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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!

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Scrappy Doodle Sunday

Our August EQ Doodle block is Birds in the Air. There are so many ways to use colour and scraps in this block – and its great for using up those left-over half-square triangles too. So whether you have plenty of the same colours, or not much of anything you can make lots of blocks and put them together. Ideally for each block you need a consistent ‘background’ colour – it needn’t be the same fabric, just the same shade of the same colour (more or less) – a variety of whites, or creams, or greys perhaps; or go darker and use navy, black, or dark grey with brights or pastels.

And once you have made lots of blocks you can put them together and twirl them around and make a variety of patterns. You’ll find lots more ideas on the EQ Doodles page (in greyscale).

 

If you want to have a go at making the block you can download the rotary cutting measurements for a 6 inch block here courtesy of Electric Quilt (EQ).

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Scrappy Sunday

Barbara’s scrappy stitching has swerved off in a slightly different direction this week.  Small “apple cores” have sneaked in under the radar and a small teaching sample is under way.  Super easy for handstitchers, more of a challenge for machine piecers perhaps.

The most recent scrappy project for Barbara’s intrepid band of handstitchers featured a Four Point Star block – the blocks finish at 6inches so the project is a very manageable 18inches square without borders.

Over at the Rural Office bags of scraps and crates of stash have been emptied out and re-sorted just because that’s what you do when life gives you lockdown.  At C&B Towers there has been much cajoling of scraps into blocks, backgrounds, backings and battings.  Scrappiness definitely rules!

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Scrappy Sundays – Stars

As some of you may have noticed, we have been doing a star block every week over on our sister site Meadowside Designs. The other week we featured one just called Two Colours – it was ok (ish) but needed a few tweaks, partly to make it easier to rotary cut and machine piece. The tweaks opened up a few more possibilities for colouring and it struck us that it would make quite a good candidate for a scrappy block.

Two colour block

You can find out a little more – and download instructions to make it – over on Meadowside but here is what a quilt or two might look like if done scrappy-style, without sashing

Two colour quilt b

and with sashing.

Two colour quilt a