Project Description

What are you most proud of? I can't take any credit for the beautiful way this has been made, right down to the fabric-covered buttons - my input was merely the patchwork and quilting. Jacqueline is a very experienced and highly skilled tailoress and she has made a wonderful job of the waistcoat. I can't wait to see Derek's face when he receives it on Christmas morning! I'll have to add a picture of him modelling it! All credit to clever Jacqueline!

What you will need

  • Cotton quilting fabric (Rounneries Deux by French General)
  • cotton thread for piecing and quilting
  • very thin cotton wadding (clothing weight)
  • calico (muslin) for backing the quilted portion prior to making up
  • silk for lining and back
  • metal buckle
  • metal buttons
  • covered in cotton fabric.

Q&A with patz in suffolk

bartolli asked:
What a lovely story! Your husband deserves this waistcoat! I, too, my husband allow me to get on my hobby, take over lots of cooking jobs. I think we are very lucky! A few weeks ago my husband took me to a 2nd hand bookstore because he knew they've some quilting books, I found this book "The original Log Cabin Jacket & Vest Book" by Barbara Bell Doriss, it came with patterns, Now youve inspired me and I'll change the log cabin style to some patchwork pieces and hopefully I get to make my own "quilted vest". What a great job you and your niece have collaborated, I love it.
patz in suffolk answered:
Thank you! I'd forgotten that waistcoats are called "vests" in America! In England a vest is an article of underwear - and not a very glamorous one! I'll look forward to seeing your husband's waistcoat (I don't say "vest" as I don't want you to think I'm being forward and wanting to see his underwear!!!)!
Pam NZ asked:
Oh Patricia, you really have been holding out on us! Great teamwork with your niece, well done both of you. Wish we could be there to see Derek's face on Christmas day! Lucky us tho, we get the preview... exquisite quilting. :-)
patz in suffolk answered:
Thank you! I have to be careful that he'd not looking over my shoulder when I'm on this page!
Za Manaf asked:
Pat..i m drooling over the color and quilted top of this vest!!!! I hope your husband likes it but if he doesnt...there's someone here who will gladly provide it a home :) LOL.
patz in suffolk answered:
The coilour in the photo isn't quite true to life - it's a little darker and the reds are more of a burgundy colour (thank goodness). Okay - if he doesn't like it, I'll bring it over to you!
tomib asked:
Vest, waistcoat, whatever. It's beautiful! U did the quilting free motion?
patz in suffolk answered:
Thank you. Yes - most of it's "in the ditch", but the larger blocks have a sort of flower pattern on them, so I just sewed round the lines of the design. Easy-peasy!
K Lee 2Strings asked:
What a delightful collaboration on this project! Your quilted section is beautiful! So fortunate that your husband actually requested something as it's so very hard to sew for men. He sounds like a keeper!
patz in suffolk answered:
It was really nice to have the collaboration with Jacqueline (who is about my age, being the daughter of Derek's late sister, Iris, whose quilt is on my projects page with its story). He will no doubt wear it to church on Christmas morning, as he's organist and choirmaster at a little country church. It'll be hidden under his cassock and surplice during the service, but he'll no doubt show it off in the vestry before and after the service!