Diamond Quilt

By Heather Buck
on January 04, 2016
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This month I will share the instructions for a Diamond Quilt made using the Scrap Crazy  Templates

 The Block for this quilt is 6 1/2" wide and 8 1/2" high.   It is made using only the B and C templates for the 8" Scrap Crazy Blocks.

You will also need blocks that are mirror images of each other which means cutting half the pieces with the fabric facing up and half with the fabric facing down.  Keep these separate from each other.

Make blocks by joining a coloured B and C piece together and a cream B and C piece together then join the two sections together to complete each block.

  Half the blocks will look like this and half will look like the block below.

Once all the blocks have been made they are put together in rows to form the diamond design.

First row repeat the following sequence of blocks


 Second Row


 When your rows of blocks are the desired length Join rows together

Borders can be added to increase the size of the quilt.

Blocks can be put together in groups of 4 to form individual diamonds and sashings can be added between diamond blocks to give a different end result.

Happy Stitching






Split Seconds Ruler Project

By Heather Buck
on November 29, 2015
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Hi Everyone,

This month I want to share a project using the Split Seconds Ruler which we have available on the website www.bay-window.com.au 

I have been showing this ruler and some of the projects that it can be used for in my talks at the Craft and Quilt fairs.

This stunning quilt is a stack and slash quilt made using The Split Seconds ruler.  This ruler has curved slots in the ruler which you cut along using a 28mm rotary cutter

I started with 4 x 18" blocks and laid them one on top of the other all with their right sides facing up.  I then made 6 random cuts through all the layers using the curved edge of this ruler.  Moving the ruler so that the cuts were not all the same.

Then following the diagram above I moved the top piece of fabric from both sides labelled 1 to the back of the stack.

I moved 2 of each piece labelled 2 to the back

I moved 3 of each piece labelled 3 to the back.

This will make 4 different blocks.  Working 1 layer at a time join the pieces together to form the block.

Repeat the steps to make as many blocks as required

I then joined the blocks together using 1 1/2" sashing strips alternating the blocks between vertical stripes and horizontal stripes.


Another option is to use 7 different fabrics, once again position them on top of each other right sides facing up.  Make the 6 cuts through all the fabrics.


Move 1 piece from number 1 to the back

Move 2 pieces from number 2 to the back

3 from number 3

4 from number 4

5 from number 5

6 from number 6

Number 7 leave as is (don't move any to the back)

You will now have 7 pieces all different in each block.

Join each layer together to form a block.

This will give you 7 blocks.

I hope you have fun playing with this technique and ruler


Happy Stitching


Quilting Silhouette series of patterns

By Heather Buck
on November 29, 2015
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 I often get asked how I quilt my Silhouette series of designs.  So I thought I would share how I like to quilt them.  Of course it is your choice how you choose to quilt your quilts.  While I like the look of the very fancy quilting some people are able to achieve it isn't for me.  For quilts that are going to be used the more heavily they are quilted the stiffer they become and they are not as cuddly.


 With all of my Silhouette designs I start by quilting around the Silhouettes using a free motion foot.  Sometimes this is called a darning foot or Pogo foot. If there are cut outs within a Silhouette I will also quilt around these.  As there are lots of colours in each of these quilts I always use a variegated thread that complements the colours within the quilt.  More often than not these are King Tut Variegated threads as there are lots of colour combinations to choose from.

In the earlier quilts once I had finished stitching around the Silhouettes I then stitched in the ditch using a walking foot.  I didn't stitch every seam line as the blocks were quite small I only stitched every other row.  Then I decided I was sick of stitching in the ditch so instead I started shadow quilting the backgrounds.


I still needed to quilt around the silhouettes but with the  African Silhouettes I free motioned some tufts of grass into the gaps between the animals.  If you use good quality Batting you don't have to quilt over everything.  Your stitching can be up to 10" apart but of course it will look better if you quilt closer together than this.  I like to have no more than 4 - 5inches between quilting.




When I quilted The Kimberley, Flamingo's, Sea Dragons and Farmyard I shadow quilted the silhouette designs into the background.  With the Flamingo's I quilted outlines of Lilly Pads in the blue and Flamingo's in flight in the pink. With The Kimberley I quilted Lizards in the gaps at the bottom,  Emus up the side and Camels around the camels at the top.

Sounds difficult I hear you say but it isn't difficult at all. But like everything worth doing it does take a little practise.

I use Quilters Freezer paper which is available through Patchwork shops.  This is a heavy paper shiny on one side with a matt finish on the other side.  Then using the drawings of the silhouettes in the pattern I traced one onto the non shiny side of the freezer paper.  If the image isn't the size you want then use a copier to make larger or smaller.  Once I have traced the image to the freezer paper I then cut out the shape carefully so that  I then have a template for my quilting.

I then position my new template on the quilt with the shiny side down and press into place with a moderately hot iron and this will temporarily bond the freezer paper to the quilt.  If you handle this too much or fold it the freezer paper will start to lift.


Using your free motion foot stitch around the outline of the template, stitching carefully to stay on the fabric and not the paper.  Don't be too concerned if you wobble a little this is only noticeable while the template is in position.  Once you remove the freezer paper it won't be noticeable.

Remove the freezer paper carefully once finished stitching as this can be reused approx. 6 times before it will no longer stay in position on the quilt.

If you look closely the stitching is visible where I have stitched a seal.


I hope these instructions give you all the confidence to have a go.

Happy Stitching


Bay Window Postal Charges

By Heather Buck
on November 21, 2015
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Hi Everyone,

This is rather long winded so I will apologise in advance.  I want to explain how the postage works on our website.

The easiest way for us to set the postage on the website has been to have it linked with the  number of $$$'s you have spent with postage within Australia capped at $15 which means the bigger the order the more you save on postage.

When ordering only 1-2 patterns these go out as a large letter and the postage is minimal.

We do however have a few product categories which have small items but bulky and the only way we have been able to include these items on the website is to have a postage override built into them.  For example 1 ball of Valdani thread is $7 but the postage for this 1 ball is $8 ridiculous but that is the way our postage system works.  If you purchase other items this is not an issue as the one postage charge will cover it all.  In fact you can purchase as many threads as will fit in a 500gm satchel(20??) and the charge remains $8 for all of them.

But the website isn't smart enough to acknowledge that you have already been charged the override postage amount for these items(Valdani, Simplicity, Sewline) and will charge you again at the checkout the normal postage amount dependant on the $$$'s spent.  So to fix this if you have been overcharged postage at the checkout we will refund postage back into your account when we process the order.

Postage is only affected on the items with a postage override,  Orders that don't include these items are not affected.

I hope this is clear if you have any queries or prefer to look at the items on the website then place your order by calling me on 0885532740 that is fine.

Happy Stitching



Updated Colour Cards for Cottage Garden Threads

By Heather Buck
on November 21, 2015
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Hi Everyone,

Below is the catalogue for the Cottage Garden Threads Stranded & Perle.

We keep the complete range of Stranded cottons in stock we also have a significant number of the Perle 8 threads in stock.

If we don't have the one you want we can get it for you.

We also have the daisy Cotton Felt and the Cozy Wool Flannel Squares in stock

All are available through our website


or by contacting me by email 

heather@patchowrkdesign.co  or by calling me on 0885532740 I am always happy to have a chat.

On the website there are 22 pages of Stranded Cottons if you don't want to scroll through all the pages choose your threads here then type the name(not the number) of the thread into the search engine at the top left of the website and it will bring up a link directly to that thread.



Happy Stitching


Scrap Crazy Borders

By Heather Buck
on October 26, 2015
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Hi Everyone,

The Scrap Crazy Templates are a great way to make pieced borders for quilts and are a nice change to cutting wide strips of fabric for borders.  My images aren't very good but I hope they are enough to show how effective these borders are.

Below is a panel which has been bordered with 6" scrap crazy blocks.

Before you can add a border using 6" scrap crazy blocks the quilt centre measurements needs to be a multiple of 6 plus 1/2". 

Add borders to achieve this. 

For example if your quilt centre is 20 1/2" wide x 31 1/2" high

This means your quilt needs to be an extra 4 inches wide divide by 2 and add 1/2" which makes your borders 2 1/2" cut.  Add to either side of quilt.

Border on top & bottom of quilt need to be a total of 5" plus seam allowance which would be 3" cut.  Add 3" strip to top and bottom of quilt centre.

Now you can add your scrap crazy border and it should fit perfectly.

I hope this makes sense.  If you have trouble working out the width of this border email me your quilt centre measurement and I will work it out for you.

Elaine has picked 4 colours that complement the panel and made every block the same.

Below Kaye has used 8" blocks between her panel blocks and then added a border to either side of her quilt.  She has used colours that complement her panels but has used random placement of fabrics within the blocks

If using the 8" template set for border your quilt needs to be a multiple of 8 plus 1/2"


Scrap Crazy rulers are available on our website www.bay-window.com.au

Happy Stitching


Colour wash Quilt using 8" Scrap Crazy Ruler set

By Heather Buck
on September 27, 2015
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Hi Everyone,

This month I will explain how the colour wash quilt is done.  I have used the 8" Scrap Crazy Template. 

This quilt is a great way to use all the little bits and pieces that we all have in our stashes left over from other projects.

Start by sorting all your fabrics into colour groups

If you look closely at the image of this quilt some blocks are all in one colour way and others are mixed with the next colour.  This quilt is easiest to make if you join the blocks together as you go.

Start with a block that is all one colour then as you work your next block start with a couple of sections of the colour used in the first blocks then finish the next block introducing your next colour




Don't try and work one complete row at a time, it will flow from one colour to the next if you start in one corner and work across a couple of blocks then down a couple of blocks rather than a row of 10 -15 blocks at a time.


Happy Stitching











Heirloom Cushion

By Heather Buck
on August 27, 2015
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Hi Everyone,

I thought this month I would give the instructions for another of my favourite projects using the Scrap Crazy Ruler sets.  This one is using the 8" ruler

The Heirloom cushion is made using scraps of various cream fabrics, narrow laces, ribbons and Ricrac.

This project is made using 4 of the 8" Scrap Crazy Blocks.  As you join each section of the block add the lace and ribbons as you go.  Some laces need to be included in the seam line as your joining sections others can be sewn over the top after the seams have been sewn.

Once you have completed the 4 blocks join them together to form a 16 1/2" block including lace and ribbons in these seams as well.  A small doily can then be stitched over the centre where the 4 blocks meet in the middle.


For the ruffle Cut 2 strips of fabric 2 1/2" wide.  Join together then fold in half down the length of the strip and press

Sew a strip of 1" wide lace along the pressed fold then sew ruffle around the block on the right side with the raw edges of the ruffle along the raw edges of the block.  Approx. 1" before reaching each corner make 3 small pleats before the corner then another 3 small pleats in the first inch past the corner.

To finish ruffle stitch down to within 1" of the start then cut ruffle with an over lap of 1 1/2" tuck under the raw edges and stitch down the overlap.


Back of Cushion

  Cut a 9” strip then crosscut 2 – 9” x 17”rectangles for the cushion back.

Fold under ½” along one 17” edge of both pieces of fabric. With right sides together stitch along the fold for 4”  then lay flat and press still with the edges folded under.

Position the folded edges over a 12" zip and stitch down the right hand side across the bottom and up left side of the zip 

Press then trim to 16 1/2" square

With right sides together and the zip slightly open stitch the cushion front and back together. Clip the excess fabric away from the corners and turn through. Press


I hope you enjoy this project


Happy Stitching


Project 1 for the 6" Scrap Crazy Ruler

By Heather Buck
on August 08, 2015
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Hi Everyone,

I thought I would start with one of my favourite projects with the 6" ruler

Start by cutting strips of patterned fabric 3 5/8" wide.

Then cut 1 3/4" strips of black fabric

Add a strip of black fabric either side of the patterned fabric then press the seams towards the black fabric

Using only the C section of the template set position the template as shown above and cut the diagonal side of the ruler continuing through the black fabric below the ruler.  Then trim across the bottom of the template and the small nick at top of the template.

Turn the template around and with the edge of the template against the last cut.  Cut around the template starting with the straight edge to the right side of the ruler above.

Your pieces will look like these.  Continue cutting sections across the width of the fabric.  Then join pieces together in pairs as shown above


Once joined together in pairs like the one here join these sections together in rows.

When your rows are the length you want.  Rows can be joined together down their length.  They will look like the picture at the top of this post.

Happy Stitching


8" Scrap Crazy Quilts

By Heather Buck
on July 30, 2015
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Below are the projects that can be done with a 8" scrap Crazy ruler



I hope these images are enough to jog memories if not each month I will post instructions for 1 of the projects.

Happy Stitching


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