New Quilt Design….. Shades of Life

I have designed a new quilt called ‘Shades of Life’ and decided to make this up in a kit form as well as pattern only.

You can view my new quilt on my latest ‘Patchwork Witterings’ video on Youtube

This kit can be found on my Webiste under Fabrics/ Textile Kits for you to complete.

Shades of Life Quilt Kit with Fabric & Pattern – Full instructions with coloured photos and diagrams to help you get a fab finish to your quilt top.

Kit includes fabric to complete the top of your quilt, you will need to add wadding & backing fabric.

Would suit most capabilities.

Please indicate which feature fabric you would like – Cows / Green Foliage / Scandi Christmas Houses / Dandelions when ordering

£60 – Price includes postage within UK Mainland

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me on 07940 133116 or email

Many Thanks

Abbie xx

Workshops this month in the cupboard…..

Look whats coming up this month in the cupboard 🙂

Regular Beginners hand and machine patchwork classes, where you will learn how to make your own templates and create a stunning sampler quilt which includes, Tumbling Blocks, Sun Bonnet Sue, Dresden Plate and others and all done by your own hand. We’ll be learning lots of patchwork techniques, construction & quilting, terminology and loads of hints & tips. If you can’t make the dates, you can join along the way to suit you! Contact me for further details or to book aplace. I will be holding several workshops in the cupbard too!

Daffs workshop! – Thursday 5th March

Come and join our fun workshop making a bright and cheerful Easter panel! (Appliqué ‘Daffs!!’ will suit all capabilities.) Places are limited so you’ll need to book asap! Your requirement list for the day will be forwarded to you on receipt of your deposit. (Sorry, deposits are non-refundable if the place isn’t filled before the day) £45 (Deposit of £15 required if not paying in full)

Embellishing Machine Sunflowers workshop!! – Friday 13th March

Do you have an embellisher and wonder what to do with it, or would just like to have a go?? This is a light hearted day, playing with technique whilst making Sunflowers. Bring your own machine or use one of mine. £50 for the day £10 if you require the wool roving and fabrics. (Deposit of £15 required if not paying in full)

New Take 3 Challenge 2020 !!

Anybody wanting a new challenge for 2020??

If you’re reading this outside of our group, please feel free to request to join the group and take part. Go to Abbieanne’s Take 3 Challenge 2020:

1) I’ll randomly pick you a number, shape and colour for you to create a piece of patchwork


2) I’ll name you a traditional block for you to make (the challenge…..only a photo, no instructions how to make)


3) the name of a town or village, you need to research and make a piece of patchwork related to it in some way, shape or form

There’s no time limit to making as such, it should be a fun thing to do.
Any photos of completed items posted in this group before Dec will be in for a chance at a prize.

As we did for 2019, the winner will be chosen by my husband under the criteria of ‘I like that one!’


Bloomin 2020…….. New Mystery Quilt UKQU

Here’s wishing Everybody a fabulous quilty 2020, may you all have lots of ‘ CreativeTherapy’……….

This is my latest Mystery BOM offering for you all…….. ‘ Garden Blooms ‘!!  We’ll be starting this one off on or about 20th January.  It’ll run over 6 months, 2 blocks a month (and a most important link & construction month). approx. 54″ x 58″ finished depending on your choice of borders.  You can join in whenever you want along the way…..

I spent many happy hours wandering around our garden and the local garden centre (with their permission I hasten to add) taking photos of colourful flowers.  As you have probably gathered, I love colour, the brighter the better, I see bright colours as happy.  All colours reflect moods in my world, I prefer to be happy and jolly, so I made a conscious decision very many years ago, things about me are colourful…….

anyway, I digress……. Flower Photos, I took hundreds of them!!  I printed out many, I doodled designs from lots and ended up making 10 main fabric blocks with very important added bits!

I’ve used the Makower Spraytime fabric range, this is a range that is readily available, plus one other designed fabric that will be ‘fussy-cut’ and that you must love!   Each block has a pieced background, with Bondaweb Applique on, although you could use another technique for applique.  Gutermann threads have been used throughout, I particularly love the variegated threads, yummy!!!



I’m a bit old fashioned in how I run my Mystery BOM clubs, I like to post out full sized paper patterns each month. I know if I’m taking on a project design I like to be able to get stuck straight in and not have to go trundling down to town to have things re-sized and printed.

There will be a written ‘how-to’ with accompanying photos where needed.  Each block will have a picture of the original photo used as well, that way you’ll hopefully see how I arrived at the design……..

Each block background has been pieced, the flowers represented with applique circles and stuff…… details have been added throughout with simple hand embroidery, although if you’re not up for embroidery, the detail can be added by quilting in a varied colour.

It’s another of my ‘Scrap n Stash’ quilts, so you could make the whole thing from fabrics you have to hand if you so wanted…….

To sign up all you have to do is go to my shop and purchase the first part of this mystery Garden Blooms  BOM (and 2nd if you want, but that can be done further along the make)  The price of this BOM includes postage within the UK only, anyone wanting to take part further afield will need to contact me for a price.  You will receive a full sized pattern for each block, a written ‘how to’ with colour photos where needed to add clarity for making. Each block is a design in itself, so could be used for panels with bags, cushions, wall-hangings, whatever you fancy!

There is a support group set-up on Facebook for you to share your makes and queries in private, we have to keep the Mystery until its finished, there really is nothing quite so much fun as a quilt unveil!  This one should be just in time to go public at this years Festival of Quilts, you’ll find it hanging on the Kaleidoscope Books stand!   The quilt is away from me at the moment as another UKQU member is busy long-arming it for me, Sarah Wickett of Ambleside Quilting…….

Happy New Quilt Everybody!!

Abbie xxx


12 Blocks of the Season…… Another Mystery?

Hi Everybody!!

Another of my ‘Scrap n Stash’ designs, or maybe you’ve been given some jolly present fabric?…….. a Mystery block one per day over the festive period starting on Christmas Eve.   Its available in my UKQU shop :  (I’ll be donating £5 per purchase to MacMillan)

Picture of mixed fabrics  advertising new Mystery Quilt

12 traditionally based, pieced, ‘9 Patch’ blocks, all of which have a link, sometimes tenuous, to the festive season, well, for me anyway!  They can all be made by hand or machine, they’ve been a bit Abbie’d here and there…..

finished size 44″ x 52″ without borders.

Although each block has been chosen for its traditional name (ish), I’ve not used seasonal fabrics. Although I enjoy seasonal fabrics, I like random as most of you know!  So, I’ve used whatever I had to hand. I’ve tried to include a couple of the same fabrics in all or most of the blocks to help tie the colours together……… I then lost the plot a bit and used a Bali Pop set for the sashings!  Nothing quite like making life a little more different!  The corner stones all have fabrics with ‘cat’ connotations, cats featuring quite prominently in my life in recent times, so why not!?

Anyway, I hope you enjoy my offering, a little ‘Seasonal Relief’ time is good for all!

Suitable for all…….if you work through the blocks in order, the instructions will hopefully help you gain confidence if that is needed, a couple might look complicated, but you know what? It’s all relative…… it’s still just joining 2 bits of fabric together at a time!

9 Patch – a traditional block style. Each block will be 12” x 12” when finished. Each block is made up of 9 square sections, there may be several pieces of fabric within each square, but they all come back to 9 squares of 4” x 4”, which are then joined together 3 x 3 to make your 12” square block……. And a couple that are made up of 4 squares of 6”x6”.

Shout if you need any help……..


New Year, New classes and workshops….

New Year, New Creatings!!

(Gift Tokens available……)

You may well be aware that I’ve been teaching P&Q for 20 years now, I’m not quite sure where that time has gone to so quickly!!

I teach nationally and even internationally these days 😆….but every week I’m available in Cornwall teaching locals a bit of therapy…… or if you’re visiting Cornwall come pay a visit?!!

Beginners and further techniques for both hand & machine patchwork & quilting every Monday in St Austell @ Sew & Fabric

Beginners and further techniques for both hand & machine patchwork & quilting every Tuesday & Wednesday in Wadebridge in my Therapy Cupboard.  Start your creative journey whenever suits you, stay for as many weeks as you want, continue onto other projects and techniques as you want…… 2 1/2hrs of peaceful therapy at a time!

January 2020 sees my usual workshop ‘Get to know your sewing machine’….
I designed this day workshop many years ago to introduce you to your machine. To become acquainted with your new creative friend!! You’ll come away from the day with a made item and the confidence to continue making for yourself. This workshop will be held on: Weds 22nd Jan, Wadebridge and Thursday 23rd Jan, St Austell. Cost £45

If there’s a project or specific technique you want to learn just send me the message asking the questions!!

Watch out for day workshops appearing on the list below. (booking is essential)

Monday (morning and afternoon sessions) at Sew & Fabric, St Austell.

Tuesday & Wednesday (Wadebridge) in the afternoons we make machined quilts and projects to develop your skills at the rate you want. You choose the design and I’ll guide you through as you need.

Sit & Stitch with Abbie @ Sew and Fabric in St Austell on Saturday 1st February 2020 between 9.30am -1.00pm.   £3 this is a social morning, natterings and coffee!!

See some of the selection of quilts, wall hangings and homewares below that have been made by myslef and attendees of my workshops and classes.collage of quilts

Colourful quilt

Textile art piece depicting poppiesOwl doorstopsTextile art piece depicting Highland scenequilts