Briarside Lane

Frequently Asked Questions:

Briarside Lane is a Mystery Quilt Project focused on inspiring your artistic spirit, but there have been similar questions from our family of friends,  so here are some little hints to help you on your journey.


  1. How many blocks will there be? There will be 6 applique blocks and the some patchwork blocks to tie them all together.
  2. How big will the blocks be? They will vary in size depending on the "Stops" we make down Briarside Lane. Again, this is a mystery project, but there are no blocks bigger than 18". In the instructions you are given the size of the block before it is cut down for piecing. You don't have to cut it down now. You can just make the block and set it aside.
  3. When will the finishing instructions be given? The finishing instructions, including the instructions for the patchwork blocks, will be given July 1st.
  4. What size is the finished project? It will be a large wall hanging, roughly 40+ inches wide. 
  5. What fabric are you using for the background of the wool applique? As shown on the supply list on the last page of the pattern, I am using cotton. I have TONS of tone on tone cream cottons in my stash and I am using them up. The supply list for each individual block will be given as you may not want to make an entire quilt. You might just want to make a block that appeals to you and turn it into a pillow or the centerpiece of your own quilt design. We encourage you to think outside the "block." hee,hee,hee.
  6. What if I want all my applique backgrounds to be the same color? How much fabric do I need? If you would like the backgrounds the same, you will need at least 2 yards for the applique blocks. I would get another yard if you want your patchwork blocks to have some of the same color. Again, I am using up some of my stash. 

The Journey Begins

Welcome travelers!

The journey down Briarside Lane is not only about completing a project, but inspiring your artistic spirit -- the spirit that seems to get lost as we grow older.

In a world where everything moves so quickly and things are simply "reproduced," our wish is that you take time to stop and enjoy the moments and peacefulness which comes from making something with your own hands.

The patterns, as well as the photos of our work, are meant to guide you as you build the quilt blocks. However, we encourage you to use other methods of stitching, colors and even fabrics to create an individual piece. A piece that is a reflection of your own creativity.

So come and join our journey down Briarside Lane. A quiet country road that meanders gently through the British countryside, with hidden surprises around every corner. It's a rather special place.

We'll be walking, but don't worry, there's no traffic here! We may go miles and miles through different counties of Britain and many changing landscapes. We never quite know where we're going to stop or what we might see next. We just know that it will be worth stopping for!

The Back Story: Britain's varied landscape, nature, and historic past have always captivated Jules. Traveling along Briarside Lane is a journey from her imagination, but it's full of real life places and events which reflect some of the unique treasures of the British Isles. All of these special memories make her heart beat a little faster. We hope some of that magic appears for you , as you stitch a little bit of Britain in the USA. 

Bumblebee Cottage - our first stop on the journey.



It's been a beautiful day, hiking along the lane. Sitting at the bottom of the wooded hill, is the cottage. Its freshly thatched roof gleams golden in the sunshine on the warm, summer evening. The air is full of enticing scents -- the fresh, clean smell of new mown grass and the heady perfume of the old rambler rose that clambers over the worn wooden porch. Nothing can be heard but the "thrum" of the bees as they meander through the borders gathering pollen, and the gentle "coo" of a wood pigeon hiding in the tall conifers.



We stop, leaning a little on the garden gate and drink in the scene. Then we open the gate and go down the path. A delicious supper awaits, then a retreat to the garden and later a cozy feather bed before we continue our journey.



The Back Story: Years ago, out walking along a country lane in the beautiful Malvern Hills of Herefordshire, Jules rounded a bend and discovered a tiny, ancient cottage with a picturesque garden. The whole image looked as if it had been pulled straight from a book of fairy tales. Next to the front gate was a small post box, bearing a polite notice for the postman, "Please do not use the post box until further notice. It is being used by a family of nesting Chickadees." The house was called "Bumblebee Cottage," which she thought was simply delightful and just the place she would love to live!

Briarside Lane will be a mystery quilt, but as mentioned above, we want to inspire your artistic spirit. So, when you purchase the e-pattern, you will not only receive the instructions to make the block in wool (or cottons if you like), but you will receive an embroidery version for FREE.



We also have Valdani size 12 perle cotton kits available. This kit will be used for all the blocks.



In addition, we will be offering National Nonwovens blended Wool Kits for each of the blocks.



The e-patterns, thread and wool kits will all be sold separately. Pick and choose as you like. So hop on over HERE to the SHOP to get what you need for Bumblebee Cottage. While you are there, you can also pick up Soft Fuse fusible web and embroidery needles if you need them.

Here is what Jules did with her "Bumblebee Cottage."








1 comment:

Chickadee Sue said...

Hi Michelle
Hope you had a Merry Christmas, the designs looks great!
I'll be back Jan 1st.
Sue