|Mrs. Billings Coverlet by Karen Styles of Somerset Patchwork|
Are you familiar with Mrs. Billings? This is the Mrs. Billings Coverlet. Karen Styles of Somerset Patchwork in Mt. Waverly, Victoria in Australia did this masterpiece. It is an interpretation of an antique quilt made in 1790 that is in the York Museum in Great Britain. Yeah, Karen spied that antique quilt and said - "I can do that". And she did. If you follow lots of quilting blogs like I do, you've probably seen this. For those of us who like hand piecing - it's kind of like the holy grail. There are several Aussie quilters who are doing this and I have been watching and wishing I was doing it too. There were lots of excuses. Time, being the main one. I have other fish to fry. BUT wouldn't it be lovely to have this beauty to come back to when you could do a bit of handwork? On the bus, train, or airplane? In hotel rooms and comfy couches while watching a murder mystery? I procrastinated, yet I kept going back to Karen's website and blog to lurk and dream.
No more! Mrs. Billings is here. I met Karen at International Quilt Market in Houston last week and I confessed my obsession with her quilt. I now have the booklet, the template, and the paper pattern pieces - and I've started! These are the wonderful acrylic templates for each shape. Notice the little holes in the corners so you can mark your seam lines. Perfection.
Now Mrs. Billings will have to wait as I have other things that need tending to. Just thought you'd like to see and maybe start one of your own. I'll post my progress as it goes along, but I think there will be long periods when I can't work on it. But, it's about loving the process, not necessarily being fixated on the end product. I think Mrs. Billings and I will be long time friends (Miss Marple hangs out with us too).