Tomorrow I will be teaching another free class in my Triangle Block Party facebook group. These classes are always available in the group after the facebook live, just go to the video section to view them.
In Lessons 1 to 3 I teach you how to make this Wonderland Table runner, using my triangle patchwork techniques. Once you have taken these lessons you are going to want to make more triangle based projects!
I hope you enjoy the classes.
While we are all stuck at home I've been experimenting with doing some online classes.
It's been lots of fun and the classes are now up online (free of charge) and available to view. All you have to do is click on the images below and join the facebook group for each class. You will find the first videos in the groups already.
Back to Basics is a beginner course in making a simple quilt. So far I have covered information about choosing fabrics, selecting tools, cutting and getting a good 1/4" seam. Next Tuesday 7th April 2020 at 10am (New Zealand time) I am doing the second session on sewing on your sashings and borders.
On Thursday 9th April at 10am NZ time I will be teaching the second class in my Triangle Block Party. Join me to learn my triangle patchwork techniques.
To get the correct time for your location, here is a link to a world clock
As well as the classes, the patterns for each of the class projects are included and can be downloaded from the Units sections of...
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'
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,...
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...
This year I have designed two Mystery Quilts that will be starting in February 2020.
Both of these are pre-cut and ready to sew, and the registrations open this week - be quick as quantities are limited and many colourways sell out quickly!
The Name of the Rose
This is one of my classic Puzzle Mystery Quilts. You can sign up for this quilt from
My friend Kim Moos and her team at Cotton Cuts in St Louis will cut your pieces for you and ship to anywhere in the world.
The lovely Lisa runs the Puzzle Mystery in the UK so if you are in the UK or Europe this is a great option for you.
This is the Mystery that uses my triangle patchwork techniques. Available in limited numbers from my shop in New Zealand. There will also be a 'cut your own' option for purchase in my Payship store nearer the launch date.
If you loved the quilt that I showed to Ricky Tims on The Quilt Show (with the Star Tips block, behind me in this photo) you can buy...
I had a fabulous time at Quilt Market in Houston introducing my brand new Matariki Block of the Month pattern to shops.
I designed this quilt in two colourways - this one is called Spectrum, and it uses Violet Craft's Modern Classics fabrics from Robert Kaufman. What fun getting to pose with Violet for a photo!
The other colourway uses Jennifer Sampou's Chalk and Charcoal fabrics, also by Robert Kaufman. Jennifer happened to be in the booth right next to Violet, so I got photos with both of these lovely ladies!
This block of the month pattern is divided into ten parts. Each month includes the patterns for two blocks.
All of these are made with the Creative Grids CGR60 triangle ruler, using the techniques from my book Quilts with an Angle.
Month 1 includes all the instructions you need for cutting the shapes with this great ruler. You will learn to cut triangles, trapezoids, hexagons, diamonds and parallelograms, all using the triangle ruler plus a straight ruler.
Thank you to everyone who has been following the blog hop for Quilts with an Angle, and thank you to my fellow bloggers for all their work writing reviews.
I hope that you have learned some more about the book and my triangle grid patchwork technique.
If you haven't yet, do visit all of the blogs listed below to see what they have to say!
As you have seen, Quilts with an Angle is full of interesting projects to make, with 15 quilts in total. But not just that, I included lots of tips and techniques for piecing 60 degree shapes and also tables for cutting the different shapes with a triangle ruler - who knew you could cut a hexagon with just two cuts?
So whether you are a beginner, scared of triangles, or want to extend your techniques, there is something for you. I hope you enjoy the book and try some of the projects, and I would love to see what you make!
You can post photos of your work in my facebook group, Sheila Christensen's Triangle Quilters. Join here.
I'm so excited to announce the re-launch of my Modern Triangle Sampler pattern. It's been an amazing journey since I made the original quilt. It prompted me to write my book, has appeared at Quiltcon and has given me many happy hours of teaching students how to do triangle patchwork.
Since I wrote the original pattern I have figured out new ways to make the cutting easier, and I wanted to share these with you, so I have re-written the instructions in easy to follow step by step format complete with colour illustrations. My friend Kristy at Page and Pixel has done an amazing job on the design and layout.
The new pattern is now available in my payhip store as a pdf download, and I will will have printed copies available soon. If you haven't tried triangle patchwork yet now is a great time to have a go!
As a special offer for my blog followers, you can get 25% off this pattern until the end of April. Just enter the coupon code mysteryquilter
I am really excited to be teaching at the Quilt Symposium this October.
I am offering two classes;
Shapes with an Angle is an in-depth, 3 day class where you will learn all about my triangle grid patchwork technique, make sample blocks, play with new ideas and work on your own project. This class is for quilters with experience who wish to extend their understanding of the structure of these contemporary quilts, but you don't need any experience with 60 degree triangles.
Mini Wonders Waltz is a project-based class over 2 days. You will make my Mini Wonders hexagonal table centre, piecing the blocks and you may also get on to quilting in the time available. A fun project to stretch yourself and learn new techniques.
The 2019 NZ Quilt Symposium is being held at St Cuthberts College in Auckland
This week my big box of books arrived from C&T Publishing! Its hard to describe what it feels like to receive your own book, all beautifully designed and photographed by the publishers. There is a lovely foreword written by my friend and great inspiration Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession.
I have written the chapters as lessons in how to cut and sew each of six different shapes - triangles, diamonds, parallelograms, trapezoids, hexagons and jewels , plus a chapter on strip piecing and one on designing your own blocks.
There are patterns for 15 quilts included.
You can order my book now:
or from your local quilt shop or bookseller