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Zen Block Fabric Weights Workshop

I am always looking for something to help hold down a pattern piece, a slipping quilt, or a pressed seam. Zen Blocks are always there for me when I need a helping hand in the sewing room. Need a quick pincushion? Need something to stack and fiddle with while you contemplate your next step in a project? Need a quick and easy gift for a sewing friend or a retreat swap? Zen Blocks are always the answer! These little rice-filled blocks are scrap busters, they are fat-quarter friendly and they are easy to master, you can whip up an entire army or a set for a gift while listening to your favorite podcast or streaming a show!

In this class, Amie will teach you quick tips for batch-making these little treasures. There are pattern hacks for using leftover half-square triangles, fussy cutting to center your favorite fabric designs, and perfecting your boxed corner results. You will definitely leave class with a completed set of Zen Blocks and the expertise to turn out beautiful sets once you are back at home. You’ll be using these for everything!

The printed pattern is included in the class price and will be distributed in class.

Supply List


  • Six - 9” x 5” pieces (Each block uses one - 9” long x 5” wide piece of fabric - you should be able to complete 6 Zen Blocks in class)
  • * Alternatively: two - 5” squares (per Zen Block) will work if you have leftover quilt blocks or fabric scraps
  • ** One fat quarter will yield 8 blocks
  • *** Feel free to use scraps, stash fabrics, buy a scrap pack, curate a bundle or find new fabrics at the shop
  • Rotary cutter, small mat (12"x 18"), and your favorite ruler (at least 2 ½” x 10 ½”)
  • Sewing machine in good working order, don’t forget the foot pedal and power cord!
  • Thread and coordinating bobbin
  • Scissors
  • Fabric clips or pins
  • Fabric marking pen or pencil
  • Hand sewing needle for approximately 1½” of hand sewing per block
  • Thimble, if you like to use one for hand sewing
The following supplies will be provided by the instructor in class:
  • Printed pattern
  • Rice to fill the blocks
  • Cardstock for a make-shift funnel and ½” seam allowance guide hack
  • Templates for fussy cutting and marking boxed corners

Skill Level:
Skill Details:
Basic sewing skills including pattern reading and sewing machine operation required.
Materials Included:
Zen Blocks printed pattern, rice for filling, templates, funnel
Instructor Name:
Amie Borgelt
Instructor Bio:
Amie is a lifelong maker! From sewing, knitting, bag making, quilting, and pattern writing to developing the Seams Funny Podcast with co-host Natalie Santini. Amie has made quilts, bags, formalwear, sweaters, garments, Halloween costumes, cosplays, curtains, slipcovers, and everything in-between. Her favorite things to make are small items that make life easier. Examples are lap quilts, zipper cases, quilted coasters, pattern weights, handmade gifts, and easy garments. While precision and details are her true love, a healthy dash of ?who cares? goes a long way if you want to keep ?making? enjoyable!
IG: tansy_designs
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Zen Block Fabric Weights Workshop

$ 50.00