I am a maker and designer of handmade quilts based in the UK, having begun my quilting journey back in the early 1990’s. I have studied on a number of courses and workshops and am now embarking on a City & Guilds course. I enjoy  making contemporary quilts inspired by traditional patterns and in particular  learning about quilting from different geographical areas. I use a variety of fabrics and especially love to incorporate Liberty cottons when I am able.


Module 2 Chapter 2

Curvilinear Journeys

Section A Lines and Patterns

For this chapter I have been asked to look closely at the patterns made by lines in some of my collection of natural images and objects

Task 1

This task asked me to make several line drawings with a variety of natural form shapes.

I hand drew my objects, a cedar rose, a sea shell, a pine cone and large pebble from the beach.

Task 2

This task asked me to pick out the prominent details from my natural objects and draw them in black, I used a fine liner and drew them by hand.


Drawing with ‘dry’ materials

For this I referred to chapter 1 and used 3 images that I had used before. I glued the images down the centre of the page and drew the images down each side. On the left I used a fine liner for each image and on the right I used a variety of ‘dry’ mark-making tools.

Task 3

First image a charcoal pencil, second image a black pencil crayon and the third image an italic pen. These produced a variety of lines, curved, wavy, straight and both fine and thicker lines.  Due to the nature of my chosen images, I could concentrate on inner and outer lines.

3 images


Task 4

This task required the use of a variety of ‘wet’ drawing materials to produce 4 x A5 contrasting line designs on paper, dark lines which show up against a light coloured background.

task 4 cedar rose

First image I used the cedar rose, painted black water colour paint onto the centre and rolled it onto the paper to print the pattern


task 4 pine

Second image I used a photo that I had taken of a type of pine tree, I used a glue spatula and black water colour paint to transfer the shape of sharp needles onto the paper


task 4 compound

Third image This photo is taken from a magazine, I used a paintbrush and black ink to replicate the smaller parts of a compound leaf.


task 4 lemon

Fourth image  This image of lemons was also taken from a magazine, I sliced a lemon in half and using green acrylic paint I printed the inside flesh of the lemon onto the paper.


Make patterns with a variety of mark making tools and fabric paints

 Task 5

For this task I was asked to produce 4 test pieces made from using fabric, fabric paint and mark making tools, making marks which reflect natural form details.  I ended up making 5 as I didn’t read the instructions properly and missed out the first experiment where I was asked to completely cover the background with one colour.

I used four post card sized pieces of calico and two different pairs of colours for each piece.



For the first sample, I painted the whole piece yellow and then dipped the edge of a shell into red fabric paint and printed this shape all over the yellow background.


For the second sample,  (bottom left in both images) I painted a group of three leaves with green fabric paint and printed these leaves over the fabric I then used the cedar rose from a previous task, painted it with yellow paint and printed it over the leaves

For the third sample, (top left in both images) I used the shell again, dipped it into blue paint and printed the fabric, then mixing blue and red paint and making purple I used a glue spatula and painted a pattern over the shell print.

For the fourth sample, (bottom right in both images) I used the end of a cork, dipped it into the yellow paint and printed over the fabric, then painting the edge of the large pebble from an earlier task I made a trellis work pattern by printing the pebble onto the cork background

For the fifth sample, (top right in both images) I painted a fir cone from a previous task with orange paint, mixed from red and yellow, and then rolled the cone across the calico. I then dipped the end of an old cotton reel into the green paint and stamped a pattern across the cone pattern.


After finishing these samples, I then chose two that I thought produced the best finish.

I really liked the leaf with cedar rose print and the fir cone with cotton reel print so I reproduced both of those onto A4 pieces of calico


Task 6

For this task I was asked to produce 6 test pieces and then 2 x A4 fabric mono-prints

The examples need to have a selection of integrated and linear lines using a range of colours.

To produce these Mono Prints I used old baking trays, fabric paints and calico. I used a range of mark-making tools, the end of a paint brush, a cotton reel, a glue spreader and the tip of a pen.

I spread fabric paint onto the baking tray using a sponge ended ‘brush’ and a paint brush, from the test pieces you can see that the sponge worked the best without leaving brush strokes. (red and yellow test pieces)

I then made a pattern into the paint with a mark-making tool, lay the fabric onto the paint, gently pressed down with my hands and then peeled the fabric off to reveal the mono print on the underside of the fabric.


 Two-colour mono-prints

Task 7

For this task, I was asked to produce at least 2 x A4 two-colour prints using different background fabrics. I made two with calico and one with grey and white ticking fabric.

To do this I covered two baking trays with different colour paints, making a different pattern in each with my mark-making tools.

For the first print, I used red paint for the base pattern, made wavy lines with a paint brush to give the effect of a plant. I lay the calico onto this and pressed gently with my hands. I left that to dry a bit before putting green paint onto the other tray in the same way, using a cotton reel to make a pattern across the ‘plant’ giving the effect of leaves. I then lay the calico onto that tray and the green pattern printed over the red.


For the second print, I covered the tray with blue paint, I used the fir cone and rolled it across the paint, giving the effect of sea water, I lay a fresh piece of calico onto it as before. I then spread yellow paint across the second tray and used the tip of a wooden clothes peg to make a trellis pattern across it then lay the calico onto it giving the effect of a fishing net on top of the sea water.


For the third print, I spread green paint across the tray, as I did this some yellow paint which hadn’t completely mixed in showed a little and so I decided not to add another colour. I used the end of the peg again and as I twisted this from side to side it gave the effect of an italic pen, which I think looks quite good.



City & Guilds Level 1 certificate Patchwork and Quilting Module 2: Twists Twirls & Swirls

Module 2 is all about creativity and is to encourage me to look afresh at line, shape, texture and colour. For someone who likes to use plain fabrics with just a dash of pattern, this will be a challenge but one that I am definitely up for.

Chapter 1 is taking me into the natural world, which I love and am looking forward to exploring more to relate it to my patchwork.

Chapter 1

A Wealth of Colour

Task 1

For this task, I was asked to gather together images which reflect a variety of colours and fill a page in my coursework book with a range of these images.

I chose flowers and leaves; these images are collected from photographs that I have taken and from magazine cuttings.

task 1 a

This first page shows a selection of natural images, mostly flowers, but also some leaves, in a variety of warm colours and natural shapes.

Task 2

I was asked to fill at least one page of my coursework book with categories of images

task 2 a

This page shows a selection of images grouped together according to colour and species I chose leaves.  I enjoy looking at leaves, I like the natural colour of green and am amazed at the huge variety of shapes, sizes and colours on this page alone.

task 2 b

This page shows a selection of flowers. The hydrangea photo is taken in my daughter’s garden which is full of these beautiful plants, in all different colours. The red rose photo is taken in a friend’s garden and the other pictures taken from magazine. The pictures show an array of  colour, shape and size.

Task 3

For this task I was asked to produce a paper collage by tearing or cutting papers into small pieces.

I used green papers and my grouped images of leaves as a guide. Using a variety of shades of green, some plain and some with patterns on. I found this task quite satisfying, I enjoy choosing colours for my quilts and am quite fussy about which colours to put together. Using different shades of one colour is quite a challenge.

task 3

Task 4

For this task I was asked to produce 2 more examples using different colours and different techniques.

The first example I used purple papers and papers with purple in the pattern, I cut these into strips and wove them together, spreading PVA glue along the top of backing paper, sticking down the tops of the vertical strips, weaving the horizontal strips into these and then gluing the bottom and side ends to the backing paper.  This is a great way of seeing how different patterns/colours blend together.

task 4 a

For the second example I tore strips of different shades of blue paper, spread glue across the backing paper and then lay the strips horizontally onto it.  Although these strips has rough edges to them, I feel that they show a clearer  and less fussy example of how different shades/patterns blend together.

task 4b

Colour Diagrams

For the following tasks I am looking at ‘how to create harmonious and exciting colour schemes in textiles’. In order to do this I have been asked to look at the composition of the basic Colour Wheel.

The Primary colour wheel on the left, contains red, blue and yellow. These colours cannot be made up from other colours

The Primary & Secondary colour wheel on the right, shows the 3 primary colours and in between each are the 3 secondary colours which can be made when equal parts of two primary colours are mixed together

Red & Blue = Purple                 Blue & Yellow = Green                       Yellow & Red = Orange

Task 5

For this task I was asked to use fabric paints to produce a simple colour diagram, painting the primary and secondary colours onto calico fabric.

I cut squares of calico, taped them to my work bench with masking tape to prevent fabric from slipping.

Task 6

For this task I was asked to blend the primaries to produce secondary colours by painting four stripes, red, yellow, blue and red again onto calico and then before the paint had time to dry I used clean water to blend the colours by painting water down between each stripe. I tried this task twice as the paint dries quite fast. I probably should have made the original stripes thicker by using more paint.


Limited colour schemes found in nature

When I make quilts I do usually limit my colours, I may use more shades of each colour but I prefer to use less colours to create a less busy result.

Task 7

For this task I was asked to create some limited colour schemes myself by looking closely at images from nature, identifying all the main colours and then picking just three of those colours, the one standing out the most, a really dark colour and then one in between.


I chose three images from my collection of photos and magazine cuttings. I went through my cuttings and pieces of fabric/ribbon to find pieces that matched the colours in the image, I also used some fabric paints. The following three pictures show my results

task 7 a

This image is of stones and leaves in a water, I think the blue is from the sky reflecting into the water, I didnt find it so easy to focus on three limited colours but I enjoyed finding paper to match what I saw in the image.

task 7 b

I was quite excited when I found some gold ribbon in my tin to match the gold in the top right hand corner of this image and I found it easier to pick out three main colours.

task 7 c

I liked the colours in this image of leaves and berries which is why I chose it, but once again I found it quite hard to limit it to three main colours.


Health & Safety, Time & Cost Module 1


Health & Safety Rules Observed Module 1

I have my sewing studio set up in a small bedroom and have been using this as both a work room and study.

My sewing machine is situated on a table under the window giving plenty of work area and light.

The electric lead runs under the back of the table to the socket and is well away from the walk way.

I store fabrics and other materials on shelves and in drawers in the same room and in a big chest of drawers on the landing space outside the bedroom, the chest of drawers doubles up as a cutting table and where I iron fabric to use. There is plenty of light in this area and a socket for the iron.

As I suffer with back problems I am constantly aware of posture whilst measuring, cutting and sewing.

I keep all scissors and rotary cutters and blades in a metal storage tray on the chest of drawers where I cut fabric. My cutting mats are on top of this chest.

I often have grandchildren visit and so am aware of moving these items into my studio when they are around.



Time Log for Module 1

Date Activity/Chapter Approximate time spent
28/9/16 Chap 1 gathering fabric

Tasks 1,2,3

2.5 hrs
5/10/16 Marker test task6 1 hr
19/10/16 Task4 30 mins
20/10/16 Tasks 5,6 1 hr
  Upload to blog 1 hr
23/11/16 Chap 2 task 1,2 1 hr
24/11/16 Task 1,2 45 mins
19/12/16 Task 3, 4, 5 1.45 hrs
20/12/16 Task 6,7 2 hrs
21/12/16 Task 8,9 1.45
22/12/16 Blog chap 2 2.15
6/1/17 Chap 3 sort fabric, iron fabric, read thru chap 3 1.40
10/1/17 Photograph, prep fabric, rotary cutting fabric & paper 1.30
  Write up 3 hrs
12/1/17 P45-55 & write up 3 hrs
13/1/17 Finish off 2 hrs
14/1/17 Complete course book post on blog 5 hrs
18/1/17 Chap 4- whole chapter, do work, write up, blog and complete course book 5.5 hrs
20/1/17 Chap 5, task1 + write up 2 hrs
21/1/17 Task 2,3,4 + write up 6 hrs
22/1/17 Task 5,6,7 + write up 4 hrs
25/1/17 Finish writing up, printing photos and mounting all in course book 3 hrs
27/1/17 Blog chap 5 1 hr
5/3/17 Chap 6, carry out, mount work and photos in book, blog 4 hrs

                      Cost Sheet

Date Item Supplier Cost of item Amount used Estimated cost
24/9/16 Marking pens Berkhamsted Arts      
  Sketch book     whole book  
  glues   Total £28.44   £28.44
30/9/16 Tailors chalk Merchant & Mills     £2.00


Module 1 Chapter 6

Quilting Quests 2

Introduction to Machine Quilting

Task 1

For this task I was asked to use the four square blocks I made in a previous chapter and using my machine, I carried out both Outline and Selective quilting.

I have never really enjoyed machine quilting in the past, even though I use a walking foot, I find on bigger items the fabric still puckers. I didn’t have a problem with these small blocks but I was using quilting thread which I have never used on my machine before, maybe this made a difference?

  1. Outline

For this block I didn’t mark the fabric but used my presser foot as a guide alongside the seams

  1. Selective

For this block I used an HB pencil to mark the diagonal lines to quilt along

Task 2

Test Pieces: Fill an A4 page on your course book with small test pieces, each showing a different repeat pattern


When quilting, I prefer straight lined patterns to anything with a curve in it. I have recently seen a plain whole cloth cushion cover by Lindsay Stead (see photo below) having triangles picked out by just the stitches, so it looks like patches made up with stitches and is most effective.


Task 3

For this task I was asked to make up a four square block in 3”x 3” squares, then quilt this block using the presser foot for a guide to keep lines straight and equidistance apart


Task 4

For this talk I made an identical block. I made a wavy template from card, drawing the waves freehand, and then using the template to repeat these lines throughout the block




I had one 4 square block left from a previous chapter and so used this to rotate a curves line pattern onto opposite plain squares, leaving the opposite patterned squares unquilted.



Evaluation of Module 1

So I have come to the end of Level 1 Module 1 and have really enjoyed the challenge. It all did get a little hectic around Christmas, New Year and our February trip to South Africa, but I have finished and look forward to starting the next Module.

As I look over my course book I enjoyed getting together all the pieces of equipment that I would need over the following months, I did have most of the requirements but realised there were other tools out there that would come in handy. I am a fabric hoarder but had never thought about using different papers to plan out ideas. While carrying out the ‘cutting, pressing, scrunching’ table I realised that these are actions which I carry out without thinking when choosing fabrics to use, the same goes for choosing colours and patterns, I lay them alongside each other and pick those that look best together.

I enjoyed making the 4 square blocks and found my tutors feedback helpful, especially when I was asked to repeat the task using the 3 pin method when holding the squares together to sew.

I particularly enjoyed chapter 3, using the rotary cutter. I have used one for years but it was good to carry out different tasks with it.

To be honest, Chapter 4 was probably my least favourite, it was interesting to try the different applique methods but none of which would I use in the future, I don’t think.

I do love hand quilting so Chapter 5 was a hit for me and I enjoyed adding pieces of old blanket into my work. As I have said, I don’t really like machine quilting but I was pleasantly surprised at how I got into the final chapter. I don’t think I will ever use my machine for most of my quilting but I do appreciate how difficult it is and admire those who produce beautifully machine quilted items

Module 1 Chapter 5

Quilting Quests 1

At last, time to get into some hand quilting my favourite part!

I have a good collection of fabrics and waddings etc in my sewing room to carry out the tasks in this chapter.


It was suggested that I make up some more ‘quilts’ using less conventional fabrics.

I used bubble wrap, plastic and brown paper, before drawing lines on and hand quilting through using fine crochet thread. This was an interesting experiment and something I hadn’t tried before. Not so easy to sew through and keep stitches small but I think I managed to keep them all quite regular in size.

Task 1

Making up Quilt Sandwich

I have used a plain dark blue top, medium weight polyester wadding and white cotton backing for this test sample.


Task 2

Multi Choice Sandwich Selection

I chose 4 different coloured plain cotton fabrics for the quilt sandwich tops, thin white cotton for the backs and different fabrics for the wadding. 100% cotton wadding, polyester wadding, cotton fleece fabric and a piece of checked old Welsh woollen blanket.

I cut each of the top and wadding fabrics into A4 size and the backing pieces 1” bigger all around.

I then pinned the layers together with curved quilters safety pins before tacking. I would normally just use the pins but with needing to mark the quilting lines onto the fabric later, the tacking made it easier to draw the lines flat onto the fabric without the pins getting in the way.

When I took quilting courses years ago, I was taught to hand quilt the same way as suggested here in the course instruction book. To knot the thread, entering the sandwich about an inch away from my starting point and enter by the top. Gently tug the knot through the top layer and wadding and up to the first stitch. The finishing instructions are also the same as I have been taught in the past, make a back stitch, bringing the needle up through the wadding and top layer, making a knot to pull through.

I used the navy sample to stitch using different distances between the rows of stitching. I drew lines on the top using a ruler and white chalk pen, marking two lines 1” apart and two 11/2” apart


Task 3

For this task I was asked to use one of my previously made 4-patch blocks and make it into a quilting sandwich, hand quilting the areas with Outline Quilting, stitching ¼” away from the seams and hoping to avoid stitching through the seam allowance. I did draw the line onto the fabric using a ruler and HB pencil, although usually I wouldn’t bother doing this and just use my eye.


Task 4

For this task I used another of my 4-square blocks, making it into a sandwich and using Selective Quilting, I hand quilting across the centre of blocks in diagonal lines


Task 5

For this task I was asked to produce an A4 sheet of experimental geometric quilting designs

I used mostly squares, laying them differently to produce diamonds and I used parallelograms.



Tasks 6 & 7

Marking fabrics then hand quilting, using dark and light fabrics

I continued with two of my sample quilts, marking quilting lines on each using one of my previously made templates.  On the light calico top I marked the lines with a sharp HB pencil and on the darker blue fabric I used a white chalk pen to mark



I found marking with the HB pencil so much easier than the chalk pen which had a rolling wheel through which the chalk flowed. This wheel was a little tricky to keep against the template although it was easy to brush off after I had finished the quilting.



I then hand quilted both these quilts samples, for the calico I stitched with grey quilting thread and for the blue fabric I stitched with very fine ecru crochet thread.

backThe bottom photo shows stitching on the reverse of the quilt

I always find hand quilting relaxing and satisfying and quilting such a small project made keeping the stitches small and regular so much easier than a big project.

The light calico topped quilt has 100% natural wadding in it and the blue topped quilt has the Welsh woollen blanket wadding in it. Both were easy to hand stitch through, the natural wadding being a little thinner and so the stitches were easier to keep small. Using the fine crochet thread is a little like Sashiko quilting and I was tempted to use a Sashiko needle which is longer than a regular quilting needle, but decided against it.

Note:  Sashiko (刺し子?, literally “little stabs”) is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching (or functional embroidery) from Japan Traditionally used to reinforce points of wear or to repair worn places or tears with patches, this running stitch technique is often used for purely decorative purposes in quilting and embroidery. The white cotton thread on the traditional indigo blue cloth gives sashiko its distinctive appearance, though decorative items sometimes use red thread.



Module 1 Chapter 4

Silhouetted Shapes

This is also called shadow applique, something I hadn’t heard of before, and is formed by laying a dark fabric between either a cotton base and transparent or translucent top layer or between two transparent/translucent layers.

This chapter begins by designing with geometric templates. I used my cardboard templates made in a previous chapter, I drew around them onto template plastic and cut these new templates out.

I then used them to cut out shapes from black card to be used to make up different designs on A4 grid paper

A tip given is to use Blutack to hold these shapes in place which is really helpful

Shadow Applique Method

I decided to use calico for my base fabric, I’m so glad I did rather than use translucent fabric for both the base and the top. The translucent voile which I used for the top layer moved around a lot and to have it on the base as well would have made the work so much fiddlier.


Sandwiched Shapes

I chose to use a dark grey checked wool fabric, this was thick and didn’t fray and could be seen through the voile well. I pinned my black shapes to the fabric and cut them out to make up my chosen design, leaving enough room between the shapes for my stitching.  I then pinned the wool shapes to my calico base fabric. After this I tacked the wool pieces onto the base, leaving the tail of tacking thread on the back so it would be easily removes once the piece was finished.


For my top fabric I used voile that I bought a few years back to make princess dresses for my granddaughters, this is probably the worse fabric I have ever used as it slips and slides and moves around, stretching out of shape as you work with it! Anyway, I am glad I had plenty left over for this task.

I decided to use silver voile as my main top later and add a piece of purple voile in between part of the piece of work, so for part of it there are four layers of fabric not just the three required. I spent time rearranging the voiles to see which positioning I preferred.


I then pinned the layers in place and chose a colour coordinated embroidery thread to stitch around the silhouette shapes. I used a running stitch for this main piece of work.

I made the mistake of stitching too close to the first silhouette shape, this meant that the wool fabric bunched up a little under the voile. On the other two pieces, I left a small gap between the edge of shape and the stitching which gave the shape the opportunity to move a little if need be.


This suggestion was to add extra embellishment in the form of beads/buttons/decorative stitching.

I decided to add some colour coordinated and clear beads to my piece of work, together with some small metal beads. I tried to give the impression of water/ice forming on windows with the purple voile giving the impression of a shadow to one side.


I made another smaller piece of work in the same way, again using calico for the base then using brown felt with gold voile on the top. I used dark yellow and green embroidery thread for form decorative stitching around the shapes, I used blanket stitch and chain stitch.

I really enjoyed working on this chapter!


Module 1 Chapter 3

From Chapter 2

Before starting chapter 3 I had been asked to make another 4 square block using the three pin method of holding in place as described on p35 of Module 1. The blocks which I had made hadn’t been centred terribly well and my tutor suggested I try this method so as to make sure the centre of the four squares was exact. I carried out this task and the result is far more satisfactory than my other attempts


Chapter 3 Rotary Cutting

As I have been using a rotary cutter for some time now, I already had the cutter, mat and ruler. However, it’s always good to go over the correct way of using this equipment as it’s easy to allow bad habits to set in!

I had several fat quarters in my fabric stash and so was all ready to get going on this chapter.


I ironed out my fabrics and photographed those I planned on using, ready to print off on paper. This task, as I’ve mentioned before has been a great eye opener for me, showing me how different fabrics will look together in different shapes and sizes without actually cutting the fabric itself and therefore causing waste if I don’t like the outcome. I am saving all the photos that I am taking of the fabrics, in a folder on my laptop so that they are ready for any future tasks I may need them for.

I have worked my way through the instructions on p45 of Module 1. Preparing the fabric by folding in half on the straight of grain and using the ruler and cutter to trim off the rough edges and prepare the fabric for use.

I then continued working through the instructions and cut strips of different fabrics into different widths.

Chapter 3 Task 1a

For this task I was asked to rotary cut a variety of strips in different widths as test pieces. I cut each fabric into 11/2”, 2”, 21/2” and 3” strips

Task 1b

I then rotary cut a pile of squares from some of those strips, layering the strips into 6 layers to cut at the same time


Task 2

I then chose a range of fabrics to explore different layouts. I lay these fabrics together to decide which looked the best together. I had already photographed each fabric and printed them off.

Task 3a

For this task I used the scanned pictures of fabric, using a pencil and ruler to mark parallel lines and cut them out with scissors, varying the width of strips.

Layout Trials

Here I made up several different arrangements by placing 3 scanned strips together, varying narrow/medium/wide widths and different colours/designs.

a)                                   b)                                     c)

d)                                                       e)

a)  Strips getting progressively narrower  b) symmetrical sandwich with same fabrics on outer edge  c) 3 different widths with very narrow one in centre using complimentary colours  d) symmetrical strips with widest/boldest design strip in centre  e) same width strips in 3 different fabrics each with 2 patterned and 1 plain design

Continuing with Layout Trials I used a bold patterned fabric and cut into 11/2” strips. I then cut the same width strips from plain and less bold patterned fabric but with coordinating colour scheme. I rearranged these fabrics to try different variations.



Task 4

For this task I was asked to look up Amish Roman Stripe and Amish Roman Bars quilt patterns.

I really like the Amish style of quilts and noticed in A World of Quilts by Cassandra Ellis a chapter on Welsh Bars which is very similar to the Amish patterns. Cassandra says in her book regarding the Welsh pattern “Most of the mining and rural communities were isolated, so their quilts soon developed a signature look. There was very little outside influence, until returning families brought quilts back with them from America. Fabrics were often plain and used in striking combinations, with intricate quilting patterns that made them highly sought after.”

I found these photos of Amish Bar quilts in the images section on line

I was then asked to choose 3 arrangements from my test layouts, arranging the strips into 3 sets of 3 and stitching each set together using a ¼” SA. The tip given for this task was to stitch from alternate ends to prevent the trips from curving. I pressed the seams to one side on the reverse.


Task 5

I then cut each of the long stitched strips into 5” sections using my ruler and rotary cutter. I used these sections to make up different layouts, this was a good task to carry out to see which sections looked OK together and which looked too ‘busy’ I chose two different designs and stitched them together



For the xtra task I had to cut shapes from one of my strip patchwork designs. I used the templates that I had made at the beginning of chapter 2, drawing around

each template on the back of the patchwork. I used a 2”x2” square, 2”x1” rectangle and 1”x1” squares. Cutting out each shape with scissors.

Task 6

Design a Block with Tapered Strips of Paper

This task asked me to produce a decorative design using a varied range of papers in two colours, cutting into shapes with inverted seams. Inverted Seams means that they look like they’ve been sewn on the wrong side, thus the edges of the fabric are exposed on the RS and not the WS. This gives an added dimension to the piece of work.

I used papers that I had collected from pieces of wrapping paper and pages torn from a non-glossy magazine. The task asked for the paper to be cut into tapered strips, varying in width but of the same length.

I used a ruler and rotary cutter and then ran the edge of the scissor blades along the ruler to form a crease in the paper and so be able to fold the edges up neatly to give the impression of an inverted seam.

I then glued the shapes onto paper before gluing into my course book

Task 7

This task was similar to task 6 but with using fabric and then cutting the finished piece into square blocks.  I wasn’t sure about the instruction which says ‘Use rotary cutter to cut 3”x6” fabric squares from a stack of three fabrics’ as 3”x6” clearly isn’t a square, so made 6”x6” squares

I used fabric of similar colours to the paper I used and cut out tapered strips, laying them all out on my cutting board and moving around to find the order that I liked best and making sure the strips alternated in wide/narrow widths so as to maintain as straight a base line as possible. I then stitched the strips right sides, together using a ¼” SA.

I used my rotary cutter to trim the edges and then cut into two same size squares.

Task 8

This task was a repeat of task 7 but with using both traditional and inverted seams

After pressing, I trimmed the edges and once again cut two equal sized square blocks from the joined fabric. I found that I preferred the seams pressed to one side rather than pressed open.



For this xtra task I was asked to produce a multiple patchwork block by stitching together a selection of squares, rectangles and strips.

I enjoyed this task as I do like to make quilts by ‘designing as I go along’ 🙂

I have tried to make the points all fit together neatly but I haven’t always succeeded.