Free Pattern Friday

There’s another free pattern over on Meadowside Designs today. This one is (so far) a virtual quilt courtesy of Electric Quilt.

Pinwheels and windmills quilt

Head over there to download the instructions and for more ideas on colour and design.

Free Pattern Friday

Over on our sister site – Meadowside Designs – where we put our patterns, we have started a Free Pattern Friday series to keep us busy while confined to our homes. This Friday we are ‘doing a runner’ (and that is just how we feel right now) pattern from one our Chris and Barbara workshops.


Head over to Meadowside for more information, more photos and to download your free pattern.


If you’re feeling in need of something to sew and missing the Chris and Barbara Tittensor workshops you could try heading over to the Meadowside Designs blog where a new Block of the Month quilt-along is starting. The Requirements were posted earlier today and there will be a block or instructions each month for the next year. In between those there will be the usual Simple Block instructions each month as well with ideas for quilts using each block. And all for free!

Dancing Blocks is the name of the Quilt-along wall-hanging which will finish at about 50 inches square.


Free Pattern

We’re at Sandbach today for the annual grand Fabric Sale and quilt show. While we’re there we thought we would have a quick giveaway – a Limited Edition free pattern for one of Barbara’s big quilts.


We’ve only printed a few (circumstances totally beyond our control!) so these will be on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. But then we thought of all you folk too far away to get to Sandbach for the day and decided to offer it as a free download for today only – it will disappear by tomorrow (if I remember – Chris).

So, if you come to the Sandbach show, do drop by to say ‘hello’ and pick up a free pattern if we still have one available; otherwise you can use the link below to download your copy before it’s too late!

Sorry, the pattern has now gone – but there may be another one (or even the same one, we haven’t decided!) for the Uttoxeter Show in April.

Not block of the month

A change of colour scheme for this month’s “Not Block of the Month” which is a classic traditional Basket block, known as Basket of Chips among other names.  How could we resist? Barbara was persuaded to switch from the red & green combination she used for the first three blocks of this series to “something else”, but the “something else” turned out to still feature red.  Do you have a default colourway/colour preference too?  Here’s the gathering of fabrics before the starching, pressing and cutting started –

fabric choices

This is a fairly quick block to make thanks to quick-piecing techniques for the Half Square Triangles.

getting started

block construction

finished block ready for pressing

Here’s the black & white vintage version of this, about half the size of ours – but  what a great stripe fabric!

vintage block

Click here to download a printable free pattern and make your own Basket block(s) – a perfect summer project!

Another block to try

Here’s another “Not Block of the Month” for you to try – the free downloadable instructions are here.  This time we’ve chosen a simple traditional block, Goose Tracks, which looks good if made using just two fabrics  – this is the vintage black & white version from Barbara’s block collection –

vintage black & white block

Barbara made up her version using 4 fabrics – two closely-related main red prints and two backgrounds – putting more emphasis on the rectangles from the centre of the block.  

layout of pieces

You can see on the right hand side above that Electric Quilt was it’s usual helpful self – Chris drew out the block and put it into one of our shared files (thank you DropBox!) and Barbara just selected the block size – 12 inches finished – and hit the print button for a complete set of rotary cutting instructions.

trimming points

finished block

You could make various changes and substitutions in your version – let us know how what you decide to do!

Free Pattern

To celebrate the quilt show at Uttoxeter – British Quilt & Stitch Village – we thought we’d offer you a free pattern to download just for the three days of the show. It’s the basic instructions for the Layer Cake Scramble which Chris taught at The Corner Patch a few weeks ago.   Since then so many people have been asked about it that we thought this might be a good idea.  As you can see Chris hasn’t quite finished hers yet, but its coming on … slowly. (Some half-baked excuse about “run out of fabric” apparently – Barbara)

Layer cake scramble

We’ll both be demonstrating at the show and giving away the pattern there as well, although numbers will be limited.  (Chris should also be hunting for fabric to finish that Layer Cake Scramble – Barbara).  If you are at the show do drop by to say hello – we’re upstairs at Stand 75.   It looks like being a jolly good day out as we understand there are over 70 traders coming plus a working demonstration by one of the Tentmakers from Cairo, and any number of other exhibits, events and classes.  We were at the showground on Monday, delivering quilts for the main exhibition, and everywhere looked very smart, fresh and well-tended – a very pleasant spot indeed.  Hope to see you there!