Reel to Reel Workshop with Jenny Haynes



This class is all about the Oval Drunkard's Path Block. We'll make a Twin (or Throw) sized Reel to Reel quilt top inspired by the Japanese design concept Notan and look at how the play between light and dark affects the design. This quilt was featured in the 2018 QuilCon Magazine and received the third place award in the Two Colour Challenge at QuiltCon 2019!

The three different sizes of curves in this block all come together using a different technique but all without the use of pins despite the irregular curve of the oval. Cutting and piecing the blocks and achieving perfectly matching seams is made easy with the Oval Drunkard's Path templates.

About your teacher: A Swedish exile having spent the previous 18 years in Hackney, Jenny Haynes (n̩e Nilsson) studied Pattern Cutting and Tailoring in her native Stockholm. Soon after, she followed her passion for fabrics and moved to London to study Fashion and Textiles at the London College of Fashion. She went on to develop her own label 'Papper, Sax, Sten' (that's 'Paper, Scissors, Stone' if you're wondering!), working with textiles that reflect these different influences. Her bespoke quilts and furnishings are recognised for their clean and simple, mid-century modern design. Often mixing vintage fabrics with modern prints, rich colours with pastels, wool and silk with linen and cotton, while remaining faithful to her Scandinavian roots. This was recognised in Summer '15 when Jenny was invited by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, along with 18 other Swedish designers, to be a part of Heal's Swedish Summer Exhibition. Heal's having a long history of promoting Swedish design with exhibitions in 1923, '51 and '71. Find out more about Jenny and her stunning designs at

Skills needed: Students should know how to use a sewing machine and have completed a few sewing or patchwork projects prior to class.

Class size: 6

Materials: You'll need to bring or buy the fabric for your quilt top. Students receive a 10% discount when they purchase materials in the shop.

For a Twin:

  • Background (Pink) fabric: 5m (5 1/2yd)
  • Main (Red) fabric, curves: 1m (1 1/4yd)
  • Secondary (print) fabric, small curves: 50cm (1/2 yd)
For a Throw:
  • Background (Pink) fabric: 2m (2 1/4yd)
  • Main (Red) fabric, curves: 75cm (1yd)
  • Secondary (print) fabric, small curves: 25cm (1/4yd)

Location: The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square NW6 2BR

If you're interested in a payment plan for this class, please get in touch! You can find out more information about our payment plans here.

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