SOS Quilts Arrive in Poland

SOS Quilts Arrive in Poland

Anna and I have just returned from Poland and are delighted to be able to share our story with you.  All 66 wonderful quilts have now been delivered to a child in the Children’s SOS Village of Krasnik, south of Warsaw in Poland.   Tuesday 20th November 2018 We started out from the Alice Caroline studio with 5 huge (and really heavy) bags of quilts which had been vacuum packed in order to fit them into the bag sizes we had.  Getting the bags to the check in desk was quite a task.  Bristol airport now charges for trolleys and …

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Liberty Radiant Stars Quilt – BOM

Liberty Radiant Stars Quilt

Liberty Radiant Stars Quilt.  I am so excited to launch our Quilt BOM project for 2019. This stunning Liberty Tana Lawn Quilt is made of 30 quilt blocks which are all hand pieced using the technique English Paper Piecing (EPP).  EPP is a well-loved technique and is used around the globe.  It is a method of creating beautiful patchwork by joining different shapes of fabric together, with the paper templates helping to align each fabric piece perfectly. You do not need a sewing machine for EPP as the pieces are hand-sewn. This is not a difficult technique to grasp, and …

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100 Blocks 100 Days Liberty Quilt

One of my customers, Lisa Perry, has made this gorgeous Liberty Quilt.  It was inspired by the Gnome Angel sew along and uses Tula Pink designs from her book ‘100 Modern Quilt Blocks’.  I love the gorgeous mix of Liberty fabrics in this quilt.  It’s so vibrant and fun. Lisa came in to the studio a few weeks ago with this beautiful Liberty Quilt.  Everyone gathered round (as is traditional here) to see what Lisa had brought in.  I couldn’t resist taking a few pictures and sharing her quilt story with you.  I asked her a few questions about the …

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A Beautiful Quilt – using Alice Caroline Exclusives

One of my customers Tracy Aplin has made this Beautiful Quilt for the Quilt SOS project.  She wanted to make a quilt using my exclusives.  Yes I thought! Here it is.  Gosh I really love the use of plain colours alongside the delicate tones of the exclusives. Tracy hand pieced the quilt top using a pattern by Judy Newman called Emma Mary. It comes in templates making it easy to cut with a rotary cuter and hand sew.  Here’s Tracy’s work in progress. She really enjoyed making it but also says that she wants to make it again in a …

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Liberty Confetti Quilt by Tied With A Ribbon

I love working with amazing designers and so, when Jemima said she wanted to make this Liberty Confetti Quilt with the new exclusives, I jumped at the chance.  She’s based in Australia and designs quilt patterns.  She loves Liberty fabrics and so I love to collaborate with her. This Liberty Confetti Quilt is the perfect quilt for my exclusives as it shows the fabric off really well.  The fabrics can really shine set against the pale background Tana Lawn. The exclusives all cut up and ready to start piecing with the nude Tana Lawn. The exclusives are beginning to shine …

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Midnight Blue Liberty Quilt – Featured in Today’s Quilter

I’ve recently designed this Midnight Blue Liberty Quilt for Today’s Quilter Magazine.  I had a vision to make a blue and white quilt, inspired by the willow pattern found on many pieces of china.  I love this old pattern.  The raw edged central panel was inspired by Chinese wallpapers (like the ones you see at Chatsworth).  I bought some huge platters at an auction recently and wanted to use these designs for my most recent quilt.  It’s got a pretty awesome central applique panel which I love on the white background.  Among other flora and fauna, this panel has both a …

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Quilt Block Project Planner

Anne Commins from the Lewes Sewing Bees has made this rather lovely Quilt Block Project Planner.  I asked the Sewing Bees to sew with my exclusive fabrics before the summer.  I have been completely bowled over with all of the projects that have appeared in the studio.  This project is such a great idea.  It’s a really fabulous way to plan your quilt block.  Anne has used a lovely combination of my exclusive Strawberry Thief and Capel Mint as the basis of the project planner. On the front of the Quilt Block Project Planner there is a pocket which can …

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Beautiful Quilt Display

It was a great moment to see the Beautiful Quilt Display at the Festival of Quilts recently.  The Festival of Quilts kindly agreed to hang the SOS Quilts to showcase the charity project to their visitors.  Several of the ‘makers of the quilts’ came to visit their quilts as well as our stand.  I managed to take 2 minutes out from the hectic stand to have a quick photo with some of the quilts. Each quilt was really nicely labelled with the designers statement and inspiration for the quilt.  The Festival of Quilts attracts thousands of visitors to the show …

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Stunning Liberty Quilt in My Liberty Exclusives

I’m delighted to showcase this Stunning Liberty Quilt as part of my summer of sewing inspiration.  This beautiful quilt has been made by Veronica Greenslade from ‘The Lewes Sewing Bees’.       Veronica talks a little about herself, her love of sewing and the love of ‘The Bees’ (The Sewing Bees that is).   “I have been sewing since I was a little girl and was encouraged by my mum and grandma.  My mum loved dress making and I was the proud owner of many a homemade dress.  I first made some patchwork blocks some twenty-five years ago, which …

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Liberty Quilts Are Arriving!

Liberty Quilts are arriving!  Everyone in the studio gets really excited when a quilt sized parcel arrives.  We eagerly sign for the precious cargo and then carefully (trying really hard not to tear anything on the way in) unwrap the quilt. For those of you who don’t know, the lovely Alice Caroline customers have been busily making quilts for our Quilt SOS project.     This beautiful light and dark blue squares quilt was made by Kay Edwards using the Pennsylvanian (or Irish chain) block.  It’s beautifully crafted and so accurately sewn.  The dark blue gives a strong frame to …

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