Click over to our Doodles page for some ideas using the seasonally appropriate Tulip from North Carolina block – we’re trying hard to showcase more applique this year and this block is a real winner. Barbara included the block in a Hand Stitched Sampler taught at The Corner Patch a couple of years ago – here it is before and after quilting.
Lovely surprise this week – we have an article in the March issue of Patchwork & Quilting magazine!
So, we’ve given all staff at C&B Towers the rest of the day off and we’re going to sit quietly with coffee and cake and enjoy reading.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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