Featuring Clare — A Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Quilter!

Today’s featured quilter is Clare!  Clare blogs at selfsewn, and her style is great.  Clare’s festival quilt is a hand pieced beauty – be sure to read on and get to know Clare better –

1. When did you begin quilting?

I began quilting after a trip to Cape Cod. I started my first quilt in 2004 and finished it in 2006! I still don’t see myself as a fully fledged quilter however, though I’m getting there.

2. Why do you quilt?

Believe it or not I first started to quilt as something to do whilst sat wasting time in front of the television, which is why I prefer to hand piece. Truthfully speaking and not wanting to sound precocious, the need to sew is unavoidably in my blood, I come from a long line of dressmakers, quilting is my way of channelling the need to be creative.

3. What is your favorite quilting tip?

The most valuble tip I can share is perhaps obvious, but one I find a real help, and that is to use your camera when piecing blocks together. By taking a number of photographs each one with a slightly different layout, you can flick through them and choose the combination you prefer, it’s also helps to remind you what goes where when piecing.
Another tip for paper piecers is to tack your papers with a different colour thread than that of the whipstitch thread,
this is helpful when it comes to cutting out the papers, and will prevent you from cutting the wrong knots and have your quilt seams come apart, believe me it happens!

4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?

My inspiration for the summer of love quilt was from some wonderful vintage hexagon patchwork pieces that I found online. I think having a good inspiration produces a more sincere final quilt rather than sewing ‘willy nilly’, (which I am guilty of) I wanted the quilt to have an authentic 70s vibe to it, and for that I have the vintage patchwork to thank.

5. Do you sew other things?

I make things out of patchwork and also dabble in some bunting, who doesn’t?  Right now I am sewing and crocheting Christmas decorations which I am selling in a local tea room.  Although at the moment I can’t do anything as I’ve over done the sewing and have a painful shoulder!

6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?

I don’t follow any rule books regarding quilting, I prefer the challenge of the unknown which is quite often fool hardy, but never dull!


Thank you for sharing Clare!  I too take pictures of blocks and quilt layouts as I work through projects, super helpful to me as I write patterns too!

Have a great weekend everyone –


By |2017-02-06T09:18:28-06:00December 16th, 2011|Featured Quilter|7 Comments


  1. Jill December 16, 2011 at 6:53 am - Reply

    Clare’s work is so fantastic! One of my personal festival favs. Thanks for sharing with more with us.

  2. Jo December 16, 2011 at 7:11 am - Reply

    Lovely to see Clare’s beautiful Summer of Love quilt again. It inspired me to start the current EPP quilt I am making, not sure it will turn out as stunning as Clare’s though!

  3. Queenie December 16, 2011 at 10:18 am - Reply

    Beautiful quilts and philosophy toward their creation.
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

  4. Claire Jain December 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Oh my! What awesome quilts! Thanks so much for sharing :-) Yay for quilters named Clare and Claire ;-)

  5. Vicki December 16, 2011 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    Beautiful work, Clare. :)

  6. summerfete December 17, 2011 at 4:17 am - Reply

    Thankyou Amy it’s lovely to spread the love!!
    And thankyou to who ever nominated and the lovely comments.
    Happy Christmas!!

  7. Suzanne December 17, 2011 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    the camera is a great tip!

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