Actually two free patterns to tell you about this week because not only did Chris forget last week but her fumble fingers priced the ‘free pattern’ at 50p instead of 0. However . . . all is put right now so you can download last week’s free pattern – Puss in the Corner – here and find out more here.
This week’s free pattern is Mum’s Wallpaper Strippy. Find out more and follow the link to download it on our sister site Meadowside Designs.
Squares, squares and yet more squares. You may recall that right at the beginning of this Covid madness Chris started joining her 2 1/2 inch scrap squares into 9-patches.
The number of those little blocks grew and grew.
What to do with them now? How about using up the bag of white strips? All different widths and shades of white (and a bit of cream). So the long enough lengths were sorted into another bag, pulled out at random and stitched around each 9-patch.
Surprisingly there was very little discrepancy in the block sizes – they ranged from 9 inches to 9 3/4inches in one direction and from 8 inches to 10 in the other. There were six 9 inch blocks, and six 9 3/4 inch ones so they formed the top and bottom rows of the quilt top. The other blocks were all around 9 1/4 to 9 1/2 so they were trimmed to make six blocks of each size for the remaining rows.
A little fiddling around with the layout on the design area (the bed) and they could be stitched together.
Another top done and awaiting a border.
And then . . . searching for ideas in the EQ block library there was this block – Flying Squares. It would have been ideal! Another day perhaps?
See you next week for more scrappy ideas and adventures.
Over on our sister site Meadowside Designs today there is the ninth free pattern available – 9 weeks of isolation / lock-down / social-distancing / whatever. This week’s pattern is in our Payhip shop (one of many available as a free pattern during this period) and is called Which Way is Up?. It just seemed rather an apt pattern for these times!
The May doodle is called Jungle Flower – a variation on Drunkards Path. You can download the templates to make a 12 inch block here. Over on the Doodles page we have just shown the block and possible settings in grey-scale, such as this one –
We have shown various possibilities for shading but not for colour and the quilts use the same – or at most two – shadings. So what could the blocks look like with a bit of colour added?
And if we used lots of colour, making each block different, and then put them together in a wonderful colourful scrappy quilt?
Download a quilt to colour here – and remember that you can print it out as many times as you like, cut it up, turn the blocks around and generally play with the possibilities yourself.
There’s another free pattern today over on the Meadowside Designs site. This week it is brought to you via the magic that is EQ (Electric Quilt) and features a block from Beth Gutcheon’s The Perfect Patchwork Primer called Flying Clouds.
Head over to Meadowside to download the pattern to make a full size quilt and a quilt to colour as well as lots of ideas.
There’s another free pattern available over on the Meadowside Designs site today. A simple applique this time to make something small – a runner, a banner, a wall-hanging, or even a cushion. Chris made hers into a banner/wall-hanging.
The pattern first appeared as a Junior Project in Patchwork & Quilting Magazine back in 2007 and is easy to make with children, especially if you use fusible web for the applique. Children will also have fun adding their own embellishments and ideas to the original.
Chris has been browsing her bookcase in the last few weeks and unearthed one of her earliest patchwork books – The Perfect Patchwork Primer by Beth Gutcheon.
All black and white, no colour at all, and lots of useful information on making and using templates and sewing patches together by hand – no rotary cutter or indeed machine stitching mentioned. On the other hand it does contain a lot of blocks and one that caught my eye was called Becky’s 9-Patch as it consisted of different width strips plus a couple of squares.
You can download the rotary cutting instructions to make a 9 inch version here (courtesy of Electric Quilt). I then had a play with the colours. If you make all your blocks the same colours (and remember they needn’t be the same fabrics as they are in my diagrams, they could just be the same shade of whatever colour) then you get some very interesting patterns appearing depending on where the colour emphasis is and which way you turn the blocks.
You do get more of a mish-mash if you make everything a different colour.
But you could try to make just the long edges all the same (ish) to get some pattern and symmetry back into your quilt.
Download a quilt to colour in and/or cut up to play with – you can print it out as many times as you like.