Workshop Reunion – Beautiful Baltimore


Debbies Beautiful Baltimore

this week we held a Reunion for our customers who had attended classes and wished to bring in their completed quilts to show, there was also the added inducement of cake!

We had a fantastic afternoon looking at some amazing work. The Beautiful Baltimore Quilts were stunning

Debbies (above) had a peacock theme. Each feather was embellished with beads. Debbie has only been quilting a short time, this is her second Quilt!

Bevs Beautiful Baltimore


Had an elephants theme. The ribbon border on all the quilts looks great!


Carols Quilt was stunning with lovely autumnal details, Carol was a complete beginner, she had never quilted before!. All of these quilts were based on the same pattern, I was so thrilled that the students adapted the design to fit with their own fabrics and style. It meant they created a truely unique and personal Quilt.

Well done all!

If you are interested in taking this class please check out our workshops or call the shop on 01908 649687

We would love to help you create a gorgeous quilt


Copywrite and Quilters




At Threads and Patches we are occasionally asked to photocopy patterns or we hear groups of quilters saying ‘ you buy the pattern and then make copies for us all’ . This is why firstly I refuse to copy a pattern that is not ours, and I challenge groups who choose to breech copyright in this way.

Why is this not OK?

Firstly it is breaking the law

below is a link that explains the rules

But the main reason I feel,  you should not copy patterns is not a legal one, it is a moral one.

A quilt designer has spent a long time planning the design, making it, getting the pattern tested, invested money in printing and advertising, spent time persuading shops and distributors to sell her product – all very hard work and sometimes very frustrating. She has invested. Then it is effectively ‘stolen’ by people publishing, copying, sharing etc. She gets nothing back if you do that. So why should she ever bother again? We get our best patterns by designers working to put something great together for us. Don’t ruin it by refusing to support them

Spiky Star Block tutorial

This is a great block, It is a woven star and works well in tone on tone fabrics with a mix of light and dark values for the star. Ensure you have a good contrast with the background fabric.

12″ block – please use a 1/4″ seam allowance throughout.



To construct the block you will need

4 Squares
8 Half square triangles
4 Three Quarter Squares

From Background

A. Cut 4 squares 3 ½” – 4 pieces (Corners)

B. Cut 4 squares 3 7/8” Cut in half on the diagonal to make 8 triangles – 8 pieces (Half square triangles)

From Each of 4 Colour Fabrics For the Star

C. Cut 1 squares 3 7/8” Cut in half to make 2 triangles – 8 pieces (2 of each fabric) (Half Square triangles

D. Cut 1 Square 4 ¼” cut in Half on the diagonal set cut 1 of these in half to make 2 triangles. – 8 pieces (2 of each fabric)

E. Take the spare large triangle and trim to be the same size as the triangles cut from the 3 7/8” squares.  – (1 of each fabric) these can be added to the triangles cut in no 5.


  1. Take the 4 squares of cream cut in  (3) – these are the 4 corners of the block
  2. Take the 8 Cream triangles from (4) and the 8 colour triangles from (5) and pair up Right Sides Together (RST) to make 8 half square triangles. Press to the dark side. These are the points of the star – use photo to position between cream corners.
Make 8 Half square triangles using the background and the 4 fabrics, two of each fabric

3. Following the diagram make ¾ square triangles 2 quarters and one half using 2 small triangles from (D) and one large triangle from (C) . Begin by sewing the two small triangles together RST , press seam to the dark. Then join to the larger triangle – check position in the block – see below.


4. Please be careful in how you lay these out, I suggest that you lay the cut fabrics out as the block image and then pair the small triangles together, lay them back in their positions then add the large triangles, so you create the over and under effect.

5. Join the Units in rows of 4 I usually press the seams to the left om one row and then the right on the next, so I can nest the seams as I stitch the row together.



Easter Bunny – Patchwork Bunny Panel

I had a lot of fun making this bunny panel


I used Quilters fusible grid, to make sure my squares were accurate.


I cut scraps into 2″ squares and placed them, right side up, on the fusible side of the grid, lining up the squares.

TIP – I usually do this on the ironing board, I place a piece of white paper or fabric underneath – this makes the grid easier to see.

I fused the squares in place (I used 42 squares (6 x 7) with a medium iron, pressing gently.

TIP – cut the grid to exactly the size you plan to cover with fabric – this reduces the risk of getting the iron stuck to the fusible grid

I folded the fused squares on to each other, one row at a time and stitched a 1/4″ seam down all the verticals.

Then I snipped those stitches seams with fine scissors between the squares , this allowed me to push the seam allowances in different directions so that they ‘nested’

I then sewed the horizontal seams with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

You can download the pattern of the bunny here Bunny_Outline


I traced the bunny design onto the smooth side of fusible Vilene  I placed this onto the right side of my patchwork and stitched with a small stitch all the way around the bunny. I then trimmed back to this seam leaving a small allowance (1/4″). I snipped the curves and the indents.

The next bit is scary! I cut into the Vilene in the centre and very carefully turned the bunny out, so its raw edges were folded under by the vilene. Be careful to ease out the seams and snip into the seam allowance at any area you feel is ‘pulling’ Be careful not to cut through the outer stitching. If you do, turn the bunny back and re sew the seam.

Once done position your bunny onto a background piece of fabric – mine was 12 1/2″ square. You can then iron the Bunny in place, as the fusible of the Vilene is now underneath

Stitch the Bunny to the background by hand or machine.  By hand you can use a small slip stitch or an invisible ladder stitch, By machine you could use a zig zag, a satin stitch, a blanket stitch or I used a blind hemming stitch and invisible thread.

I added a border to my block of squares .

I am now ready to quilt it and turn it into a Wall Hanging or Cushion front. You could embroider flowers, Easter eggs or carrots around your Spring Friend!


Have fun and email me pics of your bunnies!





Free Money at Threads and Patches in May and June 2017


In May and June, every £1 you spend at Threads and Patches will be matched by a special Threads and Patches £

You will collect these on a card given to you in the shop.
When you purchase goods in the shop during May and June 2017, Threads and Patches will give you FREE – Threads and Patches ££££’s

You will get a card and the amount you have spent will be added to the card each visit throughout May and June.

You wil be able to Spend your Free Money at our

Charity Auction on Friday 14th July at 7.30

We shall be auctioning various things including fabrics, kits, samples, classes all sorts.

It will be a fun evening with a few games and a bit of cheese and wine.

We will be charging £5 to attend to cover the food and a donation to charity.

But all the money you have to spend in the auction will have been given by Threads and Patches.

The more you spend in May and June the more you will have to spend at the Auction



12″ Block 9 Patch Star

This block is a Twist on the Friendship Star – I have heard it called ‘Ribbon Block’

These are ideas for our 2017 Charity Block Swap


A 1/4″ Seam is used throughout

From Dark Blue

Cut 2 squares 4 7/8″ (cut in half diagonally to make 4 Triangles)
Cut 1 Square 45 1/2″

From Cream

Cut 4 Squares 4 7/8″ (Cut in half diagonally top make 8 Triangles)

From Light Blue

Cut 2 squares 4 7/8″ (cut in half diagonally to make 4 Triangles)


Join each cream triangle to a blue triangle (light and dark) Right sides together. Press seam to the dark side – makes 8 Half Square Triangles (HST) (4 with Dark blue, 4 with light blue)


Lay out block  with square in the centre- see image above

then sew squares in 3 rows of 3 then join rows together nesting seams ( seams should rest in opposite directions to reduce bulk at the points.)

Below are a couple of different layouts with the same units

Changed_Ribbon_Block_Blue_Cream2             Changed_Ribbon_Block_Blue_Cream3



Blue and Cream Block Idea 2



12″ Hour Glass Block

A 1/4″ Seam is used throughout

From Cream

Cut  1 Square 6 7/8″ – cut in half diagonally to make 2 Triangles

Cut 4 Squares  3 1/2″

From Light Blue

Cut  1 Square 6 7/8″ – cut in half diagonally to make 2 Triangles

From Dark Blue

Cut 4 Squares  3 1/2″


Using Light Blue and Cream Triangles

Make Half square triangle blocks – using 2 large triangles 1 blue and 1 cream sew Right Sides together. Press seam to the dark side, trim ‘ears’. Make 2 of these.



Using Dark Blue and Cream Squares make a four-Patch Block – make 2 of these



Lay out block using diagram above as a guide. Sew in rows, then join the rows together, nesting seams (one to the right the other to the left to minimize bulk at the points).

Press well. Your block should now measure 12.5″ raw edge to raw edge



Workshop Passport On Sale Next Week – 1st April



Our Workshop Passport is incredibly popular – pay just £85 and most of our classes are Free – that means you could do 10 or even 20 classes in the term for just £85!

We make our classes available from a few months before, so customers who do not want a passport can book into classes which may fill very quickly once the Passport goes on sale . The Passport goes on sale one month before the start of the new term – so 1st April with the new Term starting in May.

Check out our workshops here

This term we have introduced our booking form which if you plan to buy a passport you can fill in ready for the 1st April


You can download it here             Booking_FormWSPSUMMER2017

We hope you will take advantage of this useful list and fill it in ahead of buying your Passport so you are all ready in the queue for our classes.




Blue and Cream Patchwork Block Idea


This fun twist on an Ohio Star is a great block to do

A 1/4″ seam is used throughout

From Blue

Cut 2 Squares 5 1/8″ – cut in half on the diagonal twice (8 Triangles)

Cut 2 square 4 7/8″ – cut in half on the diagonal (4 Triangles – one will be wasted)

Cut 1 square 4 1/2″

From Cream

Cut 2 Squares 5 1/8″ – cut in half on the diagonal twice (8 Triangles)

Cut 2 square 4 7/8″ – cut in half on the diagonal (4 Triangles – one will be wasted)

Cut 1 square 4 1/2″



Make 4 Hour glass blocks –  using 2 small triangles of blue and 2 small of cream (Cut from the 5 1/8″ squares) -Sew in Pairs (1 blue/ 1 Cream) Right sides together.Press seam to the dark side, then join the pairs to make one block, trim ‘ears’ – repeat 3 more times – see diagram


Make Half square triangle blocks – using 2 large triangles 1 blue and 1 cream sew Right Sides together. Press seam to the dark side, trim ‘ears’. Make 3 of these.

Lay out block using diagram above as a guide. Sew in rows, then join the rows together, nesting seams (one to the right the other to the left to minimize bulk at the points).

Press well. Your block should now measure 12.5″ raw edge to raw edge


Threads and Patches Charity Block Swap

Join Threads and Patches Charity Block Swap. Make as many blocks as you wish and bring them in to the shop during  June and July 2017.


How does this work?

Make a quilt block using any design of your choosing – it can be very simple or very complex, it can be pieced or applique.

We are raising money for Macmillan Cancer relief, so ask that you make a £2 donation in order to join the Block Swap when you bring your first blocks in. You can bring all your blocks in one go, or as you make them, it is up to you.


  1. Your blocks should be a 12″ square block (so 12.5″ raw edge to raw edge)
  2. Your block should be in Blue and/or Cream. If some of your blue fabrics have other colours in that is OK so long as blue is the dominant colour. Please try and avoid white as this will shout against any cream in the blocks.
  3. Your block/s must be brought to the shop (please do not post- this is a walk in block swap) any time during June or July 2017.
  4. Each block should be labelled with your name , or if you prefer to be anonymous a code number.
  5. You will be given a receipt for your blocks.
  6. During the first week of August we shall share out the blocks. You will get the same number back that you handed in, but they will be from different people.
  7. Mid August onward come in and collect your blocks
  8. We would encourage you to make something with your blocks if you only have a few it could be cushions or a bag. If it is several (we suggest 6 is a good number) you could make a quilt!
  9. Bring your completed project to Threads and Patches during October and we shall hold a charity coffee morning (day) when the projects will be on display  on Saturday 28th October at the shop.

Ideas for Blocks

Each week Sally will post some simple (and a few more complex) ideas for quilt blocks plus the instructions how to make. So make sure you follow this blog to keep in touch with what is happening.

Happy stitching and we look forward to seeing you soon!