Category Archives: Block of the Month

Show and tell

Saturday saw the last of this months ‘Block of the Month’ classes. This month Chris has been teaching cutting strips and squares, using a rotary cutter and ruler. With four patterns to choose from the results have been fantastic.

Jessica has joined her Mum for this course, Jess is 13 and was one of our ‘little stitchers’ last Summer. It’s so lovely to see a young person really enjoy sewing and I’m sure we’ll see some fabulous things from Jess – she had a little play with one of her units in the afternoon and made it into a coaster.


Next month’s classes will be looking at half square triangles – I look forward to sharing the results with you.

A couple of weeks ago our Friday morning ‘Sew Social’ group had asked me if I’d show them how to do the ‘Trip around the World’ technique, which I was happy to do and this week we saw some near completed quilt tops.


Donna admires Sheila’s rainbow ‘Trip around the World’

Ruth was unsure of the lay-out for her quilt….

So we put it to the vote and decided on Option 2.

It’s the first Staffordshire Patchworker and Quilters meeting  of the new year on Thursday (2nd Feb) I will be the meetings trader, I shall be bringing lots of sale pieces so be prepared to grab some bargains,but if there’s anything you’d like me to bring please let me know, I’ll be happy to help.

Look forward to seeing you there.                                                                                                                  Jane x


New Year, New Classes…

Do you remember the excitement of starting a new year at school? That lovely feeling of opening a new exercise book and writing those first words (and did you always try to use your neatest writing?)

We have started our new ‘Block of the Month’ this week and our technique of the month ‘Frame Quilt’.

I’m incredibly lucky to have the support and encouragement of Chris Franses, she has 30 plus years experience in teaching patchwork and quilting, designs and writes quilt patterns and writes the monthly column ‘Wandering the Web’ for British Patchwork & Quilting magazine.                                                                                                                                      She has designed this years classes and the ‘Block of the Month’ is very clever. Chris has designed each monthly block so that can be made in four different skill levels – this means that anyone from beginners to accomplished stitchers can take part and can make as many of the versions as they wish.

This month’s block is an exercise in perfecting measuring and cutting techniques and making strips and squares.

As you can see the first two classes have been very productive.


The first ‘frame quilt’ class was all about design this month and Chris brought her EQ7 programme in and helped the ladies with colour and design ideas. I’m really looking forward to seeing them come to life.

Alison bought her quilt to show us – made from four of last years roll-over quilts


Alison is working on joining the others, which will something to look forward to.

Sheila had completed her 2016 ‘block of the month’ before Christmas because she was giving it as a gift


I’m sure you’ll agree it looks fabulous, Sheila’s quilted it beautifully.

I can’t wait to sharing more of last years completed projects with you and results from this years classes.

Block of the Month – Sashing Star

So here we are – the final piece to finishing your quilt top – the sashing, I’ve added triangles to the corners of each strip and when you add a square, gives the effect of stars in the middle of the quilts sashing.

Sashing strips

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Download your final pattern here

Please let me see what you have been making.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas                                                                                                                      Jane

Block of the Month – Block 9

Are you ready for the final of the 9 blocks that make up this Rainbow Star Quilt?

This month’s block is called ‘Interwoven Star’ and it uses a technique called ‘foundation piecing’ but you can use templates, if you’re not keen on foundation piecing.

Interwoven Star

The download for the pattern is here

I love this block and the effect it creates

and look at this fabulous table runner Meg made using 3 interwoven star blocks

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Next month we will look at the sashing stars to join your blocks and finish your quilt.

Until next time,                                                                                                                                                    Happy sewing,                                                                                                                                                    Jane

Block of the Month – Block 8

How are you getting on? Don’t forget I’d really love to see what you are up to.

This Month’s block is ‘LeMoyne Star’.

LeMoyne Star

This block is not as complicated as it may first look, but it does require concentration as you have mirror images. But you can have fun with shaded fabrics to get some interesting results.

Download your pattern here.

Until next time,                                                                                                                                                   Happy sewing,                                                                                                                                                      Jane

Block of the Month – Block 8

OK – back to the blocks again now. This month’s is ‘Square within a Square’.

Square within a Square Star

It’s a little bit similar to the ‘Four-patch Star’ but a different centre.

Download your pattern here

You might recognise this star as being The Corner Patch logo, I have to admit it is one of my favourites.

Here are few examples to give you some ideas


Bet you can’t wait for next month’s block !

Until next time                                                                                                                                                     Happy Sewing,                                                                                                                                                          Jane




Block of the Month – Block 7

this month’s block is actually a block, it’s the border star that goes around each of the blocks you have already made and the rest of the blocks you will make.

I have left until now because by now you will be confident with ‘flying geese’ and ‘half square triangle’ units and that’s what the ‘border star’ is made up of.

Border Star

Please download your pattern here

you can really play around with shading on this block. I made my border stars in different colours for each block, but some of the ladies chose to use all the same shades and a few used all the same fabric, the possibilities are endless.

Don’t forget to show me how you’re getting on, I’d love to see what you’re doing.

Happy sewing,                                                                                                                                                     Jane