English China Quilt


English China Stacked II

When I saw this fabric in my local quilt store, it reminded me exactly of some English Chippendale china that my husband’s grandmother gave us.  I love the look of that china and so I just couldn’t pass up the fabric.  I set about designing a quilt around that fabric as soon as I could.

English China Quilt with china

The fabric is called “Garden of Enchantment” by  Maywood Studios. Because of the large design in the fabric, I didn’t want to cut the fabric up into real small pieces.  I even entertained the notion of just cutting squares about eight inches and alternating them with some kind of patchwork.  In the end, I opted for doing hourglass blocks with a couple of different fabrics.

English China Quilt Front

The other fabrics I used were Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Bone and Art Gallery’s “Stamped”, a text fabric from  Amy Sinbaldi’s Paperie line, and a fabric I absolutely love and want to sneak into quilts every place I can!  This text fabric is delicate but adds so much.

English China Quilt text detail

English China block detail

The hourglass blocks are 8″ after being set in.  There was a total of 42 blocks in the quilt.

I quilted this with 40 wt. Aurifil Thread by doing a double diagonal line along the hourglass blocks with a 3.5 stitch length.  This was pretty easy, because I just used the width of my walking foot as the guide.

English China sewing

For the binding, I debated about it very little – I knew I wanted to use the Garden of Enchantment fabric itself.  I thought it finished the quilt the best, instead of using something completely different as an accent, which I usually do with my bindings.

English China with binding English China Stacked

English China Quilt Overhead

For the backing, I wanted something modern as a contrast to the more traditional front, so I chose a fun fabric from M&S Textiles Australia called Sand Hill by Anna Pitjara. It’s an aboriginal inspired print and I think it’s so interesting.

English China Quilt front and back English China quilt back and front

The batting is my usual 100% cotton Warm and Natural.  The quilt finishes at 48″ x 55″, a nice lap quilt size.

English China Quilt hanging

English China Quilt Layers English China quilt II

Thanks for stopping by – hope you’re making something!


You may also want to see English China Quilt Work in Progress

I’m linking to Sew Fresh QuiltsFree Motion by the River and Blossom Heart Quilts.

40 thoughts on “English China Quilt

  1. Jenny L

    What a beautiful quilt – the blend of the more traditional fabric and that beautiful text fabric is wonderful and very inspiring


  2. Janelle

    What a lovely quilt! I have a question about the batting. Do you find the Warm & Natural shows through a white top? I have seen some bloggers say they only use Warm & White when it is a white top, but I am hoping that is overkill because I have a lot of Warm & Natural that I’d rather use up!


  3. Robby H

    This quilt is not at all my style, and I absolutely love it! I hope it builds as many nice memories as the china that inspired it.


  4. Karen

    What a great source of inspiration, and your choice of quilting design is something I’ll be keeping in mind. A beautiful quilt!


  5. Marian Simons

    Hi Elaine, thank you for sharing your pictures, ideas and inspiration for the English China Quilt. It has come out a treat and very shabby chic-ish.

    As much as I love the red print fabric, I would choose a blue print for my quilt as my maternal Grandmother used Blue Willow pattern china in her house.

    Thanks again for sharing.




  6. Ginny

    Everything you do is a masterpiece! I love it all. You truly are very talented. Thank you for sharing. Your posts make my day


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  8. Iris

    I am new to both your blogs and am so enjoying your recipes, and grateful for your helpful pointers about machine quilting. The English China Quilt strikes such a nostalgic chord with me that I would like to make it, if you would allow this. My backing choice would be different from yours and quite a challenge to replace with another equally as effective. My quilting labels always identify the designer and in this case it would be you if, as I ask, you will grant permission.The quilt will be my own, and not exhibited or sold. Many thanks for your consideration of my request. Regardless of your decision, I will follow your work with great interest.


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