Massive thanks to the wonderful quilters have sewn their own very individual interpretations of Maria’s Quilt, using Lynne Edwards’ pattern. What I love about them is how different they are!
Mary Woodcock’s colourful version is the most recent I have received. She hails from Essex and writes: ‘I hand stitched the blank blocks to represent my family , their initials and images to reflect our interests.’ Beautiful.
Ursula from Germany writes: ‘I really enjoyed following the instructions for this traditional quilt. With each round I read the part in the book again, where Maria was supposed doing it. Within the application round I changed to embroidered units, using silk yarn and little pearls. I decided to design the units out of elements from ancient motives. I have given the quilt a subtitle: “Journey through time”, since it starts with ancient design and ends with some bright colours in modern design. I used some elements from Celtic and other ancient designs and looked individually for colour and style that would comply with each piece.
Here is her beautiful interpretation.
Judy Baker Rogers, the first to make the quilt, writes: ‘A lovely story,full of mystery and brought the past to life though both the words of Maria and the descriptions of her beautiful quilt. And Lynne’s interpretation is just right. I shall of course do my own thing with my version but I have made some notes about colours and stitchery which I hope to include.’
Pauline Leadley, who wrote: ‘Several years ago I made a quilt to celebrate my golden wedding and I bought some beautiful silks for it. I still have some pieces left plus other lovely silks so I knew they had to be part of Maria’s quilt. I love the fact that Lynne has given us the pattern but left the choice of colours and designs to our imagination. I shall use my favourite pastel colours and may substitute embroidery for applique but I know I am going to love it. ‘
Kath Tingle, writes: ‘Looking at the pattern I did not fancy doing the applique round so I thought that I would use my embroidery machine for this round, including things like ducks, rabbits and flowers to spell out some of the character’s names. I chose the Downton Abbey range of fabrics to give the variety as Maria used the Mary silks. I really enjoyed the patchwork element. Thanks to you Liz and to Lynn for combining my favourite pastimes, quilting, patchwork and reading.’