Scrappy Sunday 3

One idea we both had was to cut our scraps into 2½ inch wide strips. Barbara even went one step further and cut strips from all her fabrics. We have also been seduced by the handy packs of 2½ inch strips (a.k.a ‘jellyrolls’ etc) and each have a little selection of unopened as well as part used ones. But what to do with those strips and squares once you have them?

Here’s one idea from Chris which used 2 1/2 inch strips and squares but could be used with any size – providing they were all the same width.

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You need a collection of leftover (or newly created from scraps) 2½ inch strips and squares in assorted colours and /or prints and in a contrast plain such as white/cream or navy/black/dark grey. The plains can be all different fabrics – they are in Chris’s quilt – but they need to be the same colour and value. The block will finish at 12 inches if you use 2 1/2 inch wide strips and squares.

4-patch centreMake 4-patch centres either by joining two strips and then cutting into 2½ inch slices, turning one slice and stitch together or by joining four 2½ inch squares. You can find out more on how to make these units here.

You need one of these units for each block.

Corner units are made by again either joining two strips and cutting into 2½ inch slices or joining two 2½ inch squares. These pairs of squares are then stitched to a 2½ x 4½ inch strip.  Use a background strip with pairs of colour/print squares and a colour/print strip for pairs of background plus colour square. You will need two of each sort for a block.

other unitsRemaining units are 2½ x 4½ inch rectangles of background and colour/print stitched together.

You need four of these for each block.

 

Stitch the units together as shown – taking care with the placement of the background strips.

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Stitch the rows together – reversing the bottom row – to complete the block.

Make as many blocks as you can or you feel like. Join them together to make a quilt top, or a runner, or a wall-hanging or  . . .

Further strips can be used to construct a border.

You can find another free pattern to make two little quilts from left-over 2 1/2 inch strips on our Free Patterns page.

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Or there is this quilt from our Payhip shop which uses 2 1/2 inch strips and squares.

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Frame quilts – part 1

Over the years we have come to love and appreciate one of the most classic quilt styles in the UK tradition – frame quilts.  We’ve taught several classes together and individually featuring this style (one of Chris’s class samples is shown above) and we’ve also re-visited it in several of our series of Heritage Quilt patterns.  What is so appealing about this style is its sheer versatility – it can be as simple or complicated as your time and skills allow.  Lots of piecing, not very much piecing, co-ordinated fabrics or truly scrappy, perhaps throw in some appliqué, hand piece or machine piece or combine the two techniques – it will all work.  We’ve rounded up some examples to pique your interest and Barbara has gone so far as to start up a Frame Quilts board on her Pinterest account.

First, a vintage Welsh “everyday” frame quilt from the house collection of Jen Jones.  Look how simple this is – and how stunning.

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There are several frame quilts tucked away in Barbara’s quilt cupboard –

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This is one of two frame quilts featured in Barbara’s classes at The Corner Patch this year.  Below you can see Barbara’s re-make of the same quilt – quite a difference!

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Another vintage frame quilt from The Cupboard

Again, really simple and so effective.  This would look great in almost any “style” of fabric – modern, reproduction, batiks…

And two more from the Jen Jones collection

A small selection of non-vintage frame quilt tops from our classes –

We’re going to follow this pictorial post with Frame Quilts Part 2, coming soon to a screen near you – tips and guidance on how to go about constructing your own frame quilt.  Stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

March EQ Doodles

March already – Spring is on the way and so are new Doodles. Have a look at the Doodles page to see what we have come up with this month and download your own version to colour here.

Somehow, although the February Doodles Quilt to Colour page was done and ready, we managed not to put it in a blog post all month. (Our Doodle Director has been taken to task!)  So, with many apologies, you can download the February Doodle here.

The joy of these colouring pages is that not only can you print out as many as you want to colour but you can also cut them up and re-arrange the blocks to see what new patterns you can come up with. Perhaps you could try combining blocks from February with the March block? Here’s just one suggestion –

mixed-doodleIf you are need of a project or some more ideas why not hop over to the Meadowside Designs blog and download some of the free block patterns from there. You will find links to all the blocks on the Tutorials page; and a Block of the Month is also running.

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September Doodles

Just a quick post to say our September Doodles are to be found (where else?) over on our Doodles page.  This moSeptember 16 blocknth we’ve played around with some settings for Goose in the Pond, a favourite traditional block, but left the choice of colour up to you.  You can download your own Doodle to colour here. Don’t forget that you can print it out as many times as you like and you could even cut it up and rearrange the blocks (or the units) to make your own unique design. We’d love to see them!

 

The block we have chosen this month also features in one of Barbara’a vintage quilts and if you wish to recreate it you can find the pattern here or here. A full listing of all our Heritage Quilt patterns can be found on our website.

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Chris has broken her own production record and turned out THREE quilts in what seems like less than a week!!  Little food has been shopped or consumed at C&B Towers, much midnight oil has been burned and there are bits of thread everywhere.  However, she is now almost fully prepared for classes at The Corner Patch in 2017 – can you believe the lists are filling already?!  Here is one of the intermediate-level Block of the Month quilts recently delivered to the shop –

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All quiet at the Rural Office – Barbara had to make an emergency return from the Overseas Branch and is now fully engaged with nursing duties as her husband begins a slow recovery from serious illness.  Hopefully there will be some sewing time.

Heritage quilts

Chris has been beavering away in the IT Suite updating the Chris and Barbara website. It now sports a new drop-down menu for patterns with a separate page for our heritage quilts patterns. To buy these you have to visit our Payhip page (for the EU) or our Craftsy page but you can get a preview and information about the quilts on the new C&B page.

Some new patterns from Ann Jermey’s quilt collection have been added to the Payhip page (coming soon to Craftsy) and another quilt from Barbara’s collection has been added to both pages.

Ann’s quilts are this lovely1940s Windmill design (spot the mistake in it?)

Blue Windmillsand this little red and white quilt which (with our usual talent for stating the obvious) we have named Red Bricks.

bricks2Ann remade this quilt using some left over 2 and 1/2 inch strips in various reds and neutrals –

bricksThe quilt from Barbara’s collection is a Triple Sunflower. This is hand-pieced and Barbara has been remaking the block (but we don’t yet have a photo – or I can’t find it, Chris). One of these blocks would make a lovely cushion, or just make a few for a table runner.

DSCF3023The colours have faded somewhat – the green leaves and stems have all but disappeared – but it is still a lovely quilt.

More quilt patterns to come before too long, and maybe even some of Barbara’s quilting designs . . . !?