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February 2020

I love big blocks and I cannot lie! (plus a smaller option for Topsy)

Do you love big blocks and big quilts? I love a quilt that covers the bed and doesn't get fought over on a cold night!

Topsy is a quilt that is great fun to make and comes in two lovely big sizes, but if you're not into big quilts  I have drawn up options for making it in a smaller format (see below for two bonus formats).

 This was one of the few quilts of mine that got it's name really early in the process of making. The blocks grew so fast I was reminded of the saying 'growing like topsy'

Topsy Image

This is a great quilt for mixing and matching unexpected prints. Stripes look great as the 'petals' in the blocks, and they also work in the sashings. Bright pops of colour for the central parts of the blocks are fun as well. Try combining spots, stripes, large and small prints. The important thing is to get contrast in each block.

I used a half yard pack of Art Gallery fabrics from various lines for my quilt. The teals and pinks worked beautifully together and there are stripes, florals and regular small prints. I also popped in a few orange and yellow prints for the centres to liven things up.

This weekend I taught this quilt as a class in my shop, and had so much fun seeing all the wonderful fabric combinations. I love this stripe and floral together and the zingy orange in the middle.


Look at these amazing stripes!



The half sixty ruler makes cutting the petals from strips really easy. My students had quite a few blocks made before lunchtime.

You can make this fun quilt using my pattern which is available from quilt shops and also from my Payhip store.

Topsy_Pattern_cvr_front Topsy_Pattern_cvr_back



I have created some alternative block plans for making Topsy in a smaller size as well as the King and Queen.

You could make a lap size quilt like this

Topsy 14 inch blocks

Alternatively if you like to make lots of small blocks, try this version. This one will end up approximately 49" x 54"

Topsy 9 inch blocks

If you would like the fabric requirements and cutting directions for these versions, email me your  proof of purchase for the Topsy pattern and I will send you the link.

I'd love to see your version of Topsy! You can share it in my Triangle Quilters' Group on facebook  - join here


Pattern Note: If you have bought the pattern from a shop, just double check the measurements for the setting triangles on your copy. These have been corrected on Feb 25th 2020 and are 9" for the Queen and 11 1/4" for the King size.

Slice it Up!

With the launch of my new Creative Grids Half Sixty ruler I have designed a number of patterns to go along with this great tool. One of these is Slice it Up, a really easy layer cake (10" square) friendly pattern.

At Quilt Market in Houston last October I purchased a pack of 10 inch squares of Gridwork, the gorgeous new range by Christa Watson @christaquilts for Benartex. This range is just hitting the shops now, so it's a great time to nab yourself some of this lovely fabric.


I started designing Slice it Up by cutting blocks and playing with them on my sewing room design wall.


Nice - but I always like to let me blocks 'sit' for a while before finally deciding how to put them together. So a few days later I tried this idea, this time with the whole set of blocks in my living room where I am very lucky to have an 8 foot square design wall. Now that is much more dynamic!



With the addition of a solid colour, I was finally happy with the design and got the quilt completed, and pattern written and printed.

Slice it Up


You can buy the pattern for Slice it Up from your local quilt shop, or direct from me in my Payhip store


Get your Gridwork fabric from your local Benartex stockist, or from Christa's website

My Half Sixty ruler is made by Creative Grids, check out their website to find your nearest stockist.


I love the combination of geometric shapes that Christa has put together with her pick of stunning colours. I also got a jelly roll pack and I have a plan for that, I'll keep you posted on my progress!