Free patterns, Mystery Monday

Mystery Monday Step 3

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.

Electric Quilt, Free patterns

March EQ Doodles

Yes, it is nearly April but we’ve only just noticed that the links for the March Doodles somehow escaped.

Our March block is the lovely Tulip of North Carolina

You can download your own Quilt to Colour and if you want to have a go at making a block, or even a quilt we also have 12inch templates to download.

Enjoy! April Doodles to follow fairly soon . . .

Free patterns, Mystery Monday

Mystery Monday

It’s back! A mystery quilt step posted on Mondays – not every Monday as last time but every other week starting on March 15th. You have a month to choose / acquire some fabric for this one. It’s not huge – it will finish at about 32 inches square without borders.

You can download the Needs list here. This was the fabric Chris chose to make it.

Choose your fabrics from 2 colour families that go together. If you don’t have yardage you could use scraps or fat quarters of fabrics that are the same colour or very similar.

Those of you who have been following us for a while and have long memories may remember this one from several years back, but that’s no reason not to have a go this time – new fabrics, new ideas! It’s possible we might join in too . . . in fact – here is Chris’s fabric choice for this time – note that the lights and darks have swapped places compared with ten years ago; and you can do the same if you wish.

Make a note on your calendar or in your diary :- Step 1 March 15th. See you then.

Inspiration, Tile Tuesday

Tile Tuesday

Last Tuesday we showed you part of a floor from the villa at Fishbourne and a diagram of a quilt block and possible quilt. This Tuesday over on our sister blog Meadowside Designs you can download a pattern for the block in different sizes and find lots of ideas for even more quilts and colours.

As a reminder – here’s the block, in the original black and white of the mosaic floor with some added pale grey for extra interest.

We also showed you an idea of what a quilt could look like with the blocks turned on point, but what about adding sashing between the blocks and changing the colours?

There are lots more ideas for quilts and settings in the pattern sheet many of which also incorporate the borders from the original floor.

quilt patterns, Scrappy Sunday

Scrappy Sunday

It’s the final Scrappy Sunday post of 2020 – and (we have decided) our final Scrappy Sunday post. Something new will be appearing in the New Year – but possibly not on Sundays!

And as its that time of year, and today was supposed to be about strips, here’s a Log Cabin festive quilt.

No, its not scrappy but yours could be.

So – we hope you have a happy Christmas (as best as we all can in the circumstances). Stay safe and let us hope for a better 2021.

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December Scrappy Doodles

Our December block is the deceptively simple Hourglass. Over on the Doodles page you can see some ideas in greyscale but over here we’re all about scraps – which can change the look of the quilts quite dramatically.

First – here’s the block as conventionally coloured and then using scraps with a different colour placement

What happens when we use scraps to make a quilt? First – rainbow colours on a white ground using the same colour placement as the first block above

These next three quilts use the colour placement of the second block

But, as it is now December, what does the quilt look like in the traditional red, green and white and using our Christmas scraps? This might give you an idea

You can download a quilt to colour here.

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Scrappy Sundays – Stars

Is it too soon to mention December 25th? Chris has been rummaging in the cupboards of C&B Towers and come across a set of table mats made some (oh dear – just done the sums!) 30 years ago for parents’ Ruby Wedding and for Christmas that year – parents got married at Christmas (foolish time of year according to mother many years later).

Enough rambling – today’s theme for Scrappy Sundays is Stars and quite fortuitously several of those mats feature star blocks. There’s loads of star patterns out there and what better for using up scraps than a few star blocks? And if you can use up scrap Christmas fabrics and decorate your table too?!

These were just simple 12 inch blocks quilted in the ditch and bound. They’ve been washed every year too – and still they have gravy stains.

But you could make a slightly more sophisticated style – border a block on two sides for instance and add a bit of fancy quilting before binding.

So why not give it a go? There’s plenty of time – for next year!

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Scrappy Sundays – EQ Doodles

November already and time for a new EQ Doodle post. Our block this month is based on an eight-pointed star and is called Checked X. Have a look on the Doodles page for lots of ideas for using this block in a quilt.

Over here on Scrappy Sunday we need to look at the quilt made with scraps – and in fact it does seem to work. This is just a straightforward 4 x 4 block setting. If you want to colour a quilt, or design your own then you can download a quilt to colour here; and if you want to make a block, or even a quilt, you can download the templates to make a 12 inch block here.