Patchwork and Quilting: Triangle Trickery (aka Squashed Frogs!)
Tutor: Janice Gunner MSDCCourse Code: 3319-07


Spend a relaxing day learning how to make these deceptively simple, manipulated fabric origami patchwork shapes. I devised these clever little textural patchwork segments back in 1997 when I was studying for my City & Guilds Part 2 (now Diploma) in Patchwork & Quilting and they are still going strong today! Triangle Trickery units look great made in cotton fabric but are even more spectacular when made in silk!


During this course you will learn how to make ingenious little triangle patches to add an extra dimension to your work. Using folded and manipulated fabric you will produce a range of origami patches to add texture and interest to your work. You will learn the basics of these clever little hand pieced patches and then progress to some stunningly deceptive simple variations, with ideas of how to use them in future projects such as bags, Christmas decorations, box lids and panels in wall hangings etc. Beware, you may get hooked on fabric origami and want to try some of the many paper exercises available in fabric!

After mastering the basic technique, you will move on to working several variations including a cathedral window style that uses a lot less fabric! Ideas for small projects and finishing techniques will also be discussed.

Please bring with you

Rotary cutter
Cutting mat
Rotary rule with 60° angle facility (I use Omnigrid 12” x 6”)
Hand sewing kit - including standard size pins, needles and small scissors
Neutral colour cotton thread (I use sage green colour)
¼ metre of Quickscreen Vilene – this has a blue Isometric grid printed on one side and ¼ metre Quickscreen Vilene with blue square grid printed on one side, this is usually available from Quilt Direct. If you have difficulty finding it Light Weight Sew-In Vilene is a good alternative.
3 - 4 fat quarters of cotton fabric. These can be an assortment of colours in plain, hand dyes, Hoffman batiks, Moda Marbles, Fossil Ferns, Oakshotts etc.
Avoid large or heavily printed fabrics – the technique will not show!
1 – 2 hand embroidery threads to contrast with chosen fabrics
6” or 15 cm square of Bond-a-Web (Wonder-under or similar)
A few small beads to contrast with chosen fabrics
Note Pad and pencil

The following items can be purchased from your tutor

Janice will bring a selection of Japanese silks for sale during the course - prices from £5 per ½ metre (approx. width 35 cm)


Suitable for all levels

Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD


Janice Gunner MSDC

Janice Gunner MSDC

Janice Gunner is textile artist, quilter and author. She learned how to embroider at the age of five, made her own clothes from the age of 10, has been quilting for 44 years and has spent almost 30 years of those teaching patchwork & quilting, including 23 years teaching City & Guilds courses. Janice is currently studying for a MA Textiles at UCA Farnham.

12th Aug 2019

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9amCoffee on arrival
9.15amWelcome and tutor introductions
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch for all
2-5pmLast teaching session

"Excellent, enjoyable day." (Summer School 2019)