The Patchwork Diaries

We go on a patchwork adventure with our new columnist Aine Foley of Lismore Quilt Co.

It’s hard to believe that it’s nearly the end of the summer and back to school time. During the summer we managed to get to the beach on a few warm days; on one of these days I realised I needed a bag big enough to carry all the ‘stuff’ that goes with a seven-year old. So, I decided to make one myself.

I had gotten in this new fusible fleece that I never used before so I decided to give it a go. It is very lightweight and gives the bag a padded look and feel.

I had blocks left over from a previous workshop and I put them together to make a sunburst for the front of the bag. I also decided to machine applique a beach scene onto the back of the bag.

After that I made up a lining to the same dimensions of the bag. I also included a zip pocket for mobile phone etc. and a large elasticated pocket to hold drinks and picnic items.

I then thought that it would be nice to be able to cover the items in the bag (as we know, sand gets everywhere) so I made a handy lining that could be closed over the top. Finally, I added some nice strong handles.

Hey presto! A perfect bag for the summer!

As luck would have it, now that I have this wonderful bag all ready to go, it hasn’t stopped raining. I guess there’s always next year!

For now, I’m gearing up for autumn classes, which will be starting back in early September.This is my favourite time of the year for quilting. I’m also looking forward to getting stuck into all the new autumn and Christmas fabrics.


Aine Foley has been quilting for more than 20 years. She has completed the City and Guilds Certificate in Patchwork and Design, and in 2013 she established the Lismore Quilt Co. She runs a range of quilting and patchwork classes for all levels from her purpose-built studio, where you will also find everything you need – fabrics, wadding and notions – to complete your quilts. She has a particular interest in quilt history and finds her inspiration in antique quilts.