A quick lesson in patchwork quilting

Wednesday, March 05, 2014


I spent a couple of hours at the weekend sitting in a lovely shop in Ipswich, drinking tea and learning the basics of how to sew a patchwork quilt. I'd spotted a poster in the window of Peggy's Place a few weeks earlier and without even stopping and think I wandered in to sign up.

My teacher was Diana, a very lovely and patient lady who, in a matter of only a few hours, cast a spell on me that I don't think is going to wear off any time soon! I'm hooked, utterly, completely and thoroughly hooked. I've been sewing at every available opportunity since and I've started to wonder if she put something into the delicious coffee and walnut cakes she made for us...

Everything we needed was supplied and for the small sum of £18.00 we were taught how to makes these cute little hexagons. The idea was to make them into a pin cushion but I'm going to save mine and make a quilt. Yep, talk about running before you can walk, I've gone straight for a big project!


Diana told me that it took her 5 months of obsessive sewing to make a king size quilt, so far I have 8 hexagons and I dread to think how many I'll need, but I'm not going to plan it I'm just going to keep sewing and watch it grow into a quilt...

I laughed when Diana told me that she watches TV 'through her ears' as she sews but it wasn't long before I knew exactly what she was talking about. I've been watching Dexter on Love Film Instants on my Mac and I've often looked up to see a blank screen with the sound still playing and I hadn't even noticed.


The shop where the lesson was held, Peggy's Place, opened in July 2013 and is filled with handmade items made by local people. The shop is full of lovely things to tempt and delight! Diana has a shelf there and sells some lovely covered lampshades and patchwork items.

Lamp and cushions by Random Patchwork & Crafts

  Fun and Funky Furnishings by Paul Richards




I couldn't resist buying a maple wood teething ring (which I'm told has antibacterial properties) for my friend's baby boy. It was the teeny tiny spider material that sealed the deal - so cute!

 Teething ring by Ickle Fingers

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9 comments

  1. This looks so awesome! I'd love to learn how to make a quilt! xx

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  2. Oh wow, a quilt would look lovely! I'm very impressed that you're taking on such a project. I hope you're going to keep us updated on your progress :) x

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  3. I'm so excited about starting my course in May!

    I think my boys would kill for the superhero items.

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  4. Ohhhh, this is getting bookmarked in the hope it will inspire me to finally learn to quilt!!

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  5. Looks an amazing place to visit. I think I would need more than a quick lesson as I'm useless.

    X x

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  6. How wonderful Hazel!!! What a great thing to learn and I love that jewellery!!! I love those heart necklaces!!! X

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  7. Looks like a really lovely shop! I love shopping for handmade stuff. The patchworking looks fun. I used to do it when I was younger but not sure if I would have the patience these days.

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  8. I would love to be more crafty as I actually enjoy sewing. Have oyu been watching the Great British Sewing Bee on BBC2 on Tuesday nights...its brilliant its like the Great British Bake off but with sewing. I would love to be as talented as some of the people on there! x

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  9. What an amazing project - good luck with the quilt!

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