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!

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!

Electric Quilt

New Year, new doodles

Starting this New Year with a fresh set of EQ doodles – this month the emphasis is on applique and a block that is one quarter of a full pattern.  Find it in your EQ Block Library as “Arabia”.

 

This is the EQ default colouring –

So, 4 blocks put together look like this –

 

and an adjusted monochrome version looks like this –

 

At this point we are strongly reminded of encaustic floor tiles, and Barbara’s fingers are starting to twitch, feeling that an applique project may be imminent.  Dialling down the contrast led to this –

And then, inevitably, we felt obliged to combine these two versions in alternating settings – the excitement proved too much and something went uncorrected …

stayed uncorrected in this one ….

and still uncorrected in this one!  The joy of EQ8 is that no fabric is harmed in the design process and there’s no reverse stitching.

Download templates for Arabia 6 inch block to make a set of 4 blocks in your own arrangement (4 blocks will finish at a healthy 12inches square).  Download a colouring sheet here January quilt to colour to try out colour combinations before cutting into precious fabric.

With our best wishes for a year full of stitching

Chris & Barbara

classes, Piecing, Teaching

Fab finishes

Our online PopUp class in October was a great success, and there are vague rumours circulating the corridors of C&B Towers that there might be something similar in the spring.  Kate sent us this pic of her finish from the day – we think it’s a stunner!

Myf’s finish was a triumph of calm, muted colours –

 

We particularly liked the addition of top and bottom borders of squares and the pieced binding – super stuff!

 

Piecing, Projects, Scrappy Sunday

Scrappy Sunday

And it’s back to squares again for Barbara in her pursuit of all things scrappy.  The JellyRoll strips which showed up unexpectedly a couple of posts ago turned out to be the trigger for a new scrappy handpiecing project.  Strips have been turned into squares and squares have been added to a couple of mini Charm packs and everything thoroughly mixed up in a large bag.  Simple 4patch blocks have been set out on a worktable and we await further developments – maybe more squares will be cut and added to the bag, maybe piecing will commence.  No deadline has been set even though some of the fabrics show snowflakes and holly leaves – it will just be stitching without overthinking, perfect for this time of year when we all need to take just a little bit of time for ourselves.

Happy stitching!

 

possibilities, procrastination, Scrappy Sunday

Scrappy Sunday

Does a part Jelly Roll count as scraps?  We’re not entirely sure but we think, in these weird times, that maybe it does.  After all it’s just 2 1/2inch strips, not yardage or fat quarters ….  So, if we can agree on that, Barbara is delighted to report that her scrap stash at the Overseas Office just expanded!  Tucked away in a project bag for a Dresden Plate class and now transferred and ready for use –

There’s one Begun scrappy project which will be a perfect fit for these –

or maybe they’ll come in handy for this Begun scrappy project –

Or maybe just wade in and start a completely new scrappy project?  We’ll let you know what happens!