Latest project – November


This is a new idea for my quilts.
Up till now, I have been making memorial quilts for lots of different people.
These include for husbands, wives, sisters, babies, friends and children.
The image above is a celebratory/welcome quilt.
It was commissioned by a Grandmother to welcome her adopted Granddaughter into her extended family.
It has, within the pinwheels, 27 different articles of clothing from 27 members of the family.
Grandparents, Parents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins etc.
On the back I have put a small swatch of each fabric with a space next to it.These are to be filled in at a later date by all the contributing members of the family, so that there is a log for future reference.
The Granddaughter was only adopted in July 2015.

My most recent quilt

Quilt Feb 2015-18This beautiful quilt was made for two little boys. Their Father died last Summer.
He was a great lover of designer shirts, and I found that making a quilt from them an absolute joy.
When put together the pinwheel’s predominant colour was blue, so I backed it with a pale marroon shirting fabric.
Then when the ‘frame’ was made at the front, I edged it with a corresponding blue and grey stripe.

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IMG_7202These quilts are examples of design choices for clients. The one is using triangles and the other is using octagons. I have not used buttons on either of them. Instead I have actually quilted them in 4 inch squares of running stitch. This has the advantage of being a much smoother quilt. The disadvantage is that I can’t use the shirt buttons.

Quilting in Leamington Spa

quilt london radioI thought I’d show you a few of the things I’ve been working on recently. I’ve made several quilts for clients, friends and family members this year. This is a photo that was taken for an interview about a memorial quilt that was done for BBC Radio London. This memorial quilt was made using material and buttons from shirts. Other people have other items that they would like remodeling into a quilt.


Chaisse longue

chaisse longue
This is a chaisse longue that arrived in my studio looking very sad and unloved.
The last fabric to cover it was a peach coloured fairly fine fabric, that had faded and broken.
I took off the peach fabric and removed the thousands of staples.
My client had seen my own sofa covered in a ‘zebra` tapestry and liked it, so I covered the chaisse in the same fabric, and then finished the edges with a self-made binding and brass headed tacks.
The whole looks very elegant and will stand the test of time as it will not fade in sunlight.


Welcome to my site and blog

The Louise Charters Design website is finally here! I’m an upholsterer and soft furnishing specialist based in Leamington Spa in Warwickshire and I will be posting photos of the pieces I’m working on and blogging about fabrics and upholstery. Follow my endeavours as I wrestle with sofas, search through swatches and create beautiful pieces and interiors for my clients.