Textiles & Quilting

Scrap Quilting with Stuart Hillard


SUN, 22 May 2022

10:00 – 16:00

Join Stuart to learn how to make a Blackford Beauty Quilt taken from his book “Use Scraps, Sew Blocks, Make 100 Quilts”.


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Make blocks for Stuart’s version of his Blackford’s beauty quilt.  You’ll learn the value of how to use your scraps effectively in this timeless quilt design.  There are some very useful patchwork units to learn to piece perfectly!

The course is suitable for quilters who want to improve their technique and already have some experience.

About the Day

Scrap Quilting will run from 10am until 4pm and includes refreshments throughout the day including fresh coffee, teas and a tasty two course lunch.


Essential Information

Please bring enough fabric for at least four blocks… bring more variety than you think you’ll need…it’s always better to have some choice!  You could make a quilt where every block was different and each one using a wide assortment of fabrics from one colour family, just make sure there is really good contrast in the fabrics.

To make one block you will need:

For the corner units:

sixteen assorted rusty red squares each 2” x 2”

Assorted cream prints in the following quantities and sizes:   eight x 2” x 2”, eight x 2” x 5”, eight  x 2” x 3 ½”

For the star point units:

eight x assorted blue rectangles each 3 ½” x 6 ½”

eight x cream squares each 3 ½” x 3 ½”

eight x assorted red squares each 3 ½” x 3 ½”

For the block centre:

one square gold print 4 ¾” x 4 ¾”

two x blue squares each 4” x 4” cut once on the diagonal to yield four x corner triangles

Stuart’s quilt uses 16 blocks which, combined with sashings and borders makes a very generous 95” x 95” square quilt… you could scale this down…a 3 x 4 arrangement of 12 blocks with the same sashings and border would make a 75” x 95” quilt and nine blocks in a 3 x 3 arrangement would make a 75” square quilt.

The workshop takes place in the First Floor Gallery space.  There is a flight of stairs and no lift access.  If you have any access issues, please get in touch to discuss alternative arrangements.

Please note our cancellation policy.

Your Tutor

Your Tutor

Stuart Hillard

Stuart’s career in crafting began over 20 years ago when he started designing quilts and teaching workshops. He started writing for Popular Patchwork magazine, designing many cover quilts but it was his breakout appearance in the first series of “The Great British Sewing Bee” and subsequent co-presenting of the Christmas Special that really launched his career.

Stuart has authored four bestselling sewing books, “Sew Fabulous”, “Use Scraps, Sew Blocks, Make 100 Quilts”, “Simple Shapes, Stunning Quilts” and his newest book, “Bags for Life” was published by Pavilion in Summer 2021. He is a fabric designer and his beautiful designs are available Worldwide. He is a regular guest presenter on Create and Craft TV and Sewing Street TV, has appeared alongside Kirstie Allsopp a number of times on Channel 4 and is a regular on BBC radio. He writes for four craft magazines each month including the market leaders, Sew and Crafts Beautiful. He writes each month for Let’s Get Crafting, sharing his love for yarn and includes a knit crochet or weaving pattern each issue. He is a global ambassador for some of the best loved names in craft, knitting and sewing. When he isn’t knitting, sewing or cooking something, Stuart is likely to be found on the 88 acre farm in North Yorkshire that he and his husband Charlie are renovating.