New Patchwork and Quilting Basics Class Plan 2

Pop Art Block Keeper

From New Patchwork and Quilting Basics by Jo Avery


Class Description

This roomy block keeper will keep your blocks organized and in good condition while you continue working on a quilt. It can also be taken along to classes and is especially useful for long running sampler quilt projects. This is also a great way to try out half square triangle techniques.  This project uses the 8-in-1 technique which is extra speedy. The vibrant colorful blocks are inspired by the type of Pop Art pictures created by Andy Warhol. Though only 2 different HST units are used throughout (orange/turquoise and yellow/green), it still appears complex and fascinating due to the endless possibilities of the HST unit.

Class Length
Full day


Class Supply List

New Patchwork and Quilting Basics Book

Turquoise, orange, pink and yellow solid fabric: 1/3 yard each 

Blue, red and dark pink solid fabric: 1/8 yard each

Green solid fabric: ¼ yard

Flannel: 2 yards

Bosal foam stabilizer: ½ yard

Fusible interfacing: ¼ yard

Black oval elastic 3/16”: ½ yard

Black round elastic (1/8”): 1 yard

Wooden toggle buttons: 3

Batting: 20’’ x 40’’


Optional Supplies

  • Hera Marker

  • 505 basting spray


TIPS: You could turn this class into more of an HST focused workshop by adding in different ways to piece HST – 2 at a time, 4 at a time, paper piecing, etc.

You could also make up some brightly colored solid fabric packs for this class. Once your students see how much fun it is playing with 2 color HST they may want to try more at home!


Classroom Preparation

Each student will need a sewing machine; set up common cutting and pressing stations. 


Class Outline


1. Use the chart on page 52 to have the students cut their fabrics.

2. Follow the instructions on page 54 to demonstrate 8-in-1 HST

3. Get your students to stitch up their blocks to make the outer panel as described in page 55.

4. Show your students how to machine quilt this, marking a grid and using a walking foot.

5. Follow the instructions on pages 56 and 57 to demonstrate how to finish the block keeper.