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Free patterns, Mystery Monday

Mystery Monday

It’s back! A mystery quilt step posted on Mondays – not every Monday as last time but every other week starting on March 15th. You have a month to choose / acquire some fabric for this one. It’s not huge – it will finish at about 32 inches square without borders.

You can download the Needs list here. This was the fabric Chris chose to make it.

Choose your fabrics from 2 colour families that go together. If you don’t have yardage you could use scraps or fat quarters of fabrics that are the same colour or very similar.

Those of you who have been following us for a while and have long memories may remember this one from several years back, but that’s no reason not to have a go this time – new fabrics, new ideas! It’s possible we might join in too . . . in fact – here is Chris’s fabric choice for this time – note that the lights and darks have swapped places compared with ten years ago; and you can do the same if you wish.

Make a note on your calendar or in your diary :- Step 1 March 15th. See you then.

Tile Tuesday

Tile Tuesday

Following on from last week’s post featuring Minton tiles here’s another Minton tiled floor in it’s original domestic setting.  This one was spotted in Lichfield, Staffs – with some difficulty as it was hiding in an estate agent’s window there. Not terribly exciting in this picture and not terribly visible either.

But from this image (and a trusty notebook/pencil combination, followed by EQ7) Chris was able to draft a pattern and produce a quilt which we think is rather handsome.  Barbara is currently resisting the urge to cut up fabric and dive right in to this project – and, as we know, resistance is sometimes futile!

The pattern for this Lichfield quilt can be found over in our Meadowside Designs shop.

No surprise then that we now have a goodly collection of tiled floor images sourced from house sale particulars!

Electric Quilt

New month, new Doodles

Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with our monthly Electric Quilt Doodles which have their own page.  This month we are featuring the very graphic “Crossing Hearts” block from the EQ8 library and on the Doodles page we are offering our traditional free quilt to colour link and also templates to make an 8inch Crossing Hearts block.

Barbara investigated the deeper layers of the limited stash at the Overseas Office and chose red and green fabrics on a muslin background for her starter block – here it is, marked up but not pinned, glued or basted into place.

This is the arrangement of hearts (minus the crossing stems) shown in EQ, but we’re well-known for wondering “what if?” so it was inevitable that the hearts would be moved into an alternative arrangement –

Time to return to the EQ arrangement and get these stitched into place!

Happy stitching!

colouring in, Electric Quilt

Tile Tuesday

It’s so easy to get side-tracked!  Especially on, with or by social media.  Today’s Tile  Tuesday post presented itself via the Instagram account of David Wade (dav.d_wade) where we found many lovely things.  This is a screenshot from his account –

No, we’re not suggesting replicating this tile pattern in full but with a little time spent in EQ8 we came up with this interesting block taken from part of the pattern above –

But, if you follow the grid lines of the block, this is not terribly easy to piece.  Back to the EQ8 drawing board and there are 2 redrawn versions, both of which are much more pieceable –

Visit David Wade’s website – https://geometricism.com/  and be inspired and reminded of the breadth of his work. Our heads are still in a whirl!

Inspiration, Tile Tuesday

Tile Tuesday

Last Tuesday we showed you part of a floor from the villa at Fishbourne and a diagram of a quilt block and possible quilt. This Tuesday over on our sister blog Meadowside Designs you can download a pattern for the block in different sizes and find lots of ideas for even more quilts and colours.

As a reminder – here’s the block, in the original black and white of the mosaic floor with some added pale grey for extra interest.

We also showed you an idea of what a quilt could look like with the blocks turned on point, but what about adding sashing between the blocks and changing the colours?

There are lots more ideas for quilts and settings in the pattern sheet many of which also incorporate the borders from the original floor.

Free patterns

Trying out a doodle

Barbara got twitchy fingers when posting our Doodle selection “Arabia” the other week.  Not always a good thing.  Impatience won and fingers were de-twitched by finding and cutting into fabric –

At this point the mistake is not too obvious –

But, getting ready to mark the turnback line, the mistake suddenly leaps into view –

Which just goes to show that silly mistakes are SO easy to make, particularly if you rush at things.  Keeping a turnunder allowance on all sides of a shapes where two edges (without seam allowance) need to be placed exactly on a fold is not a smart move.  There are two solutions – cut the entire shape into four quarters and seam them back together again, or adjust the template and cut a fresh shape.  Sometimes starting again seems the best option!

 

Tile Tuesday

Tile Tuesday

Starting our Tile Tuesday series with Roman mosaic floor tiles in monochrome – from this fragment you can see that this floor design was an arrangement of “blocks” with sashing and border of squares on point. Almost like a sampler quilt!

Roman tiles, Fishbourne Villa  –

We translated the main block fragment above into a complete virtual block with the help of EQ8 –

Looks super stylish in monochrome and a simple grid of 9×9 squares – we can feel a quilt coming on!