The Patchwork Diaries

The Patchwork Diaries

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

The weather has turned quite chilly- so its time to cosy up with a warm quilt.

This one is made from soft brushed cottons and snuggly cotton flannels, and all in one of my favourite fabrics – plaids. I used a very simple design of a rectangle surrounded by smaller squares.

It͛s a good idea to keep your design simple when using plaids. There is a lot more ͚give͛ in the fabric, as plaids are woven and can be tricky to piece.

Notwithstanding all of this – I LOVE using them for their colour and vibrancy.

For added cosiness I used wool wadding, it͛s warm, light and a dream to quilt.

I was planning to hand quilt, but then my mother produced the ͚button tin͛. A battered tin that lived in the press when I was growing up. It was chocker-block! Full of shirt buttons!

I thought I would use them to tie the quilt together as it suits the warm casual feel I was going for (plus it͛s quicker than hand quilting). It has become a firm favourite in the house, with regular tussles over who gets to wrap it around them

At Christmas time, I like to give handmade gifts- nothing too difficult or time consuming.

These little mini-quilts are great – machine appliqued using bondaweb – quick and easy to run up, and great for using up your scraps of fabric and left-over pieces of wadding. Ideal for mug rugs or put a string on them and hang them on the tree.


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.