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Sweet treats at Meadowside

As you probably know by now we are rambling through an alphabet of six-inch blocks over our sister blog – Meadowside Designs. Among the many blocks featured are a number of pies, deserts, puddings, cakes – or ‘sweet treats’. Put together these could make an entertainingly different sampler quilt. This month we have reached P for Peach Cobbler

Last month we had O for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Previous posts have included Apple Pie

Blueberry Pie

Chocolate Cake

French Silk Pie

and Key Lime Pie

Still to come are Raspberry Cheesecake, Strawberry Smoothie and Tiramisu. All the cutting instructions are free to download.

We’re feeling quite peckish now – time to go in search of the biscuit tin . . . .

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August Doodles

We seem to be on a run of improbably-named blocks for our Doodles and this month is no exception – Sunburst & Mills is the title shown in the EQ8 Library for our featured block. Here’s the default colouring –

Piecing precision called for with this arrangement of diamonds and Flying Geese units but we think it’s well worth the challenge!

First, change the palette to blues –

On to reviewing some straight quilt setting options for the above variations starting with the default block –

No “on point” version this month but you can download a pdf of a block to colour, rotary cutting measurements and templates here. Happy stitching!

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A weekend of quilting

Sometimes it’s hard to say “No” – and when our friend Judi Mendelssohn asked us to teach a weekend on basics of machine quilting and design we gulped and said “Yes”. So glad we did – the venue was great, the students were great and we had a most enjoyable time working our way through how to machine quilt, where to machine quilt and what to machine quilt. We had such a good time that we forgot to take lots of photos but here are just a couple from Day One when everyone was experimenting with their first samples –

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Popping Up

Much later than planned we’re reporting in on our most recent PopUp class – in person and almost like it used to be before you-know-what. Everyone had a great day and just enjoyed sewing together with ample supplies of coffee, tea and cake. We had chosen a block designed by Jeffrey Gutcheon entitled “Proof through the night” as the creative focus for the class, the practical focus was revising the various ways of making HSTs (Half Square Triangles). Some students turned their HSTs into the class block, some took a different path and made other blocks and a good time was had by all!

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Stellar Sampler

We have yet more Ohio Star variation blocks this week – there’s just so many of them to choose from!

Some are more complicated (fiddly?) than others but you can still find the basic Ohio Star block in there. You can download the cutting instructions to make all these12 inch blocks to add to your Stellar Sampler or just make one into a cushion or bag front.

We also had a bit of fun making virtual quilts with these blocks – some with just the one block and some with pairs of blocks set alternately.

Your download includes pages of the blocks to colour in so you could cut these up and make your own ‘quilts’. Have fun!

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June’s blocks on Meadowside

Over on the Meadowside blog we have reached M in our alphabetical odyssey with Maple Leaf blocks, a Merry Kite and this week we are dipping our toes in the Mississippi.

Superficially the Mississippi block looks a bit like a Friendship Star or the Ribbon Quilt block but look again. The difference becomes very apparent when you put four blocks together

It’s a simple block to make, even at six-inches, and four together will (of course) make a 12 inch block to fit in with the Stellar Sampler we are slowly making this year. You can download the cutting instructions to make a six-inch block over on the Meadowside blog.

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July Doodles

We love Nine Patch blocks – and we love stars (as you may have gathered from many of our previous Doodlings. So what could be better than a Nine Patch Star? Here’s a Nine Patch Star straight from the EQ8 Library –

And here are some of our variations, changes and general twiddlings to this block – regular Doodle readers will be well-versed in some of the processes.

And on to setting blocks together into quilts – which one is your favourite?

It’s fascinating to see how different a block can look just by turning it on point! You can download a block to colour, rotary cutting measurements and templates for Nine Patch Star here.

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Random is not easy

Quite some time ago we ran a series of Scrappy Sunday posts which stirred a lot of interest, and one of the recurring themes we discussed at HQ was how challenging it was for so many of us to work in a truly scrappy or random style. Barbara was reminded of these conversations when she decided to use up some hexagons left over from another project. The aim of using up the hexagons was to make a piece of fabric that could then be used to make a bag or some such useful object. This was as random an arrangement as could be managed! –

Hexagons still have a somewhat retro feel for us – they remind us very much of our start in patchwork back in the dim and distant past. How much has changed since we began!!

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Sorting

We seem to spend countless hours sorting, sifting and moving things from one place to another in our workspace. Barbara also moves from one workspace to another at regular intervals which is not always helpful – you can bet that there’s always something left behind or forgotten even with copious lists. Sorting and sifting in the Overseas Office brought a set of blocks to the surface which are still waiting to be turned “into something”. One of the blocks is a version of the Temple Court block which we have previously featured in classes and also here in our EQ Doodles –

And then there was a set of blocks from a Chris&Barbara class and also one of our Mystery Monday series –

These blocks have now made their way by a very circuitous route over to Chris who may well “do something” with them even if it’s only re-sorting them into the system at C&B Towers.

It might be time to stop sorting and start progressing and finishing things!

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Stellar Sampler

Last month our stellar sampler looked at Ohio Star and some of its variations and this month we continue that theme – one of the reason we love the basic block is that are so many ways to alter it, colour it and create a new (or new-looking) block.

One variation we looked at was Swamp Angel, but what if you split those corner triangles, or use a wide stripe? The resulting block is called Jacknife or Treasure Chest

Or you could split the outer triangles into a square and two smaller triangles and make Aunt Dinah – note too the change of colouring in the ‘star’ units

Or divide the inner triangle into two smaller triangles to make Mystery Flower Garden

Or split the corner squares with a thin strip from the inner to the outer corners – which makes a block called Old Snowflake

You can download the cutting instructions to make all these blocks at 12 inches and we have included colouring pages for each one as well – the colours shown above are the EQ default colours but there are plenty of opportunities to make these blocks your own.