The Patchwork Quilt

The timeless patchwork quilt is one of those crafts that, when complete, looks a lot simpler to do than it actually is! I’ve been looking into it’s history and the different design types to make one of my own.

All across the world, countries have there own style of quilting. In Britain, quilts were first recorded during the reign of Henry VIII as part of the bed linen, normally to mark an important life event such as a marriage.

Later, North Country quilts emerged across Durham, Yorkshire, and Northumberland. This type has a very distinct style using whole pieces of cloth with the design sown into the three layers of fabric, wadding, and lining.

North Country Quilt

I like the idea of a patchwork quilt which can be brought together by a community of people, with each square representing different identities. So, with this in mind, I’m going to make one with different fabric squares sown together. If you would like to design your very own square to be sown into the overall patchwork quilt, get in touch by emailing

I love the creativity of the patchwork quilt. There are so many variations on what you can do, just take a look at my Pinterest Patchwork Quilt Board here.

I’ll let you know how I get on, and keep your eye out for the follow-on step-by-step guide to making your very own patchwork quilt.