We began with two squares of fabric. The instructions were very specific as to size. The fabric suggested was calico. I was not the only student whose method of measuring and ripping did not produce perfect squares! Nevertheless, I managed to square it up in the process of making the two envelopes of fabric, into which we then inserted the smaller squares of colour.
It is a fantastic process. We then folded our piece to join the two short ends and inserted another small square of fabric in the diamond shape formed on the other side of what became our pincushion. It is magic!
The edge of the diamond shape formed by the folds covers the raw edge of the inserted fabric. You choose whether or not to fold down the outer edges of the background fabric according to the effect you want.
I had thought my 2014 effort to make a hexagon quilt from scraps of fabric saved over the years had satisfied any desire I had to make quilts. This workshop, however, inspired me. I could see myself gradually putting together a summer quilt using this method. There would be no need for backing. The little 'pockets' into which the diamond 'windows' are inserted are already backed and quite self-contained. You could get great effects with small scraps of left-over fabric.
I really loved this workshop. I think we all did. We left with a finished pincushion - and bursting with ideas of other ways to apply the techniques we'd learned.
Watch this space!