The Bayeux Discipline – my passion.


“Bayeux Discipline What on earth does Bayeux Discipline mean?  

It describes a journey I’m taking. Up to date its been a 7 year journey. I’m recreating the Bayeux Tapestry as a quilt.  It will be the same size as the original Bayeux Tapestry but created in a different way. I made several panels of the quilt a few years ago, but as of the 26th of December 2012 I began all over again. This time I’m not making it in panels but as one piece 80 meters Long. In 59 days, I’ve completed 60 feet of appliqué. Of course it has to be quilted yet so the applique is just part of the event. The drawings were done a few years ago with the first flush of adventure. I’ve taken time from my normal career as a Tutor to concentrate on the project. I get up at 4.00 am and work till 10.30 am on the main part of my day project. However,  I often work 10 – 15 hours a day” 

This is the 9ft sample quilt.

Today – and I’ve been working on this project for 10 years.

My discipline is that I’ve set myself the task to work for 10 hours a day on my Bayeux Project for seven days a week.    Physically it’s demanding. Emotionally it’s exciting and to be really honest this quilt is  completely different to the sample piece. The first quilt that has bee n shown.

Its 236 feet of sheer delight for me.

Like many of you, I’m having a problem seeing the fine details so I have an appointment at the optician tomorrow.

Hours and hours of research.


Everything in my studio is designed to make working on the Bayeux easier.

This is the first quilt.


I’m sitting at the machine for long periods of time…. however, you will see very little of the appliqué stitches, this quilt is different, I’ve dyed and illustrated every single piece of appliqué and the dying is over the final stitching….

But I can’t show you. I can only show you the first quilt and the drawings and small samples.

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30 Comments Add yours

  1. Cathy says:

    Pam, you are so wonderfully inspired. I wish you good healthy and in particular excellent eyesight so that you can fulfil the enormous task you have set for yourself.
    I am proud to call you a fellow Australian even though I have lived in South Africa for many years.

  2. Barb Morgan says:

    Go Pam Go! Rooting for you!

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Thanks Barb….

  3. Carol says:

    Pam, it is going to be stunning. History, art, stitching all rolled into one. Love it!!! Thank you for sharing your journey on this masterpiece.

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Carol, you know the journey, and the joy is in the experience too.

  4. Linda Teufel says:

    If you don’t show the quilt then you could enter it in Quilt National! Then enter into the other contests.

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Oh, its too big for any quilt show… but it will be there.

  5. Noel Broomhall says:

    What an amazing task , & a huge work schedule – hope there are some necessary breaks & time out (for good behaviour!), and I think I have an idea of a huge amount of planning & related works have been done !!!! BenHur was never this big!!!
    With greatest admiration, appreciation for your generous sharing & lots of love,

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Noel, thank you. Its my Mount Everest, we all climb one in one way or another.

  6. Sharon Lee says:

    Incredible! I hope to see it one day! I signed up for your portrait class at Asilomar next spring. I hope I get it!

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Super Sharon

  7. Laroyce Coy says:

    Can’t wait to see the finished product.


    1. Pam Holland says:

      Laroyce, its taken a while but the end is near.

  8. I have just perused your blog. Fascinating writings, art, quilts! Thank you for sharing your talents!

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Thank you.

  9. Becky Peebles says:

    You will never be able to know the inspiration you are to us who have a passion to be creative and who are in our 60’s and now is our time. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Becky, thank you so much… Yes, it is our time.

  10. Wendy in Kennewick says:

    Thank you for your love of sharing and teaching! I have been hooked on your project since hearing you talk about it when you visited several years ago. I cannot wait to see your finished masterpiece!

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Not too long to go now Wendy.

  11. Candace Berry says:

    Thanks for sharing….we are all waiting to see the finished Bayeux tapestry.

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Candace, its a passion and I love working on it.

  12. eileenkny says:

    Pam, my college degree was in History, specifically British and Western European. I LOVE what you’re doing; I wish I could sit in the corner of your studio and just watch you create. I’d be very quiet, I promise.
    You are making the wheels in my brain start to spin. I may have to do some research!

  13. Charla says:

    I have changed my flight, my room reservations and all my plans for Houston just so I can attend your Bayeux lecture! Just cannot wait!

    1. Pam Holland says:

      OMG, thank you so much, make sure you come aup and chat.

      1. Charla says:

        Thank You! Will do! I even have a friend coming from Charleston, SC to attend this lecture and other friends will be with me too. Years ago in college I had both Art History classes and History of Textiles classes, that we “in depth” studied the Bayeux Tapestry. In 2014 I was lucky enough to spend the day there, did the tour 2x and then went to the needlework shop that specializes in the embroidery piece kits. I have read and read about this piece. So thrilled that you have done this quilt and will certainly come up for a chat!

      2. Pam Holland says:

        Thats wonderful Charla, I hope you enjoy the lecture. Just make yourself known at the event… Cheers Pam

  14. Karen Coombs says:

    Is the Bayeux project going to be ready for the Houston International Quilt Show in November? I don”t want to miss it.

  15. Stineke says:

    Great idea. I also share the art of old times. Looks really good! 👏👏👌

  16. You are amazing and an incredible encouragement to me, to keep on creating and not waste the days.

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Thank you, I check out your blog too and I love it.

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