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Joanna Kent Editor

Wow, what a summer we have been having! I’m really hoping that the weather will have broken by the time you are reading this; not only is this hot weather not conducive to quilting, well for me at least seeing as my sewing room is my conservatory, but also my poor allotment is suffering greatly! Quilting is a winter hobby to some extent, although there is a certain pleasure in taking some hand work into the garden to sew in the evenings at the moment. I’ve even been known to pull out an extension cord and take my sewing machine onto the patio! We’ve got a packed issue this month with lots of projects to inspire you once the weather starts cooling down, not least a couple of Christmas quilt projects as we know the new Christmas fabric ranges are only available for a short time and often not in the run up to Christmas. The Hygge Christmas quilt from Lewis & Irene has a lovely cosy soft backing to it, while the Scandi Row Quilt featuring this year’s Scandi collection from Makower is just stunning. Liberty fabrics continue to be so popular and I don’t think people’s love of them will ever die so we are delighted to feature the Starry Irish Chain quilt from Liberty specialists, Alice Caroline. We make a couple more block units in Stuart Hillard’s Mystery Quilt while Naomi Clarke has made a wonderful quilt using the house template in Butterfly Dance Houses. Another lovely quilt is Dear Sweetheart and the Clamshell Tote Bag is a stylish bag which is nice and roomy for trips out. We take a retrospective look back over the last ten years’ exhibitions at the Welsh Quilt Centre in Nos Da/Goodnight and we also meet Susan Lax in Meet a Quilter. You might recognise her work if you don’t recognise her name. Greta Fitchett shows us how to make Inchies to decorate items and Stuart has another great block for us in Stashbusting. We find out about Kerry Foster’s First and Last Quilts and meet the Second Revolution Quilters in Introducing. Happy Quilting!

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14 STARRY IRISH CHAIN Piecing Alice Caroline Garrett

52 SCANDI ROW QUILT Piecing and foundation piecing Lynne Goldsworthy

24 CLAMSHELL TOTE BAG Appliqué and piecing Michelle Roberts

58 HYGGE CHRISTMAS Piecing Sally Ablett

34 BUTTERFLY DANCE HOUSES EPP Naomi Clarke 40 DEAR SWEETHEART Piecing Edyta Sitar/Hilary Gooding 48 MYSTERY QUILT Part 2 Stuart Hillard

FEATURES 20 MEET A QUILTER Susan Lax Joanna O’Neill 30 NOS DA/GOODNIGHT! A retrospective look Sheilah Daughtree


FABULOUS FABRICS Fabrics to inspire

10 RETAIL THERAPY What’s in the shops and from suppliers 12 PRODUCT REVIEW See what our testers think of a new product 64 STASHBUSTING with Stuart Hillard 66 COLOUR ME QUILT ME Try out colour schemes and quilting designs for some of our projects 84 GIVEAWAYS AND WINNERS Your chance to win!

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68 BOOK REVIEWS Recommended reading

82 WONDERFUL WORKSHOPS Classes for you

70 EXHIBITIONS What’s on

94 SHOW & TELL Your letters and quilts

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76 FIRST AND LAST My quilts Kerry Foster

98 COMING NEXT MONTH A glimpse at what’s coming up

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TECHNIQUE 44 INCHIES Mixed techniques Greta Fitchett 86 IN A NUTSHELL A guide to the basics of patchwork and quilting

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FABRIC This month we get inspiration from autumn!


Sam and Sally, Lewis & Irene’s cut out scarecrow dolls, accompany their harvest themed collection. Inspired by tall fields full of corn, the designs feature some friendly scarecrows along with some sweet little friends hiding in the flowery pumpkin vines… For stockist information visit

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JUST FOR YOU // fabulous fabric


On the far eastern side of Lake Superior you’ll find Maple Island just off the Canadian shore. Tree-lined paths lead down to the water, creating a canopy overhead. In the Fall, the colours are brilliant. The oak and maple trees colour the island in spectacular shades of red, gold, orange and green. They hope they have conveyed the feel of this small, wondrous place with the fabric line they have designed for you. By Bunny Hill Designs for Moda, this collection has a wonderfully autumnal feel and there is a lovely kit for you too! For stockist information visit


JUST FOR YOU // fabulous fabric

AUTUMN LOVE Riley Blake Designs introduces Autumn Love from Bee in my Bonnet by Lori Holt. This seasonal collection of autumnal shades is perfect for all sorts of projects requiring a warmer palette. Ditsy flowers, words, tiny cross stitches, a plaid and a whole range of other small patterns are ideal for patchwork. There is also an acorn runner! We loved the colours too, with teals and oranges, blues, reds, yellows and greens, there really is something for everyone. Want to sew along? Then visit Lori’s blog which started 20 August at For stockist information visit  

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Designed by Sarah Watson for Cloud9 Fabrics, this varied collection uses only 100% certified organic cotton in the manufacturing of their base cloths and eco-responsible low impact dyes for printing and dyeing. For a modern spin on autumn, florals are partnered with herringbone and circles along with a wetlands image with wading birds. In a subtle palette of pale pink wa y • and blues with dashes of navy, fuschia and gi ea iv mustard this range also has a couple of canvas designs to match.


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Roll & Press does just that! Simply apply to straight, curved or paper-pieced seams and press as you roll. The ergonomically designed handle ensures a strong grip to give you a steady hand. Ideal for those who struggle to fingerpress. The RRP is £14.60. To find your local stockist email


Therapy Bringing you news of what’s available in our shops, online and by mail order. This month we take a look at some new products on the market.


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v Lightweight and comfortable to wear, these bright and light thimbles are available in packs of two. Coloured so they are easy to find in your sewing kit, they will help protect you and your sewing. For further ideas and inspiration visit the YouTube Channel: Hemlineinternational. Hemline products are available nationwide from haberdashery, knitting and craft stockists.

The RRP is £2.30. For stockist information email


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The RRP is £6.50 inc UK p&p. To order visit or send a cheque (payable to C and G Lawther) to 100 Winston Avenue, Worthing, West Sussex, BN14 7PS.


Gail is well known for her fun and colourful quilts created using a variety of quick and easy techniques. In this great booklet, one of the first of the Quick Quilts collection, she turns her attention to bugs and has designed a series of mini quilts celebrating them! A cross between a pattern and a technique book, you can create beautiful butterflies, moths, beetles and busy bees.

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REGULAR // product review


DIAMOND CUT, A Girl’s Best Friend Cut perfect 60° diamonds every time. This plastic diamond cutting ruler from June Tailor Inc. helps you to cut from 1" – 6" diamonds in ¼" increments without measuring using your 45mm rotary cutter and rotary cutting mat. Detailed instructions are included with the ruler or watch the video on on how to use this clever tool.

We asked for some willing quilting volunteers via our Facebook page, to test out the product for us, review and record their findings. This is what they had to say… ‘Having only previously used rulers I was a little daunted initially. I read the instructions, watched the YouTube video and re-read the instructions. I cut 2½" diamonds first. A 45mm cutter blade worked the best. Perfect results. The instructions for ¼ and ¾ increments looked tougher but once you understood the process - simple. I tried smaller cuts with 1" and 1½". Again, precise cutting. The ruler is simple to work out and easy to use with accurate results each time. If you require 1½" diamonds, cut your strip of fabric 1½" wide and so on. The only issue I had was my counting skills with ¼ and ¾ increments meaning that sometimes I cut incorrectly. If you require 1", 2", 3" and ½" increment diamonds it is easier to see the markings on the ruler. I did notice that when I first started using the ruler I placed the fabric on the ruler edge but it was easier to cut if you placed your fabric in the middle of the ruler, especially for the smaller diamonds. You didn’t need to apply so much pressure with the cutter.’ Heidi Rosser

‘I wasn’t sure how to use the Diamond ruler to start with. It is made of a thinner plastic than normal rulers and has slots cut in it at the correct angle for cutting diamonds. You slot your cutter into the slot and cut upward across the fabric. You can change the size of the diamond you get by choosing a different slot to cut up. I was a bit worried that the plastic wouldn’t last with the sharp blade of the cutter but so far, it’s been fine. I can’t wait to start an all over diamond quilt now I have this useful gadget!’ Edna Stone

‘They say Diamonds are a girl’s best friend! Well they can be if you use the new Diamond Cut template from June Tailor. It cuts diamond shapes from 1" to 5" in quarter inch increments with complete accuracy. I must admit I was completely baffled when trying to read and interpret the instructions and diagrams. All fell into place when I used the recommended YouTube link and actually watched the video clip showing how to use it. (I’m obviously a ‘visual learner’.) I also had to refer to YouTube to learn how to piece diamonds together having never sewn with them before. Once the instructions are mastered it will have many uses. I am already inspired to use the template to make a quick and easy quilt. Pieced diamond shapes would make an excellent border on a quilt.’ Christine Askew

For more information and details of where to buy the Diamond Cut ruler visit or phone 0116 271 0033.

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PROJECT // starry irish chain


STARRY IRISH CHAIN This beautiful quilt features wonderful fabrics from Liberty. Designed and made by Alice Caroline Garrett

Size: 54" x 82"

Block: 8" square


30cm, 12 Assorted Liberty prints*

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75cm White 60cm Light grey 40cm Blue – inner border* 75cm Pink – outer border* 50cm Pink – binding* 60" x 90" Wadding (twin size) 3m Backing

*See end of project for supplier information. Note Liberty fabric WOF is 54".

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PROJECT // starry irish chain


PROJECT // starry irish chain


dia. 1. Half Square Triangle units

Cut across width of fabric. 1. From each Liberty print cut: two, 2½" strips sub cut into: ten, 2½" x 10½" strips, two, 5¾" squares, two, 2½" x 8" strips. 2. From white cut: two, 5¾" strips sub cut into: twelve, 5¾" squares, one, 4½" strip sub cut into: eight, 4½" squares, four, 2½" strips sub cut into: eight, 2½" x 10½" strips, eight, 2½" x 8" strips. 3. From light grey cut: two, 5¾" strips sub cut into: eleven, 5¾" squares, one, 4½" strip sub cut into: seven, 4½" squares, two, 2½" strips sub cut into: eight, 2½" x 10½" strips. 4. From blue cut: five, 2" strips – inner border. 5. From pink cut: six, 4" strips – outer border. 6. From pink cut: six, 2¼" strips – binding.

a. Stitch ¼" seam each side of both diagonal lines

b. Cut squares apart

dia. 2. Join HSTs

a. Flying Geese unit

b. Add HSTs to each end

STAR BLOCKS 1a. Take one, 5¾" white square and draw two lines across square along both diagonals. b. Place square right sides together with one, 5¾" Liberty square and stitch ¼" seam each side of both lines, dia. 1a. c. Cut squares apart along diagonal lines and keeping pieces together, cut through centre of square horizontally and vertically, dia. 1b.

d. Open out each unit and press seam towards darker fabric. e. Trim each Half Square Triangle (HST) unit so it measures 2½" square, dia. 1c. f. Squares will yield eight, HST units. 2. Repeat with remaining 5¾" white squares and eleven different Liberty fabrics to make total of ninety six, HST units. 3a. Take two, HST units made from different Liberty prints and join units together to make one, Flying Geese unit, dia. 2a. b. Repeat to make total of thirty two, Flying Geese units. 4a. Take one, Flying Geese unit and join two, HST units to opposite ends of Flying Geese unit, dia. 2b. b. Choose HST units made from different Liberty prints. c. Make second pieced strip in similar manner. 5a. Take two, Flying Geese units and join to opposite sides of one, 4½" white square, dia. 3a.

illust. 1. White star block

illust. 2. Grey star block


Use ¼" seam allowance throughout

c. HST unit

dias. 3. Block assembly a. Add Flying Geese units

b. Complete block

b. Add pieced strips to top and bottom edges to complete star block, dia. 3b. c. Block should measure 8½" square, illust. 1. 6. Repeat to make eight, white star blocks in total. 7a. Repeat step 1 with 5¾" light grey squares and eleven, 5¾" Liberty squares to make total of eighty eight, grey/ Liberty HST units. Note only eighty four units are needed for blocks. b. Follow steps 3 to 5 to make seven, grey/Liberty star blocks, illust. 2. PIECED SASHING STRIPS 1a. Take four different 2½" x 10½" Liberty strips and join strips together along their length, dia. 4a. b. Cross cut joined strips into four, 2½" cross cut slices, dia. 4b. 2a. Repeat to make seven more strip sets choosing Liberty strips at random and cross cut to make total of thirty two, four-square Liberty slices.

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PROJECT // starry irish chain

b. Set two, four-square Liberty slices to one side. 3a. Take further four, 2½" x 10½" Liberty strips and join strips together along their length as before. b. Add two, 2½" x 10½" white strips to opposite ends of strip set. c. Cross cut joined strips into four, 2½" cross cut slices, dia. 4c. 4. Repeat to make further three strip sets and sixteen, cross cut slices in total. 5a. Take two, four-square Liberty slices and join to opposite sides of one, white/ Liberty star block. b. Add two, white/Liberty cross cut slices to top and bottom edges of block, dia. 5. 6. Repeat to make total of eight, whitecornered star blocks. 7a. Repeat step 3 but add two, 2½" x 10½" light grey strips to opposite ends of joined strips and cross cut joined strips as before to make total of sixteen, cross cut slices. b. Set two slices to one side, one of which is not needed. 8a. Join two, four-square Liberty slices to opposite sides of each grey/Liberty star block and add two, grey/Liberty cross cut slices to top and bottom edges in similar manner to make one, greycornered star block. b. Repeat to make seven grey-cornered star blocks in total.

dia. 4. Four-square slices

b. Four-square slice

a. Join strips dia. 5. Add cross cut slices

c. Cross cut slices dia. 6. Six-square slices

a. Join strips

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dia. 7. Sashing sections a. Join strips


1a. Take six, 2½" x 10½" Liberty strips and join strips together along their length as before, dia. 6a. b. Cross cut joined strips into four, 2½" cross cut slices, dia. 6b. 2. Repeat to make total of twenty four, cross cut slices. 3a. Take grey/Liberty cross cut slices set aside in step 7b above and unpick two Liberty squares from strip. b. Join squares to one, four-square Liberty strip set aside in step 2b earlier. c. Repeat with remaining two Liberty squares in strip and add these to second four-square Liberty strip set aside earlier. d. You should now have twenty six, sixsquare Liberty slices. 4a. Take six, 2½" x 8" Liberty strips and join strips together along their length. b. Add two, 2½" x 8" white strips to opposite ends of joined strips, dia. 7a. c. Cross cut joined strips into three, 2½" cross cut slices, dia. 7b. d. Repeat to make twelve, cross cut slices in total.

b. Cross cut slices

5a. Take two, cross cut slices and join these to opposite ends of one, sixsquare Liberty slice made in step 1 to make one sashing strip, dia. 8. b. Make six sashing strips in total. 6a. Take two, six-square Liberty slices and join these to opposite sides of one, white star block, dia. 9a. b. Repeat with a second white star block. c. Add sashed white star blocks to opposite sides of one, grey star block, dia. 9b. 7. Repeat to make three, white/grey/ white rows.

8a. Join two, six-square Liberty slices to opposite sides of one, grey star block. b. Repeat with a second grey star block. c. Add sashed grey star blocks to opposite sides of one, white star block. d. Make a second grey/white/grey row in similar manner. 9a. Refer to quilt layout and arrange star rows alternately. b. Alternate each star row with one, sashing strip. c. Join star rows and sashing strips together to complete quilt centre which should measure 44½" x 72½".


PROJECT // starry irish chain

dia. 8. Sashing strip

dia. 9. Assemble rows

b. Join blocks a. Join six-square strips to opposite sides

10a. Take three, 2" blue strips and join strips together end to end. b. Sub cut joined strips into two, 2" x 72½" strips. c. Adjust length of strips to fit your quilt as necessary. d. Add strips to opposite sides of quilt. 11. Trim remaining strips so they measure 2" x 47½" and add to top and bottom edges of quilt top. 12. Take 4" pink strips and add to quilt in similar manner, trimming joined strips to two, 4" x 75½" side borders and two, 4" x 54½" strips for top and bottom borders.


1a. Make quilt sandwich with quilt top, wadding and binding. b. Pin or baste layers. 2. Quilt as desired. 3. Double bind edges with 2¼" pink binding strips. 4. Add a label. Enjoy!


Alice Caroline specialise in Liberty fabrics and this quilt features fabrics that are exclusive to the shop. For more information and to order visit Watch out for a new project coming in early 2019 featuring their latest exclusive Liberty Rainbow collection.

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Quilt layout

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REGULAR // meet a quilter


Susan Lax


Region 15E of The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles – the cold, remote, North East region that includes Durham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Berwick-upon-Tweed – holds an exhibition of members’ work every two years at Belsay Hall; an empty and echoing stately home managed by English Heritage. The ground floor, normally bare and brown, becomes filled with colour as quilts from double bed size to miniatures are displayed and visitors to the Hall always express astonishment and admiration for the skill on show. I am a North East Guild member and found myself at Belsay standing in front of a small wall hanging depicting a knight in armour on a rearing white horse, and while the precision of the appliqué was impressive what really caught my attention was that the horse was correct. I know a bit about horses and am always disappointed when they appear in illustrations or craft work with anatomical defects, but there were no such issues here. All the joints worked perfectly and the pose was balanced and realistic. The maker of this hanging was Susan Lax and when I met Susan, it quickly became clear why her knight’s charger looked so good. Susan, like me, is a horsewoman as well as a quilter, but unlike me, her enthusiasm for horses led directly to her first choosing to pick up a needle.

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Like most of us, Susan was taught basic needlework at school and she told me she loathed it. Her mother, who sewed and knitted, had to finish knitting her obligatory tea cosy on her behalf and Susan abandoned the subject in favour of chemistry as soon as she could. But as a small child Susan collected model horses and when she decided they needed stable rugs, she asked her grandmother, an early member of the Embroiderers’ Guild, to make some for her. ‘No, dear,’ came the reply. ‘But I’ll show you how to make them yourself.’ Felt was cut to shape and edged with blanket stitch or bias binding and Susan enjoyed her first positive experience of needlework.

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Detail, ‘Fantasy Garden’ LEFT: Detail, ‘Knight in Shining Armour’ ‘Knight in Shining Armour’, 26” square (2014)

Family heirloom purse which inspired ‘Fantasy Garden’

‘Fantasy Garden’, 56” x 38” (2010) LEFT: ‘Perseverance’, 43” square. Overall Champion, Best in Theme, Best Machine Quilting, Best Appliqué at the Great Northern Quilt Show 2015

Detail, ‘Perseverance’ RIGHT: Bed Quilt


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‘Mirror, Mirror....’, 31” square (2006) ‘York Tile Silhouette’, 42” square (2013)

‘Summer Meadow’, 34” x 42” (2012)

LEFT: ‘Fiesta’, 43” square (2011)

RIGHT: ‘Lindisfarne Castle’, 32” x 26” (2006) During the 1970s and ‘80s, Susan began to make clothes and also to hand piece hexagon bedspreads and quilts from leftover scraps. She remembers the BBC programme ‘Discovering Patchwork’ and that she would use any fabric she could find, from poly-cotton to curtain linings. She joined The Quilters’ Guild in the 1990s, and over the years moved slowly away from piecing – at which she says she was never very good – towards appliqué, which became, and remains, her favourite technique. After taking early retirement, Susan found herself able to give more time, energy and focus to quilting and in the years that followed she joined no fewer than three quilting groups, including one for which entry is by invitation only and one for textile artists rather than purely traditional quilters. It was through her membership of The Quilters’ Guild that Susan first submitted a quilt to the Great Northern Quilt Show, known locally simply as ‘Harrogate’, after she and her fellow members realised that without quilters such as themselves entering work there would be no show at all (and how true this is, right across the country). To her great pleasure, she earned a rosette, the first of very many. ‘I’m not competitive,’ Susan told me. ‘I don’t make quilts with a competition in mind. But if I get halfway through and think it might be worth showing, I’ll take extra care to see that the details are all good.’ And the rosettes mounted up. Best Small Wall Hanging; Best Large Wall Hanging; Best Theme Quilt; Best Machine Appliqué as well as many Judge’s Choice awards; and in 2006 and 2015, the coveted Overall Champion prize. Susan does not sell her work and although she has given

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pieces to family and friends, most are kept. Many quilts had been brought out when I visited her home, either on walls or beds or piled on the table for me to see. Susan’s inspiration comes from many varied sources, usually the designs and patterns of other cultures and centuries which Susan alters, adapts and arranges to suit her purpose. She has long been a keen photographer and has several thousand images stored on her computer. ‘Fantasy Garden’, in which a splendid peacock is surrounded by delicate flowers reminiscent of medieval ‘mille-fleurs’ tapestries, was inspired by intricate metal thread embroidery on a family heirloom purse; and ‘Perseverance’, the exquisite blue and white quilt that won Best in Theme, Best Machine Quilting, Best Appliqué, a Judge’s Choice and Overall Champion at the Great Northern Quilt Show in 2015, was inspired by a French china plate. The knight on horseback that had caught my eye originated from an ancient needlework design – ‘I altered and redrew it,’ Susan said, ‘but the spark came from that’. Most of Susan’s quilts are modest in size, partly because, as she pointed out, there is a limit to how much wall space is available for displaying them! ‘I’m frugal too,’ she admitted to me. ‘If one works to a basic 40" square, then backing fabric can be used at full width with no waste.’ The pile of quilts included many smaller pieces too, though, right down to journal quilt size. ‘I’ve made table mats and cushions, bags, book covers, postcards and ATCs (artists’ trading cards),’ Susan told me. She has also made full size bed quilts, in particular the beautiful one I photographed during my visit. This had been densely machine quilted partly in response to the statement Susan has so often overheard:

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‘I’d love to make a large quilt but I would have to get it longarm quilted’. ‘Just not true!’ Susan said. ‘It is perfectly possible to complete a bed quilt single handed on an ordinary domestic sewing machine, so I did.’ Since choosing Husqvarna for her first sewing machine because the shop salesman showed her it would easily sew leather, Susan has happily stayed with the brand. That original machine, chocolate brown in colour, has long gone and Susan currently uses the Quilt Designer 2, her third sewing machine, which she describes as ‘a ten year ‘Flowers from Arabia’, 41” x 54” (2013) ‘Postcard from Venice’, 35” square (2013) old computerised machine with embroidery facilities that I don’t use’. While the throat space on Inktense pencils with fabric medium, and has even made this machine is generous compared with similar models of its furniture. But she is not a butterfly and tends to keep going on generation, it is smaller than many current models. a project until it is finished before starting another. Exceptions to this are the quick Linus Project quilts she makes from time One of Susan’s concerns is that many novice quilters believe it to time and the hand appliqué work that she takes to group is necessary to spend a small fortune on specialist equipment, meetings, which can take years to complete because they are when really all that is needed is a rotary cutter and a ruler only worked on there. or two (Susan still has only two basic quilting rulers), and a simple sewing machine. Susan’s quiltmaking takes place in With so many prizewinning quilts surrounding us, I had to ask what would otherwise be a spare bedroom, equipped with whether Susan had suffered any howling errors – surely these a desk for her computer and a table for sewing. I asked her happen to all of us, don’t they? Susan pulled a wry face. ‘I did what other specialist equipment she uses. ‘Sadly, my reading once make a Baltimore quilt by hand, in traditional Baltimore spectacles!’ she admitted, but then added, ‘Although I would colours,’ she said. ‘I prewashed all the fabrics as I always do, hate to be without my light boxes.’ She has two: an A4 size and but when one of the blocks accidentally became a bit grubby an A2, which have superseded her original homemade one. I washed it and was horrified to find all the colours ran!’ Why that should happen is hard to understand, but it was a Making what she needs is not unusual. ‘I have a low boredom salutary lesson: ‘Just that the fabrics don’t run when you first threshold’, she said, as she told me that she loves dyeing her wash them doesn’t mean they won’t run when you wash them own fabric and fabric painting too, including using Derwent’s another time.’ Susan Sewing

On my way out I couldn’t resist commenting on the canvaswork embroidery that shared wall space with Susan’s quilts. There were bell pulls, cushions and framed pictures, mostly small gauge tent stitch but also Florentine stitch. ‘Some of these are mine,’ Susan said, ‘but most were worked by my father.’ A family of needleworkers, then. LEFT: ‘A Bird in Paradise’, 19” x 23” (2017)


Joanna O’Neill is available for talks and workshops. For more information and to contact her, visit her website LEFT: Hand dyed fabrics drying in Susan’s garden


PROJECT // clamshell tote bag


CLAMSHELL TOTE BAG This delightful tote bag is a great size for a trip to the beach or the park during this glorious summer Designed and made by Michelle Roberts

Size: 16" x 18" REQUIREMENTS

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50cm Black Forest on natural canvas – outer bag 50cm Freja Rose – lining 50cm Freja turquoise canvas – handles Fat quarter turquoise, navy and raspberry 50cm Medium weight wadding (Vlieseline H280) Fat quarter lightweight iron-on interfacing (Vlieseline H200) 9" Zip Thick paper or card Glue pen

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PROJECT // clamshell tote bag


PROJECT // clamshell tote bag

illust. 1. Make clamshells

illust. 2. Join clamshells into rows

illust. 3. Appliqué clamshells

a. First and second rows


1. From Black Forest on natural canvas cut: one, 18" x 40" rectangle. 2. From lining cut: one, 18" x 37¾" rectangle. 3. From turquoise canvas cut: two, 4" x 29½" strips. 4. From navy cut: one, 9" x 14" rectangle. 5. From wadding cut: one, 17½" x 37¼" rectangle. 6. From interfacing cut: one, 9" x 14" rectangle.


1a. Trace clamshell template given full size on Pattern Sheet twenty times onto thick paper or card. b. Using template as a guide cut out total of twenty fabric clamshells from turquoise, navy, raspberry and Freja turquoise canvas, adding a scant ¼" seam allowance on all edges. 2a. Baste top curved edge of each clamshell using glue pen, illust. 1.

b. Add bottom row

b. If you prefer, tack top edge. 3a. Arrange clamshells into three rows with seven clamshells in top and bottom rows and six clamshells in middle row. b. Stitch clams together in their rows by hand, stitching with a few tiny stitches, illust. 2. 4a. Draw a small line ½" up from very tip of clamshells in top row. b. Take 18" x 40" Black Forest rectangle and arrange top row of clamshells along one, 40" edge of rectangle so that this ½" mark is 4" from edge of rectangle. Pin or tack in place. c. Appliqué curved edges by hand, removing paper templates as you work. d. Add second row of clamshells, illust. 3a. e. Add bottom row of clamshells and then trim rectangle so it measures 18" x 37¾", illust. 3b. f. Make a note of how seams will match up, noting that ½" seam allowance will be added to seams.


1. Take 9" x 14" interfacing rectangle, and following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse rectangle to wrong side of 9" x 14" navy rectangle. 2a. On interfacing side draw horizontal line 1" from top edge of rectangle. b. Add second horizontal line ⅜" below this line. c. Mark 1" in from each side and then draw a third horizontal line in centre of drawn rectangle. d. Mark the triangles at each end, illust. 4a. 3a. Fold 18" x 37¾" lining in half to find centre which will form one side of bag. Mark centre point if wished. b. Open out lining rectangle and place fused rectangle with navy side right sides together with lining rectangle so it is centred on one half of lining rectangle and approx. 3" from top edge. c. Stitch around rectangle drawn on interfacing, illust. 4b. d. Using sharp scissors, cut along centre horizontal line and adjacent sides of triangles, illust. 4c. 4a. Fold fused navy rectangle over and stitch ⅛" from top edge, starting and stopping stitching ¼" before marked triangles, illust. 4d.

EDITOR'S TIP Mark these points on lining before stitching as it makes it easier to work out where to start and stop stitching. b. Repeat by flipping up bottom piece of navy fabric, illust. 4e. 5. Pass navy rectangle through the gap and press, illust. 4f and illust. 4g. 6a. Place zip face down on right side of navy rectangle and pin in position, illust. 5a.

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PROJECT // clamshell tote bag

illust. 4. Zipped pocket

a. Mark zip position

b. Stitch marked rectangle

c. Cut along lines

d. Top stitch top edge

b. Turn over and using a zipper foot, stitch around edge of zip, illust. 5b. 7. Fold navy rectangle in half and ensuring lining fabic is out of the way, stitch along the three open edges to create pocket, illust. 6. 8a. Fold lining rectangle in half again right sides together and stitch down side seam using ½" seam allowance. b. Leave 6" turning gap unstitched. c. Press seam open. d. Ensuring pocket is in place, stitch along bottom edge with ½" seam allowance, illust. 7. illust. 5. Add zip

a. Pin zip in position

b. Stitch zip in place illust. 6. Fold pocket rectangle in half and stitch open edges


1a. Take outer bag rectangle and using clamshell template, draw curves on outer bag above appliquéd clamshells with removable fabric marker, illust. 8a. b. Make quilt sandwich with outer bag and 17½" x 37¼" wadding rectangle. c. Pin or baste layers. 2. Quilt outer bag, illust 8b. 3a. Take 4" x 29½" turquoise canvas strips and fold strips in half, right sides together. b. Stitch along length of strips with ¼" seam allowance and then turn strips right sides out. c. Adjust strips so seam is centred down one side and press flat, illust. 9. 4a. Fold outer bag in half, right sides together and stitch side seam with ½" seam allowance. b. Press seam open. 5a. Refold outer bag so that side seam is sitting approx. 3" along and stitch along bottom edge with ½" seam allowance, illust. 10a. b. Pull out base and mark a line 3" from corner. c. Stitch along line and trim excess fabric leaving ½" seam allowance. d. Repeat with opposite corner to create base of bag, illust. 10b. 6. Make base of bag with lining rectangle in same way. 7a. Take handles and position ends evenly at top of bag on each side. b. Pin in place, illust. 11a. illust. 8. Outer bag

e. Bottom edge illust. 7. Stitch side and bottom edges of lining

a. Mark quilting lines f. Push pocket rectangle through opening

g. From lining side

b. Quilting detail from wadding side


PROJECT // clamshell tote bag

illust. 9. Make handles

illust. 10. Shape outer bag

illust. 11. Assemble bag

a. Realign side seam and stitch bottom edge

a. Pin handles in position

b. Make bag base

b. Place outer bag inside lining, right sides together

8a. With right sides together, insert outer bag inside lining and pin top edges together. b. Join bag pieces together along top edge with ½" seam allowance taking care to ensure handles are out of the way of stitching and that pocket is centred on one side, illust. 11b. c. Turn bag right side out through turning gap. d. Slip stitch gap closed and push lining inside outer bag. e. Add line of top stitching around top edge to complete bag. Enjoy! Michelle would like to thank RJR Fabrics, Gutermann and Lady Sew and Sew for supplying the fabrics, threads, wadding and interfacing used in this project.


To see more of Michelle’s work visit her website or follow her on social media @creativeblonde66

Complete bag

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FEATURE // nos da/goodnight

Nos Da/Goodnight


Over the last ten years, Jen Jones has dedicated her life and knowledge to bringing an understanding of Welsh quilts and quilt makers to the wider world. The beautiful old Town Hall in Lampeter, West Wales, bought and lovingly restored by Jen and her husband Roger in 2009, has housed ten brilliant exhibitions over that time. They have explored every aspect of Welsh Quilting from the 1840s to 1940s and sometimes a little beyond. The heyday of Welsh quilting was between 1880 and 1940, when it came to an end with the start of the Second World War. Jen sums it up beautifully in her book on Welsh Quilting. ‘Only in retrospect can we recognise what an important role was played by the women who dedicated so much of their lives to the Welsh quilt.’ The quilts in the ten exhibitions, which included part of Jen’s own personal collection, have done exactly that. They have looked at just about every aspect of Welsh quilting and outside influences such as Folk Art, the First World War, the Depression and the government R.I.B. scheme.

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Walking into the main gallery this year was so comforting seeing many of the quilts I had seen before. It was like meeting old friends which in turn brought back happy memories. I could have stayed for hours surrounded by quilts on walls, beds, and even some quilts hung from the high ceiling with

FEATURE // nos da/goodnight

OPP. PAGE: Nos Da/Goodnight 2018 exhibition. ‘Prince of Wales Feathers’ c1890. Red and white Victorian cotton, hand appliquéd and quilted. Donated to the collection by Ron Simpson On the right, ‘Quilt with Stars’. Bordered and backed with red, no date. The quilt on the left hand side is a red and white strippy with unusual quilting that won the prize for best bed quilt in 1901 in Llanelli LEFT: Jen Jones in the R.I.B. section with The ‘Claridge’s Quilt’ behind her and a picture on the wall of the Welsh Quilters from Aberdare Technical College

RIGHT: Behind the bed, ‘Central Star’ 1870, Llanrhystud. Above this on the wall, ‘Central Star Quilt’ made by Sarah Lewis in Aberdare in 1875. On the left hand side, ‘Large Pinwheel’ in navy and red with fine stitching. Cardiganshire 1875

‘Tree of Life’, 1810 Indian Cotton. This quilt had been on show at the Great Exhibition of 1851. Hand quilted and filled with lambswool

2009 exhibition, ‘Heartlands’ (Jen Jones collection) showing the unusual First World War military quilt with its strange symbols

Above the bed on the white wall is a large central Bow Tie of flannel c1890 from Mydroilyn from the Heartlands exhibition


FEATURE // nos da/goodnight

‘Oh That Summer Would Last Forever’ 2011 exhibition. The double sided ‘Golden Yellow Quilt’. Satin cotton, made by Anna Davies, Carmarthenshire. 1930s

‘Oh That Summer Would Last Forever’. On the wall a zany blue/yellow Welsh patchwork from the Valleys c1920

their bright colours. Something from each year was displayed along with an explanation of what each exhibition had been about. What could be more appropriate at the 2010 ‘Unsung Heritage’ exhibition than a spectacular ‘Tree of Life’ quilt dated 1851 from the Court Estate, Llanychaer, in the Gwaun Valley, Pembrokeshire. Made of Indian cotton from the Coromandel Coast, south east India, it was significant enough to be shown at the Great Exhibition of 1851. This ‘Unsung Heritage’ exhibition showed a wide range of Welsh quilting focusing on the Paisley pattern and Turkey Red. ‘Oh That Summer Would Last Forever’ was perhaps a heartfelt cry after a poor summer, but no, it was the 2011 exhibition showcasing some of the finest quilts made in the late 1920s and 1930s. The bright colours of the new cotton satin was ideal for showing the quilting stitches as with the double sided ‘Golden Yellow Quilt’. It was quite usual to have the plain cotton satin on the front and a floral backing. Of course an exhibition in Wales would not be complete without the ‘Prince of Wales Feathers’. This one, made of white and red Victorian cotton of 1890, is hand appliquéd and quilted and came from Pigeonsford Manson, Ceredigion. It was donated by Ron Simpson.

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Detail, ‘Golden Yellow Quilt’

Many Welsh people emigrated to America in the second half of the 18th century and settled in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and so did the Amish from Europe. The exhibition of 2012 ‘The Quilted Bridge’ explored the link between the two. This exhibition and Dorothy Osler’s book ‘Amish Quilts and the Welsh Connection’, explained the quilting designs and influences that connected both communities. 2013 saw a different approach to exploring Welsh quilts when Jen and her exhibition designer, Gwenllian Ashley, invited Kaffe Fassett to display his modern vibrant coloured quilts alongside Welsh quilts. A bit of a knotty problem was that Kaffe’s colours might overwhelm the Welsh quilts. Gwenllian’s brilliant idea was to display Kaffe’s quilts in the centre and a colourwash from white to dark colours of Welsh quilts covering the walls encircling Kaffe’s quilts. A memorable exhibition.

FEATURE // nos da/goodnight

Exploring all aspects of Welsh quilts brought Jen Jones to look at Folk Art and Make-do and Mend in her 2014 ‘Early to Bed’ exhibition with the work of rural quilters in 19th century Wales. These early quilters with the juxtaposition of utility fabrics, often recycled, and everyday items of symbols or animals, were regarded as ephemeral. Only recently have these quilts been seen as fresh and uninhibited and have inspired today’s contemporary textile artists such as Janet Bolton. The 2016 exhibition was called ‘Unforgettable’ and was a delightful mixture of Welsh costumes and quilts from Ron Simpson’s collection. It was dedicated to Jen’s husband Roger Clive-Powell who sadly died in the autumn of 2015. Welsh quilting has seen the ups and downs over the last hundred and fifty years. 1880 to 1900 saw a decline and the First World War gave women an opportunity to earn money other than by their needle. The end of the war, and then the depression, saw many families destitute in the poorest areas of Wales. The Government recognised this and proposed

schemes to stimulate the craft industries in the hardest hit places of Northumberland and Wales. Out of this, the Rural Industries Bureau (RIB) was instrumental in setting up centres where the expert quilters, still available, could teach a new wave of women to quilt and sell their quilts. They were placed in commercial galleries and shops in London and Cardiff. The scheme was highly successful providing quilts for such hotels as Claridge’s and Grosvenor House. They were also bought by the aristocracy and Royalty. The exhibition of 2017 ‘As Good As It Gets’ was exactly that. Some of the best Welsh quilts ever produced were on show. These last ten years have certainly been ‘As Good As It Gets’ providing us with a real insight into Welsh quilts, quilting and the people who made them. 2018 will be the last year an exhibition is held at the Welsh Quilt Centre so, if you have ever thought of going, make this the year you go or it will be too late for this wonderful experience. Nos Da/Goodnight! runs until 10 November 2018. For more information visit LEFT: Victorian Bed Cover from ‘Early to Bed’ 2014 exhibition. This quilt came from Hannah Lloyd of Lampeter and was believed to have been made by a quilter in Newquay

BELOW: ‘Early to Bed’ – ‘Make do and Mend and Folk Art’, 2014 exhibition. Lovely Victorian Patchwork

‘A Quilted Bridge’, 2012 exhibition. Red and blue flannel strips surrounding the middle panel which incorporates a Paisley shawl, appliquéd flannel hearts and a central butterfly of hearts, c1860. This quilt was displayed at the V&A ‘Quilts 1700-2010’ Exhibition

‘A Quilted Bridge’, 2012 Exhibition. The Amish-Welsh Connection. Interesting colour combination


PROJECT // butterfly dance houses


BUTTERFLY DANCE HOUSES Another wonderful quilt from Naomi showcasing how English Paper Piecing makes inset seams easy. Designed and made by Naomi Clarke

Size: 36" x 54"

Block: 9" square


Fabrics from the Butterfly Dance collection from Windham Fabrics, or to your choice: • • • • • • • • • • • •

20cm Navy Daisy Dance (50239-1) 20cm Royal Daisy Dance (50239-5) 20cm Turquoise Daisy Dance (50239-6) 20cm Multi Floral Dance (50234-X) 20cm Magenta Vine of Flowers (50236-4) 20cm Navy Vine of Flowers (50236-1) 20cm Royal Vine of Flowers (50236-5) 1m Pink Spotty Dot (50238-2) 45" x 60" Wadding (crib size) 2m Chartreuse Daisy Dance (50239-7)* 160gsm Paper or card Glue pen – optional

*This yardage estimate is sufficient for the quilt top, backing and to self bind the quilt. If you wish to bind the fabric in the usual way you will need 40cm of binding fabric.

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PROJECT // butterfly dance houses


PROJECT // butterfly dance houses

illust. 1. Prepare paper pieces

b. From back

a. From front illust. 2. Block 1

a. Join template A pieces in pairs

b. Join pairs


1a. Trace EPP templates given full size on Pattern Sheet ninety six times each onto paper to make paper pieces. b. Cut each template out carefully on lines and label each piece A or B accordingly. 2a. Place paper templates on wrong side of fabrics and cut out adding approx. ¼" seam allowance around each piece. b. Cut fabric pieces as follows: Navy Daisy Dance – twelve template A Royal Daisy Dance – twelve template A Turquoise Daisy Dance – twelve template A Multi Floral Dance – twelve template A Magenta Vine of Flowers – twelve template A Navy Vine of Flowers – twelve template A Royal Vine of Flowers – twelve template A Pink Spotty Dot – ninety six template B. 3. Fold seam allowance over each paper piece and baste either with tacking stitches or using a glue pen, illust. 1a and illust. 1b. BLOCK 1 1a. Take one, Magenta Vine of Flowers template A and one, Navy Daisy Dance template A and place pieces right sides together.

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c. Add squares to corners

d. Complete block

b. Using a tight whipstitch, join the pieces together along one short edge. Stitch through the very edge of the two fabrics, not the paper pieces. c. Take one, Chartreuse Daisy Dance template A and one, Royal Vine of Flowers template A and join pieces together in similar manner, illust. 2a. d. Join pieces together, illust. 2b. 2a. Take four, Pink Spotty Dot template B squares and join one square to each corner of joined template A pieces, illust 2c. b. Repeat to make twelve, block 1 in total, illust. 2d.

c. Make three, row 1 in total. 2. Make three, row 2 in similar manner alternating blocks 1 and 2, starting with block 2, illust. 4b.

BLOCK 2 1a. Take one, Royal Daisy Dance template A and one, Multi Floral Dance template A and join these together in similar manner. b. Join one, Turquoise Daisy Dance and one, Navy Vine of Flowers together in same way, illust. 3a. 2a. Join pairs of pieces together as before, illust. 3b. b. Add four, Pink Spotty Dot squares in each corner to complete block, illust. 3c. c. Repeat to make total of twelve, block 2, illust. 3d.

1. Press quilt top and remove tacking stitches, if used, before gently removing any remaining paper pieces. 2a. Make quilt sandwich with quilt top, wadding and backing. b. Pin or baste layers. 3. Quilt as desired. 4a. Trim excess wadding. b. If self binding edges, trim backing so it extends beyond quilt top and wadding by 1" on all four sides. c. Fold raw edges over and then over to front of quilt to bind quilt. d. Alternately, cut five, 2½" strips from your chosen binding fabric and double bind edges in usual way. 5. Add a hanging sleeve if wished, and a label.


1a. Take two each block 1 and block 2 and arrange them alternately, starting with block 1, illust. 4a. b. Join blocks together to make row 1.

EDITOR'S TIP Once paper pieces have been sewn and secured on all edges, you can remove the paper pieces as you go if you wish. 3. Join rows together, alternating rows, to complete quilt top, illust. 5.



PROJECT // butterfly dance houses

illust. 3. Block 2

a. Join template A pieces in pairs

b. Join pairs

c. Add squares to corners

illust. 4. Make rows d. Complete block Quilt layout

a. Row 1

b. Row 2

Naomi would like to thank Gutermann, Hobbs Batting and Windham Fabrics for supplying the threads, wadding and fabric used in this quilt.


To see more of Naomi’s work and to contact her, follow her on Instagram

illust. 5. Quilt assembly


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PROJECT // dear sweetheart


DEAR SWEETHEART This pretty quilt features fabrics from the Little Sweethearts collection designed by Edyta Sitar for Andover Fabrics/Makower. Designed by Edyta Sitar and made by Hilary Gooding Size: 45" x 56"

Block: 8 3⁄8"


Fabrics from the Little Sweethearts* collection from Makower, or to your choice: • 2, 10" Squares: Raspberry Bouquet (8822/E) Primrose Fresh Berries (8824/E) Rosette Ring Bearer (8835/E) Raspberry Ring Bearer (8835/R) • 1, 10" Square: Scarlet Bouquet (8822/R) Clotted Cream Bouquet (8822/L) Blush Wreath (8827/E) Rosette Veil (8833/R) Sweetheart Bubbles (8515/L1) Crimson Fresh Berries (8824/R) Biscuit Fresh Berries (8824/L1) Ballet Slipper Peony (8829/E) Crimson Something Borrowed (8828/R) Scarlet Lavender (8823/R) Shortbread Something Borrowed (8828/L) Blush Summer Field (8826/E) Shortbread Summer Field (8826/L1) Primrose Windswept (8511/E) Rose Windswept (8511/R) Ballet Slipper Maid of Honour (8831/E) Rosette Maid of Honour (8831/R) Shortbread Princess Cut (8834/L1) • 1.8m Sweetheart Bubbles (8515/L1) - background • 55" x 65" Wadding • 2¾m Backing • 50cm Raspberry Ring Bearer (8835/R) – binding • Square ruler - optional *See end of project for supplier information

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PROJECT // dear sweetheart


Dear One Illustrations PROJECT // dear sweetheart

Dear One Illustrations

utting Lights

g. 1

Cutting dia. 1. Cutting Lights Dear One Illustrations Cutting Lights

Fig. 1

Fig. 1

a. Cut light squares

Cutting Cutting Stripe Prints Stripe Prints Cutting only Stripe Prints only onlyCutting Stripe Prints only

Cutting Lights

Fig. 1


Fig. 2

Fig. 2

Fig. 3

Fig. 2

dia. 2. Block assembly

Cut across width of fabric

B Row 1




Mediums & Darks Cutting (except Stripes)

Block One make 20 from assorted colors Block One

Fig. 3

c. Cut remaining squares

Fig. 3

illust. 1. Complete block

B 1. From Sweetheart Bubbles cut: fourteen, 2¾" strips sub cut seven Row 2 2” x 5” make 20 from B B 2” Row 1 B strips into: B Bassorted colors Block One 2” x 3 1/2”One RowB3 B 2” x 3 1/2” 2” Block twenty five, 2¾" x 8⅞" strips, B Row 2 2” x 5” five, 3⅜" strips** sub cut into: B make 20 from B 2” x 3 1/2” 2” x 3 from 1/2” B Row 4 2” B Row x 5” 2”20 sixty, 3⅜" squares. Cut each 1 2”make B B Row 1 B B square in half along both assorted colors assorted colors B 2” x 32” 2” x53 1/2” Row 3 B Row 1/2” 2” x 3 1/2”B B 2”x 32”1/2” diagonals to make total of two Row 2 B 2” x 5” hundred and Row forty side 2 2”3 1/2” x 5” Row 6 B B 2” x 5” 2” xB3 1/2” B B Row 4 2” x B 2” x 5” B triangles, two, 2" strips** sub cut into: Row 7 B 2” B B forty, 2" squares. Cut each Row 2” x 3 1/2” 2” x 3 1/2” 2”xx 32” 3 1/2” 1/2” 2” B 2” x 3 1/2” B 5 3 2” 2” xRow 3 1/2” Row 3 B B B 2” square in half alongBdiagonal to make eighty corner triangles. B 2” x 5”Fig. 4 B Row 6 PIECING 2. From Raspberry Ring Bearer cut: 2” triangles x 3 1/2” and B 2" x 5" Scarlet Lavender x 3 1/2” 2” x 32” B2” x2”5” x 5”B 1/2” Row 1/2” 4 Use B 2” x 3Row ¼" seam allowance throughout six, 2½" strips4– binding. strips to make rows 2 and 6. 3a. Make rows 3 and 5 by joining one, Row 7 B 2” B EDITOR'S TIP B 1a. TakeB2" x 5" strips, 2" x B 3½" strips and 3⅜" B background triangle to one end 2”xx 3B3 1/2” 1/2” 2” 2” x 3 1/2” 2” x 3Row 1/2”2" 5squares 2” 2” cut Row 5 from Scarlet Lavender of one, 2" x 3½" Scarlet Lavender strip, ** Give the remaining background square together with two, 2" squares followed by one, 2" light square, one 2" x fabric a stiff starch before cutting and one, 2" x 5" strip cut from one light 3½" Scarlet Lavender strip and one, 3⅜" B B these strips as the subsequent B 2” x 5” Row 6 in step B 2” x 5” square cut 1 above. background triangle. triangles will have biasRow edges6and it b. Arrange strips and squares with 3⅜" b. Make row 4 by joining one, 3⅜" will help with your piecing accuracy to and 2" background triangles, dia. 2. background triangle to one end of one, have these edges starched. B 2” B B B Row 7 2a. Join one, 3⅜" background triangle to 2" x 3½" Scarlet Lavender strip, followed 2” Row 7 opposite sides of 2" Scarlet Lavender by one, 2" x 5" light strip, one 2" x 3½" PREPARATION squares to make rows 1 andB7. Scarlet Lavender strip and one, 3⅜" B 1. Choose four, 10" light squares from b. Do likewise with two, 3⅜" background background triangle. your assorted 10" squares and sub cut each square into: five, 2" x 5" strips, ten, 2" squares, dia. 1a, 2a. Take Rosette Ring Bearer (stripe) squares and starch squares. b. Turn squares on point and sub cut: two, 2" x 5" strips, six, 2" x 3½" strips, two, 2" squares, dia. 1b. c. Repeat with Raspberry Ring Bearer squares. 3. From remaining eighteen, 10" squares cut: two, 2" x 5" strips, six, 2" x 3½" strips, Quilting detail two, 2" squares, dia. 1c.

Fig. 4

Fig. 4

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Quilt La

Mediums & Darks (except Stripes)

Fig. 2

b. Cut stripe squares on point

C Cutting Mediums & Darks CuttingStripes) (exc (except

Fig. 4


PROJECT // dear sweetheart

4a. Join rows together in number order. b. Add one, 2" background triangle to top and bottom corners to complete block. c. Block should measure 8⅞" square, illust. 1. 5a. Repeat to make total of twenty blocks. b. If wished, use square ruler to trim ‘ears’ from blocks.


1a. Refer to quilt layout and arrange blocks into five rows of four blocks. Ensure an even balance to prints. b. Alternate blocks in each row with five, 2¾" x 8⅞" background strips. 2. Join blocks and strips together to make five, block rows. 3a. Take remaining seven, 2¾" x WOF background strips and join strips together end to end. b. Sub cut joined strips into six, 2¾" x 45¼" sashing strips. c. Adjust length of strips to fit your quilt as necessary. 4. Join block rows together alternately with 2¾" x 45¼" sashing strips to complete quilt top.

Quilt layout


1a. Make quilt sandwich with quilt top, wadding and backing. b. Pin or baste layers. 2. Quilt as desired. 3. Double bind edges with 2½" Raspberry Ring Bearer strips. 4. Add a hanging sleeve if wished, and a label. Enjoy!


The Little Sweethearts collection is distributed in the UK by Makower. Contact them to find shops stocking the collection by phoning 01628 509640, email or by visiting their website


We have one kit to make this quilt to giveaway courtesy of Makower. For your chance to win turn to page 84.


FEATURE // inchies

Decorative Inchies


These small decorative squares are a great way of using up small pieces of all types of fabric to make a background suitable for the base of a set of inchies. Texture and colour are both important aspects and making inchies is an opportunity to explore your sewing machine to find out what it can do. Make a start by creating a new fabric by applying fabric scraps to a background and then embellish with both hand and machine embroidery. The finishing touches are made by embellishing the surface with beads and sequins. The finished inchies can be mounted on card to create a picture, used to decorate other small pieces of work, or swapped with friends. WHAT YOU NEED • 13" square background. This colour will be visible when the inchies are finished • Strips or small squares assorted coloured fabrics such as cotton, silk, polyester, sheers, lace and muslin • 3 colours of machine thread • Hand embroidery thread • Metallic thread • 10" square iron on interfacing • 8" square fusible web e.g. Bondaweb • Backing fabric to neaten back of inchies e.g. calico • Seed beads, sequins or buttons • Old jewellery that can be broken up and attached – optional • 8" embroidery hoop • Hand embroidery and beading needle

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FEATURE // inchies

illust. 1. Stitch strip leaving ¼" each side unstitched

illust. 2. Twin needle stitching

MAKE A BACKGROUND FABRIC Method 1 1. Background can be made by applying small pieces of fabric to a background. 2. Either use an embroidery hoop, or fuse interfacing to wrong side of fabric. Cut background fabric to fit hoop if using. 3. Cut small irregular shapes of fabric approx. 1" in size. Mix fabric types and colours and pin pieces randomly to right side of fabric. 4. Roughly stitch fabric pieces in place using machine staight stitch and different colour threads. 5. Continue to stitch over fabric pieces with free-motion stitching until scraps blend with background fabric, but are still visible. Note the original lines of machine stitching should disappear too.

MAKING THE INCHIES 1. Using rotary cutter, cut your stitched fabric into 1" squares. 2. If it feels like these are too small, cut 1½" squares instead. 3. Zigzag stitch edges. Add a second round of zigzag stitching for a bolder edge.

EDITOR'S TIP Do not try to satin stitch edges as it will ‘chew’ the edges. 4. Hand stitch edges by over-sewing or blanket stitch with matching or contrasting thread.

Method 2 1. Choose a set pattern on your sewing machine, an open pattern rather than one with a satin stitch base. 2. Cut length of fabric approx. 2" x 13" and stitch on right side of strip along whole length of strip with your chosen stitch. Leave approx. ¼" unstitched on both sides, illust. 1. 3. Repeat until fabric strip is completely covered with stitch and stitch pattern is no longer visible. Use different coloured threads and add a final stitch over with metallic thread. Note fabric may shrink a little but should be firm when finished. 4. Optionally, stitch fabric stitch with a twin needle, illust. 2. NEATENING BACK OF WORK 1.To hide an untidy back, fuse iron-on interfacing to wrong side of stitched fabric. 2. Alternatively, fuse a second fabric to wrong side of stitched fabric with fusible web.


FEATURE // inchies

illust. 3. Add beads and sequins

USING YOUR INCHIES 1. Join inchies to ends of cords to make a decorative finish, illust. 5. 2. Add inchies to a background. Stretch background over card and attach inchies in a pleasing pattern. 3. Make and swap inchies with friends to increase the range of colours and styles. CONTACT To see more of Greta's work or to contact her about her workshops and talks visit or email illust. 4. Decorate inchies

5. Add beads and sequins to edges of inchies, illust. 3. DECORATION 1. If you are making your inchies which will displayed as a set, a different decoration can be used on each one. 2. Decoration ideas include hand embroidery stitching such as French knots, running stitch and fly stitch, illust. 4. 3. Hand stitch seed beads and sequins, decorative buttons or old jewellery.

illust. 5. Add to ends of cord

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PROJECT // mystery quilt



MYSTERY QUILT Last month Stuart introduced us to the first part of this mystery quilt, which is loosely based on Christmas. This month we make some more block units for the quilt. Designed and made by Stuart Hillard

Size: 60" square

Block: 16" square


Fabrics from the Something Blue* collection from Makower, or to your choice: • • • • • • •

50cm Light Blue Bouquet (8822/W) 25cm Wedgewood Lavender (8823/B) 25cm Bisque Lavender (8823/L) 25cm Ocean Fresh Berries (8824/B) 25cm Parchment Fresh Berries (8824/L) 25cm Bisque Summer Field (8826/L) 25cm Delft Something Borrowed

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50cm Ribbons Flower Girl (8832/W) 25cm Ocean Princess Cut (8834/B) 50cm Ivory Princess Cut (8834/L) 25cm Burlap Ring Bearer (8835/N) 25cm Bows Ring Bearer (8835/W) 50cm Burlap Summer Field (8826/N) – inner border

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(8828/B) 25cm Sky Peony (8829/W) 25cm Burlap Morning Glory (8830/N) 25cm Delft Maid of Honour (8831/B) 25cm Bows Flower Girl (8832/B) 25cm Taffeta Flower Girl (8832/L)

1.8m Dark Blue Bouquet (8822/B) – outer border 50cm Bows Veil (8833/W) – binding 70" Square wadding 4m Backing (8829/L) Foundation paper

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See ‘Tips for Choosing your Fabrics’ overleaf for more guidance if using your own fabrics.

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PROJECT // mystery quilt










8826/N **















8832/B** DARK BLUE












**Fabrics used in the mystery quilt


PROJECT // mystery quilt


The mystery quilt is essentially a two colour quilt and you will need to choose light, medium and dark fabrics in your two colours. You will need: Colour 1 (Tan) 3 x Light prints 4 x Dark prints Colour 2 (Blue) 1 x Almost White/lightest print 2 x Light prints 2 x Light Medium prints 3 x Medium prints 4 x Dark prints 1 x Large Dark Floral


1. Cut strips across width of fabric unless advised otherwise. 2. Use ¼" seam allowance throughout

UNIT 2A Foundation piecing 1a. Trace Mystery Quilt foundation pattern given full size on Pattern Sheet sixteen times onto foundation paper. b. Cut out each pattern carefully on outer seam allowance line. 2a. Cut piece of fabric from Dark Navy (8831/B) large enough to cover patch 1 plus seam allowance on all sides. b. Place fabric on unmarked side of pattern and, ensuring it is covering all of patch 1, pin in place.

3a. Cut piece of fabric from Lightest/ Almost White (8832/W) large enough to cover all of patch 2 plus seam allowance on all sides. b. Place fabric right sides together with Dark Navy on unmarked side of pattern. c. Holding fabrics along seam line between patches 1 and 2, flip Almost White fabric over to check it will cover all of patch 2 plus seam allowance. d. When happy that it does, place fabric back so it is right sides together with Dark Navy piece. Pin in place if wished. 4a. Turn pattern over to marked side and using a shorter stitch length than usual, stitch along line between patches 1 and 2. b. Start and stop stitching a few stitches beyond each end of line. c. Open out fabrics and finger press seam. 5a. Cut piece of fabric from Almost White (8832/W) large enough to cover patch 3 plus seam allowance and add to pattern in same way. b. Press block and trim any excess fabric beyond foundation pattern, dia. 1. 6. Repeat to make sixteen, Unit 2A in total which should measure 4½" square.

2. From Light Blue (8822/W) cut: two, 5¼" strips sub cut into: ten, 5¼" squares. Cut each square in half along both diagonals to make forty triangles. 3. From Light Tan (8826/L) cut: two, 3⅜" strips sub cut into: twenty, 3⅜" squares. 4. From Dark Navy (8828/B) cut: two, 2⅞" strips sub cut into: twenty, 2⅞" squares. Cut each square in half along the diagonal to make forty triangles.


Next month we’ll make more units for your quilt. Can you tell what it is yet?

Cutting 1. From Almost White (8835/W) cut: one, 5¼" strip sub cut into: five, 5¼" squares. Cut each square in half along both diagonals to make twenty triangles.

illust. 1. Unit 2B

Piecing 1. Take one, 5¼" Almost White triangle, two 5¼" Light Blue triangles, one 3⅜" Light Tan square and two, 2⅞" Dark Navy triangles and arrange triangles and squares, dia. 2. 2a. Join pieces together in diagonal rows, illust. 1a. b. Join rows together to complete unit, illust. 1b. 3. Make twenty, Unit 2B in total which should measure 4½" x 6½".

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This mystery quilt designed by Stuart will run over four issues. To see more of Stuart’s work and to contact him, email or follow him on Instagram. @stuarthillardsews

dia. 1. Unit 2a


The Something Blue collection is distributed in the UK by Makower UK. For more information on shops stocking the collection, telephone 01628 509640, email or visit their website dia. 2. Unit 2b

a. Join pieces in diagonal rows

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b. Join rows to complete unit

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PROJECT // scandi row quilt


SCANDI ROW QUILT This stunning quilt combines foundation piecing and piecing to showcase the Scandinavian style of Makower’s Scandi 2018 collection. Designed and made by Lynne Goldsworthy

Size: 60" x 75" REQUIREMENTS

Fabrics from the Scandi* collection from Makower, or to your choice: • • • • • • • • • •

3m Vanilla Linen Texture (1473/Q1) 50cm Red Linen Texture (1473/R) Fat quarter Red Mini Star (1615/R4) 60cm Red Nordic Snowflake (1789/R) Fat quarter Red Landscape (1962/R) Fat quarter Red Scroll (1965/R) 50cm Red Scatter (1966/R) 50cm Red Hearts (1969/R) 1m Red Stripe (1964/R) 66" x 81" Wadding

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4½m Backing Foundation paper

*See end of project for supplier information.

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PROJECT // scandi row quilt


PROJECT // scandi row quilt

illust. 1. Nine Patch row


Cut across width of fabric

EDITOR'S TIP Cut Vanilla Linen Texture strips as you make each row and label pieces once you have cut them as many of the cut pieces are similar sizes. 1. From Vanilla Linen Texture cut: twelve, 1½" strips (Nine Patch rows), six, 1½" strips sub cut into: sixty six, 1½" x 3½" strips (Nine Patch rows), one, 2½" strip sub cut into: twelve, 2½" x 3½" strips (Nine Patch rows), three, 2" strips sub cut into: fifty six, 2" squares. Cut squares in half along the diagonal to make one hundred and twelve triangles (Twirling Star rows). four, 2½" strips sub cut into: fifty six, 2½" squares. Cut squares in half along the diagonal to make one hundred and twelve triangles (Twirling Star rows). four, 1½" strips sub cut into: fifty six, 1½" x 3" strips (Twirling Star rows), five, 1½" strips sub cut into: twenty four, 1½" x 6½" strips (Twirling Star and Morning Star r ows), two, 2" strips sub cut into: eight, 2" x 6½" strips (Twirling Star and Morning Star rows), one, 10" strip sub cut into: five, 7½" x 10" rectangles (Morning Star rows), two, 2" strips sub cut into: fifty six, 2" squares (Morning Star rows),

dia. 1. Nine Patch block

1½" a. Cross cut strips

1½" b. Cross cut strips

c. Complete block

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a. Nordic Snowflake Nine Patch block

c. Hearts Nine Patch block

b. Join blocks

three, 2" strips sub cut into: sixty, 2" squares (Snowflake r ows), five, 1¼" strips sub cut into: sixty, 1¼" x 3½" strips (Snowflake rows), five, 2" strips sub cut into: sixty, 2" x 3" rectangles (Snowflake rows), two, 3½" strips sub cut into: ten, 3½" x 6" rectangles (Snowflake rows) , one, 1" strip sub cut into: four, 1" x 8½" strips (Snowflake rows), one, 1¼" strip sub cut into: two, 1¼" x 8½" strips (Snowflake rows) , five, 2½" strips, eight, 1½" strips. 2. From Red Linen Texture cut: seven, 2½" strips. Sub cut one strip into: fourteen, 1½" squares. 3. From Red Mini Star cut: six, 2" x 21" strips sub cut into: fifty six, 2" squares. 4. From Red Nordic Snowflake cut: fourteen, 1½" strips. 5. From Red Landscape cut: fourteen, 3½" squares. 6. From Red Scroll cut: seven, 1½" x 21" strips.

7. From Red Scatter cut: fourteen, 1" strips sub cut into: one hundred and twenty, 1" x 3" strips, twenty, 1" x 6" strips, five, 1" x 10" strips. 8. From Red Hearts cut: five, 1½" strips, one, 10" strip sub cut into: five, 7½" x 10" rectangles.


Use ¼" seam allowance throughout


1a. Take two, 1½" Nordic Snowflake strips and join them along their length to opposite sides of one, 1½" Vanilla Linen Texture strip. b. Press seams towards red fabrics. c. Repeat to make total of four, red/ cream/red strip sets. 2. Cross cut joined strips into ninety six, 1½" red/cream/red cross cut slices, dia. 1a. 3a. Take two, 1½" Vanilla Linen Texture strips and join them in similar manner to opposite sides of one, 1½" Nordic Snowflake strip. b. Make second strip set in similar manner. 4. Cross cut joined strips into forty eight, 1½" cream/red/cream cross cut slices, dia. 1b.

PROJECT // scandi row quilt

illust. 2. Twirling Star block dia. 2. Cut diamonds

dia. 3. Twirling Star block

a. Join 2" triangles b. Add 2½" triangles to adjacent sides

c. Join pieced triangles

5a. Take two, red/cream/red cross cut slices and one, cream/red/cream cross cut slice and join slices together to make one, Nine Patch block, dia. 1c. b. Repeat to make forty eight, Nine Patch blocks in total, illust. 1a. c. Blocks should measure 3½" square. 6a. Take twelve, Nine Patch blocks and join blocks in a row, alternating blocks with eleven, 1½" x 3½" Vanilla Linen Texture strips, illust. 1b. b. Make four, Nordic Snowflake Nine Patch rows in total. 7. Take two, 2½" x 3½" Vanilla Linen Texture strips and join them to opposite ends of each row. 8a. Repeat steps 1 to 5 with five, 1½" Hearts strips and four, 1½" Vanilla Linen Texture strips to make twenty four, Hearts Nine Patch blocks, illust. 1c. b. Join twelve blocks together as before with eleven, 1½" x 3½" Vanilla Linen Texture strips and two, 2½" x 3½" Vanilla Linen Texture strips to make one, Hearts Nine Patch row. c. Make second row with remaining units and strips.


1a. Take one, 1½" Nordic Snowflake strip and aligning 45° line on your cutting ruler with one end of strip, cut along ruler to create 45° edge to strip. b. Cut sixteen, 45° diamonds from strip making 1½" cuts along strip, dia. 2. c. Repeat with remaining three, 1½" Nordic Snowflake strips to cut total of fifty six, 45° diamonds. 2. Take 1½" Scroll strips and cut 45° edge of each strip in similar manner, cutting eight diamonds from each strip to make total of fifty six, 45° diamonds. 3a. Take 2" Vanilla Linen Texture

dia. 4. Twirling Star block assembly

triangles and join one triangle to one side of each 45° Nordic Snowflake and Scroll diamond. Note triangles are added to different edges of Nordic Snowflake and Scroll diamonds. b. Trim corners of triangles, dia. 3a. 4a. Add 2½" Vanilla Linen Texture triangles to adjacent sides of each diamond, dia. 3b. b. Join pieced triangles together in pairs along diagonal to make corner units, dia. 3c. c. Units should measure 3" square. 5a. Arrange four corner units with four, 1½" x 3" Vanilla Linen Texture strips and one, 1½" Red Linen Texture square, dia. 4. b. Join units together in rows and the join rows together to make one, Twirling Star block, illust. 2. c. Block should measure 6½" square. 6. Make fourteen blocks in total. 7a. Take seven blocks and join blocks together in a row alternating blocks with six, 1½" x 6½" Vanilla Linen Texture strips. b. Add one, 2" x 6½" Vanilla Linen Texture strip to each end of row. c. Make second row in same way.


1. Trace HST template sheet given full size on Pattern Sheet five times onto foundation paper.

2a. Take one, 7½" x 10" Vanilla Linen Texture rectangle and place it right sides together with one, 7½" x 10" Hearts rectangle. b. Place fabrics on unmarked side of one HST template sheet with wrong side of Linen Texture rectangle next to foundation paper. 3a. Shorten stitch length on your machine and stitch along all dashed lines of pattern. b. Carefully cut pattern apart along all solid lines with rotary cutter and trim corners along dotted lines. c. Open out each Half Square Triangle (HST) unit and press seam towards red. d. Carefully remove paper from back of each HST unit. 4a. Each sheet will yield twenty four, HST units. b. Repeat with each sheet to make total of one hundred and twenty, HST units. Note, eight units are not needed and can be discarded. 5a. Take two, 2" Red Mini Star squares and draw diagonal line on wrong side of each square. b. Place squares on opposite corners of one, 3½" Red Landscape square and stitch along diagonal lines, dia. 5a. c. Trim excess fabric leaving ¼" seam allowance, dia. 5b. d. Open out and press triangles back, dia. 5c.

dia. 5. Economy Square centre

a. Stitch along diagonal lines

b. Trim excess

c. Press back triangles

d. Complete centre


PROJECT // scandi row quilt

dia. 6. Morning Star block assembly

illust. 3. Morning Star block

e. Add further two, 2" Red Mini Star squares to remaining two corners in similar manner, dia. 5d. 6. Repeat to make fourteen, Economy Square centres in total. 7a. Take eight, HST units and join units in pairs to make four, Flying Geese units. b. Arrange Flying Geese units around one, Economy Square centre together with four, 2" Vanilla Linen Texture Squares, dia. 6. c. Join units and squares together in rows and then join rows together to complete Morning Star block, illust. 3. 8a. Block should measure 6½" square. b. Repeat to make fourteen blocks in total. 9a. Join seven blocks together in a row, alternating them with six, 1½" x 6½" Vanilla Linen Texture strips. b. Add one, 2" x 6½" Vanilla Linen Texture strip to each end of row. c. Make a second row in same way with remaining units.

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1a. Trace snowflake foundation patterns A and B given full size on Pattern Sheet six times each onto foundation paper. b. Cut out each pattern on outer seam allowance lines. 2a. Take one, 2" Vanilla Linen Texture square and place it on unmarked side of one pattern A ensuring it covers all of patch 1 plus seam allowances on pattern. b. Pin in place. c. Take one, 1" x 3" Red Scatter strip and place it right sides together with Vanilla square. d. Holding pieces together along seam line between patches 1 and 2, flip strip over to check it will cover all of patch 2 plus seam allowances. e. When happy that it does, place it back right sides together with Vanilla square and pin in place if wished. f. Turn pattern over to marked side and using shorter stitch length that usual, stitch along line between patches 1 and 2. Start and stop stitching a couple of stitches beyond ends of line. g. Turn pattern over to fabric side and finger press fabrics open. 3a. Add 1¼" x 3½" Vanilla Linen Texture strip for patch 3 in similar manner, followed by one, 1" x 3" Red Scatter strip for patch 4 and 2" x 3" Vanilla Linen Texture rectangle for patch 5. b. Press pattern and trim excess fabric beyond outer seam allowance lines. c. Gently remove papers from back. 4. Repeat to make total of six pattern A and six pattern B in similar manner. 5a. Take one pattern A and one pattern B and join them together.

c. Join halves with 1" x 10" strip

dia. 8. Snowflake assembly

a. Add triangles to opposite corners and trim illust. 4. Snowflake block

dia. 7. Snowflake block

a. Join pairs with 1" x 6" strips

b. Make six pairs in total. 6a. Take three pairs and join pairs together with two, 1" x 6" Red Scatter strips to make one half block, dia. 7a. b. Trim excess fabric from strips, dia. 7b. c. Make second half in same way. 7. Join halves together with one, 1" x 10" Red Scatter strip in similar manner, dia. 7c and dia. 7d. 8a. Take one, 3½" x 6" Vanilla Linen Texture rectangle and cut rectangle in half along diagonal, cutting from bottom left corner to top right corner. b. Join triangles to opposite sides of snowflake hexagon c. Trim edges, dia. 8a. 9a. Take a second 3½" x 6" Vanilla Linen Texture rectangle and cut rectangle in half along diagonal, cutting from top left corner to bottom right corner. b. Add triangles to remaining opposite sides. c. Trim block so it is 8½" x 10", dia. 8b. 10. Repeat to make five Snowflake blocks in total, illust. 4. 11a. Join Snowflake blocks into a row alternating blocks with four, 1¼" x 8½" Vanilla Linen Texture strips. b. Complete row by adding one, 1¼" x 8½" Vanilla Linen Texture strip to each end of row.

b. Trim strips

d. Trim excess

b. Complete block

PROJECT // scandi row quilt

dia. 9. Fussy cut border strips


1a. Make quilt sandwich with quilt top, wadding and backing. b. Pin or baste layers. 2. Quilt as desired. 3. Double bind edges with 2½" Red Linen Texture strips. 4. Add a label. Enjoy!


The Scandi collection is distributed in the UK by Makower. Contact them to find shops stocking the collection by phoning 01628 509640, email or by visiting their website



We have one kit to make this quilt to giveaway courtesy of Makower. For your chance to win turn to page 84.

Quilt layout

1. Refer to quilt layout and arrange block rows. 2a. Take 2½" Vanilla Linen Texture strips and join strips together end to end to make one long length. b. Sub cut joined strips into four, 2½" x 51½" sashing strips. c. Take two strips and join them to top and bottom edges of Snowflake row. 3a. Take 1½" Vanilla Linen Texture strips and join strips together end to end to make one long length. b. Sub cut joined strips into eight, 1½" x 51½" sashing strips. c. Join strips to top and bottom edges of each Twirling and Morning Star row. 4a. Join these sashed rows with Nine Patch rows. b. Add remaining 2½" x 51½" Vanilla strips to top and bottom edges to complete quilt centre. 5a. Take Red Stripe and cut fabric into eight, 4" x LOF strips. b. Cut along middle of stars, dia. 9. 6a. Join strips end to end, pattern matching if wished. b. Sub cut joined strips into two, 4" x 58½" strips and two, 4" x 66½" strips. c. Add longer strips to opposite sides of quilt top and shorter strips to top and bottom edges to complete quilt top.


PROJECT // hygge christmas


HYGGE CHRISTMAS This quick pieced quilt is nice and cosy, a little piece of hygge of your own featuring fabrics from the Hygge Christmas collection from Lewis & Irene Designed and made by Sally Ablett Size: 45" x 48"

Block: 5" x 6"


Fabrics from the Hygge Christmas* collection from Lewis & Irene, or to your choice: • • • • • • • •

30cm Hygge Christmas on red (C26.2) 30cm Heart Snowflakes on Christmas green (C27.2) 30cm Christmas Red Tonttu (C28.3) 30cm Scattered Tonttu on slate (C29.3) 30cm Icy Christmas Trees (C30.1) 1.1m Off White Bumbleberries (BB40) 50" x 60" Wadding 50" x 60" Backing

*See end of project for suppliers

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PROJECT // hygge christmas


PROJECT // hygge christmas
















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PROJECT // hygge christmas

illust. 1. Cross cut slices

a. With strip at top edge

b. With strip at bottom edge

Quilting detail



1. From Hygge Christmas cut: two, 5" strips. 2. From Heart Snowflakes cut: two, 5" strips. 3. From Tonttu cut: two, 5" strips. 4. From Scattered Tonttu cut: two, 5" strips. 5. From Christmas Trees cut: two, 5" strips. 6. From Off White Bumbleberries cut: ten, 1½" strips, five, 2½ strips, five, 2½" strips – binding.

1a. Take one, 5" Tonttu strip and join one, 1½" Off White Bumbleberries strip along ‘top’ edge of strip along its length. b. Cross cut joined strips into 5" x 6" cross cut slices, dia. 1a. c. You will need seven slices from strip set, illust. 1a. 2a. Take second 5" Tonttu and join one, 1½" Off White Bumbleberries strip to ‘bottom’ edge of strip along its length. b. Cross cut joined strips into eight, 5" x 6" cross cut slices, dia. 1b and illust. 1b. 3a. Join remaining 1½" Off White Bumbleberries strips to top or bottom

edges of 5" Hygge Christmas, Heart Snowflake, Scattered Tonttu and Christmas Trees strips in similar manner. b. Cross cut strips sets as follows: Hygge Christmas – eight slices with strip at bottom edge and six slices with strip at top edge, Heart Snowflake – eight slices with strip at bottom edge and six slices with strip at top edge, Scattered Tonttu – eight slices with strip at bottom edge and seven slices with strip at top edge, Christmas Trees – eight slices with strip at bottom edge and six slices with strip at top edge.

dia. 1. Making cross cut slices

dia. 2. Quilt assembly

Cut across width of fabric


Use ¼" seam allowance throughout


a. Join slices together in rows

a. Join strip to top edge



b. Join strip to bottom edge b. Join rows together


PROJECT // hygge christmas

Binding detail


The Hygge Christmas collection is designed by Lewis & Irene. To find details of shops stocking their collections, visit their website

Quilt layout


1a. Refer to quilt layout and arrange blocks into eight rows of nine slices. b. Note slices are alterated with top and bottom strips and slices of each fabric form a diagonal pattern. 2a. Join slices together in rows, dia. 2a. b. Join rows together to complete quilt centre, dia. 2b. 3a. Take five, 2½" Off White Bumbleberries strips and join strips together end to end. b. Sub cut joined strips into: two, 2½" x 41" top and bottom border strips, two, 2½" x 48½" side border strips. 4. Add 2½" x 41" strips to top and bottom edges and then 2½" x 48½" to opposite sides to complete quilt top.


1a. Make quilt sandwich with quilt top, wadding and backing. b. Pin or baste layers. 2. Quilt as desired. 3. Double bind edges with remaining 2½" Off White Bumbleberries strips. 4. Add label. Enjoy!

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Block assembly

REGULAR // stashbusting

Stash busting WITH STUART

Join me each month as I share with you a block and quilt pattern to use your scraps and bust your stash! It’s time to stop hoarding and start using!

I love the autumn...the colours of turning leaves, the glow of a log fire and the last bit of sunshine before I head indoors for an evening in front of my sewing machine. This quilt would be particularly lovely made in a selection of brushed cotton or flannel prints. Use a walking foot for the construction as flannel has a tendency to slip. Keep your seam allowance a consistent ¼" throughout and look forward to snugly evenings under this simple beauty!


Finished size: 12" square FOR ONE BLOCK YOU WILL NEED: • 2, 6½" assorted tan squares • 1, 6½" pumpkin/orange square • 5, 2½" assorted black squares • 4, 2½" assorted tan

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MAKE THE BLOCK Use ¼" seam allowance 1a. Take the 2½" black and tan squares and arrange squares into three rows of three squares in a Nine Patch formation. b. Join squares in rows. c. Press seams for alternate rows in opposite directions. d. Join rows together, nesting seams, to make Nine Patch unit which should measure 6½" square. STUART'S TIP It is essential your Nine Patch unit measures 6½" square so that it fits with the other squares in the block. Adjust your seam allowance to ensure this is so.

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2a. Arrange the Nine Patch unit with the 6½" tan and pumpkin orange squares. b. The orange square should be diagonally opposite the Nine Patch unit. 3a. Join the units together in pairs. b. Press seams for each row in opposite direction. c. Join rows together to complete block which should measure 12½" square. MAKE THE QUILT Finished size: 56" square For my quilt I have made sixteen blocks and arranged them in four rows of four blocks. This simple block can be set in a variety of ways so enjoy playing with your placement. I’ve added simple borders, a 1" rust inner border (cut 1½" strips) and 3" black outer border (cut 3½" strips) to make a lap quilt. Back your quilt with flannel and bind with rust (cut 2½" strips) to make this the perfect snuggle quilt for autumn! Quilt layout

Have fun with this month’s scrap busting project and don’t forget to share your versions with me by emailing and follow me on Instagram @stuarthillardsews

We’d love to see your blocks too! Here is Joanna’s block to inspire you. Share yours on our social media, or email a photo to @pq.mag @pqmag britishpatchworkandquiltingmagazine


REGULAR // colour me!

Colour Me,

Quilt me!

Want to try out different colour schemes for some of this month’s projects? Or maybe some quilting ideas? We’ve put together some layout diagrams for you to play around with.

Butterfly Houses Plan your colours

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REGULAR // quilt planning

Irish Starry Chain Practice quilting designs


REGULAR // book reviews


For details of how to enter this month’s giveaways, turn to page 84. Closing date for reader offers, unless otherwise stated, 30 September 2018

Book Reviews

The sixty two designs have step by step photos, stopping and starting points and advise to avoid a build up of stitches. I found the designs interesting but not as important as the sound written advice. An excellent manual. My Book of the Month.


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The sixteen quilts in muted tans, browns, reds and creams often need only small amounts of fabric e.g. fat quarters and quarter yards. They are 2" to 5" traditional blocks, some combining piecing and appliqué. One quilt is made with foundation piecing.


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Many helpful hints show how to reduce bulk by clipping and pressing seam junctions. The blocks are usually chain pieced with scant ¼" seams. There is a description of the quilting for each quilt, several are simply quilted with cross hatching. The quilts are shown displayed on flat surfaces, rolled up and in piles in baskets.

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Backing fabric should be starched and the quilts are stabilised with stitching lines 6" to 10" apart before quilting.


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The author says six essential doodle lines, practised daily on lined/graph paper, forwards and in reverse, clockwise and anticlockwise, will become as familiar as one’s handwriting.

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The detailed instructions have a twelve step set up guide for preparing the machine and photos to illustrate perfect stitch tension.


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MARTINGALE AND COMPANY © 2018 The eighteen projects use 2½" precut squares (mini charm packs). Most are mini quilts but there are also cushions, a book cover, a pincushion etc. Many quilts need more than one charm pack plus extra fabric. They are traditionally pieced blocks with some added appliqué. The blocks range from 1¼" square – 13" square. The small squares and triangles are sewn with quick piecing methods.

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They are bright cheerful items. They will delight those who enjoy working on a small scale.

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away There are many small items, needle cases, small bags, lavender sachets etc. decorated with embroidered autumnal designs. Most objects are hand stitched but a few have some quilting e.g. a hand quilted table runner has a trailing pattern of pears, figs and berries.

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The embroidery stitches are illustrated with diagrams and traceable coloured life-sized designs.



There is an interesting ‘Notion Keeper’, a series of folded pockets which could be used for carrying small items, needles, threads etc. The largest project is a tote bag 15" by 12". They would make delightful gifts.

A collection of ten bed quilts, simple patterns of squares, rectangles and triangles. The quilts can be enlarged by adding more or extra blocks and widening borders. The measurements are imperial and metric.

Martingale 80 pages ISBN 978-1-60468-863-4 £22.99

The clear detailed instructions are accompanied with step by step photos and each block has pressing directions. ‘Stepping Stones’ is suitable for scrap fabrics and ‘Soundwaves’ has graduated colourful strips. There are easy simple quilting suggestions for every quilt. The Techniques section has an excellent introduction to rotary cutting and quick piecing.

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Exhibitions CEREDIGION, LAMPETER SA48 7BB UNTIL 10 NOVEMBER ‘Nos da – Goodnight!’ exhibition at The Welsh Quilt Centre, The Town Hall, High Street, Lampeter. Open Tue – Sat 11 – 4.30 (closed Sun/Mon but open Bank Holiday Mon. Check website for opening hours). New exhibition of wonderful Welsh quilts and samplers. Café and shop. Some disabled access and local parking. Admission fees apply, see website for details. Contact:

DEVON, YEALMPTON PL8 2HF 24 – 25 AUGUST Plym Piecemakers’ exhibition at Yealmpton Community Resource Centre, Stray Park, Yealmpton. Open Fri 10 – 4, Sat 10 – 3. Celebrating 30 years with an exhibition of work, raffle, sales and traders’ tables. Refreshments and light lunches. Chinese Auction in aid of SSAFA Plymouth and Little Things. Parking and disabled access. Admission £1. Contact: 01752 880385,

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE, WEEDON NN7 4QU UNTIL 28 AUGUST The annual ‘Summer Showcase’ at The Bramble Patch, West Street, Weedon. Open Mon – Sat 9.30 – 5 (closed Sun). Parking and disabled access. Proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support. Admission £2. Contact: The Bramble Patch 01327 342212

POWYS, LINGEN LD1 7YT 25 – 27 AUGUST ‘Bank Holiday Bonanza’ at St Michael and All Angels Church, Lingen. Open 10.30 – 5. Lingen Stitchers and their sister group, Needling Along, annual needlecraft exhibition of members’ work from the past year with a special display of sewing memorabilia collected by the Rev. Leigh Spicer. Light refreshments and charity raffle. Disabled access and local parking. Free admission. Contact: Maggie Flanders 01547 510040

POWYS, LLANIDLOES SY18 6BY UNTIL 8 SEPTEMBER ‘Minerva Quilts 18 - Summer Exhibition’ at the Minerva Arts Centre, High Street, Llanidloes. Open 10.30 – 4.30 (closed Sun/Mon.) Summer exhibition of antique quilts from the Quilt Association plus contemporary work by Bethan Ash, Deborah O’Hare and Cwylt Cymru. Disabled access and local parking. Free admission. Contact: SCOTLAND, EDINBURGH EH11 2DZ UNTIL 31 AUGUST ‘A Creative Journey’ Edinburgh Festival Fringe exhibition at St Brides Community Centre, Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh. Contact the community centre for opening times. A collection of art quilts by the students of Pat Archibald inspired by each person’s creative journey. Disabled access. Town parking. Free admission. Contact: St Brides Community Centre 0131 346 1405

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KENT, DEAL CT14 6EA 25 – 27 AUGUST Phoenix Quilters’ quilt show at Trinity Church Hall, Union Road, Deal. Open Sat 10 – 5, Sun 12.30 – 5, Mon 10 – 4. Exhibition of work, raffle, tombola, sales and trader tables and refreshments. In aid of The Pilgrims Hospice and Talk it Out. Parking and disabled access. Admission by donation. Contact: BRISTOL, FILTON BS34 8QZ 30 AUGUST – 1 SEPTEMBER ‘West Country Quilt and Textile Show’ at UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre, North Entrance, Frenchay Campus, Filton Road, Bristol. Open 10 – 4.30. Traders, galleries including Unfolding Stories III, demonstrations and workshops. Refreshments. Disabled access and free parking. Bus service

from local station. Admission fees apply, see website for details. Contact: EAST SUSSEX, RINGMER BN8 5RB 31 AUGUST – 1 SEPTEMBER Ouse Valley Quilters’ biennial exhibition at King’s Academy (formerly Ringmer Community College), Lewes Road, Ringmer. Open 10 - 4. Display of work, refreshments, traders, tombola, sales tables and raffle in aid of Kangaroos (a charity enriching young disabled people’s lives) and Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance. Free parking and disabled access. Admission £4 (accompanied children free).   Contact Penny Jones on 01323 890925, LINCOLNSHIRE. WOODHALL SPA LN10 6PZ 2 SEPTEMBER ‘Quilting Live’ at Coronation Hall, Spa Road, Woodhall Spa. Open 10.30 – 5. Tor-o-moor Quilters invite you to see them at work sewing quilts for charity. Visitors can try hand and machine stitching. Grand draw, sales table, tombola, trader and refreshments. Proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Care. Parking and disabled access. Admission £1. Contact: Doreen Hallett 01526 e352087,   SCOTLAND, CASTLE DOUGLAS DG7 1AE 5 – 15 SEPTEMBER Threave Quilters’ exhibition at the Castle Douglas Art Gallery, Market Hill, King Street, Castle Douglas. Open 10 - 4 (closed Sun). Parking and disabled access. Free admission.   Contact: Jane 01556 66054.   CORNWALL, REDRUTH TR16 6QH  6 – 8 SEPTEMBER  Carn Brea Quilters’ patchwork and quilting exhibition at the United Methodist Church, Four Lanes, Redruth. Open 10 – 4 Sales tables, fabrics, trader and quilt raffle. Light refreshments. Wheelchair access and local parking. Admission £1.  Contact: Jenny 07837 630608, Dot 01326 618051

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DEVON, BIDEFORD EX39 5HR 7 – 9 SEPTEMBER Little Stitches Quilt Group 2018 Exhibition at Littleham Village Hall, Littleham, Bideford. Open Fri/Sat 10 – 4, Sun 11 - 3.30. Refreshments, stalls, traders, quilt raffle and demonstrations. Proceeds in aid of Parkinson’s UK (Torridge Branch). Free parking and disabled access. Admission £2 Contact: Liz 07518 825523 SOMERSET, MARTOCK TA12 6JL 7 – 8 SEPTEMBER Patchwork exhibition at All Saints Parish Church, Martock. Open 10 – 4. Quilt display by Stanchester and Ash Quilters. Quilt raffle, sales tables including quilts for sale. Bag tombola, lunches, teas and coffees. In aid of church funds and Cancer Research. Local parking and limited disabled access. Free admission. Contact: SOMERSET, WESTON-SUPER-MARE BS23 1LF 14 – 15 SEPTEMBER ‘Weston-Super-Quilts’ at the United Reformed Church Hall, Waterloo Street, Weston-Super-Mare. Trader, group sales table, raffle, homemade cakes with tea and coffee. Disabled access and local street parking. Admission £3 Contact: Jean Guard 01934 429169, LONDON, DULWICH SE21 7BG 15 – 16 SEPTEMBER Dulwich Quilters’ exhibition at Bell House, 27 College Road, Dulwich, London. Open 10 – 4. Exhibition of work, sales table and refreshments. Quilt raffle in aid of Alzheimer’s Society. Limited disabled access and parking. Admission £4, children free. Contact: GWENT, BLACKWOOD, NP12 ONT  21 – 22 SEPTEMBER  Cariad Quilters’ biennial exhibition at the Masonic Hall, Cliff Road, Blackwood. Open 10 – 4. Display of members’ work, sales table, local trader, raffle for charity quilt and other prizes. Refreshments. All proceeds in aid of Guide Dogs, Wales. Disabled access and parking. Admission £2.

Contact: Mary 01443 831163, KENT, ASHFORD TN27 0QZ 22 – 23 SEPTEMBER Quilt and Craft Show 2018 at Pluckley Village Hall, Fir Toll, Station Road, Pluckley, Ashford. Open 10.30 – 5.  Beautiful patchwork quilts, wall hangings and other needlecrafts, some for sale.  Showcase by Louise Jessup. Tea tent with delicious cakes and savouries, trade stalls and quilt raffle. Free parking and disabled access. Admission £5 to include refreshments. Contact: Judith Pool 01233 840280, NORFOLK, DRAYTON NR8 6EF 22 – 23 SEPTEMBER Drayton Patchwork Quilters’ exhibition at Drayton Junior School, School Road, Drayton. Open 10 – 5 (Sun 4). Quilt display of members’ work, sales table, quilt raffle and refreshments. Parking and disabled access. Admission £2. Contact: NORFOLK, SOUTH LOPHAM IP22 2LP 22 – 23 SEPTEMBER Diss Quilting Group exhibition at St Andrews Church, South Lopham, near Diss. Open 10 – 5. Exhibition of members’ quilts and textiles. Raffle quilt, sales table and refreshments. The Church Tower will be open to climb and view the Norfolk countryside. Farmers’ Market in the village hall (Sat only). Parking and disabled access. Free admission. Contact: Carolyn James 01379 871908 DORSET, STURMINSTER NEWTON DT10 1DR 29 – 30 SEPTEMBER Quarter Quilters’ Quilt Show at the Workhouse Chapel, Bath Road, Sturminster Newton. Open 10 – 4.30. Patchwork and quilt exhibition, sales table, raffle and refreshments. In aid of local charities. Disabled access and parking to the rear of venue. Free admission. Contact: Helen Seaford 01258 471479 POWYS, ABERMULE SY15 6ND 29 – 30 SEPTEMBER Abermule Quilters’ exhibition at Abermule Community Centre, Abermule,

Montgomery. Open 10 – 4. Trade stalls, sales table, tombola and refreshments. Disabled access and free parking. Admission £2.   Contact: Helen 01686 622707, Dawn

TEXTILES HAMPSHIRE, ROMSEY SO51 8EP 4 – 16 SEPTEMBER ‘Just One Day’ exhibition at Romsey Abbey, Church Street, Romsey. Open 10 – 4. A new exhibition from textile art group ‘By Design’. Disabled access and local parking. Free admission. Contact:, 01794 513125 NORTHUMBERLAND, ALNWICK NE66 1LX 5 SEPTEMBER – 28 OCTOBER ‘Borders, Boundaries and Beyond’ at Bailiffgate Museum Gallery, 14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick. Open Tue – Sun 10 – 4. An exhibition of 2 and 3D contemporary textile art works. Disabled access and local parking. Admission £4, concessions £3. Contact: 01665 605847,   NORFOLK, MUNFORD IP26 5DW 8 SEPTEMBER ‘World Textile Day East’ at Munford Village Hall, St Leonards Street, Munford, near Thetford. Open 10 – 4.30. Presentations, specialist textile traders and refreshments. Special guest speakers Sue and David Richardson of Disabled access and parking. Free admission, charges for presentations, see website for details. Contact: CHESHIRE, FRODSHAM WA6 7QN 29 SEPTEMBER ‘World Textile Day North’ at Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham. Open 10 – 4.30. Fair Trade market from makers, workshops and villages around the world. Presentations, traders and refreshments. Disabled access and parking. Free admission, charge for presentations, see website for details. Contact:


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Wandering the web


Bargello patchwork is something everyone seems keen to learn how to do these days and there are some fabulous quilts to be found all over social media. I have made a couple of very simple ones but haven’t yet had the courage to try anything more complicated – or to try to design my own. All that may change after today’s research! So, what is Bargello patchwork? Craftsy has a blog post explaining this ( complete with a little video. There are also a lot of videos on YouTube showing you how to make these quilts – mostly simple ones but also a few unusual ones, and ones you might not think of as Bargello, but that use the same construction techniques. Jenny from the Missouri Quilt Company uses 2½" wide strips to make her Bargello quilt at while the same width strips are used by Jordan Fabrics to make a simple Bargello table runner ( There are plenty of other videos to be found here, just search YouTube for Bargello quilts.

Quite a few bloggers have basic step-by-step tutorials for making these quilts such as these ones from Let’s Quilt Something ( and from Nancy Collard of Smokey Bear Retreats ( Keepsake Quilting’s blog has a series of videos and brief explanations at while Quiltmaster Patterns have a whole series of hints and tips at Click on each one to read more, or scroll to the bottom to download the pdf. For a very different Bargello look, Maggie Ball explains how to make her quilts in these two videos from PBS show ‘Quilting with Nancy’ ( and She uses the Bargello technique but with far fewer fabrics to create blocks. There are some interesting ideas to play with here. Further ideas can be found on various Pinterest boards including these -,, and I found one Pinterest board with a great many links to other sites showing you how to make Bargello quilts ( and the Quilting Gallery ( has dozens of photos of Bargello quilts made by subscribers, just click on the photos to enlarge them. If you search for images of Bargello quilts you will find many more ideas.

Navajo Summer Quilt, Jinny Beyer

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I found lots of patterns available to download, many have to be paid for but I did find quite a few free ones – although these tend to be the more simple designs. Quiltville have a scrappy Bargello pattern at while Quiltmaster Patterns have lot of beautiful paidfor ones but this is the link for their free ones I found a free pattern on Craftsy ( from designer Lil Becks

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Modern Bargello, Andrea Harris,

Bargello Strips by Color and Value, RIGHT: Spiral Bargello, Groves,

Corner (you need to sign up to Craftsy to ‘buy’ this pattern) and one on Free Patterns Info ( where a video from Patti Carey shows you how to make the quilt and you can download a PDF of the pattern as well. Even this year’s Festival of Quilts website has a free pattern for a Bargello with a difference – a spiral designed and made by Linda Onions – and you can find it at Most of the fabric manufacturers have at least one Bargello quilt in their free pattern downloads; just remember that you don’t have to use the same fabrics, especially as they are probably no longer available. From the Moda Bake Shop is this ‘Dancing Colors’ - and also ‘Modern Bargello’ (scroll to the end to download the PDF.) I also found one called Paint Drip from Robert Kaufman at The following few pattern links will take you direct to the PDF ( I found this simple quilt from Michael Miller ( and also this one which incorporates a panel - Quilting Treasures have a very colourful Bargello-style pattern at and there is a similar (but very different one!) designed by Tula Pink for FreeSpirit at More traditional designs can be found from Blend Fabrics ( at and from Northcott Fabrics ( at Meanwhile Art Gallery Fabrics have a ‘Butterfly’ design at, but just imagine this in February in reds and whites? Finally, while researching all this I came across nerdy heaven – a free downloadable design program for Bargello quilts! I had found plenty of links to the research paper about it - it started as a Master’s degree project at Toronto University over ten years ago - and I felt there must be at least a beta version somewhere but finally I found the latest one. It is free to download and very easy to install. It says it is only supported up to Windows 7, but it installed and is working fine on my Windows 10. Called Bargello Sketcher you can find it here Look under the ‘Help’ button (the little lifebelt) to get the user manual which I copied and pasted into Word so I could print it out and have it next to me, but actually the program is very intuitive. I may never make any of the ones I have ‘designed’ but I have had hours of fun just playing.

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Bargello Sketcher,


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‘Penny and Fletcher’, Kerry Foster

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Kerry Foster This month Kerry Foster, originally from the UK but now living in Alberta, Canada, brings us the stories and inspirations behind her first and last quilts. My quilting journey began in 2011. I was working as editor on a relaunched magazine for MyTime Media called Popular Crafts. The then editor of Popular Patchwork magazine was a helpful lady called Jane Rae. She gave me a stack of magazines for format and style inspiration and I was amazed by the intricacy of the projects. I was primarily a jewellery maker at the time, but I had to give it a go. Patchwork, quilting and sewing in general has been my craft ever since.

onwards, I designed for magazines, including the one that initially inspired me, and this one!

My first quilt was probably similar to a lot of first quilts, except I stretched myself by taking a block pattern rather than a full quilt pattern and figuring out the maths for that and I also fussy cut farm animal centres to make a baby quilt for my husband’s new baby brother. From then on, I’ve sewn my own patterns 95% of the time. I have lots of ideas and it seems a shame not to try them all and experiment. From 2013

My first pictorial quilt was ‘Penny and Fletcher’ – a portrait of our first two greyhounds. It didn’t hang great because I was still a novice in all aspects of quilting, but it was thrilling to see it hang in the show the following year. From there, I made a couple of dog quilts. The next was ‘Really Big George’, a portrait of the then-largest dog in the world, and also ‘Hank, Frankly’, a big head-shaped portrait of our English

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After visiting the Festival of Quilts in 2012, I wanted to know how to make appliqué pictorial quilts, but I didn’t like raw edges or the time hand turned appliqué took. After discovering the work of Wendy Butler Berns, I found a new style that I loved – using a glue stick to glue under the raw edges.

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‘Canada 151’, Kerry Foster RIGHT: Detail, ‘Canada 151’ Pointer pup. Both sold and it was an amazing feeling! My publication ‘Paint By Number Quilts’ – what I like to refer to as a ‘book(ette)’ is released by Stash Books very soon. It’s a collection of four projects using the turned edge glue style, with a paint by number style guide, fabric matching colour key and full size pattern pieces. These were very important features for me. It has been two years in the making because there’s been format and content changes along the way, but it is still true to my original vision. I had planned for a triptych of deer for example, but the fawn and doe didn’t make it to print. I plan to release the extra designs I have before the book publication date at the end of August, so right now, it is a race against time to get things ready!

‘Hank, Frankly’, Kerry Foster

My next quilt planned for this style is of a blue jay, and I’d like to make a landscape too since up to this point I have only made animals. I like to challenge myself to expand my skills and I like to make pieced quilts too rather than just appliqué. But I have to admit, I’m still not ready for Y-seams! The last quilt I made is ‘Canada 151’, finished up just after Canada’s 151st anniversary. We moved to Canada in 2016 and it is such a diverse place that I fell in love with the Discover Canada 1 and 2 fabric lines. It took over a year for me to finally make something, but what resulted was a really quick quilt design to showcase the vintage style panels. I still like to make a ‘palate cleanser’ quilt once in a while! ‘Showcase’, a free pattern for the Canada 151 quilt, is available on Kerry’s blog: To see more of Kerry’s work, visit


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Detail, Revolution Panel showing St Matthew’s Church

INTRODUCING... Second Revolution Quilters BY SUE GILBY

Our group meets every Monday morning at the village hall in Pentrich, close to the town of Ripley in Derbyshire. Back in Medieval times Pentrich was of far greater importance, as signified by its impressive parish church of St Matthew. Though classed as a village now, Pentrich still has a great community spirit, the village hall being used daily for many varied activities. There are two quilting groups that meet weekly in the village hall. We owe the formation of our group to the popularity of the Pentrich Patchers. There was a long list of people wanting to join, so one of their members started a second group in 2004. On first forming there were 7 members, one year later, 14 and two years on, 25. We now have thirty one members and that is as much as the hall can accommodate when filled with tables, machines and chatter. The word revolution in our name comes from Pentrich’s main claim to fame. It was the village from which ‘England’s Last Revolution’* began. In 1817 people were desperately poor and starving, with no work for those returning from the Napoleonic wars, unable to pay increased corn prices and rents and a catastrophic crop failure. A mass peoples’ uprising was

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planned, marching on London to lobby Parliament, starting at Pentrich and gathering more on the way. Unknown to the plotters, a government spy was among them. They were betrayed and the march stopped by troops at Giltbrook, near Nottingham. Many were arrested, the three leaders hanged and beheaded, others transported to Australia, and others imprisoned. Both quilting groups became involved with the extensive Bicentenary commemorations, as did many other groups meeting at the village hall. Our group made a panel, a simple wall of bricks of Derbyshire landscape colours showing sky, limestone peaks, hillsides, fields, the colours rippling through light to dark, with the brick reds, greys and dark browns of industrial towns at the base. Within the panel there were

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LEFT: St Matthew’s Church, Pentrich

2018 Raffle Quilt, ‘Box of Chocolates’ placed nine special picture bricks showing images of significance to the Revolution. St Matthew’s church is there, as is the White Horse Inn, where the plotters met, the Old County Hall in Derby where many were tried, and of course, the gruesome beheading is there too. Running through is a map of the locality, with the revolution route in red and with careful looking, viewers will see other stitched details of dates, names and ages of all those sentenced and titles of the embroidered, appliquéd picture bricks, each one stitched by one of the group. The panel has been displayed locally in community centres, pubs and sports halls and in two museums. This August it is entered in the Group Quilt category at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC. Everyone in our group played some part in the making of the panel, showing just how supportive our group can be. New members are always made welcome and we see their skills develop over time. We have many and varied talents, from expert machinists, to those who prefer hand stitching, accomplished embroiderers and sometimes people come to knit, crochet or make toys. On alternate years each group puts on a quilt show at the village hall. This yearis the turn of the Second revolution Quilters, on 13 – 14 October. The hall will be transformed into a feast of colour, with quilts hanging from the beams, walls and free standing frames. Pride of place will be taken by our raffle quilt, made to raise money this year for the Derbyshire

‘Revolution Panel’, Second Revolution Quilters Stroke Centre, the only one of its kind in England that is privately funded. At our last show we raised well over £1,500. Entry is only £1 and money well spent! Also on show will be our interpretations of last year’s Autumn Challenge and our Pentrich Panel. There will be a sales stall of all kinds of work, wonderful books and magazines, a fabric trader, not forgetting tea and delicious homemade cakes. It is usually a very busy and enjoyable weekend. It would be lovely to think we could welcome readers of this article to the Show. We hope to see you there! *The title of an absorbing book by John Stevens reprinted by the Pentrich and South Wingfield Revolution Group. Second Revolution Quilters’ exhibition is on 13 - 14 October at Pentrich Village Hall, Derbyshire. Full details will appear on our exhibition pages in the October issue of P&Q.


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with Arlene McLeish

How did you find ‘Alias Grace’? Although it can be a very challenging read in places, I think it’s very rewarding and worth the effort needed. It’s a reminder that quilting can be the glue that holds us together when life gets tough – by making things we can plan for a happier future. For September, I’ve gone for a contrast again, and have chosen ‘To Scotland with Love’ by Patience Griffin. September is often a very busy time for me and I always associate it with the end of summer and the start of new projects. Griffin is someone who came to quilting later in life, having decided that the best way to acquire a quilt was to make one herself. About the same time she started a new job with a long commute and whiled away the time listening to audio books. After a couple of years she decided to combine both quilts and her passion for novels with her obsession for Scotland – and the result was this novel. She’s now written a series of eight books, all of which revolve around quilts and Scotland and which are referred to collectively as ‘Kilts and Quilts’. Now, to be perfectly honest, I had never heard of these books until a chance meeting with Susan Briscoe in April this year. Susan is herself a recognised and well-established quilter and author and she told me all about this series. Given that I’ve admired Susan’s books for many years, I thought I’d give ‘To Scotland with Love’ a go…

does contain swearing, and some may find the descriptions of the love story a little too graphic in places, so if either of those are likely to offend you, you might want to omit this particular novel. There are also some factual errors in her description of Scottish life. But then again, for me, they added to the enjoyment; my husband is proudly Scottish and relished the opportunity to correct any stereotypical depictions. Griffin’s blog does reveal a passion for quilting with plaid! She’s created several patterns based upon Gandiegow, which would be relatively straightforward to create and has produced a quilt pattern entitled ‘Gandiegow by the Sea’ to accompany the book. And what about you? Would you choose a successful career or true love, if you could be sure that either would bring you equal happiness? For more information on the ‘Kilts and Quilts’ book or to see the associated quilt patterns visit

The heroine, Caitriona MacLoed, decides to leave Chicago following the sudden death of her husband and moves to her birthplace, the fictional town of Gandiegow in Scotland where her grandmother still lives, in the hope that she will be able to recover. But to her great surprise she not only meets a man, Graham Buchanan, but discovers that he is a famous film star, who frequently retreats to Gandiegow himself. Caitriona discovers his hidden secret and is then faced with a dilemma; should she reveal his secret, and in doing so resurrect her journalistic career, or should she choose discretion and love? Whilst Caitriona wonders what to do, she gradually finds peace by quilting with her grandmother and the other women of the village. ‘To Scotland with Love’ is a contemporary romance and as such, you could argue that the plot is predictable, but Griffin uses humorous banter to move it along. She’s also not shy about exploring the complexities of family relationships and the wider ones within a community. Be warned – this novel

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We have one copy of the book to giveaway. Turn to page 84 for more information about how to enter.

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The Welsh Quilt Centre

The Welsh Quilt Centre, run by the famous Jen Jones, is holding its last exhibition entitled appropriately ‘Nos Da/ Goodnight!’ Featuring mini displays from the last ten years this is your final chance to visit the iconic location which has done so much to increase the knowledge and awareness around the world of Welsh quilting. The exhibition runs until 10 November 2018. For more information visit CALL FOR ENTRIES

Journal Quilt Challenge

The closing date for the 2019 Journal Quilt Challenge hosted by Grosvenor Shows is fast approaching. The theme for 2019 is 'Through the Window' and entry forms must arrive by 1 November 2018. This is an ever-popular quilt competition and next year's theme is sure to inspire some fun journal quilts. For more information, and to download an entry form, visit See all the entries at their Spring Quilt Festivals next year.


Sew a Rows on Display!


The Festival of Quilts is the biggest quilt show in the UK, if not Europe, attracting people from all over the world to attend and exhibit. This year, on the British Patchwork & Quilting stand we will have our usual wonderful selection of magazines to tempt you along with future projects that you can make. We will also have the UKQU’s Sew-a-Row quilts on display. A team of bloggers from the website, including our own Helen Kent, got together and have produced two beautiful, but very different, sew-a-row quilts. Based on the themes ‘Fire’ or ‘Ice’, the bloggers have each created a row which can be put together or used separately. The free instructions for each of the sew-a-rows will be released weekly, one row at a time for you to join in. Choose between the warm colours of Fire, or the chilly extremes of Ice. The free patterns will be available for download from the UKQU website from July.


REGULAR // wonderful workshops


In this section of the magazine we highlight some of the patchwork and quilting workshops and courses on offer around the country. If you have a course that you would like to suggest, then please get in touch, email


Create a 3D Face representing the Green Man. This course uses drawing techniques, design and basic machine sewing with lots of hand stitching. Materials include cottons, silk, leather, felt and painted or dyed fabrics, beads and feathers. There will be an additional charge of £14 for a kit including most of the requirements. Suitable for those with reasonable hand and machine sewing skills. This one day workshop (10 - 4) costs £45. Additional charge of £14 for kit. Tea and coffee provided. For more information and to book this course visit or call 01933 227973. Poppy Patch, 3 Manor Farm Court, Church Lane, Great Doddington, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN29 7TR


1 SEPTEMBER MINERVA ARTS CENTRE Create improvised textile art using fusible collage construction as a fresh way to look at the design process. In this relaxing and inspiring workshop, you will design and complete a small block or collage which can be used as a starting point for a larger project. This is a great workshop for developing new directions in colour, working in a series and experimenting with silk, cotton and other fibres. The techniques and ideas that Bethan teaches here form the basis of much of her work. This one day workshop (10 - 4) costs £40 (plus £5 materials payable to tutor) and includes all materials, Tea and coffee are provided.

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For more information and to book this course visit or email The Minerva Arts Centre, High Street, Llanidloes, SY18 6BY

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…of the June Giveaways ‘Super Cute Paper Piecing’ Anne Cowan, Scotland ‘Cozy Quilts and Comforts’ Rachel Aubrey, Herefordshire ‘Easy Layer Cake Quilts’ Wendy Dailey, Hertfordshire ‘All in a Row Again’ Tracey Grevatt, Sussex ‘All Over Patterns’ Karen Hambrook, Norfolk African Prints Fabric Bundle Nathalie Rees, Cheshire Long Island Fat Quarter Bundle Barbara Smith, Hampshire Helen Wayte, Nottinghamshire ‘Cottage Gardens’ Pam Dancaster, Berkshire

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TECHNIQUE // in a nutshell



It is advisable to use 100% cotton fabric if the finished item is to be laundered. Ideally fabrics should be washed and pressed before using as this allows for shrinkage and colourfastness. To check a fabric is colourfast, dampen and lay it on top of a white cotton fabric and press. Check for any dye transferred to the white fabric. If the colour bleeds when the fabric is washed, rinse repeatedly until water runs clear and, if necessary, soak in a solution of 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar.

When piecing fabrics it is essential to press each seam as it is stitched. Firstly, press the seam flat on the wrong side before opening the pieces, to set the stitches. Then, on right side of the fabric, press both seams towards the darker fabric using tip of the iron and then press again on the wrong side. Seams can also be pressed open as this helps to distribute the bulk of fabric created when lots of seams meet at one point. Press rather than iron, preferably without steam. Spray starch can also be used.



These need to be accurately made from either rigid plastic or cardboard. The templates given on the Pattern Sheet are usually full sized. A seam allowance of ¼" is used in all projects unless otherwise stated. Refer to the Pattern Sheet for more information.

Squares, rectangles and other shapes can be quickly cut from strips of fabric using a rotary cutter, a self-healing cutting mat and a special cutting ruler. A rotary cutter has a very sharp round blade which must be shielded at all times when not in use.

APPLIQUÉ The technique of applying one or more fabrics to a background with hand or machine stitching. Always use a thread to match the colour of the shape to be appliquéd.  Hand appliqué  Also known as needleturn appliqué. The appliqué pattern can be traced onto the background fabric or an overlay method can be used. Draw around appliqué shape and cut out, adding an approx. ¼" seam allowance. Pin shape in place on background fabric and slip stitch down, turning under seam allowance with your needle as you go. Freezer paper appliqué  Cut freezer paper to exact size of design and iron shiny side of paper to wrong side of fabric. Cut out adding approx. ¼" seam allowance. Press seam allowance over the freezer paper to give a smooth edge. Pin in place on the background fabric and slip stitch almost all of the way round the shape, leaving a small gap. Remove the paper and complete stitching.  Machine appliqué  Apply fusible web to back of appliqué fabric before cutting out each drawn shape accurately, without a seam allowance. Fuse into position and use a zigzag, satin or buttonhole stitch to attach. 


Always cut away from the body and store cutter out of the reach of children. Cutting rulers come in a variety of sizes and are usually marked in inches with 1⁄8" increments. To straighten the edge of the fabric prior to cutting strips, fold in half with selvedges together and place on cutting mat. Place ruler on the fabric, at right angles to the fold and cut the fabric to give a straight edge. Place the cut edge of fabric to the left of the cutting board, if right handed (to the right, if left handed) then using the ruler, measure width of strip to be cut. Hold ruler in place and cut along edge of the ruler. Several layers of fabric can be cut at one time. Strips can then be sub cut into squares, rectangles, triangles and other shapes.

small, sharp pair of scissors to cut ¼" within marked line. Clip curves and corners as necessary. Using a thread to match top layer, use tip of your needle to turn under the top fabric to the drawn line of the design, dia. 1c. Slip stitch to bottom layer. Turn work over and trim away excess fabric, dia. 1d.  By machine Mark the design on wrong side of bottom layer of fabric. Sandwich fabrics as for hand reverse appliqué. Use a straight stitch and working from back of fabric, stitch exactly along line of the design. From the right side of fabric sandwich, use a sharp pair of scissors to cut as close as possible to the inside of stitched line thus removing the top layer to reveal the design. This cut edge can then be covered with a line of satin stitching. Reverse Appliqué dia. 1a

dia. 1b



dia. 1c

dia. 1d

This is the ‘opposite’ of appliqué, where a layer or layers of fabric are removed to reveal the design. By hand Cut two pieces of fabric and draw design on right side of top fabric. Pin the other fabric beneath top fabric, right side up, dia. 9a. Tack layers together approx. ½" outside drawn design, dia 9b. Use a

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TECHNIQUE // in a nutshell

Hand piecing a unit

Machine piecing a unit

Nine Patch

Flying Geese

dia. 5a

dia. 8a

sky fabric goose fabric

dia. 5b

dia. 2a

dia. 2b

reverse of sky fabric

dia. 5c

Chain piecing

dia. 8b Half square triangles

dia. 3. dia. 6a Four Patch

dia. 4a

dia. 6b

Quarter square triangles

dia. 8c

dia. 4b dia. 7a

PIECING   By hand Place two patches right sides together and pin at right angles to the seam. Sew the seam through your drawn lines using a short running stitch. Begin and end each seam at the seam line (not at the edge of the fabric) with 2 or 3 backstitches, dia. 2a.  By machine As patches already have ¼" seam allowance added, it is necessary to stitch with an accurate ¼" seam. This can be achieved by adjusting the needle position to give ¼" with a normal sewing foot, by using a special ¼" foot or by sticking a strip of masking tape to the throat plate ¼" away from the needle. Align patches and pin together at right angles. Stitch all the way from edge to edge, dia. 2b.  Chain piecing Pairs of fabric pieces can be sewn together, one after the other, without lifting the presser foot on the machine or cutting the threads. They are cut apart later. This saves time and thread, dia. 3. 

QUICK PIECING Chequerboard  To piece a Four Patch block with alternate coloured squares, cut two strips of contrasting fabrics. Place strips right sides together with long raw edges matching. Join strips together along one long edge

dia. 7b

with ¼" seam allowance and press seam towards darker fabric. Cross cut the joined strips into sections the same width as the original strips, dia. 4a. Take two of these cut units, rotate one so that the central seams lock together, place right sides together and stitch seam, dia. 4b. To piece a Nine Patch block, two different sets of three strips are required: • Set 1 two sets of dark, light and dark strips, dia 5a.  • Set 2 one set of light, dark and light strips, dia 5b.  After joining strips together and pressing seams towards the dark fabric, cut apart as described for Four Patch block. Arrange cross cut units and join together to make the block, dia. 5c.  Half Square Triangles  Cut one square from two different fabrics 7⁄8" larger than the finished size of the unit. Place squares right sides together and draw diagonal line on wrong side of one square. Stitch ¼" seam each side of this line,  dia. 6a. Cut squares apart along the drawn line, open out each pieced square and press seam allowance towards the darker of the two fabrics, dia. 6b. 

Quarter Square Triangles  Cut one square from two different fabrics 1¼" larger than the finished size of the unit. Place squares right sides together and draw both diagonal lines on wrong side of one square. Stitch ¼" seam each side of one diagonal line. Cut apart along both diagonal lines, dia. 7a. Press towards the darker fabric. Join these pieced triangles together in pairs to form two pieced squares, dia. 7b.  Quick Pieced Flying Geese  These instructions will produce a strip of Flying Geese blocks measuring 4" x 8",  dia. 8a. Cut one, 5¼" square of ‘goose’ fabric and four, 27⁄8" squares of ‘sky’ fabric. Draw diagonal line on wrong side of each of ‘sky’ square. Place ‘goose’ fabric square right side up on work surface. Pin one sky square, right side down, onto one corner and a second sky square on opposite corner, dia. 8b. Trim off corners where they meet in the centre. Stitch ¼" seam each side of diagonal line from corner to corner. Cut apart along the drawn line. Take one of the halves and place another sky square onto remaining corner, noting diagonal line on square is perpendicular to existing diagonal seams,  dia. 8c. Finger press the two sewn triangles out of the way. Stitch as before each side of line. Cut apart on drawn line to make two Flying Geese blocks. Repeat with other half to make four blocks in total.


TECHNIQUE // in a nutshell

Foundation piecing

ENGLISH PAPER PIECING A traditional patchwork method where the fabric is folded and stitched over accurately cut stiff paper shapes. The fabric is cut out with an added seam allowance and tacked, or glue basted with a glue pen, over the paper. The fabric covered shapes are then placed right sides together and overstitched with small neat stitches. On completion all of the tacking stitches and papers are removed. Hexagons and diamonds are often stitched in this way. 

dia. 9a


dia. 9b


3 1 5


7 WS


dia. 9d

dia. 9c

FOUNDATION PIECING This is a very accurate piecing technique where fabric patches are stitched to the reverse of a foundation block. It is particularly useful where sharp points are needed. Depending on the material used, the foundation fabric/paper can be either left permanently in place (e.g. lightweight cotton fabric or sew-in interfacing) or can be removed (e.g. foundation paper or stitch ‘n tear). Trace block design accurately on to the foundation paper together with the order of stitching of each patch, dia. 9a. The design will appear in reverse to that of the finished block. Fabrics are stitched to the blank side of the foundation pattern. It is useful to have a light source (e.g.window or lightbox) to help position patches. Seam allowances are trimmed down as the block is stitched so accurate cutting of the pieces is not necessary. Use a slightly smaller stitch than usual on your sewing machine, especially if the foundation is to be removed. Begin with patch 1 and cut a piece of fabric larger than patch 1 plus an approx. ¼" seam allowance on all sides. Place fabric right side up onto blank side of foundation pattern ensuring it covers patch 1. Pin in place, dia. 9b. Next cut a piece of fabric that will cover patch 2 plus seam allowances. Place this fabric right sides together with patch 1 piece, aligning the corresponding seam line. If wished and to help with placement of fabric, mark each

MARKING QUILTING DESIGNS Quilting designs may be marked before or after the quilt is sandwiched, depending on the method used. Various types of marking pencil are available. If the design is on paper, it should to be traced onto the quilt top before sandwiching, with the help of a light box or a window. Designs can also be traced from homemade cardboard templates or from commercial plastic stencils. Masking tape is useful for marking straight lines and is generally applied after the quilt has been sandwiched. Make sure that whatever method chosen to mark the design can be easily erased. Always test on a scrap of fabric used for the quilt. Do not iron over any marked areas as the marker may set in the fabric.

WADDING or BATTING This is the filling for the quilt and it is available in a variety of fibres from 100% polyester to 100% cotton plus mixtures and wool wadding. The type chosen will depend on whether the item is to be hand or machine quilted; whether a high or low loft is required and whether the item is to be draped over a bed or hung on a wall. ‘Loft’ refers to the weight and thickness of the wadding. Always allow at least 2" extra wadding all the way round the quilt as it will

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dia. 9e

dia. 9f



end of the stitching line with a pin, dia. 9c. Pin fabric 2 in position. Turn foundation pattern over to printed side and stitch along line between patches 1 and 2. Start and finish stitching a few stitches beyond the marked line. Turn block over and trim seam allowances, dia. 9d. Open out fabric pieces so that right side of the fabrics is visible and finger press flat, dia. 9e. Continue adding fabric pieces in number order, making sure that final fabrics extend over the seam allowance around outer edge of the block. When block is complete, trim it to the ¼" seam allowance, dia. 9f. 

‘shrink’ as it is quilted. Open out the wadding for the creases to fall out and to allow it to breathe before using.

grid pattern as before and remove as you quilt. Alternatively the quilt sandwich can be tacked with a basting gun or spray basted.



The piece of fabric that will be on the reverse of the quilt should be of similar weight to the quilt top. A large quilt will need a pieced backing. It should be at least 3" larger than the quilt top to allow for shrinkage on quilting.

The quilting stitches hold the quilt layers together permanently once the tacking stitches have been removed.

MAKING THE QUILT SANDWICH Give quilt top and backing a final press if they haven’t been marked with a quilting pen. Polyester wadding should not be pressed as it becomes flattened. Lay backing fabric right side down on a flat surface and secure with masking tape. Lay wadding on top, smoothing out any creases as you go. Place quilt top, right side up, on top of wadding, matching centres of each layer on all sides. If hand quilting, tack or baste the layers together using a large tacking stitch. Start in the centre with a long length of thread and stitch to one edge; finish off with a back stitch. Return to the centre, re-thread needle and stitch to the other side. Tack in a grid pattern about 4" apart across the quilt. If machine quilting, use sharp or curved safety pins to hold layers together as tacking threads can get caught up in machine quilted stitches. Pin every 4" in a

Hand Quilting The size of the stitch is not important when hand quilting but the aim is to have even stitches on both the back and front of the quilt. Use a ‘betweens’ needle which is short and sharp. They come in a variety of sizes – 8/9 are slightly longer than 10/12. Experiment to find which is most comfortable for you and which takes the thread comfortably. A quilting thread is thicker than a regular sewing thread. Cut a length of thread approx. 18" long and make a small flat knot at the end just cut from the reel, to prevent knotting whilst stitching. Sit comfortably, in a good light and use a frame to support the quilt and also help keep the stitches even. To prevent creasing, never leave the quilt in the frame at the end of a quilting session. Always start quilting from the centre of the quilt and work outwards. To start quilting, insert needle into the front of the quilt, approx. ½" along the line from

TECHNIQUE // in a nutshell

Mitred Border

dia. 10a

dia. 10b

dia. 10c

BORDER Plain border A border can have butted or square corners, i.e. where one strip is joined to another to form a 90˚ corner. To measure fabric for a border, measure length of the quilt top through its centre. Cut side borders to this measurement and join to quilt top. Measure width of the quilt, again through its centre including the width of the border at each end plus ½" seam allowance and join to top and bottom edges of quilt. Mitred corner A mitred border has two strips with 45˚ ends, which are joined to form a 90˚ corner. Cut border strips the length of each side of the quilt, plus the border width each end, plus 1". When joining, begin and end stitching ¼" from corner edges. To make the mitre, fold quilt top right sides together, diagonally at one corner, dia. 10a. Place a ruler along diagonal folded edge of quilt top, through the last stitch in the border seam and across the border and draw a line. Align long raw edges of borders and pin together along drawn line. Stitch along the line from inner ¼" to edge of border, dia 10b. Trim seam allowances to ¼". Press open, dia. 10c. Repeat for each corner. If multiple borders are to be used, join these together first and treat as one piece before adding to quilt top and mitring corners. your starting point, bring it out on the top of the quilt at the beginning of the line. Tug slightly to bury the knot in the wadding. Make a small backstitch to secure the thread then take regular running stitches following the marked line, ideally 3 to 4 at a time. Place your non-stitching hand under the quilt to feel where the needle comes out each time and to guide it back through again. Finish by making a knot about ¼" from the surface of the quilt, take a back stitch and pull the knot into the wadding to bury it again. Machine Quilting  This can be a quicker method for quilting a top but it does take practice. For normal stitching, keep feed dogs raised and use a walking foot which allows the layers of fabric to pass through the machine without puckering or shifting. When stitching a more intricate design, it is worth spending time considering how to stitch as long a continuous line as possible, to prevent constantly starting and stopping.  Quilting in the ditch  Stitch along the seam lines around each block, preferably on the lower side of the seam, i.e. where there are no seam allowances. This will stabilise the blocks of a quilt. This can be done using a matching

BINDING Trim edges of the quilt so that all of the layers are even and the corners are square. For double fold binding, cut strips of fabric 2½" wide and long enough to go all the way round the edge of your quilt. Join strips as necessary with a diagonal seam. Fold joined strips in half along their length, wrong sides together and press. Starting at centre of one side of the quilt, place folded binding strip on top of quilt, aligning raw edges and machine stitch strip to the quilt. Stop stitching ¼" from the corner, backstitch a little and remove quilt from the machine. Fold the strip up at 45˚, dia. 11a and then back down to align it next to the adjacent quilt edge, dia. 11b. Pin and continue stitching. Continue in the same way around the quilt. For smaller projects, a narrower 1¼" wide single binding can be used. All bindings can be cut on the straight of the grain unless the edge of the quilt is curved, in which case a binding cut on the bias of the fabric should be used. 

Attaching a Binding

dia. 11a

thread or invisible thread. It is always sensible to practice on a replica sample of layered fabrics before beginning on the actual piece so that any adjustments to stitch length and tension can be made. Free motion quilting Use a darning or free motion foot and lower feed dogs. Reduce stitch length to 0 and remember to lower the foot, thus engaging the top tension. The speed at which the quilt is moved determines the stitch length. With practice, the benefit of this technique will quickly be discovered as the quilt can be moved forwards, backwards and sideways without having to be turned. Start quilting in the centre of the quilt and work outwards. Begin by putting the needle down into the quilt and bring up the bottom thread to prevent knotting on the back. There are various ways of dealing with the threads at the start and end of a row; some machines have a locking stitch that can be used or the ends can be left to be knotted and sewn in at the end. Tied Quilting Thread a needle with a long, unknotted length of perlé type cotton. Mark the quilt with pins to show the position of each knot, about every 4". Take a backstitch over the

dia. 11b pin and through all the layers, leaving a 3" length of thread. Make another backstitch over the first one, cut thread leaving the same length at the end of the stitch as at the beginning. Tie the tails of thread into a square knot (right over left, then left over right). Trim ends neatly to the required length. Repeat over rest of the quilt. HANGING SLEEVE  If a quilt is to be hung on the wall, it is necessary to attach a sleeve to the back of it. Cut a length of fabric 8½" wide equal to the width of the quilt minus 2". Turn under each short edge and stitch to neaten. Fold in half lengthways, wrong sides together and place the raw edges to the top of the wrong side of the quilt. Pin. This can then be machine stitched at the same time as the binding is attached. Slip stitch the folded edge of the sleeve to the back of the quilt.  LABELS  Always add a label to the back of a quilt as a record of who pieced and quilted it, where and when it was made and if it was made for someone in particular or a special occasion. The label can be hand written using a water resistant pen, or it could be hand or machine stitched. It is also possible to print labels from your printer.



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Ribbon/Sequin foot Clear View quilting & guide set Ultra Glide foot, Free motion couching foot set. The above totals an amount of £416, this can be checked through any Janome Dealer. I will take £250 for the lot including packaging and posting. Contact: joandwells47@gmail. com FOR Sale "Quilts UK Fabrications Magazine - First edition included One to Twenty Eight. "Fabrications Quilting For You" Editions Twenty Nine to Seventy Four. All excellent condition Buyer Collect 01253790208 £50 Lancashire SINGER 14T970C Coverstitch sewing machine. Brand New still in unopened box. The cheapest on line is £579. Selling for £350 for quick sale. Contact Anne on 01425657008. Hampshire. PFAFF Creative 1467 German made in working order. Offers. Phone for details. 01458 851489. Somerset. BERNINA accessories. 36 metal bobbins for CB shuttle models £25 incl. postage. Edge foot 10 (great for stitch in the ditch) £15 incl. postage. Argyll 01852 500546. EASTMAN TAYLOR CL501 dual Overlocker/Coverstitch sewing machine. New, used twice. Still boxed. Cost £1000 last year will accept £525 for quick sale. Collection or will send via Courier. Contact Anne 01425657008 PFAFF PERFORMANCE 5 sewing machine, has had little use. £1250 ONO 01458 851489

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STAR LETTER UNITED QUILTERS United Quilters, who meet monthly in the United Reformed Church in Farnham, support a different charity each year by donating sewn items to them. This year we have made and donated over 150 items to Southern Domestic Abuse Services. Items were made at group sewing sessions and at members’ houses. They range from quilts, cushions, shoe bags and aprons (for cooking) for the children to shopping bags, cushions and aprons for the ladies. In April a selection was delivered to them and we followed this up by the remaining items being given at our June meeting. Anneatta Shearman from the charity attended the meeting and gave an insight into how SDAS helps both ladies and children and how our donated items will be appreciated. Margaret Mullery, Chair of United Quilters, by email Such a good cause to help Margaret. I hear about a lot of quilters around the globe who spend time and effort creating such beautiful things to support various charities. It makes me proud to be a quilter!

Margaret Mullery and Anneatta Shearman To inspire Margaret and the United Quilters we will send them a fabric bundle, courtesy of Cloud 9 fabrics.

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I have always been fascinated by the information on the selvedges of designer materials so I have been collecting interesting ones over the years. I decided to make a ‘bookshelf’ cushion using the edges as books. I hope you find this an interesting use of selvedges. Anne Pidoux, by letter What a great idea Anne! Such clever use of the selvedges, like me, you obviously find it difficult to throw away something that might come in useful or is just pretty. Thank you for sharing your cushion. Helen



Hello P&Q! I thought I’d share a pic of my first big quilt which I made for my daughter. I’ve made others but none of this size. I had started machine piecing this some years ago, but at the time had two small children who liked messing with my pieces and I could rarely find ‘me’ time at my machine, so I began my adventure into paper piecing. Now I’m addicted! I love finding new patterns from tessellating shapes. My son has asked for a quilt of his own and I am happy to comply. Charlie Harris, email

Thank you for my giveaway prize of the fat quarter bundle. I have mixed it with plain material and made small quilts for Pembury Hospital Neonatal unit. Wendy Cox, by letter

Wendy that is so sweet, to use your lovely prize of So Daring fabrics for such a good cause. That design was a perfect choice for those quilts. Quilters are such lovely people! I’m delighted that you enjoyed your prize and that it’s now cuddling lots of tiny babies. Thank you for letting us know. Helen

I’ve become hooked on paper piecing myself Charlie. It’s so portable and easy to pick up and put down. There are some fabulous quilts made using this method, proof that there are no bounds to what you can achieve. Thanks for sharing your lovely quilt, I’m sure your daughter loves it. Helen


For a long time I have wanted a copy of ‘The Forgotten Seamstress’, even asking my husband to add it to his next online book order. Then low and behold what came through the post box this morning? Yes a package from Patchwork and Quilting and what was inside? I am thrilled as it’s too hot to have a quilt on your lap; some shade, cool wind and a good book is the next best thing. So thank you so much Gillie Lister, by email Gillie you are very welcome. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did. There is even a quilt pattern that you can have a go at designed by Lynne Edwards MBE. Helen

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BLOCK OF THE MONTH AUTUMN TINTS This block was featured in the famous Farmer’s Wife quilt, which stemmed from the Farmer’s Wife magazines, published during 1920s and 1930s. Many blocks from readers were put together to form this stunning sampler quilt. Modern versions of these sampler quilts have been published in book form and are popular today. Autumn Tints was one of the featured blocks and is based on a four patch block arrangement with two larger squares and four smaller squares chain linked across the diagonal. When completed in autumnal colours this could give the impression of falling leaves. A simpler but still interesting block.

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