Tile inspiration from Cairo!
We’re busy putting the finishing touches to our PopUp Zoom class Virtually Versatile on Saturday 22nd May and now that bookings have closed we find that we have mislaid a student! We have not received a form with contact information for P Hancock. If you can shed any light on this mystery please leave a comment below.
We start sewing a few things together to make bigger units this week. You will need four of the units you made in Step 4 today.
Download Step 5 instructions here. As a reminder – this is what your Step 4 units look like
Step 6 will be be here on Monday May 24th.
From garden tiles (somehow posted twice!) back to Mr Minton’s wonderful tiles – Chris was inspired to draft this bold strippy-style quilt from a local domestic floor.
The strong russet colour of the original tiles is not always easy to match exactly in fabric but there are plenty of “near-enough” options out there – this is what EQ came up with asked to turn the colours into fabrics
But you don’t have to stick with the original tile colours – go pastel or go bold . . . and while you’re at it you could change the design around a little!
You can find the pattern to buy in our Payhip shop.
The original floor photo also inspired the Lichfield quilt which can you read about on our Meadowside blog.
We are delighted to announce that our late Spring PopUp class is scheduled for Saturday 22nd May 10am – 4pm via Zoom from our studios to your home. The title is “Virtually Versatile” and we will be focussing on piecing techniques and block design possibilities. No fancy pictures to show because we will be looking at process rather than a finite, specific project. And no long requirements list/quantities of fabric either – your home sewing set up and a few fat quarters of fabric is all you’ll need. If you’d be interested in joining us please leave a comment below and we will send you full details, the cost, and a booking form to return.
As it’s the beginning of the merry month of May we have updated our EQ Doodles page – this month we are featuring the traditional block “Grandmothers Puzzle”. You’ll find variations and suggestions for this block and a colouring sheet link waiting for you.
Find the pieces from Step 3 (earlier this month!) ready for Step 4 with a little more stitching and cutting – or possibly cutting and stitching. . .
Download Step 4 instructions here and then go and search for the Step 3 bits and pieces which should look a little like –
Step 5 should appear here on Monday May 10th.
In the good old days when we did outrageous things like walking dogs, stopping for coffee, visiting garden centres etc we sometimes saw outdoor tile arrangements that offered some inspiration. Even this incomplete (and very large) arrangement –
And here’s Barbara’s interpretation of the complete circle but as a more manageable 12inch block –
This is currently on the “awaiting more quilting” pile at the Rural Office before being finished into yet another cushion.
A little more cutting and stitching this week.
You will need fabrics A, D and F – hope you remembered to label them!
Download Step 3 Instructions here. You should end up with a few things looking a little like these. Label them and put them safe as you will need them again.
See you back here for Step 4 on April 26th.
Sadly neglected and possibly unappreciated – the fate of many tiled floors. Barbara spotted this particular example several years ago in a front garden in Eastbourne. An unusually complex design for a garden path, perhaps making a statement of status at the time, we felt it was a very deserving addition to our collection of tile-inspired patterns.
What a handsome quilt this would make! Chris is still working on the pattern for the quilt but in the meantime there is a pattern to make a runner based on this path – with a somewhat smaller, simplified border – available from our Payhip shop or you read about it here.