Let me vent a little about duvets. Grrrhh!

Everyone loves a duvet, surely? Warm and snuggly and just like sleeping in a cloud. Nope. Not in our house. In our house, duvets create bedroom misery. I hate how difficult it is to change the cover. I despise those little poppers at the feet end – or worse, the back-to-front buttons. I get annoyed that the feathers migrate to the bottom of the bed leaving me with cold shoulders and that the micro-fibre ones end up as a twisted lumpy mess. We both hate the chilly void of doom it creates when we sleep back to back.

It took a good few years fighting over the duvet before we gave in and reverted to our childhood bedding solution. Duvets didn't exist when I was little. We had sheets and blankets and, in the middle of winter, we'd have what used to be called a 'continental quilt' on top.

Oh the bliss of the blanket! It's thin but warm, heavy and, importantly, wraps around your body leaving the chilly void of doom a dim and distant memory.

As a topper, we have a couple of shop-bought quilts but they're expensive and rather boring really so some years ago I thought I'd have a go at making one myself. I found a very sweet lady on YouTube and had a lot of fun watching her videos. Check out the Missouri Quilt Company here –


Some time ago I made a lovely winter quilt using traditional fabric and a 'stitch in the ditch' machine quilting technique. It's really simple. All you needs is a variety of pretty fabrics for the top, some batting for the middle and some backing fabric. The only special equipment which is helpful is a quilting foot for your sewing machine. This year I wanted to make a lighter one for spring and summer.



This one is free-motion quilted using pre-cut fabric squares known as a 'layer cake'. The fabric is designed by Pat Sloan and is called 'Bobbins and Bits'.

For more information on free-motion quilting, this lady really knows her stuff.


I definitely recommend giving quilting a go. It's a great skill to have in your crafting arsenal and smaller projects like tea cosies, bags, cushions or table runners make quick and easy additions to your home or as beautiful home-made gifts for friends and family.

Careful, it can become addictive!

Have you tried it?


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