Helen Howes Textiles

Modern Sampler Quilt - with Helen Butcher and Helen Howes

Ten week course (with Catch-up sessions later) - afternoon sessions - 1:30 till 5 each time
- this Modern Sampler has all the pleasures of an assortment of easy blocks, with variations, and a whole raft of different techniques. We can teach all or parts of this as required for groups at your workshop or ours. We provide full worksheets for each block, and ideas to take home, of course...

GENERAL INTRODUCTION & IMPROVISED PIECING
Equipment & Basic Instructions
Rotary cutting
Wonky Stars

HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES
Pinwheel
Pinwheel Star
Heather's 'Greetings'
(Bonus block) Mary's Triangles

IMPROVISED PIECING
Tiger Tiger
Eccentric Crosses

LOG CABIN VARIATIONS
Shadow Box
Square Spiral
(Bonus block) Bento Boxes

PAPER FOUNDATION PIECING
Snail's Trail
(bonus pattern) Pole Star

FLYING GEESE
Dutchman's Puzzle
Double Sawtooth Star
Geese in the Air

STRIP PIECING
Roman Stripes
Basket Weave/Rail Fence
Friendship Braid

SEMINOLE
Basic Seminole
Celtic Twist

FURTHER STRIP PIECING
Floating Stones
City Lights
Random Rose

FINISHING
Assembly of blocks
Layering
Quilting
Binding


Helen H's quilt
Helen H is a mistress of Improvisation, and many of her blocks will show your own style to advantage

Helen B's quilt
Helen B is the queen of foundation piecing, and has a taste for 3D illusions..

Each has their own ideas about colours and styles, and together they have made a new and exciting set of blocks; the resulting quilt can be re-arranged to make it truly yours. The blocks will prove useful for all manner of other projects, too

Heather's take...

What you need:-

This is a machine sewing class - you need a sewing machine but even the most basic ones will do all of this.
Scissors, pins, a cutter and ruler, your glasses, some thread (cotton thread, please!)
You will also need good quality new cotton fabrics - at least 6 quarter-metres of different fabrics, plus 1 metre of a background colour (Quilt shops sell fabric in "fat" quarters, these are fine..)
Make sure you have some dark, medium and light colours and not-too-large prints

You will need to do some sewing at home to get the most out of this

Be warned, patchwork and quilting are compulsive...

Email us if you have any questions on this, please
Helen Howes helen@raindropkites.co.uk
Helen Butcher aitchembee123@gmail.com