Book: Patchwork Embroidery

Book cover

I have been so busy I forgot to share the news!

The latest Aimee Ray’s book Patchwork Embroidery was released in November 2016.

I contributed 3 projects to the book. I designed and made the projects and worked with Aimee on the art work.

All the projects have a patchwork component as well as embroidery.

Have a look at my projects. Which one do you like best?

A lunch box

Lunch box

A tic-tac-toe board

This one is my favourite and the easiest to make of the 3.

Tic tac toe board

Australian animals baby book

Baby book

The book is beautiful, as all Aimee’s books are. I totally recommend it – disclaimer: I’m not making any money out of this book because I made the projects on commission.

The stitches I used are very simple. You can learn them with this video:

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

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Video tutorial: Log cabin – quick and easy quilt block

Log cabin quilt block video tutorial

This is a very simple log cabin quilt block.

Learn to make a log cabin block in less than 2 minutes

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Block size

11 inch square


Block 1

  • 1 blue 4 inch square
  • 2 white 4 x 2 1/4 inch strips
  • 2 white 7 1/2 x 2 1/4 inch strip
  • 2 blue 7 1/2 x 2 1/4 inch strips
  • 2 blue x 2 1/4 inch strips

Block 2

  • 1 white 4 inch square
  • 2 green 7 1/2 x 2 1/4 inch strip
  • 2 green 4 x 2 1/4 inch strip
  • 2 white 7 1/2 x 2 1/4 inch strip
  • 2 white 11 x 2 1/4 inch strip

Video tutorial: Centered tucks with bow ties

Centered tucks with bow ties fabric manipulation tutorial

I love fabric manipulations on quilts and this is one of my favourites. It would work great on clothing too.

How to make tucks with bow ties

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  • One 6 x 10 1/2 inch rectangle
  • Two 6 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch strips
  • Two 10 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch strips

Block size

10 1/2 inches.

I have made this block as part of a textured quilt and this is my other tutorial for the same block: Block 5: Centered tucks with bow ties -Textured quilt sampler

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Video tutorial: Quick and easy bargello quilt block

Video tutorial: Bargello quilt block - tube quilting

Learn to make a bargello quilt block

Learn in 2 minutes:

Block size

10 1/2 inches including seam allowances.


  • Five 2 1/2 x 13 inch fabric strips

Download a Bargello pattern

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Some designs that are possible with this patchwork technique:

Video tutorial: Bargello quilt block

Christmas Storm at Sea quilt – PDF download

Storm at sea quilt pattern

Are you looking for a Christmas quilt pattern? This is it!

The quilt is 45 1/4″ square and each finished block is 9 1/2″ square

This quilt is really  easy to make.

This is a foundation paper piecing quilt. But don’t be afraid, it’s one of the easiest blocks to learn foundation piecing with.

How to make a Storm at sea block

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Download Christmas Storm at Sea instructions and block template

The pattern instructions contain the templates, fabric needs and the quilt diagram.

If you make this quilt and post it on social media please tag me.