Monday, November 11, 2013

Betty's William Morris Quilt

Betty McNeill brought her finished William Morris quilt
to class the other day.  Here are some detail shots.

She used a variety of William Morris reproduction prints
from her stash. For the frame around the center applique she used
a stripe from the Adelaide collection by Michele Hill, which provided
a strong contrast.

Most of the prints are from my various Moda collections.
Freda Smith machine quilted it.

It was too big to get a photo of the whole thing but
you can see it's an appliqued medallion in a large field of nine-patch patchwork.

See a free quilt pattern for the Morris Garden Nine-Patch at Moda by clicking here:

For the central rectangle she used the above pattern for the
 "Portiere" wallhanging
from Michele Hill's More William Morris Applique. 

Betty used a machine-applique technique with raw-edged, fused fabrics stitched with a machine blanket stitch, as described in the book.

Read more about the book at the C&T Publishing site:

I thought it turned out rather nicely and I was glad to help.


  1. Oh Barbara, thank you for sharing this. It is exquisite and contains three of my favorite things in a quilt - William Morris fabric, a medallion in the center, and nine patch blocks, which I love. This book is a definite purchase this month. I missed many of your Civil War blocks due to illness. Are they still available online, and if not, are they going into book format? Thanks.

  2. Nancy - the 2011 block of the week is available in a book. Civil War Sampler. The 2013 Block of the month is still going and the blocks are still available here:


    Do buy Michele Hill's book if you
    love William Morris

  3. Isn't it beautiful? Applique can just make a quilt dance with life.
    Thanks for sharing all you do with us Barbara.


  4. Beautiful!!

    I've just begun collecting CW reproduction fabrics, and have been trying to decide where to start. The appliqué is a little more than I can imagine myself doing, but may try those 9 patch blocks.

    It's all so overwhelming :-)