A very special quilt commission …

30/12/2013 § 2 Comments

A couple of months ago, I received an enquiry from a guy in London who wanted a Christmas quilt for his grandfather … “I’d like a bed quilt for my grandfather who is almost 90 years old”.  What a wonderful idea for a unique present, I thought – yes, I could make a quilt for his grandfather.

I asked for some more details and gleaned a little more information about a very special farm that had once belonged to the old man’s family.  I was told that …
“He reminisces with great fondness about his grandparents’ home – a farm in rural Wales, called Withy Hill.  I don’t have a photo of the farm, but it’s up a rough road, surrounded by fields. His family worked hard on the land and must have lived a simple life in their stone cottage”

We had a chat and decided not to have an actual farmhouse on the quilt, the fabrics would work together to create the storytale of rural life – I had a free hand to choose.  Yay!  A visit to the amazing Country Threads Patchwork in Bath – we had a jaunt there for a couple of days in early December, as a bit of a pre-Christmas treat – and Jan’s fabrics, as always, held all the answers.

quilt commission

Withy Hill Farm quilt

I chose a palette of soft russets, with some touches of olive green and blue (there was a duck pond at the farm) and my favourite white cotton for the patchwork top. Taupe fleece, sage polka dot for the border and a name label would all work together to create the quilt.


Fabric key

Fabric key



From the many quilts I have made this year, this will be one I’ll always remember.  I too have descended from generations of farmers in Wales and I felt as though I was weaving some of my history into the quilt as I worked. The grandson was delighted when he received the quilt, as was his grandfather on Christmas Day …

“Thank you so much for my grandfather’s quilt.  The colours are amazing, so subtle and superbly balanced.  The key you provided gave me great insight into your thought processes when designing and creating this quilt.  My grandfather was speechless and there was a tear in his eye when he saw the name label.  This quilt means a lot to both of us.”  Mr AU, London

I love making quilts, as you may have realised if you’re a regular reader!  I particularly love creating special quilts, taking ideas and turning them into an heirloom patchwork.

I’m currently working on another special quilt – one for us at home this time.  It’ll be the project that sees me from one year to the next.  I think it’s going to be called ‘On a cold and frosty morning’ and will include my favourite Scandinavian colour palette!


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