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EQ Doodles – September

We seem to say every year that September has come around very quickly – and every year seems to whizz by very quickly. So it is following this well-established tradition that we welcome you to our September Doodles with the observation that September has indeed come around very quickly! Our featured block is Nine Patch Star –

shown above with the EQ default colouring. And it’s an easy step from a a single block to a straight quilt setting –

We’ve never been able to resist the “what if” factor that is so easy with Electric Quilt – here’s the Nine Patch Star block recoloured to rose –

and a slight tweak –

A second slight tweak –

Another tweak –

Again, a tweak –

Last tweak –

Another of our well-established traditions is to provide you with a free pdf download which has a block to colour, rotary cutting instructions and templates – find it here.

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August Doodles

We seem to be on a run of improbably-named blocks for our Doodles and this month is no exception – Sunburst & Mills is the title shown in the EQ8 Library for our featured block. Here’s the default colouring –

Piecing precision called for with this arrangement of diamonds and Flying Geese units but we think it’s well worth the challenge!

First, change the palette to blues –

On to reviewing some straight quilt setting options for the above variations starting with the default block –

No “on point” version this month but you can download a pdf of a block to colour, rotary cutting measurements and templates here. Happy stitching!

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July Doodles

We love Nine Patch blocks – and we love stars (as you may have gathered from many of our previous Doodlings. So what could be better than a Nine Patch Star? Here’s a Nine Patch Star straight from the EQ8 Library –

And here are some of our variations, changes and general twiddlings to this block – regular Doodle readers will be well-versed in some of the processes.

And on to setting blocks together into quilts – which one is your favourite?

It’s fascinating to see how different a block can look just by turning it on point! You can download a block to colour, rotary cutting measurements and templates for Nine Patch Star here.

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More six inch blocks

Our Saturday Sampler of six-inch blocks over on Meadowside has reached the letter J and this week’s blocks include one called Jewel Star

It really doesn’t look very star like but if you look at the colour versions that EQ and its magic wand came up with and then put sixteen blocks together in a 4 x 4 setting you start seeing stars – but it does depend very much on where the strongest colours are placed and on the contrast between those colours

The design also depends on which blocks you turn, and how far you turn them

That last pair illustrate the importance of where the strongest colours are placed – the centre brown and yellow dominate and the star is almost lost whereas in the pair above the contrast brightness of the yellow highlights the star.

If you fancy having a play with this block you can download the templates and a block to colour from our Meadowside blog.

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May’s blocks on Meadowside

Over on Meadowside Designs, as you have probably gathered by now, we are working our way through the alphabet with a sampler series of six-inch blocks. May sees us arrive at H (and later I and even J). This week our H blocks include Hour Glass. There are (literally) dozens of blocks that have been given this name or contain these words. We chose four similar ones to feature on Meadowside

but here’s just a few of the others simply called Hour Glass that we found –

That last one was designed by Carlie Sexton and published in 1928 (Barbara Brackman) and we rather thought some of you might fancy making it, so you can download the templates to make a 12 inch (six inch seemed a little small?) block. It might fit in quite well with some of the other star blocks we are featuring here at Chris & Barbara this year.

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Doodles for April

Our block for this month is Temple Court – another one of our traditional style favourites. Here’s the block as it appears in the EQ8 Library

And here’s a variation of the Temple Court block with an adjustment at the centre making it much easier to piece – we’ve twiddled the colouring so that you can see the adjustment clearly.

We’ve played first with the block as it appears in EQ8, switching colours and moving them around the block –

And then there were the quilts from these blocks, just in straight settings, no sashings –

We had to pause at this point and remember to show the easier-to-piece variation, starting with the block and moving on to quilts.

So, some interesting options from simple changes – and changes that are so easy to make in EQ8 so that you can review before committing to cloth! Download a pdf with a Temple Court block to colour, templates, EQ8s rotary cutting instructions here. Our Technical Department has also produced a pdf to download for the Temple Court variation so you have the best of both worlds!

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March Doodles

Slightly behind schedule with our March Doodles but better late than never! For this month we’ve chosen the Rhode Island block –

We rather like the star within a star effect of this block and we started our Doodling by swapping from cool to warm colouring –

And on to quilt settings –

You can download rotary cutting instructions and templates to make your own Rhode Island block together with a “skeleton” block and a quilt to colour in – click here! https://chrisandbarbaraquilts.files.wordpress.com/2022/03/march-rhode-island.pdf

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January EQ Doodles

We love stars! One of Chris’s books was devoted entirely to stars –

and we’ve taken a star theme for our 2022 Doodles. Each month we’ll feature a different star block from the EQ and BlockBase libraries and show some colour and value changes to the block and then show the block in some simple quilt settings. Where possible we’ll include a free download pdf of the templates for a 12inch block. You could stitch all or just some of the blocks, multiples of one block, maybe even collect them all together to make a Stellar Sampler.

Here’s Block One – Double Windmill from the EQ Library. Download the PDF.

Some changes to both colour and value placement –

Significant differences emerge in simple quilt settings –

It’s always worth considering the “on point” option –

Sashing can make a real difference whether the setting is straight or on point –

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If you would like to make this block or an entire quilt then download the PDF which contains cutting instructions, templates, piecing instructions and colouring-in pages!

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Pick of the year

Before we get into a whole new year we thought we’d look back and show you our pick of all the EQ Doodles we posted in 2021. In case you need a break from any New Year festivity we have put a few of these into a PDF of ‘quilts to colour‘ which you can download and print out.

(still the uncorrected version! Have you spotted the hiccup?)

Signing off 2021 and sending best wishes for the year ahead from all the staff at C&B Towers, the Rural Office and the Overseas Office

Chris & Barbara