If you've ever been daunted by the idea of making a patchwork quilt, or if you're seeking to enhance your patchwork skills or learn new techniques, the Ruskington Ribbon Sampler quilt is designed specifically with you in mind.

In contrast to a single block quilt, where the same block is made repeatedly, or a traditional sampler quilt, with each block being unique, the Ruskington Ribbon Sampler quilt is a 'row by row' or 'band quilt' as it's sometimes called. This approach offers the best of both worlds, allowing you to refine a technique through repetition, thereby increasing your confidence before progressing to a new row and challenge. However, there's no rush; you can proceed with this course entirely at your own pace.


This course provides a detailed and comprehensive PDF pattern featuring clear, step-by-step written instructions and full-size appliqué templates. Additionally, you will have access to video tutorials in which I demonstrate sewing techniques for each block. I will guide you through every stage, and the great news is that you can view these tutorials repeatedly, as often as you wish.


In this comprehensive course, you will acquire the fundamental patchwork and quilting skills necessary to embark on your quilting journey. The course includes 16 brand new videos, each ranging from a few minutes up to 24 minutes in length. In the first section these will cover essential techniques such as achieving a perfect 1/4" seam allowance and the safe use of a rotary cutter. I will also introduce you to my indispensable list of quilting tools and notions that I use all the time.

Next, you will learn to sew the blocks required for each row. These include Needle Turn appliqué and English Paper Piecing, two of my favourite hand sewing methods. I will walk you through through every part of these wonderful techniques. I will also show you how to machine piece traditional quilt blocks, each with a distinctive Pretty Fabrics and Trims twist.

Upon completing your quilt top, I will share my 'little happy' tips for how I hand quilted my Ruskington Ribbon Sampler quilt. However, if hand quilting isn't for you, feel free to choose to machine quilt or send your quilt to be professionally long arm quilted.

Finally, you will learn how to attach the quilt binding.


Please remember, I firmly believe in selecting a technique that brings you joy. For instance, if needle turn appliqué doesn't appeal to you, that's perfectly okay. You might consider trying the interfacing appliqué method or raw edge appliqué instead. Rest assured, I have tutorials for these methods as well! These, along with many others (including the essential 'how to layer your quilt top with wadding and backing fabric PDF guide), are included in my complimentary 'Beginners Guide to Patchwork' course, which I have conveniently also added to the Ruskington Ribbon Sampler quilt curriculum, ensuring that everything is all together in one place for you!

Quilting and sewing become even more delightful when shared with friends, both old and new. That's why you will be invited to join the brand new 'Community' page for Pretty Fabrics and Trims. Here, you can share your blocks and progress, seek assistance when needed, and connect with fellow happy stitchers. We know from having met so many of you over the years, that you are a friendly, supportive and generous group! Plus, remember that I am just an email away for any specific questions or support you might need....I'm here to assist you every step of the way.

If you would like to make a quilt identical to mine, we have curated a beautiful Ruskington Ribbon Sampler Quilt Supplies Pack, which is available on our Pretty Fabrics and Trims website. This pack contains all the exquisite Liberty Tana Lawn™ and background fabric needed for the quilt top, as well all the EPP papers.


Hello, my name is Sarah Edgar. I’m a Happy Stitcher and co-owner of our family business Pretty Fabrics & Trims, founded in 2012. I design all our Block of the Month Clubs, Kits & Patterns.

Sewing has always been an important part of my life...it brings me great happiness and joy. I can honestly say that not many days pass by without at some point, a needle and thread being held in my hand. More importantly, in an increasingly pressurised world, the sense of wellbeing and calmness that I feel when sewing is priceless. 

I was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by piles of pretty fabrics and being taught timeless needlework skills by my mum (Penny) and nanny (Flo). It's no surprise that with their encouragement, I started sewing at an early age, making clothes and pretty quilts for my dolls as soon as I could thread a needle. I haven't stopped sewing since. Sewing is my passion and I love nothing better than spending my evenings and weekends with an English Paper Piecing, needle turn applique or a hand embroidery project on my lap.

I look forward to sharing my love of sewing with you and if at any time you have any questions, please do get in touch and I will do all that I can to help.

Finished Dimensions

48 ½” x 60 ½”

Fabric Requirements

An indication of quantities required has been given below for the Quilt Top, Backing fabric, Binding fabric and Wadding. Alternatively, for the smaller blocks, appliques and EPP elements enjoy searching through your treasured fabric stash, the precious ones that you hang on to because you love them so much and select your favourites pieces to use. More detailed information will be supplied in the pattern.

2 ¾ yards for the feature fabrics. if you are going scrappy like me, a mix of Fat Eighths and Fat Sixteenths will be perfect. 

3 ½ Yards of Background fabric (allows some wriggle room)

For the binding If you are using Liberty Tana Lawn fabric like me, you will need 14” x FWOF, if however you are using standard width quilting fabric, you will need 17” by FWOF

56” x 68” piece of Wadding/Batting

64” x 76” Backing Fabric

You will also need

Cotton Threads to match for your Applique, EPP & Machine Stitches

Cotton Threads for Hand Quilting

Pre-cut EPP Paper Pieces as follows:

  • (24) 6 Point|60 degree 1 ½” Diamonds 
  • (36) 1” Hexagons
  • (6) 8 Petal Dresden Plates which need to be no larger than 7” in diameter, so that they fit an 8” square background fabric. (The ones that I used, measured 5 ¾” in diameter.)

Additional Notions and Tools Required

Rotary Cutter & Mat, Quilting Rulers, Needles for Applique, EPP and Hand Quilting, 1/4" Bias Maker, EPP Basting Supplies, Sewing Machine, Scissors, plus any of your favourite notions that I haven’t included for the techniques used! Don't forget, I'll be sharing all my favourite tools and notions in the course!


A comprehensive PDF pattern that includes clear, step-by-step written instructions along with full-size appliqué templates. 


Enjoy 16 brand new video lessons, each varying in length from a few minutes to 25 minutes. Watch and rewatch them as often as you wish.


Join our brand new Community page to connect with quilting friends both old and new. It's an inclusive, welcoming and supportive group!


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When can I access the course content?

All the course content will become available as soon as you enrol for the course.

How long do I have access to the course content?

Upon enrolment, you will have unlimited access to this course indefinitely, without any deadlines. Enjoy the flexibility of learning at your own pace, as there are no set start dates or times.

How many times can I watch the videos?

You can watch the videos as many times as you would like.

Can't I get all this information for free in your Beginner's Guide to Patchwork and Quilting?

Whilst there will be some overlap, for example Sarah previously demonstrated glue basting and thread basting for EPP, in this new class, she'll dedicate more time to each process and delve into it in greater detail. Expect more 'little happy' tips and fresh video content covering techniques and processes we haven't explored before. Plus, you'll have the opportunity to watch her assemble each block and guide you through every step.

Our goal for the Ruskington Ribbon Sampler Quilt course was that despite the distance between us, it would feel as if Sarah were sitting right beside you, sewing together.

I have just bought a sewing machine and do not know how to use it, will the course show me?

Sorry, as there are so many different makes and models of sewing machine available that all work slightly differently, we would ask that you familiarise yourself with your sewing machine before you purchase this course.

Once I have purchased this pattern from you, can I share it with my family members, my friends or my quilt group?

The purchased pattern is intended solely for your personal use. As a family-run business, the income from our design and sales of courses, patterns and kits is vital for our livelihood. It keeps a roof over our heads and supports our family. Consequently, any form of redistribution, duplication, or resale of this pattern is expressly forbidden.

However, it would make our day if you would recommend us to your friends and family so that they can also enjoy some happy stitches!

Can I use this pattern to produce items for my business?

Thank you for asking, however this pattern is for you to be enjoyed personally or for you to make as gifts for others. Please do not reproduce the pattern in anyway or sell items made from it. Business use of any kind is not permitted.

What if I am unhappy with my purchase?

Lots of love, care, time and attention, has been put into the creation of this online class and we are sure that you will be completely happy with your purchase. If sadly this is not the case, all we ask is that you NOTIFY us of your reasons within 14 days of purchase. We will then always try our very best to resolve any issues or concerns that you may have. If after this process, you still remain unhappy, then we will happily give you a full refund. Just email: [email protected]