Quilting: Lexie’s Quilt

Today’s Patrick Knits & Quilts video steps away from the world of music and poetry for a moment to concentrate on my love of crafts and quilts. Those of you who also follow my blog over at ManQuilt.com will know all about that!

I make anywhere from 5-10 quilts a year. This particular one, Lexie’s Quilt, has been in the making for longer than 6 months. Not that it took 6 months of effort, but I started it before Christmas 2019 and then paused to make 3 other quilts which were due as presents… thereby sapping all my quilt-making energies for a while! So I’ve moved slowly with this one.

The design is based on a Lemoyne star but is otherwise my own design and uses fabrics and colours that made me think about or reminded me of the recipient’s family! Lexie is the daughter of my friends Valia and Matthew and I’m just glad I finished this before she got any older!

This IS a longer video, combining a little bit of tutorial/how to with some silent (ASMR) periods where the work is carried out. It’s longer than I normally do at nearly 45 minutes, but I think this slower pace reflects something of the peaceful and constructive nature of producing quilts.

(If you just want the finished object, scroll to the last 30 seconds of the video).

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Now I just need to build up the bravery to take this quilt to the post office (I’ve not been to the post office since lockdown!)

Lots of love,

Patrick xo

New YouTube and Instagram Channels

I am very happy to have set up a new YouTube and Instagram presence for all my crafting exploits!

In fact, I think I opened up the YouTube channel years ago and never uploaded anything! I had scraps and bits of videos stored in all kinds of places and shown here on the blog, but nothing consistent. Nothing… together.

I said in my first Insta post today that I wasn’t brave enough to post things before. I don’t want you to get the impression that it’s because I’m a man. It isn’t, or at least I don’t think that it is. I’ve been in the Guild and been the only guy for many years. But I do think there are a huge number of super talented crafters, knitters, crocheters and quilters out there and I do think, to some extent, why would my content or videos be of any interest?

I qualified as a journalist 25 years ago, even if I only worked in that world for about 2 years, so I am confident enough to speak, but that confidence was very much confined by having an extensive brief, being well-prepared, speaking to the expert (never being the expert). It’s only been recently, since I set up a travel channel on YouTube (you can find that here if you’re interested) that I realised that people don’t watch that to necessarily get the lowdown on a city or flight, but that they enjoy the process of an ordinary person reacting to an unusual location or situation and finding in that a moment of coming together, of community.

I know that’s what I like to watch.

And so, to share something of my own crafting, my knitting or crochet or quilting, it doesn’t have to be perfect and I don’t need to be the expert. I just need to be myself and be open to sharing with you, to let you know I’m interested in your projects too, to share my curiosity and interest with like-minded people.

If you’ve read this far, I’m glad you have and delighted to discover where this journey takes us! At least there will be a lot of quilts and, probably, lots of woolly socks!

Patrick xo