Elisabeth's Vintage Quilts

In my last post, I introduced a wonderful quilter/embroiderer from the Netherlands. Elisabeth has created another beauty with leftover scraps of Duchess Metallic fabric, embroidered butterfly and flower blocks, and embellished with pearls. Amazing - she used no pattern. To see more of this quilt please visit Elisabeth's Vintage Quilts and take in all of her beautiful work. You will be inspired.



Duchess Fabric goes to the Netherlands

...and lands into the incredibly talented hands of Elisabeth Kiljan.

With an Anita Goodesign "Anniversary Quilt" pattern, a clear vision of the end product, precise measurements, and some fussy cutting, Elisabeth has turned the Duchess fabric collection (using 18 fabrics to be exact) into something really special. Elisabeth's taste for soft tones, with a little bit of glamour and romance, were a perfect match for the "Duchess"; I'm so glad they found each other.

When Elisabeth first sent me photos of her work, I nearly fell off my chair - I was thrilled and honored that someone with her talent brought to fruition the vision that I had for this collection. This beautifully and superbly crafted quilt was all done on a Brother Quattro embroidery machine with some corners sewn by hand to get the seams exactly together, and each block taking around an hour to make, said Elisabeth. Her joy for crafting with fabric is apparent in all her work – whether it's a gift for a friend, a family piece, or a quilt for the Verdanda Foundation, which donates quilts to people with disabilities.

Here are photos of the quilt made with Duchess fabric, followed by more beautiful work by Elisabeth Kiljan. 


More of Elisabeth's beautiful work.

Bargello quilt by Elisabeth.

What a setup! Covers for "Chientje" and "Zusje" her two machines.

Elisabeth even made her own lace and cutwork on this lovely pillow.



Decorative "Duchess" Pillows.

Yards ...and yards of Duchess fabric have finally made it's 7500 mile journey, landing at my front door. It was time my old machine stretched it's legs as well, as she had been hibernating for some time. My sewing skills have been neglected, so or course I thought of pillows. Easy as that may sound, I managed to create a rather large scrap pile, prick a few fingers and dull a rotary in a hour; reminding me however of the true joy of sewing. I would love to see what you make out of Duchess – please share your creativity, skills or products. After all it's what makes this fabric design journey so worth while.

Duchess fabric bedding

Sarah Alsan Duchess fabric pillowsDuchess fabric collection by Sarah Alsan. Photos by Enis Alsan -


A debut collection of artwork becomes fabric for Northcott.

I'm so pleased to announce the release of "Duchess". In stores now. "a fusion of classic English style, modern romance and feminine charm. Delicate scrolls, damasks and flourishes are paired with simple mini prints. Colors are distinctly feminine; Powder Puff is characterized by a soft and sensual palette of cosmetic pales while White Mink offers tantalizing neutrals. Metallic accents add in a hint of luxury to both palettes." – Northcott

Duchess metallic fabric by Sarah AlsanDuchess fabric for NorthcottDuchess fabric by Sarah Alsan

Duchess fabric collection by Sarah Alsan. Photos by Enis Alsan -