Letting go is hard…..

Sometimes it can be hard to let go.  Even when you know you should … indeed that you must.  Every last stitch has been finished, every single thread has been snipped and the last binding on the corner carefully stitched into place.  But now the time has come to admit to myself that there’s nothing more to be done – one of my most favouritest projects ever – my Rosie & Bear Diamond Jubilee Quilt is complete.

Diamond Jubilee Quilt

This has been a work in progress for the last 6 months, and I’ve been sharing the designs with my e-zine subscribers on a monthly basis.  The quilt commemorates the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II and comprises 12 blocks – one is the Royal Coat of Arms and the remaining 11 are countries of the Commonwealth, with a special “Friendship” block to reflect the USA’s friendship with Commonwealth countries.  

In the embroidered blocks Rosie & Bear had lots of adventures!  They met a koala in Australia and an elephant in India, whilst Bear got rather closer than he might have liked to a lovely young lioness in South Africa.  They swam in Mozambique and sailed in Barbados, and even watched some rugby in (current world champions) New Zealand before meeting George Washington himself.  

I’m currently in the middle of combining the patterns and all my notes on the project into a new book – and if you’d like to learn more about it when published please do sign up for my free newsletter as I’ll be keeping everyone informed that way.  There’s a form in the right-hand sidebar.   I’ll really miss my quilt, but will just have to fill my stitching time in other ways ……


Another incredible accomplishment and beautiful heirloom, Helen! You should be so very proud!

X Linda


It has been a delight to follow Rosie and Bear on their journey. It’s a beautiful quilt, Helen!


This has been such a joy to watch develop. What a lovely masterpiece you have created, Helen. I am looking forward to the book!


Gorgeous quilt. A true treasure. Also, it pleased me to read there is a block commemorating the friendship of the U.S. & Commonwealth. The U.S. needs all the friends it can get these days. Sad, troubling times. I JUST stumbled upon your blog today and am wishing I could have followed along while you were making the quilt but you can count on the fact I will follow from this day forward. Best wishes for your book.


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