It is a year ago this week that I started this quilt to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and managed to finish it just before Christmas. I am very grateful to all the members who kept me going on the Patriotic Challenge thread International Patriotic Challenge and also the members who post in the vintage machines section, especially this thread showing quilts made using vintage machines Quilts made using vintage machines!
To make this quilt I used two vintage machines, a 1927 Singer 99K hand machine - for the appliqué, and a 1945 Singer 15K treadle -for the free motion quilting. The binding and the assembly of the blocks was shared between the two machines.
All the appliqué is outlined with hand stitched blanket stitch. The method I used for the appliqué is shown in the tutorial I posted in this thread Vintage Machine Applique (you can use a modern machine if you like)
The blocks represent the different countries of Great Britain and province of Northern Ireland - rose and oak for England, thistle and Scots pine for Scotland, daffodil and leek for Wales and flax flower and shamrock for Northern Ireland.
I'm now working on the quilt again, putting on a hanging sleeve because it is entered in the Quilts UK Show at Malvern in May. It's a bit scary - I've never entered a quilt into a show before, but I'm beginning to look forward to it. Any members in this country fancy meeting up if we can?
I hope you all like the quilt. If I hadn't joined this board I don't think I would have learnt so much or had the courage to attempt this quilt, so a BIG THANK YOU to you all!