Category Archives: nine-patch block

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


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




August, a quiet month – I don’t think so!

Traditionally we’re told August is quiet for patchwork and quilting, people on their holibobs and for some reason quilters tend to be keen gardeners (not me! my garden is a wildlife paradise!) and so August is a busy time in the garden. Not so at The Corner Patch, we seem to be just as busy as usual.

Although there are no formal classes – we give Chris a well earned rest (she’s a keen gardener, so she’s very busy!) We have our little stitchers coming to learn to sew on a Wednesday, we’re already into week 3 and this week we got the girls making ‘Drawstring bags’ They did really well and seem to be enjoying the classes…

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Wednesday’s Little Stitchers.

It also happened to be teacher Tracy’s birthday so we had cake – which you can imagine went down very well.

Jessica popped in on Saturday and because there was only her she was able to make a zipped pouch as well as her drawstring bag.

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I’ve also been teaching my ‘Absolute beginner’ quilters. Stephanie was at the layering stage and so next time we will start quilting. Sally has added her sashing, I love how using the dark purple really makes the centre square ‘pop’. Trudi has put her binding on and now has the task of hand sewing it down and then it’s finish, she’s going to gift it to her God daughter if she can bear to part with it !

Lyn has made her ‘Absolute beginner’ quilt and is now mastering ‘half-square triangles’ and ‘flying geese’ and making the ‘Boxed Star’ tablerunner, it requires some concentration at this stage, as it’s quite easy to get your pieces upside down and inside out, but Lyn patiently pinned and checked and double checked and we got there.

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Lyn’s table runner set out ready to sew together.

Ashley ‘borrowed’ the tables to lay her quilt out and trim the ‘crusts’ off ready to bind. It’s a gorgeous quilt she has made using a Moda layer cake and the quilting is beautiful, this is Ashley’s second quilt – I’m very impressed.

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Ashley trimming her quilt.

Next weeks diary looks just as busy, I need to find some time to make samples with the gorgeous fabrics that keep arriving. No rest for the wicked !

Until next time,                                                                                                                                                    Happy sewing  X


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.

Block of the Month

Saturday saw the first of Mays ‘Block of the Month’ this month Chris is teaching us the ‘Ohio Star’ (it’s her favourite block) A good block for practicing your quarter square triangles. the results looked fantastic…

Helen's Ohio Star

Helen’s Star

Tina's Ohio Star

Tina’s Block (sorry it’s a bit blurry)

Sandra's Ohio Star

Sandra’s star in a teacup setting

Judith's Ohio Star

Judith’s Star in a teacup

Last Saturday was the April Roll-over Quilt class and Chris was really putting the ladies to the test – 40 nine patch blocks, 6″ blocks at that, so cutting 1 1/2″ strips and after sewing the strips together, sub cutting them up into 1 1/2″ units – it certainly kept them quiet! The finished results were stunning…..

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Love the fabric used in Helen’s nine patch block, it seems to sparkle!

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Helen K’s in lovely Autumnal colours

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Jane’s block ready to join together

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Anthea’s block

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Alison’s block

Did you notice that those blocks where also in an ‘Ohio Star’ setting, I told you that it was Chris’s favourite!

I’m at a workshop with Jan Hassard on Sunday, organised by Staffordshire Patchwork & Quilters – ‘Dazzling Diamonds’ I’ll let you know how I get on.

Until next time                                                                                                                                                   Happy sewing x