Sunday, 16 March 2014

A Very Special Patchwork Quilt

You may remember this post from January when I mentioned a quilt I was making for a gift and I gave you a little glimpse...... all can be revealed.....the quilt was a gift for my dear Uncle Brian.

With Uncle Brian's birthday (a rather big birthday) in January, I'd asked him back in October what he would like as a gift.  He knows I make quilts so I was thrilled when he asked me to make him a quilt to keep him cosy in the evenings when he's watching the telly.

I decided I wanted to personalise Uncle Brian's quilt by making it from fabrics that represented his hobbies, pastimes and personality. So I made a list of things I would like to incorporate. My list went something like this:

Bird watching
Cowboy films
Tea made in a teapot and served properly in a china tea cup!
A glass of wine
Catching the bus

Then I hunted through my fabric stash to see what I could find. I found quite a few patterns to fit the bill but needed a few more so I searched the internet and bought a few more fat quarters.

As the main focus of the quilt was the fabrics, the quilt itself would be simple squares that would show off the fabrics.

I laid the squares out trying not to repeat the same fabrics too close together. This was quite a task as I would swap two squares and then find another two fabrics close together!

I chose this fabric with birds for the backing.....

So here is the completed quilt........

Here you can see some of the fabrics a bit closer.......bird watching, fishing....a cup of tea...

Horses, teapots and a drop of wine........

More tea, biscuits, recipes and a cowboy....

Cats, catching the bus, fresh vegetables for dinner....and of course, more tea!

Here's the back which I think is nice and bright and cheery....

I'd embroidered a label for the back of the quilt.....

It was cold when we took these photos. You can see the wood burner's churning out some smoke!

I loved choosing the fabrics and putting them all together to make this unique quilt for Uncle Brian.

When I gave the quilt to Uncle Brian, he was he is tucked up cosy and warm....ready for an episode of Poirot or maybe even a cowboy film!

Of course I had to try it out too!

And to finish off this post, here's Spencer looking very handsome!

Thanks for taking the time to pop by!

Maggie xx


  1. What a wonderful and thoughtful gift! I am surprised you found all the right fabrics, I wouldn't even know where to look. You look super cute. You always make me wish I was better with my sewing. :)

  2. Lovely quilt, Maggie!! Lovely fabrics too !!great job:)

  3. Well done Maggie it's amazing, what a lovely thoughtful gift.:)

  4. What a beautiful quilt! Lucky Uncle Brian!

  5. What a great gift. I'm sure that it will get a lot of love and use. And each time he uses it, he'll think of you.

  6. That's great Maggie, what a classic! Uncle Brian looks almost regal sitting there with his quilt on him! A very thoughtful gift from you. I like the embroidered label, that's a good idea. Heather x

  7. Its fantastic Maggie and I bet he is thrilled with it. Its amazing what a variety of fabrics you managed to get to represent his interests.

  8. visiting from sew many ways. Your uncle looks fantastic cuddled up in his quilt

  9. Such a gorgeous and very personal quilt Maggie....Your uncle Brian must have been thrilled and I don't think it's easy to make a quilt for a man but you have rose to the challenge wonderfully well...I love the mix of looks fantastic!
    Happy Sunday!
    Susan x

  10. Visiting from SewManyWays. It's always hard to make a quilt for a man, or at least I think it is, you did a wonderful job of it. The whole thing is bright and cheerful and just perfect.

  11. Finding the right place for each square must indeed have taken some time with so many different panels. I find the result quite pleasing to the eyes. Many men would like to have such a quilt. Beautiful!

  12. Great quilt, the cowboys/girls are such a fun addition!
    Of course the best pic is with Spencer...quits and dogs go so well together

  13. What a wonderful present! It must have taken so much time and love... Have a sweet sunday ! Evelyne (France)

  14. Love your backing. So springy looking. Of course, I love birds. Who is the maker of the backing fabric?

    1. Thank you Jacqueline. The backing fabric is 'Berry Patch' Stripe by Jane Maday for Wilmington. I still have some for sale in my ebay and Etsy shops here:

      Maggie xx

  15. Uncle Brian looks as pleased as Punch and so he should be. What a wonderful quilt.
    Love from Mum

  16. Maggie, I just love how you put this together!! I chuckled when I read the part about a proper cup of tea! So cute! Great job and I know Uncle Brian will cherish it, made with such love and thoughtfulness :-)

  17. What a thoughtful gift, you both look rightly thrilled with it! I love that all of the fabrics hold such meaning x

  18. So lovely to see this Maggie - this is what quilts are for!


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