Thursday, October 19, 2017

Past Perfect: Margaret Mew

Sarah Jane's Scrapbag by Margaret Mew.
October's Past Perfect nominee is Margaret Mew from Elphinston, Victoria, Australia.

Margaret Mew's home is an 1860s railroad station, the
reason for her business name Quilt Station.
Some quotes from her webpage: 
"Designing and making new quilts inspired by antique quilts, that’s what I love to do. Some are fast and some are slow. . . very, very slow. I don’t mind how long they take me to make. The quiet time spent planning, drawing and then stitching is my reason for starting. The journey is just as rewarding as the destination."
Banyan Tree by Margaret Mews

Her reproduction quilts began with inspiration from quilts from the British Isles.

Banyan Tree was inspired by a quilt from about 1815.

But in recent years has turned her attention to Quilts from the Colonies,
those in North America.

Featured in her 2016 book Quilts from the Colonies available from
Quilt Mania.

Henrietta & Friends
She sells templates for some of these designs.

Here's a recent project from her Instagram page

Inspired by a quilt from her collection dated 1849 with initials 
J.O. from Canonsburg. Pennsylvania.

She does her own machine quilting on a long arm machine
named Violet.

Helen Hays quilted this one.

Her sense of composition and craftsmanship are admirable but
my favorite Mew talent is her use of fabrics.
What a stash.
And she knows how to use it.


She does daring things and she teaches others how
to capture that antique feel with an update.

See more at her webpage:

Her Instagram page:

And order her book here:


  1. What a talent this woman has! And her accomplishments in fabric are stunning and fascinating. The work with reproduction fabric that comes out of Australia is remarkable.

  2. Wonderful post. Thanks for telling us about Margaret.

  3. Absolutely perfect! Love the fact that you can clearly see the quilting on most of the quilts. Very inspiring. Thank you.

  4. She is one talented lady! I love everything you've shown and I'll bet it's the tip of the iceberg.

  5. I am really enjoying these "past Perfect" posts -- thanks so much for sharing these beautiful and inspirational quilts and quilters!

  6. Thank you for introducing me to Margaret Mew, such a wonderfully talented quilter! Beautiful quilts! I am really enjoying these Past Perfect posts, thank you!

  7. I met Margaret and saw her work from up close during the Nantes quilt show in France earlier this year. Her designs and work are exquisite (as is the book) and she herself is a lovely and fun person. No wonder she makes such great quilts!

  8. Thanks for sharing all this fabulous work! wow so much inspiration.
    Great seeing you at Seminar

  9. Wow! Simply WOW!!!! So very talented ... ♥

  10. Barbara, where can I find Margaret Mews Rosa biddlecombe quilt pattern in the US?