Scrappy Sunday

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.

Happy stitching!

 

Scrappy Sunday – April Doodles

Our April EQ Doodle is a Pineapple block.

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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!

Christmas Doodles

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.

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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.

September Doodles

Just a quick post to say our September Doodles are to be found (where else?) over on our Doodles page.  This moSeptember 16 blocknth we’ve played around with some settings for Goose in the Pond, a favourite traditional block, but left the choice of colour up to you.  You can download your own Doodle to colour here. Don’t forget that you can print it out as many times as you like and you could even cut it up and rearrange the blocks (or the units) to make your own unique design. We’d love to see them!

 

The block we have chosen this month also features in one of Barbara’a vintage quilts and if you wish to recreate it you can find the pattern here or here. A full listing of all our Heritage Quilt patterns can be found on our website.

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Chris has broken her own production record and turned out THREE quilts in what seems like less than a week!!  Little food has been shopped or consumed at C&B Towers, much midnight oil has been burned and there are bits of thread everywhere.  However, she is now almost fully prepared for classes at The Corner Patch in 2017 – can you believe the lists are filling already?!  Here is one of the intermediate-level Block of the Month quilts recently delivered to the shop –

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All quiet at the Rural Office – Barbara had to make an emergency return from the Overseas Branch and is now fully engaged with nursing duties as her husband begins a slow recovery from serious illness.  Hopefully there will be some sewing time.

Electric Quilt Doodles for June

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.

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Electric Quilt

By popular demand …. the next EQ6 class will be on Saturday 27th November at Stone Station. This time we’ll be looking at Creating Quilts with EQ6. Further details and a booking form are on the website. Sadly, its not the first Saturday of the month, so no Farmers’ Market but that near to Christmas there will be some form of entertainment in the town – we’ll keep you posted nearer the time. Places limited to 8, so ‘book early to avoid disappointment’! In the meantime, here’s a couple of quilts (no borders yet) conjured from the last class –

See you at Malvern …

Free Pattern

The next block (the fifth) in our Sew-Along Sampler is now available on our website. This block is Whirlpool – yet more half-square triangles.

Whirlpool block

Previous blocks in this sampler are Carrie Nation Quilt, Hourglass, Old Maid’s Puzzle and Clay’s Choice. EQ doodles of these have been on the blog and there are some on our flickr site too.

Free pattern possibilities

If you’ve checked out our first free Sewalong Sampler block (www.chrisandbarbara.co.uk) and thought it was not one of the prettiest or most interesting blocks you’ve ever seen you are partially right – Carrie Nation Quilt is just small squares and large squares put together.  None of those half or quarter square triangles,  curved seams or anything else, but it is quite a good check on your cutting and piecing accuracy all the same.  Some possibilities are already posted on the Flickr site and you’ll find others on the EQdoodles page here – see if you agree with us that, with some thought on value and fabric placement, even plain old squares can be surprising effective.

Happy New Year – more snow!

Well, we were almost ready for the big freeze but it’s beginning to lose the novelty now. The January Fabric Sale at Nantwich (23 January) Civic Hall is only just around the corner – we need to get there, and so do lots of other folks!

We’ve got as far as posting some new EQ doodles for the New Year so do check out the page.   You’ll find some of the “old” doodles on our Flickr site (see sidebar under “Class Pics”) and we may even get around to producing a few instructions – it’s amazing what New Year resolutions can lead to!

We (belatedly) wish you lots of good things for 2010.