We are slowly adding patterns to our Heritage Quilts pages on Payhip and Craftsy. These patterns are based on collections of vintage quilts belonging to Barbara Chainey and Ann Jermey.

Barbara has a number of medallion quilts. This one is now one of her favourites and she has this to say about it - "hexagon medallion remake

hexagon medallion quiltThis quilt was acquired from a general antiques dealer nearly 30 years ago, with no provenance or further information available. For quite a number of years I wasn’t sure I liked it, I found the damask-weave red fabric totally overpowering and the fabrics were not particularly interesting (or so I thought at the time) - but a bargain is a bargain! There is no wadding but the two layers of top and coarse (well-washed flour sack?) backing are stitched together in a large scale diagonal grid. Completely hand stitched. For the past 15 years I have been saying that this would be a good piece to recreate, and so it has proved – I like the new interpretation rather more than the original!"

The quilt measures about 43 inches square and is available from Payhip and Craftsy. 



IrishChainOne lovely classic design is Irish Chain. Both Barbara and Ann have them in their collections and both are red and white. Ann's is in better condition than Barbara's so that is the one we have taken the pattern from.

The quilt measures about 77 x 70 inches square and may have been cut down from a larger one.

The pattern also includes quilting suggestions taken from Ann's summer coverlet with no wadding and Barbara's which has some wadding and a 'strippy' quilted design.

It is available from both Payhip and Craftsy.


diamond strippyA favourite strippy quilt from Barbara's collection has to be this diamond one - ideal for those of you who fancy a little hand-piecing challenge - about which Barbara says :

"The quilt is hand pieced and quilted with a soft blue chambray back brought over to the front as a false binding. At first sight the colour and value placement of the diamond units appears to be random, but the maker had a fine sense of balance and took care to distribute the brighter coloured patches within the strips. The quilting is done in simple straight lines arranged into a chevron pattern which complements the piecing without being distracting in any way. No provenance, no information, a likely date of 1880s could be attributed from the fabrics included."

The original quilt measures about 66 x 80 inches. It is available from both Payhip and Craftsy.


GooseinthePondGetting away from predominantly red quilts for a moment we have this blue and white Goose in the Pond quilt from Barbara's collection. goose in the pond black and white

The finished quilt measures 58 x 70 inches.

Barbara also has another quilt in the same design but this time in black and white and with the light and dark reversed in the blocks.

 The pattern is available from both Payhip and Craftsy.


PoinsettiasPoinsettias is the name of this beautiful quilt from Barbara's collection. This is what Barbara has to say about it - "The fabrics are now extremely fragile and breaking up, but it is still one of my favourite quilts. Completely hand stitched – piecing, appliqué and quilting, thin cotton wadding – its likely date is somewhere in the 1850s. The quilting is neat, fine and simple."

Why not make one for Christmas?! The pattern is available from both Craftsy and Payhip; the quilt measures 78 x 90 inches.



Caesars CrownCaesar's Crown is a quilt from Ann Jermey's collection.

The block is best hand-pieced using the templates provided to cut out the pieces.

Ann says the colours would originally have been quite vibrant red, green and cheddar yellow but the green has faded to a rather mucky brown.

The quilt measures 70 x 82 inches and the pattern is available from Craftsy.