Just One Quilt: Caroline’s Liberty Story

Watch Caroline’s story here

I love it when people just go for a quilt project without getting overwhelmed and Caroline has got stuck into every sewing challenge possible during her 3 years learning with us at the studio. She is another unsuspecting friend who we lured to classes based on a general interest in sewing, and Kay and I are really proud of all her achievements.

Each quilt story brings to light what different people get from the craft, and Caroline tackles the very real issue of giving up a career for your family and how that can make it hard to feel a sense of achievement. The lack of a tangible product to share when you are doing the day-to-day tasks of feeding, clothing, educating, cleaning and everything else can be hard, and a little dis-heartening. I totally understand that.

Sewing a quilt is an achievement. It shows skill, artistry, patience and it takes a little courage sometimes to claim the time to invest in ourselves to take up a new challenge.

Hawnby the dog admiring Caroline’s quilt

I truly believe that Caroline has gained a lot of confidence through quilting – not just because she is good at it, but because she has found a safe environment for her creativity to flourish.

I am super proud that we convinced Caroline to exhibit this quilt in the novice category at this year’s Festival of Quilts (2019) so if you are there make time to admire all those gorgeous Liberty Hearts.

If only we could keep all these quilts after filming!


  1. Margaret Battrick says:

    Love Liberty, got to love this quilt. I love the use of so many patterns. Fabulous.

  2. Emma Jones says:

    Wow, this quilt is stunning and I can’t wait to see it in person at the festival of quilts. I can really relate to Caroline as I’ve given up my career to stay at home with my two year old. Sewing is helping me through this time too

    1. Jenni Smith says:

      I’m glad you have something to keep your mind busy Emma – and don’t forget to save those baby clothes for a future quilt (if you watch Ellis’s story you will see my youngest son talking through his).

  3. Christine Halsall says:

    I love this quilt. I’d heard Caroline talk about it but seeing it on film I can see the talent skill and commitment in required. Enormously talented and lovely person I’m so happy to see at class whenever I can get there. Chris. X

    1. Jenni Smith says:

      Thanks Chris – exciting times for you at the moment. I can’t wait to hear all about it when we manage to get together x

  4. Suzanne Campion says:

    Beautiful Liberty quilt 💜, I look forward to seeing it in real life at the FOQ. Lovely story and yes…I am completely with you on finding a safe environment for creativity to flourish.

  5. Helen Andrews says:

    I love this quilt – I’m a lover of liberty fabrics myself and I love the use of them here. I also love the fact they are little hearts. Find the pattern terrific. You are a very lucky lady to have been able to spend your time at home.

  6. Lisa says:

    I loved hearing Caroline’s story and seeing her beautiful Liberty heart quilt. I also found myself in a similar situation when I stopped work to be a stay at home mum. I started sewing to give me something of my own to do and along the way I found quilting and the online community, which I just love.

  7. Anna Sherington says:

    Absolutely beautiful quilt Caroline, it will look fabulous hanging at the Festival of Quilts. Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it over this year, would have loved to see it for real.

  8. Leisa says:

    So much of what Caroline said resonated with me! Achieving something tangible while at home, thinking about the person you’re making for, the love of fabric and choosing it! Just a lovely quilt that I could stare at for ages and gush over all the Liberty prints.

  9. Ellen G says:

    She’s a unicorn! Starting and finishing one quilt at a time. I need some of Caroline’s discipline!

  10. Nancy says:

    What a lovely quilt and story! Liberty is my absolute favorite!❤️

  11. Helen says:

    Lovely quilt and personal story of your journey. Well done

  12. Diane H says:

    Wish I could make it to the festival. Caroline’s quilt is stunning.

  13. June says:

    Sounds like there’s a lot of love and thought put into each of those hearts .
    Also the fact you’ve made it and using it yourself is brilliant, so often we give our makes awsy and forget we deserve beautiful things too.

  14. Sharon Aurora says:

    I stayed at home to take care of my children. I did a whole lot of sewing and crochet while they were growing up. I very rarely make anything for myself because I’m too busy making things for other people.

  15. Janet T says:

    Love your quilt, and how you used the fabric. It looks so soft and cuddly.

  16. Carolyn Kendrick says:

    What a lovely quilt!

  17. Marianne Matthews says:

    Oh I love both Liberty fabrics and heart quilts, it’s a definite winner for me! 💕

  18. Willow Olson says:

    I’m so happy to have found your website! I’m really enjoying the video stories too. Absolutely wonderful, Just One Quilt (((love this)))

  19. Karen Seitz says:

    I love your heart quilt. I have some Liberty swatches that are going to become snail shells in a quilt some day.

  20. Sue Millward says:

    Beautiful Caroline … I made one when I was first pregnant but lost it in a house fire which devastated me. Never made another since but you have inspired me to think about it again! Well done xxx

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