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.
Trawling through photos of quilts looking for inspiration for a scrappy post I came across this little quilt.
I’d called it Higgledy-Piggledy Stars many years ago before computers got too smart. But now? Spellcheck really doesn’t like that name – perhaps we should just call it Wonky Stars instead. But whatever its called, it is a great way to use up scraps. This one is a 9-patch with smaller 4-patch stars in the cornerstones of the border.
You can make each block with scraps of the same colour – as I have in my quilt
Or you can make them with different scraps.
You could use different prints, but similar colour, backgrounds as in my quilt.
At the moment the pattern for this little quilt is available as a Free Pattern in the Meadowside Designs Payhip Shop – along with several others – if you fancied giving it a go.
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).
The final free pattern from Meadowside Designs is posted today – next week sees the start of the Summer Mystery. As it’s the last one we felt a little light-hearted fun was called for so the pattern chosen is a toy. It twists and turns as you hold it making it fun for very small children, older children seem to use it as a crown, while adults use it as a stress-buster.
Whatever you do with yours – have fun! Its very easy to make too.
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.
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
and with sashing.
This week’s free pattern over on Meadowside Designs is another one just done with Electric Quilt and uses a block called Rolling Pinwheel
You can find out more and download all the instructions and colouring sheets from the Meadowside Designs website.
We forgot last week to point you at the free pattern – it was for a very ancient quilt of Chris’s called Sweetie Jars. Find out more here and ponder what possibilities there are using this simple shape.
Our June Doodle is the Devil’s Puzzle block.
Lots of opportunity for colours and scrappiness here.
Look at the Doodles page for more greyscale design options.
Download a quilt to colour and then if you fancy making it you can download the rotary cutting instructions for a 9 inch block and the (brief) instructions to make a block.
Another Friday rolls around and there’s another free pattern on the Meadowside Designs website. This one has been done with assistance from Electric Quilt and features a block based on one called Hayes Corner – but we played with it a bit.
Why not wander over to the Meadowside and see what you could do with this block variation and while you’re there you can download the pattern, instructions to make the block and a quilt as well as a quilt to colour.
Don’t forget that the patterns in our Payhip shop are also free or substantially reduced at the moment.
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.
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!