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Popping Up

Somehow we’ve managed to arrive at almost mid-September – this speedy year thing seems to be happening all over again. Where did August go? Why weren’t we informed? Who took it?

So, on to some autumnal plans and events. Chris is at the helm of C&B Towers and Barbara is currently at the Overseas Office. Our next PopUp class “Chop and Change” is on Saturday 9th October courtesy of Mr Zoom who makes all sorts of things possible.

We’re maintaining our traditional mysterious approach to the actual class content – this PopUp is more about techniques and ideas rather than “follow these steps to make this project”. Leave a comment below if you’d like more info.

Chris continues to Wander the Web each month for P&Q magazine and we understand that another article in our occasional series New Quilts from Old, also for P&Q magazine, will be published this autumn.

Barbara is inching her way into more Zoom activity for talks and classes – it’s a great solution to the problem of trying to be in 2 places at once and there has been plenty of opportunity to get to grips with it over the past year. So many changes for all of us.

Hope everyone is doing well – next stop Tile Tuesday!

colouring in, Electric Quilt

September Doodles

The EQ Doodle this month has gone all autumnal with the oak leaf and acorn block.

This is the default colouring in EQ8 but over on our Doodle page you can find some other ideas and some ideas for quilt settings too.

How would you colour yours? Will you stay with autumnal colours or go wild with rainbow leaves? Download the colouring sheet and have a play.

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Tile Tuesday

A slight difference for Tile Tuesday this time – an unashamed capture from Barbara’s Instagram feed. No affiliation to the company S W flooring but if you enjoy Minton tiled floors they post some inspirational before and after shots on their Instagram account – well worth checking out. And they’re probably on Facebook too (but we haven’t checked as we still don’t “do” Facebook).

Like so many tiled floors this is already a complete quilt – and what a fabulous border!

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Doodles in Hawaii

Coming close on the heels of the Mystery Monday finale we have an updated EQ Doodles page and this month we’re featuring a Hawaiian style applique block.

Barbara has been moving things around in The Cupboard over at the Rural Office and picked out her first Hawaiian style applique piece dating back to somewhere in the mid 1980s –

We’re off to fold and cut paper to make more designs!

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Mystery Monday Finale

Having hunted out your units we look at putting them together this week. The version shown on the worksheet isn’t the only possibility and Chris has played around with her units turning them this way and that

before deciding on one, sewing it all together and adding a couple of borders.

Then there is the matter of quilting. In the ditch? Something a little more adventurous? In the end it was a mixture of the two. The birds in the border fabric were traced and turned into quilting stencils and stitched in various bits of the quilt. A variegated thread was used to stitch in the ditch around some more prominent parts of the design and a wiggly line was quilted in the borders –

And the finished quilt – (which possibly needs more quilting in the border . . . . one day)

We hope we will get to see photos of your finished Mystery Quilts – email them or post on Instagram and tag us!

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Mystery Monday Step 8

The final step – it all comes together this week.

Download the instructions for Step 8 here and then go and find all the units you have made, which should look a little like these –

Come back tomorrow for a few more ideas – there’s more than the one(s) on the worksheet. You may have already had those ideas yourselves, of course!