Author: Denise Shearer (on behalf of Committee)


12 Blocks for Christmas – Introducing not one but two Christmas Blocks

Robyn Roberts and Jan Stewart have hand and machine stitched beautiful blocks to inspire you!

Robyn says:

‘A manor house called ‘Green Knowe’ set in the English countryside, evokes the pleasure I experienced when engaging with the lives of characters created by Lucy Boston in her series of children’s books of the same name. What a ‘light bulb’ moment it was when I discovered this literature favourite author was also a passionate patchworker! Not only that, but one of her designs sparked a world-wide fascination for her English Paper Piecing (EPP) pattern, ‘Patchwork of the Crosses’. That began my journey with Lucy.

As I prefer American piecing and nothing ‘dinky’ size, it became a dilemma, so what to do? Solution - ask Lisa Smallridge of ‘Sunset Seams’ to make me a set of acrylic templates in a larger size. So now I have a 1.5″ (instead of the original dinky 1″) elongated hexagon to play with. Several blocks and runners later, and a half finished quilt, a raid of the Christmas fabric stash, and here is the Patchwork of the Crosses – for someone else to enjoy.’

'Lucy's Christmas' by Robyn Roberts

‘Lucy’s Christmas’ by Robyn Roberts

Jan says:

‘My first Christmas block! I enlarged this appealing Snowflake shape. I had to be careful while cutting the shapes out and now know that increasing the overall shape would have made that job easier. I centred the shape on a fabric snowflake and just let the outer edges find their bit of glitter.  I hope other members are finding inspiration in their Christmas stash!!’

'Snowflake' by Jan Stewart

‘Snowflake’ by Jan Stewart

See also:

Part 1: 12 Blocks for Christmas - A Friendship Activity