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Autumn Term Patchwork classes start this month

Over the summer I have been busy writing the lesson notes for the Autumn Term Patchwork classes.  It’s lots of fun, but also quite scary as well – because I want to be sure that people will understand what I write, will enjoy what I am teaching but most of all will gain confidence and achieve something special.

The lesson plan for this term is quite interesting – we will be making a block which goes by the amazing title of “Original Harmonic Convergence” – Gosh!  What a title!  It was devised by a super Texan quilter and musician, Ricky Tims.

The design involves taking 4 pieces of fabric, cutting them into different width strips, putting them back together, turning it through 90° then doing it all again!  Very simple, but amazingly effective.

rainy day harmonic convergence

Harmonic Convergence

I made one some years ago, but actually made 4 panels and put them together then appliqued umbrellas over the top and added quilting to represent rain falling onto the umbrellas.  It is still one of my favourite quilts.

The gold of the sun is the centre of the quilt.  I made 4 blocks the same, then rotated each so that the gold made the centre of the whole quilt.

If you fancy making a quilt like this then there are still a few spaces on the Autumn term course – come and join us!

Making progress on the patchwork quilt

The fabric has been dyed and cut, and I have begun putting it together.  I am using this small patchwork quilt as a teaching tool for my classes this term so am making it step by step so that my students can see how it all comes together.  It’s really rather lovely sharing its growth with them.

As this involves 20 identical patchwork blocks, we are chain piecing.  It is a really useful technique.

Chain Piecing really does what it says on the tin!  I started with all the hearth squares (magenta), adding the shortest pale blue log, stitching straight from one to the other.  When all 20 are done, cut the joining thread.  Then add the next log to all 20.  The real joy of this method is that it is hard to lose track of where you are and put the wrong colour on the wrong side!

All the blues are around one corner of the square and the purples are diagonally opposite.  12-RIMG0037

The blocks have gone together beautifully and I love the colour combination.

RIMG0025This is the 20 blocks stitched together in the “Straight Furrow” patchwork design.  I had this pinned to my sitting room wall (yes, I did say pinned – with drawing pins too!)  I loved looking at it!

The next stage was to add the inner border and then start piecing together the outer strippy border.

RIMG0030  RIMG0037  RIMG0038  Sadly my pictures are not of very good quality, as I am just taking snaps as I progress, and the light varies hugely – but I think you get the general idea!