Barbara has been very happily stuck in a groove of scrappy squares and it looks as if there will be many more squares cut, marked and stitched together in the coming weeks. All sorts of ideas are floating around but we thought you might like to see the current state of play.
Four of the five 4patch/9patch blocks might go together like this and there would be one block left over – each block measures 12inches edge to edge before setting seams.
or put all five blocks together like this –
The five smaller double4patch blocks might go together like this.
Blocks measure 8 inches edge to edge before setting seams.
or possibly like this –
Barbara’s stash at the Rural Office has been the subject of thorough investigation to come up with suitable scrappy choices for settings and sashings. The investigation has not yet reached any firm conclusions so it’s back to stitching squares into pairs for a while!
There’s another free pattern available over on the Meadowside Designs site today. A simple applique this time to make something small – a runner, a banner, a wall-hanging, or even a cushion. Chris made hers into a banner/wall-hanging.
The pattern first appeared as a Junior Project in Patchwork & Quilting Magazine back in 2007 and is easy to make with children, especially if you use fusible web for the applique. Children will also have fun adding their own embellishments and ideas to the original.
Chris has been browsing her bookcase in the last few weeks and unearthed one of her earliest patchwork books – The Perfect Patchwork Primer by Beth Gutcheon.
All black and white, no colour at all, and lots of useful information on making and using templates and sewing patches together by hand – no rotary cutter or indeed machine stitching mentioned. On the other hand it does contain a lot of blocks and one that caught my eye was called Becky’s 9-Patch as it consisted of different width strips plus a couple of squares.
You can download the rotary cutting instructions to make a 9 inch version here (courtesy of Electric Quilt). I then had a play with the colours. If you make all your blocks the same colours (and remember they needn’t be the same fabrics as they are in my diagrams, they could just be the same shade of whatever colour) then you get some very interesting patterns appearing depending on where the colour emphasis is and which way you turn the blocks.
You do get more of a mish-mash if you make everything a different colour.
But you could try to make just the long edges all the same (ish) to get some pattern and symmetry back into your quilt.
Download a quilt to colour in and/or cut up to play with – you can print it out as many times as you like.
Another free pattern for you is available over on Meadowside Designs. This week it is a handy little bucket-style bag to keep your essential sewing kit in.
The pattern is available from our Meadowside Designs shop on Payhip and you can find out more and download it here. All the patterns in the shop have been reduced for this period of isolation and are either free or cost no more than £1.
You just need two fat quarters and with the left-overs you could make a matching pincushion, a free pattern for which can be found (along with several others) on the Meadowside Designs Free Patterns page.
Can you believe it’s yet another post on squares? Barbara was rummaging in The Cupboard at the Rural Office and turned up this really simple (but finished!!) quilt she made a few years ago –
One or two Charm Packs may have been put to good use in a very simple sashed setting, longarm quilting courtesy of The Bramble Patch. This was definitely a quick and easy make.
Barbara’s hand stitched 4patch project has progressed to this tentative layout which would be 3x 9patch blocks of 4patch units and borders of 4patches on point. But the stack of 4patch units continues to grow so something larger may be in prospect –
Or maybe the 4patches themselves could be made into larger blocks, and maybe those blocks put on point….. One thing for sure is that the original stack of squares could make quite a few more 4patches and there seems to be no let up in the production rate. One 4patch is just 3 short seams and really fast to hand piece.
In fact the squares into 4patches concept has worked so well that Barbara is quietly considering opening up the (large) box containing 2 1/2inch strips cut from most fabrics in her stash and sacrificing just 5inches from each strip to cut again into squares. Just to see what happens……
Each week over on Meadowside Designs we are giving you a free pattern to download and play with. Last week we revisited the tessellating leaves pattern that we did at a Tittensor workshop some years ago. I altered the pattern a little this time around so it is slightly easier to make than this original version which is the front of a jacket.
This week is the tessellating pattern from the back of the same jacket.
Head over to the Meadowside site to download the patterns and for lots of other colour ideas.
Our April EQ Doodle is a Pineapple block.
Over on the doodles page we have shown it just in grey scale and normally these types of block are done with a limited colour palette, but that’s no reason not to try a scrappy block or two or . . .
Download a quilt colouring sheet and/or a 12 inch block pattern (you will need to stick the pages together for this one – and do make sure you have checked the paper size is A4 and that you are printing ‘actual size’). There are no numbers on the block pattern so if you use it as a foundation then start at the middle and work your way out or use it to make templates if you prefer to work that way.
Hope you are all keeping safe and well and finding these posts helpful in using up all those bits of fabric you knew you had kept for a reason: we weren’t hoarding, we were preparing!