Category Archives: Four-patch block

Where has it gone?

This year is flying by, isn’t it? I’m finding it hard to believe that it’s July already.

Mind you, I am enjoying this lovely weather, are you? I know its a bit too warm for some and you don’t feel like doing much, but I do think it lightens peoples mood, we all seem more cheerful on the sunshine, don’t we.

July means Christmas here at the shop – I know – I’ve mentioned the ‘C’ word, but the fabrics are starting to arrive and there’s nothing like being prepared, is there?                     So to make room, we’re having a sale on the 7th July – it takes quite a bit of preparation and half of me wants to put it all into the sale and start again – sometimes I think it would be nice to have a blank slate and start again, but I’m not sure I would do anything differently!(maybe not order quite so much!)

We had our first Quilt Retreat last weekend – it was a lovely time – a lot of work and time went into preparing for it but we had such fun and everyone went home with some fabulous quilt tops finished or with ideas with how they were going to be. It’s a lovely feeling when something that you’ve thought about comes together and goes well. Everyone left asking if we were going to do it again – we’re looking at dates, so watch this space!

I’d better get back to sewing some of the Christmas samples, before the workshop get too hot …..

Stay cool until next time, Happy sewing x


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.

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 – 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 6


this month’s block is the ‘Four patch Star’

Four patch Star

similar to last months but using a four patch unit in the middle.

Click here for your pattern.

Here are some examples to give you inspiration..

lots of ideas there.

Happy sewing,                                                                                                                                                      Jane


Block of the Month – Block 5

Here is the fifth block of the series, the ‘Quarter Square Star’.

Quarter Square Star

Click here for the pattern.

You can have lots of fun by changing the colours in the centre ‘quarter square triangle’ unit and forming different patterns, here are a few examples from our class….

I hope you enjoy making this block, don’t forget I’d love to see what your making.

Happy sewing,                                                                                                                                                      Jane