Two very different tiles today for tile inspiration – fanciful patterned ceramic tiles UK 1890s (maybe) and a fanciful design executed in mosaic tiles 21st century middle East. Similar in colour palette and ornate twirls but very different all the same.
Somehow we’ve managed to arrive at almost mid-September – this speedy year thing seems to be happening all over again. Where did August go? Why weren’t we informed? Who took it?
So, on to some autumnal plans and events. Chris is at the helm of C&B Towers and Barbara is currently at the Overseas Office. Our next PopUp class “Chop and Change” is on Saturday 9th October courtesy of Mr Zoom who makes all sorts of things possible.
We’re maintaining our traditional mysterious approach to the actual class content – this PopUp is more about techniques and ideas rather than “follow these steps to make this project”. Leave a comment below if you’d like more info.
Chris continues to Wander the Web each month for P&Q magazine and we understand that another article in our occasional series New Quilts from Old, also for P&Q magazine, will be published this autumn.
Barbara is inching her way into more Zoom activity for talks and classes – it’s a great solution to the problem of trying to be in 2 places at once and there has been plenty of opportunity to get to grips with it over the past year. So many changes for all of us.
Hope everyone is doing well – next stop Tile Tuesday!
Another new month, more Doodles over on our EQ Doodles page. We chose a traditional block Sunflower (sometimes known as Triple Sunflower) and remembered that Barbara owns a vintage quilt that features a very close variation of the same block.
The colouring was originally red, green and natural but over the years the green has faded away to a soft beige. Barbara made one block for a teaching sample several years ago –
There’s a colouring sheet to download over on the Doodles page, and a full pattern for the vintage Sunflowers quilt can be found at
Tile inspiration from Cairo!
In the good old days when we did outrageous things like walking dogs, stopping for coffee, visiting garden centres etc we sometimes saw outdoor tile arrangements that offered some inspiration. Even this incomplete (and very large) arrangement –
And here’s Barbara’s interpretation of the complete circle but as a more manageable 12inch block –
This is currently on the “awaiting more quilting” pile at the Rural Office before being finished into yet another cushion.
Sadly neglected and possibly unappreciated – the fate of many tiled floors. Barbara spotted this particular example several years ago in a front garden in Eastbourne. An unusually complex design for a garden path, perhaps making a statement of status at the time, we felt it was a very deserving addition to our collection of tile-inspired patterns.
What a handsome quilt this would make! Chris is still working on the pattern for the quilt but in the meantime there is a pattern to make a runner based on this path – with a somewhat smaller, simplified border – available from our Payhip shop or you read about it here.
Spring has sprung – and our Doodles for April are over on their own page as usual. This month we’ve chosen Fools Square. Intentions were really good to have maybe even made the block in actual fabric, but intentions are not always reliable! So, no fabric block to show you here but, instead, some virtual colour and fabric variations from EQ8.
And in the hope that the inner workings of WordPress are indeed working, you can download a colouring sheet for a Fools Square quilt here.
And if you fancy making your own 10 inch block, or even the quilt you have just designed from the colouring sheet then you can find links to rotary cutting charts, templates (if you prefer) and general piecing guidelines on our sister site Meadowside Designs.
We do love Minton tiles! Above is an EQ interpretation of a tiled doorstep in the immediate neighbourhood of C&B Towers – this would make an eye-catching table runner in any colour scheme. Chris has written a pattern which can be found over at our sister site Meadowside Designs (payhip.com/meadowsidedesigns).
And here’s the doorstep itself –