Author: Carolyn Gibbs

I have been developing and teaching my own traditional patchwork and quilting designs for over twenty years. My speciality is developing methods to improve student's results e.g. perfect point & planning quilting designs which fit a border accurately. I also have an extensive collection of antique British quilts, and I love to share my knowledge and expertise about the fabrics, techniques and quilting designs.
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Hello – I’m Carolyn Gibbs, and my great love is traditional style patchwork and quilting – designing and making things myself, as well as enjoying antique quilts made by others. In my “other life” I teach Chemistry – and this mathematical and technical interest is perhaps why I love the geometry and precision of patchwork.…

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A special child needs a special present – here’s an idea for a personalised and unusual gift which will be useful for years. This card hanger can string along a wall, or over a door, and because an alphabet is included, you can add any name you want. A video course is now available, showing…

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I collect antique quilts, mostly from EBay, and some of them arrive showing plenty of evidence of a hard life. If they are in good condition structurally, but very dirty, I usually wash them. People often ask me how I do this, so I though that I would share the process with you. Basically, I…

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John opened his eyes slowly, noticing that he had almost five minutes before the alarm clock started ringing. After almost forty five years of getting up to do the morning milking, his body clock could have easily done without the mechanical supplement, but he left it set as part of his routine. His ungainly body…

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As Tilly wiped around the scullery sink in the light of the dying fire, she thought back over the past three years. Since coming to work for Miss Charlotte following the death of her mother, she had not only learnt much more about the running of a household, she was aware of how much she…

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Hexagons are the easiest shape to use for patchwork using the English Paper Piecing (or mosaic patchwork) method. There are many ways hexagons can be combined into different patterns, but the most common is the double rosette set into a background path, known as “Grandmother’s Flower Garden”. As shown here, one hexagon at the centre…

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Wholecloth quilts have no patchwork – they just rely on the beauty of their elaborate quilting patterns. There are several included in the current exhibition of North Country Quilts at the Bowes Museum in County Durham, which I would thoroughly recommend if you can arrange to go in the remaining months of 2021. The quilt…

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The North Country Quilts exhibition at the Bowes Museum on until January 2022 contains some wonderful examples of typical British styles. In the last post, I wrote about the Strippy Quilts. Today the topic is the Patchwork Quilts. I’m going to start with a coverlet made by a 14 year old girl, Isabella Peacock in…

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Currently, there is a wonderful exhibition of Heritage quilts on display at the Bowes Museum, which is near Barnard Castle. These are all British quilts made in the North East of England from the mid nineteenth century onwards. If you think that all traditional quilts are made from blocks, you may be in for a…

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Square-in-a-Square are nice little units, which can add some variety to the blocks that you can make. This is the fourth instalment of my Skilful Skyful series, and will share with you all the tips and tricks to make and use Square in a Square units. Its easy to see how these little units got…

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I’m going to share all the tips and tricks for making and using Flying Geese units in this, the third instalment of my Skilful Skyful series. Finished Flying Geese unit These little units crop up in lots of blocks, and also in borders. They have a large triangle flanked by two smaller triangles, and always…

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Tilly took one last look around the cottage from the doorway. Almost all the possessions and furniture that she had grown up with had been sold to pay the debts which had built up during her mother’s last illness, leaving only bare floors and a cold fireplace. Picking up the bundle and the basket containing…