Category Archives: colour

Block of the Month

Chris’s ‘Block of the Month’ this year is quite interesting she has added a little twist – in so much as she has created four versions of a block in various degrees of difficulty, from one suitable for beginners up to a quite difficult one with lots of pieces and seam matching!

February’s block’s moved on from January’s ‘Strips and Squares’ to adding in ‘Half Square Triangles’

The magic of these blocks became apparent with the different fabric placements – even the simplest version could look quite different. This is what I think fascinates me about patchwork, how the same pattern can look so different just with different colour and pattern placement.

The results look stunning I’m sure you’ll agree. I can hardly wait to see what March’s block looks like the combinations of ‘Nine Patch Stars’ are going to be a joy to behold I’m sure.


‘I’m useless with colour’.

This is a phrase I hear so often  – I actually don’t think it’s true.                                                      I’m of the opinion if you like the colours together then it will work and it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.

However, I thought that I would share my process for matching colour with you.

Barbara has signed up to the ‘Trip around the World’ class in April and she’d seen the ‘Summer breeze IV’ fabric from Moda and asked if I could help her choose the rest of the fabrics.

For ‘Trip around the World’ we need 10 fabrics, so by Barbara choosing the range she had, we had 4 to start with….


Two pretty florals with a tone on tone blue and yellow.

So firstly we looked at the blue, I suggested that we choose a shade darker and lighter


and the same with the yellow


I then suggest we had a contrasting colour and looking at the floral print, we chose a green in light and medium shade


So there you have it 10 fabrics chosen ready for what I think will be a stunning looking quilt.


My best advise to you would be – if you have a patterned fabric you love the colours of; use that to inspire your colour choices, you may not use the original fabric but you will have colours you like and that work together. Failing that come into the shop and I’ll love to help 🙂

Happy to Help

One of the things I love most about having my little shop is helping customers with their fabrics. I love fabric and colour (probably a good thing when you own a fabric shop!) and people often comment that I have a lovely selection and the shop is bright and colourful.

I also love teaching customers the basics of patchwork and quilting, it’s lovely to see them grow in confidence as the weeks go on and watch as they learn the different techniques. I always feel I’ve done a good job when they start to ask what they can do next, before they’ve finished their first project.

I have helped lots of ladies over last few years to learn the joy of patchwork and nearly all of them have continued to try other projects, some of them making new friendships along the way and forming their own little sewing groups that like to come and sew together at the shop. This gives me immense pleasure and makes me feel quite proud.

An example of this was just before Christmas, when I helped Heather to create a quilt for her son. She came to the shop to join one of our ‘Absolute Beginner’ course at the beginning of the year, and after completing that, she made a bag and a table runner and is really enjoying the fun that is patchwork.Heather had bought a panel with a picture of a wolf on it, but didn’t know what she wanted to do with it other than use it to make a quilt for her son who loves wolves. A friend gave her some fabrics that went with it and so we then started to work on a design. I chose ‘log cabin’ block and we chose rich browns and warm creams to compliment the colours in the panel and a deep teal blue and together we worked out a design. I decided it would be slightly easier to quilt is using the ‘quilt as you go’ method and so Heather made it in 3 sections.

I think you will agree she did a great jobheathers-wolf-quilt

and I know her son loved it.

We’re already starting on the next project – it involves ‘flying geese’ – watch this space!


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























Learning to sew

has to be one of the most satisfying things to achieve. Maybe I’m a bit biased but once you’ve learn to sew you can do so many thing from small craft projects, to dress making, soft furnishings and curtains and of course, my personnel favourite patchwork and quilting.

At The Corner Patch we always like to encourage people to have a go and come to our classes. At the end of July we give Chris a little rest and we don’t have any block of the month or technique classes until September, but I continue to teach my ‘Absolute beginner’s’ class and Stephanie has been this week to join her 9-patch blocks together with sashing strips

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I love the effect of the random squares in Steph’s blocks.

Sally chose a more regular pattern for her 9-patch blocks when she started her quilt this week.

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While she was getting to grips with cutting with a rotary cutter and ruler, I was also teaching her grand-daughter Bella how to use a sewing machine and we made a simple tote bag.

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I’m allowed to tell you that Bella is 6 – I was very impress with her concentration and she was very pleased with her finished bag.

We love teaching the youngsters they have no fear and just give it a go, they don’t worry if it’s not perfect first time and really enjoy being creative. As did our first group of ‘Little Stitches’ this week, we started with hand embroidery and made needle cases

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Alice, Lyla, Willow, Tilly, Rachel and Annie with their needle cases

As you can see they seem pretty pleased with what they’ve made.

Lucy came and did a bit of sewing while her Mum helped me in the shop, she’s going to make a quilt for her singing teacher’s new baby, isn’t that lovely.

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She’s chosen to use the Lecien Retro 30s  bunnies fabric I think it will look lovely and I look forward to seeing it develop.

Sandra has finished her bag that she has been making over the last few Wednesday evenings – its a pattern that is a free download from the Makower website. You can quite often get free patterns from the fabric manufacturers websites it’s always worth having a look.

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This bag is now on it’s way to America with Sandra and is going to be a gift for her friend who she is staying with. I feel sure her friend will be delighted with it, I know I would be.

Dazzling Diamonds

That was the title of the workshop with Jan Hassard organised by Staffordshire Patchwork & Quilters.

When they announced that they were having a workshop with Jan and it was on a Sunday I was thrilled – I don’t get the opportunity to do as many workshops as I used to now that I run the shop, and Jan’s talk at the SPQ monthly meeting was really inspiring, so I couldn’t wait!

Jan's quilt

The requirements list caused a bit of consternation – six 2″strips in six colours graduating in colour, phew! That’s a lot of fabric and a lot of cutting. Oh and we needed to have the 3 dark to medium and the 3 medium to light colours sewn together.

Now we had the requirements list a least a month ago, but Mrs. Last Minute here, was still sewing her strips together this morning before going to the workshop!

What a lovely day! it was such an enjoyable workshop. Jan talked us through the joining and organising our coloured ‘strata’ and then cutting the strips at a 60* angle to form the diamonds.

jan demonstrating how to cut a 60 degree strip


It took a while to get to grips with the process but once it ‘clicked’ we were really getting excited to see the pattern forming.

We’ve come away with several strips of diamonds, some even sewn together in pairs and the enthusiasm to get it finished. I can’t wait.

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My mum Kate checking the lay out of strips

So thank you Jan for a fabulous day and thank you Staffordshire Patchwork & Quilters for organising a Sunday workshop.

If you get the chance to do a Jan Hassard workshop, don’t delay, sign yourself up, you won’t regret it!