired though I have never tried before 🙂

    • Jessica Baker

      Thanks. I just popped over to your blog, I love the idea of fly on the wall discussions. The best one I ever overheard (of two old ladies, I know I know, I shouldn’t have been eavesdropping) was two ladies discussing when christmas was that year. They eventually decided, after some debate, that it was the 25th of december and that they should write it in their diary. 😉

  • Philippa Jane Keyworth

    Love the quilts – I’m sending the link to this post to a few friends I know who are starting quilting 🙂 It makes me want to sit down and sew. I did start a tiny quilt once but never finished, however I do know what you mean about it feeling all lovely and historical 😀

    I like the excerpt as well – I love a practical heroine. Perhaps go for the word ‘bode’ in the last sentence? I love that word.


    • Jessica Baker

      Ooh yes, bode would work there.
      Quilting is a lovely hobby, although for me, it does need to be handsewing. Somehow handsewing is very relaxing but with machine sewing I always want to get everything finished about ten minutes before I started!

  • Elizabeth Melton Parsons

    This is so beautiful. Home made quilts are my favorite. I tried making one once with all hand stitching, but I only managed to do the top, then passed it on to someone else. I so admire those who do this. I simply don’t have the patience for it.

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