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March EQ Doodles

Yes, it is nearly April but we’ve only just noticed that the links for the March Doodles somehow escaped.

Our March block is the lovely Tulip of North Carolina

You can download your own Quilt to Colour and if you want to have a go at making a block, or even a quilt we also have 12inch templates to download.

Enjoy! April Doodles to follow fairly soon . . .

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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

Free patterns

Free Pattern Friday

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.

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possibilities

A little applique

Achievable task for today – stitch  2 Dresden Plates to their respective backgrounds, decide on circle size and fabric for centres and move on accordingly.   End the day with 2 more blocks on the growing Sampler pile. 

Do not get sidetracked by re-discovery of mola piece brought home from Houston Quilt Festival, (no extra points for noticing the stray dog hair!). 

or by re-appearance of small fused samples which only need an hour’s attention to finish them up into something more interesting –

Ignore at all costs the full set of applique block patterns (designer Edyta Sitar, www.laundrybasketquilts.com) also acquired at Houston Quilt Festival two years ago which are still sitting in their bag awaiting liberation.