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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback Flexi binding
  • Publication: 15 September 2019
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782217305
  • Stock: 50+
  • Hurt Stock: £6.50 (4 available)
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 700
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: £12.99
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Sarah Payne’s Quilt School


New ways to start patchwork and quilting by Sarah Payne

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Book Description

Step into Sarah Payne's world of sewing and learn from the expert the basics of quilting and patchwork.

In this fun and practical introduction to patchwork and quilting, well-known TV personality Sarah Payne leads you through a series of techniques to build up your skills.

Each chapter includes a number of different-sized step-by-step projects, including quilts, cushions, tote bags and table runners. Sarah discusses different shapes (squares, circles, triangles) and different techniques (appliqué, piecing blocks and curved piecing) in turn. She also includes information on basting, layering, quilting and binding, as well as pre-cuts. 

Filled with guidance and helpful tips and tricks, this book will equip you with all you need to know to get started on your quilting adventure. Put your skills into practice and at the same time create beautiful projects to keep or give as gifts.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Materials and tools 8
Basic techniques 20
Squares 26
Lesson 1: Simply squares shopping bag 28
Lesson 2: French braid table runner 32
Lesson 3: Turned four-patch bed runner 36
Lesson 4: Disappearing nine patch quilt 40
Lesson 5: Snowball pillowcase 44
Triangles 47
Lesson 6: Half square triangle bedspread 50
Lesson 7: Jacob’s ladder quilt 56
Lesson 8: Ohio star cushion cover 62
Lesson 9: Flying south for the winter wall hanging 72
Lesson 10: Quilted handbag 76
Lesson 11: Placemats 82
Circles 86
Lesson 12: Drunkard’s path large cushion cover 90
Lesson 13: Circles quilt 95
Beautiful scraps 98
Lesson 14: Elephant cushion 100
Lesson 15: Quick strip quilt 106
Layering 108
Quilting 110
Binding 119
Labelling and caring for your quilt 124
Conclusion 126
Resources 127
Index 128

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About the Author

About Sarah Payne

Sarah Payne is a popular quilting teacher, designer and TV demonstrator, well known on Create and Craft. She started crafting at a young age, under her mother’s watchful eye, but went on to study Economics and pursue a career in IT.

In 2011, Sarah decided to take a break and rediscover the creative side of her nature. She started by opening a fabric shop and training centre, before becoming a regular contributor to all the major UK quilting magazines. She has launched a successful range of quilting kits and now designs her own fabric range for Craft Cotton Company.

Sarah lives in Peterborough, UK. Her website is


Sarah Payne's Quilt School is a must have book for those wanting to start patchwork and quilting. She starts at the beginning and covers the essential tools - not forgetting to mention that fabric scissors should only ever be used for fabric! She guides the reader through the basics, with clear pictures showing the techniques for cutting accurately, sewing with a machine or by hand and pressing.

The projects are well thought out, with clear instructions, aided by clear photographs. Each project is presented in the form of a lesson, and includes tips to help you improve your technique. There are very clear examples of different methods for creating flying geese units, how to create a flanged border, bordered binding and flanged binding. One aspect that I particularly like in this book is the double spread about the disappearing 9 patch; it shows how different the block looks in the final layout, when different colour combinations are used.

If this were not enough, the book contains a section for using the scraps that the reader will have left over after finishing the other projects in this book. This is a genius addition, as patchwork and quilting will produce a plethora of scraps! Sarah Payne is my kind of quilter - finding ways to make things easier on the quilter.

This book should be on the bookshelf of everyone who wants to start or improve patchwork and quilting. It would not be out of place on the bookshelf of more advanced quilters, as it contains ideas and techniques (especially for binding) that I've not seen before.

I just love this book. It's suitable for beginners and beyond, something for everyone. Well set out with beautiful colour photographs to go alongside the writing. Very easy instructions for all the projects. I am certainly going to make the circles quilt. I would recommend this book to any sewer/quilter. 

I'm a great fan of Sarah Payne, she's a great teacher so I was looking forward to this book.

I had wondered whether it would be too basic, I'm not an expert, but equally not a beginner quilter, but was not disappointed at all.

A beginner would find it extremely helpful, but there's plenty in it to interest those of us who are past that stage.

The illustrations are photos not drawings and I find that much clearer to follow. For each technique there's a project, ranging from bags, cushions, quilts and more. Sarah also explains how to use rulers and acrylic templates for cutting and there's also a bit which tells you what you can cut from a fat quarter of fabric, very useful!
A lovely book to look through but also a very useful book too! Would definitely recommend!

Sarah Payne's lovely book leads you through the very beginning, the tools you will need, fabric wadding, thread, right through to caring for your completed projects, with lots of things to make in between.

It is very well illustrated with lots of nice, clear photographs, including plenty of close ups. Much clearer than diagrams, I find.

Whilst this book is suitable for beginners, it will also grow with you so that you don't outgrow it too quickly.

This is an excellent book for anyone new to patchwork and quilting, or for anyone looking for inspiration and new ideas.

The instructions are clearly explained in step by step description and photos, with lots of top tips included.

I've made a start on the cover quilt as it's a fantastic project that will help me to use up my scraps.
Id highly recommend this book.


I have been watching Sarah Payne on TV for quite a while and love her zest for all things stitchy. So, when I heard that she had written a book I was very excited. 

Ms Payne has not disappointed me. From beginner to advanced sewist, everyone will take something from this book, whether it be a new skill or a fabulous idea. 

The book is sectioned in 'lessons'.  So from beginning to end, each project introduces a new skill.

With simple language, easy instructions that are in written and visual format and brilliant hints and tips, there is no reason why you would not get a professional finish to your very usable project. 

Quilts, bags, runners and cushions are all included, and each step is easy to follow. 

The bright glossy pages showcase the projects and the colours 'pop' giving you so much inspiration and they will definitely boost your creativity and imagination. 

I loved this book, it has a wealth of information of fabric, fat quarters, thread and gives expert advice on what you will need for your sewing journey.

Craft Focus

In Sarah Payne's Quilt School (RRP £12.99), the well-known TV personality leads readers through a series of techniques to build up their skills. Each chapter has step-by-step projects for a range of items including cushions, tote bags and table runners. The author also discusses a variety of different shapes and methods.

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