Ludlow Quilt and Sew

Ludlow Quilt and Sew

Ludlow Quilt and Sew

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe

She had so many quilts she didn’t know what to do …..

Over ten years ago I began to write quilt patterns and tutorials.  I wanted to help beginner quilters by providing patterns for quilting projects that could be broken down into small steps.  At the time there were not many websites doing this, although the situation is very different now.

I have been making a new quilt top at first every week and then every fortnight. I rarely have time to finish these quilts and now my cupboards and rooms are filled to overflowing with fabric and unfinished projects.  I have decided that the time has come to begin completing these projects rather than making still more new ones.  So I have decided (reluctantly) to close down the website.  I don’t want to lose all those patterns and articles so over time they will become available as books or in printed form through my Etsy shop.


My shop will remain open for the next week or two:

My current books on Amazon:

My Etsy shop:

There’s not much there at the moment but I hope to add to this as I complete some quilts!

My Ludlow Quilt and Sew facebook page will have to close but I am in the process of creating a page called Rose Smith Quilts where I will be able to share my quilts as I finish them.

Many quilters have been with me for many years and I want to thank all of you for your interest and support over the years.  I have been sending an email to nearly 9,000 subscribers on Fridays and I have 20,800 subscribers on Youtube.  I will miss you all!

One last video:

PS.  I have been totally overwhelmed and humbled by the mountain of responses that I have received – via comments here, email and social media.  Thank you all so much.  Please forgive me if I am a little slow in replying, but I will reply to every one of them.

Ladder Bunting Quilt – Free Pattern

Ladder bunting quilt

Ladder bunting quilt

The Ladder quilt is very, very simple but I think it’s quite striking.  Often I begin a quilt design and then it becomes more and more complicated as I go.  This time I began with three blocks and then gradually reduced it to just the one.  The colours all move along one diagonal or the other and the triangles made me think of bunting.  It’s just a year now since I made what felt like miles of bunting for my second son’s wedding!

The quilt measures 44″ square and I have used 1 yard of blue, 3/4 yard of brown, with 1/2 yard each of red and pink.  I have used nine blocks which are 12″ square finished size.

Completed quilt block

Completed quilt block

Cutting requirements for the ladder bunting quilt

6.7/8″ squares:  nine red, nine pink

3.1/2″ squares:  thirty six brown, thirty six blue

For the borders you will need to cut four 2.1/2″ lengths of blue and of brown, cut across the width of fabric.

Half square triangles

Half square triangles

Make the half square triangle units

Use the 6.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles.  Place a red and a pink square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.

This will produce two half square triangle units which are now 6.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the red and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Sew the strips together

Sew the strips together

Make the four patch units

Sew together 3.1/2″ strips of brown and blue fabric along the length.  Cut these panels at 3.1/2″ intervals to produce rectangles 3.1/2″ by 6.1/2″.

Four patch units

Four patch units

Use two of these for each four patch unit, placing them so that the blue squares are diagonally opposite each other.

Block layout

Block layout

Complete the ladder bunting quilt block

Lay the units out by placing two half square triangle units diagonally opposite each other with two four patch units diagonally opposite each other.

Sew the two four patch units together to create the four patch units and then sew each one to a half square triangle.  Sew the two pairs together to complete the block.

The block measures 12.1/2″ square at this stage and you need to make nine of them.

Assemble the ladder bunting quilt

Sew the blocks together in three rows of three, making sure that the blocks are all facing the same way as each other.

Add the borders

Add the borders

For the first border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of brown fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 36.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 40.1/2″ for the sides.

Make the second border with 2.1/2″ strips of blue fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 40.1/2″ for the top and bottom with two lengths of 44.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the ladder bunting quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.

Here’s the video:

Cardiff - People Like Us statue

Cardiff – People Like Us statue

Last week I had a very enjoyable visit to Cardiff.  To see my photos click here or click on the photo.

Many thanks to those of you who have commented on my Sewing Quarter demonstrations.  My next demonstration is on October 14th, but I don’t know yet what I’ll be demonstrating.

Tomorrow I have a craft stall at Moseley Arts Market – I just hope the sun shines for me!

Cardiff City – Wales – Photos

Cardiff Castle dragon

Cardiff is, of course, the capital city of Wales and it was a real treat to visit there last week.  What a friendly reception we had from anyone we met. I've been to Cardiff before now (my daughter and I went there shopping a couple of times when … [Continue reading]

Providence Quilt – Free Pattern

Providence quilt

For this Providence quilt I have used several variations on the Providence quilt block.  My aim was to produce secondary designs threading through the quilt and I'm quite pleased with the way it has turned out.  Sometimes my quilts don't look a bit … [Continue reading]

Wednesbury Museum Art Gallery

Wednesbury Museum Art Gallery

The Wednesbury Museum Art Gallery isn't far from here and I'm glad that I've finally been to visit it.  It's one of the Sandwell & Dudley museums (so it's free to visit!).  I had a very pleasant hour meandering among the displays - and picking up … [Continue reading]

Peace Garden Quilt

Peace garden quilt

Peace Garden is one of Fabric Freedom's newest ranges and they are lovely muted blues and greens.  This is their quilt to showcase the range and it is a beautiful quilt.  I wouldn't describe it as a beginner quilt although each part of the quilt can … [Continue reading]