Some of you may remember seeing a link to an auction house in your Facebook UKQU feed recently about the sale of Hannah Hauxwell’s quilts. Someone – I can’t remember who, sorry – said wouldn’t it be great to have the patterns. So . . . I went and looked. As yet the only quilt you can clearly see is one made from a six-pointed star block and a diamond-in-a-square. A simple little quilt at first glance, but those blocks must be quite small, judging by the scale of the prints. I wouldn’t care to piece the star on the machine, but by hand it will make a nice little project.

Of course, from the photo on the website, we have no idea of the finished size of the blocks or quilt, or whether it had a border, or what quilting design was used. But that shouldn’t stop us from making our own interpretation of this pretty little quilt.

I have drawn up (on EQ) the templates you need to make 4 inch blocks and you can download them here. Make as many or as few as you like – anything from a cushion to a double bed quilt. Looking at the photo on the website the same fabrics have been used throughout and in the same positions and I have tried to replicate that in the EQ mock-up here.

But you don’t have to use those colours, or even all the same fabrics. This would make a lovely scrappy pattern, in batiks perhaps

Or how about a more modern take – use a large splashy print, such as this Kaffe Fasset cabbage print and fussy cut it to fit the centre of your diamond-in-a-square, then choose colours from that for your backgrounds and star.

Or just opt for plainer fabrics and keep Hannah’s colourings

Along with the templates your download also includes a blank quilt for you to print out and colour in. Even if you never make the quilt, you can have a lot of fun trying out different colourings!

In the meantime, since I wrote this, we have had some more information and better photos from the auctioneers.

Isn’t it fabulous?! But I can now see that everything I wrote above and the templates I drew are not an accurate representation of this quilt. The blocks are rectangular – based on a hexagon – which is why the stars in the original have all six points touching the edges of the blocks and the ones in my mock-up don’t.

But don’t despair because I have drawn it all out again and you can download the templates to make the rectangular version (4.5 inches x 5.25 inches) here. The original quilt – as you can see – is 12 blocks by 13 which (using my templates) would give you a quilt measuring 59.5 x 62.5 inches not including the border blocks.

I love the fact that the borders are partial blocks. Were these deliberately made or cut down? And the binding is a bright pink. Which sort of goes, but sort of doesn’t.

So – which version will you make? Do you like the whimsy of rectangular blocks, or the traditional comfort of square ones? Or may be even one of each!


  1. Christopher Wilson-Tate

    Hello everyone
    Just a gentle reminder to everyone I am the new owner/custodian of this Hannah Hauxwell family antique quilt and 10 others from the sale and other items. Whilst we know everyone may use antique quilts for inspiration etc, please keep me informed when they are being used, out of courtesy to me and the thousands of pounds it cost purchasing most of the quilts to ensure they remained here in the UK!
    Many thanks Christopher Wilson-Tate

  2. Sue Burford

    Chris – I had forgotten about Hannah – I am sure she was ion the ‘news’ years ago.. Thank you for the reminder. Love the templates and your colourways. What is EQ and where can I source it from? I am currently investigating the Amercian ‘Slave’ quilts and your templates remind me of some of them. Thank you again x

    1. Chris Franses Post author

      Hi Sue – EQ is shorthand for Electric Quilt, a computer programme for designing quilts. Fabulous but not cheap! Rio Designs is the place to go online to buy it in the UK but have a look at the Electric Quilt website and blog for lots more information. And its not long til Christmas . . .!
      Quilt Pro is similar and a bit cheaper, but to my mind nowhere near as versatile or easy to use (and I have both) – but I think it depends which one you start with and I started with EQ. They use different methods for creating the blocks and quilts.