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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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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 . . .

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New month, new Doodles

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!

Happy stitching!

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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!

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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

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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 – 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.

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Super Zoom!

A late report (but better late than never) on our Live Online PopUp class on Saturday 17th October.  This started out as a real class scheduled for March this year, postponed to July, then again to October.  Around September we decided that we would adapt to Zoom rather than keep moving the date and being disappointed. And it worked really well – we had two main demo sessions with a break after each and a short summary at the end when everyone waved blocks around.  Live online classes are the next best thing to the live in person classes that we’ve become so used to over the years, but we appreciate that not everyone wants to make the transition or deal with technology!

Here are Kate & Jane’s first blocks forwarded to us during the class –

And Speedy Helen sent these pics of her FINISHED (as in quilted and bound) quilt on Tuesday –

complete with pieced back!

Thanks to everyone who was with us on screen on Saturday, and particular thanks to our pal Judi Mendelssohn who had been volunteered ( by us ) to help us keep things heading in the right direction.

Happy stitching!

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Scrappy Sunday Doodles

The October EQ Doodles are up and its time to look at scrappy versions. But first here’s the Rolling Crosses block with some colour – the original block could look like this

or if you swap the colours of the inner triangles you get windmills instead of crosses.

Put into quilts they would look like these.

But what happens when we make them from scraps? First of all are sixteen blocks and each is different

Suppose we make the outer triangles the same colour? You then get pinwheels forming where the four blocks meet. The dark version

looks quite different from the light version.

If you want to have a go at making this block you can download templates for a 6inch block or for a 12 inch block. And if you just fancy a spot of colouring-in then you can download a quilt to colour.

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Scrappy Sunday – EQ Doodle

Its time to look at our September EQ Doodle and magically turn it from greyscale to glorious scrappy technicolor. Our block this month is Drunkards’ Pinwheel (download the templates to make 3inch units here) which in colour could look like this

Or you could use different shades of the same colours

or you could use lots of colour (or scraps!)

And then put them into quilts

You can download a quilt to colour here – print it out, chop it up, re-arrange it, colour it in, have fun playing with ideas and no fabric will be harmed!