Friday, 1 December 2017

A Year of Mini Quilts

Today sees the publication of the last pattern in my 2017 series of mini knitted quilts. It all began back on January 1st with this little snowman ...

January Quilt

... and then carried on each month. In the season of April showers there was little girl ...

April Quilt

... and the start of the school year was marked with this one ...

September Quilt

Each little quilt is about the size of a postcard and you can hang them up or incorporate them into other projects. There are some lovely calendar blankets in the pipeline which I'm looking forward to seeing. Maybe I'll be able to share some photos of them here next year.

So, I felt December's quilt should have a Christmas theme but I didn't want to do yet another Christmas Tree pattern (I've done more than my fair share of those). In the end I took my inspiration from old-fashioned tree baubles and came up with this ...

December Quilt

I'm particularly fond of the one with the sunburst embroidery.  All twelve of the mini quilt patterns are free to download on Ravelry. As ever, if you like them, do think about donating to the charity I support, The Children's Liver Disease Foundation through my fundraising page. I know a lot of people donate to charity at this time of year so I hope you'll help me raise even more money for this very worthwhile cause - over £16,000 and counting so far!

My little quilts have been hanging in turn from the handle on my bread bin all year ... which has been a bit awkward every time I want to get at the bread. I should really choose a more practical place for next year.

As well as knitting a little quilt each month this year, I've also been making matching fabric quilts and sending them to my daughter. I think she had to wait a week or so for one but, other than that, I've managed to send them off for the start of each month. I've tried to make them copies of the knitted designs but sometimes this works better than others. This month though I think the fabric quilt is as good as (perhaps even better) than the knitted version. What do you think?

I like the embroidery with the gold thread, even if it is a pain to sew with. Those little gold things that look like bats are actually meant to be angels.

I hope everyone taking part has enjoyed knitting and displaying their little quilts. If you didn't finish them all this year you can always catch up in 2018. 

There's still lots of knitalong fun to be had though. My Advent series of patterns is underway now with the first decoration for the Tree Sampler and, in the New Year, the adventure of Frankie's Blankie will start. Happy Knitting!

Tree Sampler 1


  1. I think that your sampler is lovely. You are one clever lady designer. You might like to know that I have knitted hundreds of your hearts. I decorate them with sequins on one side and stitch a tiny oblong on the back which reads " hugs" and give them to people who need some comfort, so thank you for the pattern. I have always knitted but am rubbish at designing, so am very glad that there are people like you around who share their talents freely.

  2. That's brilliant, what a good use for the hearts! Which pattern are you using? (I've designed several heart patterns over the years)

  3. I can't honestly remember but I think it was the advent heart. I've done so many that the pattern's etched into my brain.