Tutorial: Block Pattern

Finally… it’s up! My interpretation of a Farmer’s Wife Block Pattern I saw over in the Flickr group- I’ve played around with the sizes to bring it up to a 12.5″ finished block.

This is the block I have chosen for my fellow Bee Europa to create for me and I also hope that some of you taking part in the Come Quilt With Me series will find it interesting too!


I hope you all have as much fun with this as I did! I’ve tried to keep my method as simple as possible but if you aren’t sure about some of the construction methods there are links to previous tutorials.



Based on the above the sizes are:


  • 4 x 3″ x 5.5″
  • 4 x 3.5″ square
  • 4 x 3″ square

Yellow Centre: 3″ square

Green: 4 x 3.5″ square

Pink: 4 x 3.5″ square



First you will need to create the half square triangles (HSTS). If you are not sure please see this post on how to do it.

With two squares you will get two HSTs. Using the 3.5″ squares pair the following:

  • Green with Pink (two pairings)
  • Green with Cream (two pairings)
  • Pink with Cream (two pairings)

When you trim your squares down to size trim to 3″ square.


When you are done you should have a nice collection! It’s time to arrange the layout. Each “petal” of the block is essentially the same, it is just arranged differently around the centre.

Take one of each type of HST previously created and a 3″ cream square- arrange as above. You will need to create four of these. To achieve a decent point I found nested seams the best method (details here).


Next you will need to construct three rows:

  • 1 of center 3″ square joined on either side by a 3 x 5.5″ cream piecce
  • 2 of petals with a cream 3 x 5.5″ piece in the middle

Take care when arranging your petals to ensure it is in the correct place. Once your rows are done you can turn it into a block! Again if you nested seams it will help with your points.

FinishOctagon Flower Center QuiltHow was that? In case you are wondering what my plans are for this quilt is to have all these flower blocks surrounding my huge 22″ Octagon Flower block.

Heaven and Helsinki Rain Fabric

Some kind souls in Bee Europa are helping me out with a longterm pet project of mine. An EPP wallhanging using Rain Basics and Heaven and Helsinki. Aren’t they gorgeous? Tomorrow I’ll go through the basics of EPP and the block I’ve chosen.

Bee Europa Fabric PacksBut for now… happy stitching and hopefully all of the above packs will have reached their destinations 🙂


Tutorial: Flying Geese

I am so glad to have a week off now! Can catch up on everything but first here is the long awaited next tutorial for Come Quilt With Me… on Flying Geese!

There are a variety of methods and I’m going to go through two of them. Don’t worry if you don’t like your first attempt just try, try and try again the results are worth it. I remembered my first attempt last year was awful (and no I’m not going to show you!)

Method One: The Typical Way

FG 1 Basics

Generally this is made up of:

  • 1 x Rectangle (width of geese)
  • 2 x Squares (height of geese)

First work out what size you want your geese to be when it is finished- you will then need to add on 1/2″ to each side to account for the seam allowances.

So to create a 4″ x 2″ geese you will need to start with a 4.5″ x 2.5″ rectangle and 2 of 2.5″ squares.

On your square draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the square. Place the square and rectangle right sides together and sew along the diagonal line. Placement- you see how I displayed the squares in the photo that’s the layout you want to place the square on your rectangle.

*Special thanks to Carol of Sowing Stitches for the useful tip of using a white pencil on dark fabric. Much easier to see where to sew!*

FG 1 Trim Press

Leave a 1/4″ seam allowance and trim off the excess.

FG 1 After Press

Press the seam then open it up.

FG 1 Final Bit

Line up your other square and sew along the line. Repeat with the trimming and pressing.

Method Two: The No Waste Method– this will create four geese.

FG 2 Basics

Generally this is made up of:

  • 1 x large square (the geese)
  • 4 x smaller squares (the sky)

First work out your desired geese size. For the larger square it will be the width plus 1 1/4″ to account for the seam allowances.

For the smaller squares it will be the height plus 7/8″ to account for the seam allowances.

So for a finished geese of 2″ x 4″ you will need a large square of 5 1/4″ and four smaller squares of 2 7/8″.


FG2 Start

Take your large square and two of the smaller squares and place them right sides together with the smaller squares in opposite corners. Draw a diagonal line from one end to the other.

You will then need to sew a scant 1/4″ seam each side of the drawn line. Be careful your square doesn’t shift otherwise you will end up like in the photo above.

FG 2 Trim

Cut along your diagonal line, then press your seam and open up the triangles.

FG 2 Final

With the other square draw a diagonal line on the wrong side and line it up right sides together as above. Sew a scant 1/4″ seam either side, then cut along the line, trim and press it open to reveal finished geese.

VoilaYou should end up with something similar to above! And this is going to be a project featured here soon.

Happy stitching.




A quick note about Squares

The first in the Come Quilt With Me tutorials… Squares!

If you are new to sewing or patchwork, squares tend to be the easiest thing to start with. A nice simple shape to help you get to grips with seam allowances and matching points.

The tricky part is choosing which fabric???

Square Choice

Above is a pile of 2.5″ squares as it’s October I thought why not do a Halloween theme. You can either cut this out by hand with scissors (recommend drawing a cardboard template to help you first) or with a ruler and rotary cutter. With the latter i tend to cut strips in the desired width first then do bulk chopping of the length.


Then it’s laying them out in your desired pattern. Here I’m doing two panels of 4 x 4 squares. Once you are happy you can start.

RSTPlace the squares right sides together and line up the edges. I tend to use a scant 1/4″ seam when sewing as it helps to make a better fit. There’s no need to backstitch at the beginning or end if you are going to be using an iron to press the seams as the heat from the iron will help it “set” and stop any unraveling *One useful tip I didn’t know when I started playing with patchwork*


Once your rows are done press the seams. Usually you press the seam to either the left or the right side. To help with matching up the squares, alternate on each row which side you press. NB- when you are doing blocks and different designs you will usually press the seam to the dark side of the fabric so it will show less but doing it consistently here will help for better matching of your squares.

Nested 2 Nested Seams

As you’ve alternated the seams on your rows it should line up when you start to sew them. If you wiggle them into place so each seam lies side by side (as in the picture above) your points will match perfectly.  This is called a “nested seam”.  Pin or clip in place and match up the rest. If you are still worried they won’t align gently lift the open side up to see where your squares will fall.

Voila FinishedOnce you are done voila- perfectly matched points on your squares.

I hope that you have found this useful- if anything doesn’t make sense just shout either here or over on the Flickr group. For a quick project make that you can do with squares check back later in the week 🙂


Just a few basics…

Ok.. so I’m still feeling a little rubbish but I’ve managed to set up the Flickr group for Come Quilt With Me 🙂

You can find it here. Bit sparse at the moment but don’t let that stop you from adding photos, discussions etc!

Right so these are some of my sewing essentials just to give you an idea about me.


I don’t think I can part with my self healing mat, rotary cutter and square ruler! They help so much for accurate cutting and piecing. When I first starting sewing I did over 56m of bunting for my wedding all hand cut with scissors. I shudder to think of that now!

Now you can do patchwork and quilting with scissors but I do find it easier (and maybe as I’m lazy- quicker) with a rotary cutter.Desk Goodies

This lives next to my machine- I got the basket in a Flickr swap and it is so useful to hide my threads and other notions. The turtle was made for me too 🙂 And holds most of my pins which I rarely use any more. The little case next to it…. you’ll see how to make something similar end of the week 🙂Clover Wonderclips

Now this is def one of my fave essentials- since I discovered them last year have not looked back. Clover Wonderclips- mostly used for binding but like many I use them instead of pins on EVERYTHING. To be honest I can’t remember the last time I used a pin. These have flat bottoms that are easy to slide out as you approach your machine foot.EPP Goodies

Ok I confess I’m an EPP addict and I *acquired* these from the hubbie. Ferero Rocher tubs previously used to store Games Workshop models (yawn) now hosts hexies and my on the go project which tends to go everywhere with me!

So what are your essentials?