Welcome to Vicarage Quilts - thank you for visiting.

I offer several services: longarm quilting, patchwork and appliqué workshops and small items made to commission. In the past I've also made quilts to commission as well as Church or School banners for Walking Days and permanent display.

Please visit the pages listed on the right hand side to find out more and email me with any queries.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

The benefits of a large dining room...

...only really become apparent when twenty people turn up for Stitch and Chat and you realise your kitchen table will fit on the end of your dining table.  Living in a Vicarage means there are a lot of rooms to keep clean, but also that in those rooms you can squirrel away more chairs than you might realise, thus providing seats for lots of bottoms all at once!  This was February's turnout.  In January we had two dozen, so maybe I did something wrong and put four off this month? 

Most people here are being good and making what they're suppoosed to be making, which was an embroidered key holder, but a rebel on the end here was making 6" crochet squares.  We let her off, on the basis that she's set herself the target of making a thousand squares before the end of July to yarn bomb the school where she's a Governor for their centenary.  In January I taught her how to crochet, so really this is quite a task.  Don't worry, we're all helping her, she won't be making all one thousand on her own! 

Next month we're making the cute little mouse I showed you in January.  I'm preparing lots of kits, just in case hoards turn up again, but there may be mice for sale in Donna Marie's if we have a wet and windy night and people stay home!

Friday, 14 February 2014

For Sandra ... and for Sandra!

For one Sandra at work (there seem to be many Sandras at work), a custom order.  Sandra wanted a little house design embroidered and appliquéd in very pale shades of cream on a cushion cover.

My initial offerings of cream fabric being rather wide of the mark colour-wise, Sandra brought in an old table runner to show me exactly what she wanted.  Coincidentally the runner was damaged and unusable, but it was perfect to cut up for the cushion!  The pretty embroidered edging made a great flap to conceal the zip on the cushion back...

...and borders for the cushion front.

For another Sandra, a little tease.  This is definitely still a work in progress and a huge job, but it's got a lovely story and deserves a post all of its own, so watch this space!

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Stitch and Chat

A busy month has resulted in fewer finishes than normal - the programme is ready though for this year's Stitch and Chat meetings.  In January there were 24 of us which was a bit of a squash - for some reason (showing two dozen people how to make Dorset buttons, perhaps...) I didn't think to take a picture of everyone but if February is as busy I will try to remember!