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Mornington Wool & Patchwork Centre: 

2/68 Yuilles Road, Mornington.

Phone: 5975 4257

Palm Beach Quilting;

7/2 Industry Boulevard, Carrum Downs.

Phone: 9775 1601


Australian Quilts in Public Places

AQIPP 2021

Where in the World?

11th November – 18th December 2021

Whitehorse ArtSpace, Box Hill Town Hall, Melbourne

You can access their flyer HERE

For a step-by-step tutorial visit Diary of a Quilter  website

Mannin Quilters (Isle of Mann) website

Or this Utube Video

Manx Quilting from the Isle of Man

Have you heard of Manx quilting? I learned about it in the funniest way this past fall and I’ve been wanting to get around to writing this post forever. Before we talk about Manx Quilting, I’m assuming we need to talk about what the term Manx means. It is the name of the native Celtic people from the Isle of Man with additional Norse (Viking) and English influences. The Isle of Man is an island located in the middle of the Irish Sea between England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland and is its own separate country with its own laws and government though it does have a crown-appointed royal Governor and some protection from Great Britain. (I’m probably not explaining that well, but that’s the gist.) 

One of our planned stops was Cregneash Folk Village – a Manx National Heritage site – with historic homes and other buildings – including this beautiful church (and post box from Queen Victoria’s time!) I’d been to Cregneash and walked through the village, but never actually gone inside any of the buildings because the setting and the view of the sea from the village was charming enough. (No sea view this day though!) 

Well, as I mentioned, because of the rain we actually went inside some of the homes. Don’t you love this scene with the cosy fire in the hearth and a real Manx cat? (Manx cats are famous for having no tail.) The setting reminds me of a scene from a Beatrix Potter illustration. And do you spy a quilt?!  Turns out this farm home was hosting a demonstration on Manx Quilting. In my love of all things Manx, I had no idea there even was such a thing as Manx Quilting! It was meant to be. 

At first glance these blocks look like traditional log cabin quilt blocks. But their construction is different, in a foundation-pieced quilt-as-you-go method. This method is ingeniously resourceful for a group of people with minimal access to supplies because of their remote location. The traditional block they came up with is simple and inexpensive and did not require any fancy notions – only what was had on hand: scraps of fabric from worn-out clothing and bedding, a needle and thread. No batting, no rulers, no rotary cutters, and often no scissors! 

Teddy Pattern

Face Mask Patterns

There are many free patterns available on the web in varying forms.  You may like to "Google" one for yourself or you can try this one we found  here.   And here's another one from Tea Rose Home  with a great UTube tutorial here from Anne Boundy. You can also find her on Instagram here

A great Blog post from Kelly at Cutting Cloth using Dhurata Davies free mask pattern can be found here

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Mornington, Victoria, 3931, Australia

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