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!’


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

Calling all South West Quilters!!!

(If you’re in the south west and not yet a member, please do consider joining us!!)   A reminder that the paperwork for next years quilt entries for the Exeter Quilt Show should be submitted by 15th October, it’s fast approaching!   If you need another copy of the form or any help completing, or any help with your design or construction please give me a shout!! (it doesn’t have to be made by 15th Oct, just the intent!)   S W Quilters applicationform

Double Snuggle – How to…. BLOCK 2

Designed by Abbie Searle

Finished size = 9” x 15”

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*Please read through all of the instructions before you start whether you are going to make this quilt by hand or machine or a mix, you may pick up hints and tips throughout that can be used…

This block is a slight variation on the traditional ‘log cabin’ block, instead of using a uniform width for all of the pieces, I have alternated between 1” and 2” finished width.

I have kept the traditional colour scheme, a red centre (recognised by many as the hearth of the home…… or possibly, the cabin is the red centre, with the forest one side (the dark side) and the cultivated land the other (the light side).

The red is my centre, then I’ve used 4 other fabrics, 2 dark (A & C) and 2 light (B&D), we will use a dark and a light on each side of the block.  These then alternate on each side of the block as we work around the centre joining each piece, as the photo above.

Please choose your fabrics!

Give them names or identifying marks so that you can identify them on the plan as we work, I call them fabrics A,B,C, D and centre.

By machine & rotary cutter/scissors – remember, the seam allowance is included in the cut size.

Also remember, if you are used to using a rotary cutter/mat/ruler, then all well and good.  If not, please find someone to show you, *remembering at all times to cut away from yourself, never across or towards yourself and always put the blade away before putting it down anywhere, even if it’s only for a few seconds, it should soon become a good habit for you! 

Or you could just use a pair of scissors, but remember whatever your style, accuracy is always majorly important from the very first measurement and cut…..

Please refer to the how-to on block 1 for how to cut & machine  your pieces together.

Piece sizes listed here include your seam allowances for cutting with a rotary cutter and sewing by machine with a ¼” foot:

1 = 2.5” x 1.5”  (centre/red)

2 = 2.5” x 1.5” (fabric A)

3 = 2.5” x 2.5” (fabric B)

4 = 4.5” x 1.5” (fabric C)

5 = 2.5” x 3.5” (fabric D)

6 = 6.5” x 1.5” (fabric B)

7 = 4.5” x 2.5” (fabric A)

8 = 8.5” x 1.5” (fabric D)

9 = 2.5” x 5.5” (fabric C)

10 = 10.5” x 1.5” (fabric A)

11 = 6.5” x 2.5” (fabric B)

12 = 12.5” x 1.5” (fabric C)

13 = 7.5” x 2.5” (fabric D)

14 = 14.5” x 1.5” (fabric B)

15 = 8.5” x 1” (fabric C)

16 = 15” x 1.5” (fabric D)

17 = 9.5” x 1” (fabric C)

Joining order……   we always add the strips working in the same direction, clockwise on this occasion, be careful not to start joining strips anti-clockwise halfway through!

Join 1 > 2 on the long edge

Join 3 to the left side of (1&2)

Join 4 to the top of (3&1)

Join 5 to the right of (4,1&2)

Join 6 to the bottom of (3,2&5)

Join 7 to the left of (4,3&6)

Join 8 to the top of (7,4&5)

Join 9 to the right of (8,5&6)

Join 10 to the bottom of (7,6&9)

Join 11 to the left of (8,7&10)

Join 12 to the top of (11,8&9)

Join 13 to the right of (12,9&10)

Join 14 to the bottom of (11,10&13)

Join 15 to the left of (12,11&14)

Join 16 to the top of (15,12&13)

Join 17 to the right of 16,13&14)

By Traditional Hand Piecing –

You will need to mark your sewing lines on the back of all of the pieces and cut with the added seam allowances as we did for block 1.

Follow these measurements and add your ¼” seam allowance all around each piece:

1 = 2”x1”

2= 2”x1”

3 = 2”x2”

4 = 4”x1”

5 = 2”x3”

6 = 6”x1”

7 = 4”x2”

8 = 8”x1”

9 = 2”x5”

10 = 10”x1”

11 = 6”x2”

12 = 12”x1”

13 = 7”x2”

14 = 14”x1”

15 = 8”x0.5”

16 = 14.5”x1”

17 = 9”x0.5”

*remember, make sure you mark your corners carefully and clearly.

Joining – you now join each piece together in the same order as above for the machinists.

As before, use a small running stitch, make sure you stay on the sewing lines of both pieces of fabric!  Accuracy is everything!  Finger press, or press your work as you go if you find this helps.

You should hopefully have enough information to complete your second block.

If you have any queries, please ask!!  The Facebook help group is set up for just that, you may find you all help each other before I’ve even picked up the post/message!  Or you can email me on .

Enjoy!!  Abbie xxx

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New BOM Double Snuggle!! A lap quilt for 2…

©’Double Snuggle’ 05/19

Overview & requirements

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by Abbie Searle

to this free BOM (block of the month) which I’ve designed for the UKQU website.

been fortunate to have been able to use the new Riley Blake range of fabric
called ‘Gem Stones’. 

The colouring within this range is just fabulous!!  With just 6 x 1/2m pieces I’ve been able to achieve a look that would normally take a much larger range of fabric.  The design is what I believe they call ‘Ombre’, in that it gradually changes colour from one end of the fabric to the other.   You’ll be able to see this quite clearly in a couple of the blocks.

used 1m Penny Roses’s ’Charlotte’ for the binding and 2.25m of the
wonderfully bright P&B’s Flora Fantasia for the backing,just
because I could!

also added 1.5m of a plain beige for the sashings and the border, 1/2m of
Bondaweb for the appliqué and several Gutermann threads.

design will also suit what I call my ‘Scrap & Stash’ designs, in that you
can use up some of the lovelies you’ve had stashed away for a rainy day…… or in
this case a sunny day!!

I can just see this quilt being used on a summers evening out in the garden, on a       balcony or in the conservatory, with a glass or two to hand……  or on a winters evening in front of the telly or fire while having a snuggle!

whole design is purposefully viewed as ‘landscape’ as it goes across the lap as
opposed to the generally used ‘portrait’ or upright view of a quilt.  It might look a bit odd having a lamppost
sideways on!

used a bit of a coastal theme, very loosely, no real surprise as I live near
the Cornish coast.  The more pictorial
block designs are taken from photos or items of mine, I adore shells, hence the
conch shell, which is a bit of a family thing…….

the block designs will appeal to and suit all capabilities.  We’ll start with the easier ones and work our
way through the different techniques.
There will be at least one block with an easier option if you really
think you’re not up for the original design, but I would hope everyone will
have a go at everything.  After all we
all live and learn, that very much includes me!

Yes, I
have mixed hand and machine work within the blocks, for practical    reasons that will be explained as we
go.  You can complete yours either by
hand or machine, or mixed, I for one will not criticise so long as you like
what you    produce.  Those that know me know I mix and match,
encourage design         developments but
most importantly wish you to learn and at the very least    enjoy your creativity.

couple of things to bear in mind as we go…..

Accuracy is everything!  From the first template or rotary cut,
through to the last stitches in the binding & label.

-We all
work (and teach) in different ways, this is perfectly normal.

are no right or wrongs, but there are happy outcomes and lessons learned.

-do as
I say not as I do!!  The quilts that I
make and present to you as patterns are made by me as samples.  They often differ slightly from the finished
pattern because I’ve learned something or found an easier method for you whilst
making.  My aim always, is that yours
will look far better than mine.

encourage question asking.  If you need
help or support please message me your query, preferably with a photo, the
easiest way will be via the support group that has been set up on Facebook,
linked to my page:

Double Snuggle Lap Quilt BOM 2019’ and request to join.

My page
is ‘Abbieanne Patchwork Quilting & Textiles’, feel free to like and
follow all the things happening when I’m out and about teaching and creating.

You can
also contact me via my website  or email me on

get back to any queries as quickly as I can, but please be aware I might be
teaching or busy at a show.

will be instructions over 7 months of 2 blocks per month (the last month will
have the construction details and the last block).

than anything, I want you to enjoy creating as much as I do.

As we
work through the blocks, save any scraps, they’ll be very jolly when it comes
to the crazy patchwork block!

you for coming to play! I hope you enjoy!!


AbbieAnne’s patterns are for your personal use only and are intended to inspire your creativity but may not be directly copied, sold, reproduced or taught
for commercial gain.  Copyright©2019