Endless Possibilities with Euphoria Tapestry Quilts


C&T wrote a blog about my book today – if you click on the link you will see some photos of the projects in “Euphoria Tapestry Quilts”

Euphoria Tapestry Quilts is based on this beautiful quilt designed by Deborah Kemball, and you will be amazed at how many different projects you can make from it. This is the most versatile quilt pattern I’ve ever seen.  Look at the photo below and you will see how the main quilt can be divided into various-size blocks. These blocks can be used singly or in smaller groupings to make many other great projects; rectangular pillows, square pillows, window boxes, table runners, or quilts in a variety of sizes. Here’s a sampling of some of the beautiful projects. Mix and match as you choose. The possibilities are endless. Enjoy!

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Free Pillow Design

To celebrate the publication of my forthcoming book I have been playing with some of the new flower designs therein, and with the copious quantities of butterflies and dragonflies that flitter all over the whole quilt “Euphoria”.  I have promised my quilt group a demonstration of some of my new techniques on Monday and designed this pillow to illustrate them.  In particular I have a new nifty way to sew my insects which is really well illustrated in “Euphoria Tapestry Quilts”, step-by-step style both in line drawings and photographs.

As usual I made the design up as I went along and upon completion I felt the pink dragonfly was a bit too close for comfort to the blue flower.  I drew the design out after completion of the appliqué so this space glitch is remedied in the pattern below.


I made the panel up into a simple, unquilted and unpiped pillow to sit on my chair by the lake using a combination of Oakshott cottons and silks.   It  measures 19″ x 13″ but you could enlarge the panel for your own use.  Those of you accustomed to my methods will know exactly how to cut your own templates for this design.  Step by step instructions for the constructions of the flowers and insects are all in my new book, “Euphoria Tapestry Quilts.  40 New Appliqué Motifs and 17 Flowering Projects ” by Deborah Kemball



It is available for pre-order on the C&T website and will be available July 18th 2016


or  Amazon.com, available August 7th 2016


Here is the design for your personal use.  You need to print it at 200% for its full size.  The design doesn’t have a “right way up” per se, looking equally good with the large pink rose top left or bottom right.  It’s just occurred to me that this would make rather a lovely hooked rug too.  I hope someone makes it up as such and sends me a picture!




Sneak Peak

A sneak peak of a project from my new book “Euphoria Tapestry Quilts” which will be in shops by mid July. Tudor Rose Panel 36″ x 20″. I am so thrilled with this design – it works beautifully both vertically or horizontally.


240 copy

240 copy (1)

My new designs seem to have a more contemporary feel to them than my previous work.    With its clean lines and sharp colour contrasts Tudor Rose Panel manages to avoid looking fussy.    I hope you like it as much as I do!

I will be posting a free pattern in the next few days which will share some of these flowers in advance of my new book’s publication.


Wild Rose Mitts

As promised here is my pattern for my favourite mitts/wrist warmers.  I am offering this as a free pattern.  Next blog will be a brand new applique design and pattern!

Wild Rose Mitts


I really love these mitts. The design, the shape, the picot edge and the gorgeous Scandinavian motifs all work together to make the perfect elegant and practical mitt. One size, medium, seems to fit all.



Easy to make too I have tweaked the pattern hither and thither for the past two years and now feel confident to share it the pattern with you all on Ravelry. I have written the pattern in a way I hope even beginner knitters can easily understand.


I like to use a sock weight yarn and four 2.25mm DPNS although of course the magic loop method can be used too. These slate grey mitts are made from Artfil’s Belle in colours Slate, Strawberries and Cream and Pistachio. The colour work offers a great way to use up scraps and the main colour uses approximately 200 yards for both mitts. I tend to knit quite tightly and my tension works out at 8 stitches/12 rows to the inch. You may want to go down a needle size to get the same tension for an identical size to mine.

The charting for the traditional Swedish design is taken from Mary Jane Mucklestone’s “150 Scandinavian Motifs”.

The picot edge is a favourite of mine – I cannot resist the prettiness of it. You can make this picot edge a number of ways and I have experimented with all. I think the quickest and easiest way is to sew the picot edge in place after knitting. Not difficult to do the slant of the sewn stitches is undeniably attractive.



If you knit the picot edge down as you go the inner edge will look like this….



Cast on 64 stitches in contrast colour (I like to use the same colour as the rose). Leave a nice long tail with which to sew down the edge later (about 30 cm). I like to cast on over two needles for a loose and easily identifiable cast on edge stitch for either sewing down the edge or knitting in place later. Divide the stitches over your three needles and being careful not to twist stitches join in the round. Place stitch marker to identify beginning of round.

Work 5 rows.

Row 6: *YON K2tog* repeat to end of row

For reference to YON, (yarn over needle), also the same as wyif, (with yarn in front) and YRN (yarn round needle) see:

The Yarn Over (YO)


Row 7: Change to main colour and knit 5 rows. If you choose to knit your picot edge in place do this on the fifth row of main colour, i.e. row 11. To do this identify the first stitch of cast on edge and knit together with first stitch of row 12, continue with all subsequent stitches ie. second stitch of cast on edge with second stitch of row 12. Remember the sewn down edge is just as lovely if you can’t face doing this!

Row 12: Decrease to 60 stitches. The easiest way to do this is to knit every 15/16th stitch together

Work 5 rows.

Start working from colour work chart at beginning of row 6. Start at the arrow and work according to the chart. NB The roses are separated by three stitches across the mitt except for two which will be separated by two stitches. Make sure you carry yarn not in use loosely across the reverse of mitt.



Work all 27 rows.



I find that the mitt fits better and has a smoother fit if I decrease to 54 stitches after the colourwork. I think this is because no matter how careful I am the colour work is at a tighter tension and so by decreasing 6 stitches on the row after the colour work I have a better looking mitt. However I also have very slim wrists and if your wrists and hands are on the large side you could omit this step and stick at 60 stitches.

To decrease to 54 stitches knit every 9th and 10th stitch together.

Work 10 – 20 rows up to thumb depending on how long you want the mitt to be. 10 rows will give you more of a glove, 20 more of a wrist warmer.

On this last row before working the thumb place another stitch marker one stitch before beginning of row marker.

Repeat the three following rows until you have 17 stitches between your two stitch markers. For the smoothest thumb increases I find the best way to increase is to use Make 1 Right and Make 1 Left. If you are unsure how to do this it is illustrated perfectly by Purl Soho.

Row 1. Starting at beginning of row, knit to first stitch marker Slip stitch marker M1R, k1, M1L slip stitch marker

Row 2 Knit

Row 3 Knit

Row 4 will be as row 1 except you will now have Slip stitch marker M1R, k3, M1L

Increase between the stitch markers until you have 17 stitches finishing with a Row 3

On next round remove the stitch marker (not the beginning of round marker), slip the 17 stitches onto a long piece of thread and then casting on one stitch over the thumb slip marker and continue working in the round.
NB It is much easier to work the mitt (and try it on) if you put the thumb stitches on a thread rather than a rigid stitch holder.

Work 6 rows

Work 7 rows of the leaf pattern from the chart.

Work four rows, change to colour contrast and work one row in *YON K2 tog* for picot edge as before.

Knit five rows

Bind off. I find the best cast off method for this bind off edge and the thumb bind off is as follows.
Knit one stitch, place knit stitch back on left needle, k2stitches together through back of loops, place this knit stitch on left needle, knit 2 together through back of loop etc. Leave a nice long thread with which to sew down the picot edge.

Thumb. Put the 17 stitches on 2 needles and then with third needle pick up three from the bodywork of mitt at the top of the thumb for a total of 20 stitches. Divide stitches evenly between the three needles and place a stitch marker to identify the beginning of round. Work in the round for 9 rows then bind off using same method as top of glove.

Sew picot edge on inside of mitt, sew in loose ends, block and repeat for mitt 2.



New Book on the Horizon!

Even if it was a surprise to some of you on opening up an overdue quilting blog last week to find a knitting pattern, it did, at least for me , remove a blog “writer’s block”.   I know many of you read my Facebook posts and so you know that in the last year I have been somewhat obsessed with knitting and that for a while it usurped appliqué.  It is true, I have become absolutely absorbed in today’s beautiful hand dyed yarns and have discovered just how much knitting has changed so much since I last seriously knit in the 70s and 80s.  The yarns, Ravelry, the needles.  The products, patterns and generosity of other knitters can only be matched by the quilting industry.

But my love of fabric isn’t over yet.  Not by a long shot and to prove it, I can finally bring my news out from under wraps and tell you that I have a new book to be published by C&T in a matter of months now, “Euphoria Tapestry Quilts”.  It has been a couple of years’ work and the publishing process being as drawn out as it is, means that I have kept it under wraps until the very last minute.  I have finally signed off the final manuscript and I am absolutely thrilled to pieces.  It’s gorgeous.  It’s everything I wanted it to be.  Thank you C&T.  It is presently being printed and should be available by the beginning of August.



It’s full of new flowers, new techniques, new projects.  For those of you who live locally I will send out invitations for an “Open House” in the summer when I will open the house to everyone for some good food and wine, have all the projects in the book on display, answer any questions you might have and have the signed book available to purchase directly from me.  I will let you know the date(s) nearer the time.  I might hold a couple of workshops too to illustrate the new techniques.  Many of you have requested the pattern for my quilt “Euphoria” pictured below.  You will finally be able to make it!


For knitters, my next post will be another free pattern.  I think possibly my favourite.  I am working on all the final details now and hope to have it online in ten days or so.


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Self Important Socks

A little diversion from quilting and appliqué, here is my pattern link from Ravelry.

by Deborah Kemball

The use of two colours and simple design combine to make a high impact statement for your feet! The socks are knit with a two colour rib cuff and in stocking stitch with a simple fairisle motif.

I chose to knit these socks using 2.25 mm DPNs US Size 1. you could size up to 2.5 mm successfully depending on yarn used.

I used most of 1 skein Belle (354 m/387 yards) by Artfil in colour Anise for the main colour A and approximately 30 m of contrast colour in “Belle” in colour Mushroom colour B.

I used a standard 64 stitches cuff down sock pattern (Ladies Medium size) but the fairisle design, worked over four stitches, adapts perfectly to 60 stitches (Ladies Small), 68 (Ladies large/Men Small size ) and 72 stitches (Men large) socks. Instructions are given for 64 stitch sock.

Cast on 64 stitches in contrast colour in the cast on method of choice. I like to hold two 2.25 mm needles together to cast on over two needles to give a nice loose cast on edge. When your 64 stitches are cast on, just slide the extra needle out before dividing 64 stitches between your four needles (16 stitches per needle). Join in the round taking care not to twist. I like to knit the last four stitches of the round onto the first needle so that should I need to use a stitch marker, it will not be between needles. I then alter the stitches between the needles for 16 stitches per needle. If you feel insecure without it, place a stitch marker to mark the beginning of round.

At the end of round one join in main colour (with a nice long tail for sewing in later) and work 2:2 rib. Knit 2 in main colour, purl 2 in contrast colour, k2 main colour, purl 2 contrast etc. Make sure you always loosely loop the unused colour at the back of the work and don’t pull tightly when changing colour. Knit 15 rounds.

Once ribbing is complete follow chart below from top down. Pattern is is worked over a four stitch repeat. Carry colour not in use loosely at back of work



Once chart is completed continue in Main colour A for length desired to top of heel flap – usually between 6 – 8 inches.

Heel Flap

Work back and forth across 32 stitches on needles 1 and 4.

Row 1 Sl 1 knitwise, K1, *sl 1 purlwise with yarn in back, K1 repeat from * to end of row Row 2 Sl1 purlwise with yarn in front and purl to end of row.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 fifteen more times, 32 rows completed.

Turn heel

Row 1 Sl1 purlwise, k 17, K2tog through back loop, K1 turn Row 2 Sl1 purlwise, purl 5, p2 tog, p1, turn
Row 3: Sl1 purlwise, K6 K2tog tbl, K1 Turn
Row 4: Sl1 purlwise, p 7, p2tog, p1 turn

Continue working in this way until 18 stitches remain ending with a wrong side row.

Shape Gusset

Slip first stitch, knit across stitches of heel and then pick up and knit 16 stitches along the selvedge stitches along the side of the heel flap, knit across the 32 stitches at top of foot (needles 2 and 3) and then with fourth needle pick up and knit 16 stitches along selvedge of heel and knit 9 stitches from needle 1. Your beginning of the round is now the centre of the heel.

Knit 1 round
Begin gusset decreases as follows

Row 1, knit to last 2 stitches of needle 1, knit two stitches together, knit across needles two and three and then at beginning of needle 4 SSK, knit to end of round.

Row 2 Knit
Repeat these two rows until there are 16 stitches remaining on each needle 1 and 4.


Work in the round until foot measure desired length minus 2.5 inches less than the foot length. 1 1/2” is for the toe shaping and 1” is for the fairisle design.

Work the chart below from bottom up.



Break thread of main colour leaving a tail to sew in later and continue to work the toe in contrast colour.

Round 1 Needle 1 – knit to last three stitches, K2tog, K1: Needle 2 – K1 SSK , knit to end: Needle 3 – knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1: Needle 4 – K1, SSK, knit to end.

Round 2 Knit

Repeat these two rounds until only 32 stitches remain, (8 on each needle) and then repeat round one until 16 stitches remain (4 stitches on each needle).

With needle 4 knit the four stitches from needle 1 (8 stitches) and slip stitches from needle three onto needle two (8 stitches). With eight stitches on both needles hold parallel and graft stitches using Kitchener stitch.

Weave in yarn ends and block.


Not enough hours in the day

27th January 2015

It has been an age since I have written anything on my blog and for those of you who think I have totally given up the quilting ghost, I shall surprise you by saying I am, in fact, hugely busy on a major project and have been so for the past couple of months.  All rather under wraps for the moment but I am as busy with needle and thread as ever.  With yarn too and I am constantly itching to get my fingers knitting and it takes a lot of self discipline to keep away from my ever growing yarn stash.  The Aussie Open is giving me a pretty good excuse to get some knitting in this week.

I was lucky enough to get a taste (and samples) of a new Oakshott collection late last month.  Michael’s parcel dropped through the door as a complete surprise and to say it hit my chartreuse need bang on the head would be an understatement.  Oh what lovely clean, pristine colours.  The collection also includes the most perfect off white.  I find white one of the problem colours in my work and rarely find the right white.  Whites tend to be too blue, too white or too cream.  This one is perfect.   Gorgeous greys, soft pastels so clean and clear.  Not for me to divulge the name of the collection so keep your eyes skinned for the new collection the Oakshott website in February.  I ran this cushion up to see how the colours looked together.  I love the result, a contemporary look and for this reason (not laziness I promise) I left it unquilted.  I seem to be leaving much of my new work unquilted these days – I think I am moving into a new more contemporary feel, perhaps affected by the Modern Quilt Movement.


I loved it so much that I made a it a partner….


I find that I have moved away from red backgrounds into greys these days.  Soft warm dove greys and rich charcoals make such scrumptious backgrounds to highlight the colours of the design.

On the knitting front my lovely mother-in-law gave me some Brooklyn Tweed Loft for my birthday last month and I made up “Wake”, a beautiful very originally constructed sweater by Veronik Avery (available on Ravelry) with a curved wide back, stand up collar at the back of the neck and wide cables running down the front.  Warm and snuggly it was none the less hard to photograph – this was the best we could manage to show off the cabling moving diagonally down the front panel.   I find Loft hard to knit with as it is so fragile and breaks easily but once knitted it is perfect and worth the effort.  I like it even more when it has been through the wash a couple of times and shrunk just the tiniest teeniest bit.



Finally I have decided it’s time to start designing my own knitwear and I have started with this very simple pair of fingerless gloves.  The pattern isn’t perfect yet and needs a bit of tweaking for a better fit.  I’m working on that now, or would be if I wasn’t writing this.  In fact I must stop writing now and get on with my sewing project.  If this blog lacks a bit of sparkle it could be that we woke up at 3.15 am to watch the Aussie Open!

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