myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Folded Patchwork Tutorial

Today I am taking part in the Oakshott Colourshott bloghop! I am the first stop on the hop and very excited to be sharing this new tutorial with you all!

Lily's Quilts

You can check out all the other stops on the bloghop over at Lilys Quilts.

A few weeks back the very kind people at Oaskhott Cottons sent me one of their Colourshott Fat Eighth Bundles in this heavenly purple patette called ‘Orchid’. There are 8 fabulous colourways in these bundles all in Oakshott’s trademark iridescent shot cottons.

I had an immediate inspiration for how I would use the bundle.
Back in what I like to call my ‘First Age of Quilting’ there was quite a craze for Japanese Folded Patchwork. I remember quite clearly members of my Quilter’s Guild group showing me their samples of this, and though I never tried it at the time I always planned to one day.

Fast forward to a couple of years ago when I’d started teaching classes and was on the look out for new subjects and techniques to teach. I remembered the Japanese Folded Patchwork and googled it to see what I could find. There was a lot of stuff out there but nothing that resembled what I remembered. Everything was shown with a curved folded edge, making it look too much like Cathedral Window (which I was already teaching). There was also one book but it had been out of print for a few years.
Thoroughly stumped I put the whole idea on the back burner…

…unitl I saw these Colourshott fabrics. Somehow I knew right away that I had to try the folded patchwork with them and I also knew that I could rememebr enough to just make up my own version of the technique. So I’m not calling it ‘Japanese’ anymore, this is my version!

Folded Patchwork involves making lots of ‘tiny quilts’ and then sewing these together to make a larger quilt. I have made a mini quilt here but it may grow… more on this later!

Folded Patchwork Tutorial

From your Oakshott Colourshott Fat Eighth Bundle cut:

16 large squares each measuring 9 inches (2 of each colour)
16 small squares each measuring 4.5 inches (2 of each colour)
16 squares of wadding/batting each measuring 5.5 inches
matching cotton thread
perle cotton number 8 in a few co-ordinating colours


Press a quarter inch seam around each side of your small square.

Place your wadding square in the centre of your large square and fold the corners over as shown.

But don’t fold the fabric too close to the corner, leave approx. an eighth of an inch around the wadding before folding as shown below. Press.

Fold over and press each of the straight sides a quarter of an inch.

Lay your small square, folded seams down, on to the centre of the wadding, so that it covers the tips of the large square corners. Press lightly to adhere.

Now fold the rest of your straight sides over the wadding square so the corners mitre neatly. Press.

Pin folded edges to secure. It can take a bit of practice to get the folding right, you might need to un-fold and re-fold to get your mitres to line up. But persevere as it gets easier the more you do!

Make up all 16 squares in this way, placing darks with lights and lights with dark and generally mixing the whole bundle up.

Choose some co-ordinating perle cotton number 8 and get your thimble ready as we’re going to do some hand quilting!
I quilted 2 rows around each centre square.

This anchors the whole little quilt together.

Once you have all 16 sewn this way you need to lay them out and decide how they should go together.

First of all I thought they should be like a checkerboard.

But then I thought that was a little too obvious. So I made them gradate from dark to light.

Now all you need to do is sew them together. I used a small whip stitch, just like you would use to sew EPP pieces together. First sew the rows of 4 together, then sew the rows together.

I changed my thread colour as I went along the line so it matched the fabric colour.
Here’s what the back looks like. It’s a finished quilt already, nothing more to do except maybe bind it if you liked.

Or you might want to add some more quilting to the centres. I am still thinking about whether to quilt a circle in the centre of each of the squares. Or maybe a cross? Or a few of each?

Also I’d like to extend the whole project to make a full sized quilt. If I got hold of each one of the Oakshott Colourshott Bundles I could make a square with each one and then sew them all together – how cool would that be??!
I used most of the bundle to make this mini which measures 22 inches (56cm) and I think 9 squares would make a great sized throw. I just need to persuade Oakshott to put together one more bundle just for me!

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and found it useful. If you have a go at these yourself I’d love to hear about it! But please remember to link back to this post if you blog about your own attempt.

Next up tomorrow on the Oakshott Colourshott bloghop is lovely Kerry at Very Berry Kerry. I can’t wait to see what she has come up with!

Here is the full schedule

31 June:  Jo from My Bearpaw
1 July:     Kerry from Very Kerry Berry
3 July:     Nicky from Mrs Sew And Sow
4 July:     Helen from Archie The Wonder Dog
7  July:    Sonia from Fabric And Flowers
8 July:     Charlotte from Displacement Activity
10 July:   Trudi from Trudi-Quilting Prolifically
11 July:   Susan Claire from Gourmet Quilter


  1. Ack! This is a great idea Jo…thanks for sharing. What a great way to use leftovers too and once you have all the squares cut out and pinned a great portable project.

  2. Thank you for a great tutorial. Another idea to add to the long list. I love that when you've sewn the squares together it's finished. But just like Cathedral Window there are those pesky mitred corners.
    Teresa x

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