Hello to all you wonderful UKQU quilters.

My name is Nicola Manton and I began my quilting journey just over 3 years ago as what you would call a mature student.

4 years ago, I decided to retire from my job of 28 years in HR and take a part-time position with little or no responsibility so that I could take up some of the hobbies I had always wanted the time to do one of which was quilting. This all came about because some 10 years back we were visiting Warwick for the weekend and I stumbled upon the beautiful shop The Quilters Den. I fell in love with all the quilts displayed on the walls. I spoke to one of the ladies working there who explained how patchwork went together and then showed me the beautiful quilting on the displayed quilts. I knew that at some point in my life I would have to give quilting a go.

I had some needlework skills but they were very rusty. Once I was semi-retired I joined the U3A, they had a quilting group and that was it, I was hooked and couldn’t wait to learn a new skill and try different things within the quilting world. I love applique, I really enjoy fabric dyeing, using fabric paints and crayons but the thing I fell in love with the most was Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP).

As a newbie to quilting I am so looking forward to sharing with other newbies and perhaps some of you experienced quilters some of the stories about my learning path so far especially with FPP.   FPP is like Marmite you either love it or hate it.  I have made lots of mistakes and my quilts are certainly no near being perfect but I am really enjoying my learning curve and hope that with every project I complete I learn something and improve. I can’t count the number of times I have sewn my blocks together the wrong way around or been merrily chain piecing only to discover the bobbin ran out on the first piece, I am sure I will do it again but I have learnt some little tips that I hope I will be able to pass on.

My first attempt at quilting, I was so proud of it.

Sewing Machine Mat

Attempt number two, getting better I think.  I was brave enough to give to a friend’s daughter who had just had a baby girl.

Lots of online lessons with Leah Day later, getting better but by no means perfect.


It can be quite daunting taking on a new skill or challenge but hopefully my blog will encourage you to take the plunge into the wonderful world of patchwork and quilting. I am looking forward to sharing with you the trials, tribulations and elation of my current FPP project a New York Beauty quilt.