If you’re feeling in need of something to sew and missing the Chris and Barbara Tittensor workshops you could try heading over to the Meadowside Designs blog where a new Block of the Month quilt-along is starting. The Requirements were posted earlier today and there will be a block or instructions each month for the next year. In between those there will be the usual Simple Block instructions each month as well with ideas for quilts using each block. And all for free!
Dancing Blocks is the name of the Quilt-along wall-hanging which will finish at about 50 inches square.
The first workshop of the new term is nearly upon us – next Saturday, September 12th. Please don’t forget if you have booked a place! The Needs list is here and you will be making something that could look a bit like this –
In case you are wondering what to do with yourselves when we stop our workshops at Tittensor at the end of the year – there is a Block of the Month starting on our sister blog Meadowside Designs this week. The first post with a picture of the quilt and a link to the requirements list is here.
One chunk of the mighty C&B Empire that is expanding rapidly is Meadowside Designs – yes, we know it doesn’t sound like it might be related but that might even be a good thing! Chris has spent hours and hours, possibly even days (felt more like months actually – Chris) writing patterns, doing diagrams, checking measurements, uploading patterns and updating the Meadowside Craftsy site too. There are now 20+ patterns available as instant download pdfs on the Meadowside website, and 20+ patterns similarly available at Craftsy. Not all of them are Chris’s (or even Barbara’s) as some have come from our good friend Ann Jermey.
Just started on the blog is a Mystery Quilt for Christmas – so if you’ve missed our Mystery Mondays you can try the one (on Mondays) over at Meadowside.
Plus there’s a free Block of the Month program posted on the blog. It started in July but there’s still time to catch up if you wanted to collect them all.
And, as if that weren’t enough, on previous Mondays (and will be once more after the Mystery Quilt finishes) there have been free patterns to download from the blog for a variety of simple blocks.
Lots more patterns are lined up for the weeks ahead – follow the Meadowside blog to keep in touch with what’s new as it becomes available. Chris has just disappeared into the IT Suite to finish another pattern …
The final block in our Four-Patch Sew-Along Sampler is now on the website. This time we’ve chosen a block called Turnstile – yet more half-square triangles, but quarter-square ones too by way of a change! When we get round to it examples of quilts will show up on Flickr and on the EQ Doodles.
It was good to meet with many of you at Malvern and yes, Barbara did catch the flight to Jordan – just have to hope she gets back now. Chris will be doing Saturday’s Jelly Roll class with help from Ann Jermey (thanks, Ann!)
The next block for our Sew-Along Sampler is up on the website. Hopefully this break will have given you a chance to catch up! What have we been doing, instead of posting Free Patterns? We wish we knew – it probably seemed important at the time … !
Back to sampler blocks – this time we bring you Dutchman’s Puzzle. Try making it the conventional way with triangles or try making it with Folded Geese or, even, folded triangles rolled back …. And as for ways to colour it … Enjoy the possibilities this block has to offer while we get busy organising the next Free Pattern block.
The next block in the Sew-Along four-patch Sampler is up on the website. This time its that close relative of Sawtooth Star – Kings Crown. There’s also a couple of EQ doodles on flickr.
Risen from her sickbed (at last – Barbara) Chris has put the latest free pattern up on the website. This latest offering is Sawtooth Star – yet more half-square triangles, or you could make those star points with Flying Geese units (I’m sure we were supposed to be doing something with Flying Geese soon – Chris). A few ideas for settings are on the flickr page as well as included in the free pattern pdf.