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Pauline Leadley's finished quilt

I have been overwhelmed by the warmth of the response to Lynne Edwards’ pattern for ‘Maria’s Quilt’ on this website, and I think it shows how much-loved and respected she is in the quilting world. After my post about Judy’s version of the quilt I have had so many lovely emails, many of them from people who have learned how to patchwork from Lynne or through her books.

Here is Maria’s Quilt as made by quilter Pauline Leadley, with close up photos (below) showing her beautifully accurate embroidery.

This is what she wrote: ‘I simply loved The Forgotten Seamstress, so much so that I read it last Sunday at one sitting.  I just couldn’t put it  down.  What is more, I passed it on to my husband who also stayed up late one night because he just had to finish it.  I am an avid quilter and my husband , who was a GP, worked part time in a mental hospital in the 1950’s so the story resonated with both of us. When I saw that Lynne Edwards had designed a quilt for the book and that instructions for making it were on your site I was  delighted. Lynne is one of my quilt icons and one of the happiest week in my life was spent on a sewing retreat with Lynne in Norfolk several  years ago.  She is the very best quilting teacher I have encountered  and I have all her books and have made several of her quilts. It is  typical of her that she would make this quilt available to us all and I knew I  had to make it. I love the fact that Lynne has given us the pattern but  left the choice of colours and designs to our imagination.’

I love the results of your imagination, Pauline!

PS You can read about how Lynne and I collaborated on the book in The Quilter magazine. Link on my home page.

Pauline's quilt 2

Pauline's quilt 3