Are you looking for some inspiration to create striking, modern patchwork quilts? Join quilter Leanne Harvey as she shares with you how she turns traditional patchwork blocks into bold and colourful modern quilt designs.
Includes instructions to make your own version of Leanne’s Spinner Quilt pattern
You’ll learn where Leanne draws her inspiration from for her quilt designs and how she takes the traditional quilt blocks and draws them up at any size using a grid
Leanne shares her advice and tips on selecting quilt blocks and turning them into stunning modern quilts and how to choose colour and patterned fabrics to suit your designs
Leanne demonstrates different ways of sewing half-square and quarter-square triangles, which are common components of many of the quilt blocks she uses
Once you’ve created your own version of Leanne’s Spinner Quilt, take inspiration to create your own quilts combining traditional quilt blocks with a modern edge
Includes a gallery of other quilts Leanne has designed to inspire you
A great quilt pattern and workshop for beginner quilters looking to create fun, modern quilt designs
Chapter 1: Meet Leanne Harvey (3 min)
Meet quilter, teacher and designer Leanne Harvey as she shares her journey into quilt making and designing.
Chapter 2: Inspiration (4 min)
Leanne shares where she finds inspiration for her designs and how you can turn that inspiration into quilt designs.
Chapter 3: Drawing Traditional blocks using a grid (7 min)
Once you’ve decided on your quilt block, Leanne will show you how to draw up your chosen quilt block design at any size.
Chapter 4: One block quilts (4 min)
Leanne shares with you her advice on what to look for when choosing blocks to focus on and how to determine what size to make your blocks.
Chapter 5: Colour and Fabric (6 min)
Next, Leanne talks about choosing fabrics and colours for quilt making, looking at solid and patterned fabrics and her advice on using them.
Chapter 6: Sewing quarter and half-square triangles (15 min)
Leanne demonstrates different ways to easily make half-square and quarter-square triangles, which are common components in a wide range of quilt blocks.
Chapter 7: Show and tell with Leanne (7 min)
Explore a gallery of Leanne’s spectacular quilts, exploring colour, size and also with some amazing examples of custom quilting.
How did you feel when you first started sewing? I was about four years old. I don’t remember a time in my life when I haven’t sewn. I began patchwork about 18 years ago. It was a lightbulb moment, and I knew this was for me.
Has your response to your craft changed much since then? Yes. Patchwork and quilting was my hobby until 14 years or so ago – when I first started longarm quilting for customers. Then I started teaching in a shop. Now, it’s a hobby and work.
What is it that keeps you creating? My brain just doesn’t stop. Ideas pop into my head at all times. I have lots of ideas in my sketchbooks, just waiting to come to life. Also, inspiration is everywhere – nature, architecture, art …
Do you teach your skills? Yes, I teach patchwork and sewing classes. I also teach longarm quilting.
How long can you spend browsing in a patchwork or haberdashery store? I wish I had time to browse! I’m an in and out kind of girl. That way, I don’t spend too much.
What’s your favourite time of day to sew? Any time I get is usually fast and furious. I do love to spend a whole weekend sewing.
Do you have any sewing gadgets/notions you never use? Yes, a Beadazzler!
What do you like to do when you take a sewing break? I love exercise, crochet, movies – especially action and super-hero movies. And cruisin’ in the roadster with my hubby. No, I’m not very girly – go figure!
What do you wish for your creative future? Just to have the ideas to keep popping into my head so I can share my passion with other patchwork addicts.