The Patchwork Diaries

The Patchwork Diaries

We go on a patchwork adventure with our new columnist Aine Foley of Lismore Quilt Co.

Springtime is on the way so I decided to make something fresh and bright after a long winter. I got some lovely spring fabric in the studio including some pretty charm packs. Charm packs are 5” squares cut from a complete fabric collection so the guesswork of picking colours is made easier – although it is sometimes difficult to know what to do with them!

These fabrics are so pretty, I decided to keep it simple. I added 1.5” strips to the sides of each square and then joined them together with a 1.5” strip between each row. These strips are called sashing strips.

To make the quilt more interesting, I decided to sew the rows on the diagonal (on point). This also has the added advantage of making your quilt bigger.

To do this, you need to add setting triangles to the end of each row. These triangles are cut from a square of fabric, each square giving four triangles.

Unfortunately progress was interrupted by Storm Emma and I haven’t had a chance to put the rows together. Here’s a picture of it on my design wall, ready to go.

I used my downtime during the big storm to get started on Instagram, encouraged by the prompting from Lora! I have found it surprisingly easy to use and enjoy posting pics – but now find myself suffering from severe quilt envy from all the other quilters out there!


Aine Foley has been quilting for more than 20 years. She has completed the City and Guilds Certificate in Patchwork and Design, and in 2013 she established the Lismore Quilt Co. She runs a range of quilting and patchwork classes for all levels from her purpose-built studio, where you will also find everything you need – fabrics, wadding and notions – to complete your quilts. She has a particular interest in quilt history and finds her inspiration in antique quilts.