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!
‘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.’
‘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!!’