It’s not a finish but it’s a top! The scrappy Friendship Star/Nine Patch blocks Barbara made are sashed and bordered and moved to the “await quilting” pile. This was a really quick make and a great side adventure using some of those 2 1/2inch squares that were cut at the beginning of March.
It looks like we are going to turn our attention away from squares for a while. We’ve had a few high-level virtual consultations over the last week (HQ of course is closed at the moment so everything has been screen to screen and bring your own caffeine..) and we think it might be time to feature traditional blocks which work well with scraps. One of our go-to references for scrappy and traditional is “Great Scrap Bag Quilts” by Jan Halgrimson – here’s the sideways version
We’ve mentioned Jan’s books in earlier scrappy posts – our copies are VERY well thumbed and have been a source of much inspiration over the years. Here’s a peep at one page (P.85) which caught our eye – the block is Scrap Bag Star.
This is a 12inch block and we are trying not to focus too much on that instruction that says “cut 24 light, 84 dark” – that’s a LOT of pieces for a 12inch block! But it would make a reasonable dent in a stack of very small scraps …. The lovely thing about the early books of patchwork patterns is that they are black & white only and you can use your imagination to put colour in them. And the equally lovely thing is that we now have EQ8 (and its predecessors) to draw, colour and make virtual quilts with these blocks. Here’s our first EQ8 stab at Scrap Bag Star –
Then it’s hard to resist clicking on the random recolour tool –
We’re off to get more scrappy inspiration from Ms Halgrimson – tune in next week for June’s EQ Doodles, Free Pattern Friday and more scrappiness on Sunday.
The December Doodles are here on our Doodles page and Barbara was feeling a little festive when she started colouring these in! The blocks used are Rolling Star and Five-Patch Chain.
You can download a colouring sheet to design your quilts – festive or otherwise – here.
If you head over to Meadowside Designs you will find the templates for a 10 inch Rolling Star block and the cutting instructions for a 10 inch Five-Patch Chain block in case you fancy recreating your design in real fabric.
We both have a fondness for a good tiled floor – and being based in Staffordshire, home of Minton tiles, we get to see plenty of examples. Sometimes our EQ Doodles reflect this as you can see above. Here’s a floor we both pass on our way to high level meetings at HQ –
Today’s Flashback is to the Saturday class Double Delight – a whole roomful of small quilt tops got made on the day. The pattern started out as one of our EQ Doodles…..
If it’s the start of a month it must be time to update our EQ Doodles page – and we have! Click on the tab above to find out what’s on offer this month.
We have featured our favourite quilt program Electric Quilt via a set of monthly Doodles for several years now (probably too many to count! – Chris) and from time to time we have a trawl through the files and say “Oh I really like that one” “Must make that one” “That could be a pattern” and, well you get the idea. Our latest brainwave (under the influence of caffeine) is to maybe post some former doodles, maybe some class pics, maybe “other stuff” in the form of a Flashback Friday post. We may even begin doing that this month!! Stay tuned……
Despite a lack of broadband at the Rural Office we have managed to get a Doodles page together for you this month and post it from the IT Suite at C&B Towers. Hopefully normal service will have been resumed by next month – how long can it take to fix a ‘fault on the line’??!
This month’s doodles feature two simple blocks. We’ve put them together on-point for the colouring page to download and given you an example in greyscale on the Doodles page. The other examples show the blocks just put together , not on-point, no sashing, just changes of colour and blurring of the block outlines.
See what you can come up with on your Doodle sheet. Here’s a couple more greyscale ideas to start you off.
Someone has stolen March. If you should find a whole month lying neglected in a corner somewhere, please pack it up and return to C&B Towers. We have both managed to keep our Instagram feeds ticking over with a few pics of classroom and sewing room activities – despite all the hoohah over changes to Instagram which has led to great flurries of social media activity and apps such as Ello.
We have new EQ Doodles for April – pop over and scroll through this month’s offering. You may even spot the (almost deliberate) mistake – probably no prizes, but comment below if you find it..
Chris has been fully occupied with classes at The Corner Patch and re-laying paving stones. Barbara has been continuing with the sewing room clearout and a lot of class preparation and finishing a few WIPs.
We are trying to secure a date for a C&B reunion class later this year at Tittensor Village Hall and we’ll let you know as soon as we get a confirmation.
Barbara is back from her adventures teaching on a cruise (the world is still swaying slightly beneath her feet) so a high-level meeting at HQ was convened to restore caffeine levels and some semblance of normality. Major outcome of the meeting is that we have managed to finalise the Needs Lists for the remaining two classes of this year and these are now available on our website. (Thanks once again to the IT department at C&B Towers). You can also download the Needs Lists using the links below.
The EQ doodle has no connection with our Christmas Capers class – we just fancied adding a touch of festive colour at this point!
So, back to lots of class preparation for both of us – Chris has a very full programme at The Corner Patch and Barbara will be experiencing the full joys of the UK road network for the next few weeks as she travels to give talks and classes in a wide range of locations.
A quick reminder that we have posted new Electric Quilt doodles for August – and it’s only the 3rd of the month! Chris is extremely busy over at C&B Towers, writing patterns, planning classes and generally being productive. Barbara is somewhere in Spain trying to plan classes and write worksheets also, but not managing to be quite so productive (I didn’t know it was a competition – Chris). Hope you are all enjoying lots of stitching time.