Free pattern and two bags

Two new (and related) patterns have been added to the Craftsy page.

First is a little basket pincushion –

basket pincushion

and you will find the free pattern for this on Craftsy or you can download it here.

Closely related, and ideal for keeping projects or sewing kit in are two Bucket Bags – one big and one ‘baby’.

bucket bags

These are reversible

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and useful for all sorts of things! For your projects –

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in the garden –

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and the baby one for your hand-sewing project or to keep by the sewing machine –

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The pattern has instructions for both bags – two for the price of one!

Puzzle Quilt Block 8

The final block for the Block of the Month Puzzle quilt is based on the Hope of Hartford block. This is a lovely little block and introduces the construction technique known as a ‘partial seam’. You can download the instructions here.

The original two blocks from the quilt are shown below –

Hartford Hope b


Hartford Hope a

Here are two further colour ideas drawn with EQ7 –

Hartford Hope c

Hartford Hope d

Block 8 Hartford Hope

Trip around the World

Here’s a cheaper trip around the world than that one you’ve promised yourself when you win the lottery. The pattern is available from both our Payhip and Craftsy pages.

A quick and easy (honest!) design with 2 and 1/2 inch wide strips to make a 44 inch square wall hanging or lapquilt. It looks great placed diagonally over a plain bedcover too.

Trip around world 1

Make it with different width strips (these were cut at 1 inch) to make a tiny quilt

Trip around world

Make it in just one colour family (and these strips were cut at 1 1/2 inches)

Trip around the world green

All sorts of colours will work. Here’s a few ‘works in progress’ from a recent class

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Why not set out on your Trip around the World today?

Simple Blocks – Fox and Geese

Fox and Geese is perhaps not as ‘simple’ as some of the others because there are a lot of units to make and you need to be fairly accurate in stitching everything together. But it is really not that complicated either! Take care with cutting and piecing for a super result. You can download the instructions for the block here.

Fox n geese block a

Make several for a quilt, either straight set –

Fox and Geese quilt a

or with sashing between the blocks

Fox and Geese quilt b

or set on point with alternate ‘plain’ squares

Fox and Geese quilt d

Try adding a darker colour in the setting

Fox and Geese quilt c

or a completely different colourway for the block

Fox n geese block b

and the quilt, set with sashing and cornerstones –

Fox and Geese quilt e

Fox and Geese

Puzzle Quilt Block 7

Rolling Stone is the name of this month’s Block of the Month Puzzle Quilt block and it introduces a new unit – the ‘square in a square’. You can download the instructions here and don’t forget to look on the Tutorials page if you need help with cutting or piecing the units.

The two photos below show the blocks from the original quilt –

Rolling Stone a


Rolling Stone b

Shown below are two more ideas drawn with EQ7

Rolling Stone d

Rolling Stone c

Block 7 Rolling Stone

Simple Blocks – Cups and Saucers

This is very similar to Captial T – the Flying Geese units are pointing the other way is the only difference. You can download the instructions for making the block here. Again – look carefully and you can see a cup and saucer in each corner.

cup and saucers a

Swap the colours around a bit and the illusion disappears –

cup and saucers b

or, look carefully, and they are back again

cup and saucers c

Set the block into a quilt

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or on point into a runner

cup and saucers quilt b

or use alternate colourings of the block

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Cup and saucers


Puzzle Quilt Block 6

There’s more Quarter-Square Triangles plus some Flying Geese in this month’s Block of the Month Puzzle Quilt block – its name is In A Spin. You can download the instructions here and don’t forget you can get further information on cutting and piecing the units on the Tutorials page.

These are the colourways used in the two blocks in the original quilt –

In a spin a


In a spin b

Here’s two further ideas drawn with EQ7

In a spin c

In a spin d

Block 6 In a Spin