Electric Quilt, Free patterns, possibilities, star blocks

Stellar Sampler

We couldn’t have Stellar Sampler without our favourite block – the Ohio Star. But it has many, many names depending on how you place the colours, which book or magazine you found it in and even when you read that book or magazine. These blocks below all look like Ohio Star – they have the four corner squares, a plain square in the centre and quarter-square triangles as the star points. Download cutting instructions etc here.

However – the first one is usually known as Mosaic and the second as Ohio Star. On the second row we have multiple names for the first two. According to Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Block Patterns Block 1 is (has been) known as Eight-Point Design, Lone Star, Star Design, Texas Star, Tippecanoe and Tyler Too, Texas, Eastern Star, Eight Point Star, Shoofly, and just Star. Block 2 is often known as Variable Star as well as Texas, Star Spangled, Western Star, Star of the West, Henry of the West, Star of Hope and Lone Star. The final block is usually known just as Flying Crow. Having said all that most of us refer to them all as either Variable Star or, more often, Ohio Star so as not to confuse it with the 4-patch Variable Star block.

By using different units in the centre or corners you can alter the block to make a new one, and there are many variations to be found. Today we have just a few with altered corners starting with Swamp Angel – sometimes known as The Four-X Quilt depending on the colour placement. This just has half-square triangles in the corners instead of squares.

The Ornate Star has altered corners too

This next variation doesn’t have a name

and if you turn the corner units round you get another variation

Yet another variation without a name is this one

If you don’t fancy making just one block but want to turn one or more of these into a quilt, what would those quilts look like? Perhaps something like these –

Your download this week has cutting instructions / foundation papers for all the variations we’ve shown this week as well blocks to colour and some quilt settings to colour too. There are so many ways to play with Ohio Star so next month we will have found some more ideas.

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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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Stellar Sampler

Browsing through a book of blocks the other day we came across a couple that we have made before (but don’t seem to have pictures of!) and realised that they are related to another block we do have a picture of . . . and then one thing led to another and with the aid of Electric Quilt we had some more related blocks that we may, or may not, make. You can download a PDF of the templates to make all these blocks at 12 inches, foundation piecing is a possibility but they didn’t fit onto A4 paper so they haven’t been included, but you do get a picture of each block to colour in.

So what are these blocks? First of all is Wheel of Destiny and then the star points were made slimmer and the colour kept the same

At which point it began to resemble Starry Path

And then with a bit of tweaking of the outer triangles Starry Path became Interwoven Star.

But you could join the centres of those two stars so they form a quarter-square triangle unit in the centre and make these two blocks – which we’ve called Spinning Stars 1 and 2.

But what happens if we go back to Starry Path and change the outer triangles again and make them a different shape?

And then if we add a tiny triangle to those new ones it almost looks as if the points have folded over (with a bit of clever colouring).

Join us next month for some more stellar blocks.

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It’s April

And over on Meadowside Designs this week it’s all about the flowers. We’ve moved onto F in our alphabet soup of six-inch blocks and, as it’s April we’ve chosen Flower Petals as our first block – pieced or applique, your choice –

Our second block this week is Flower Garden Path which we couldn’t help but recolour from the pale pastels of the original EQ colouring to green grass, a lavender border instead of a path and colourful flowers!

You’ll find cutting instructions, templates and blocks to colour ready to download at Meadowside. Meanwhile here’s a little tulip inspiration

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Scrappy Sunday – Stars

Trawling through photos of quilts looking for inspiration for a scrappy post I came across this little quilt.

Hig pig stars

I’d called it Higgledy-Piggledy Stars many years ago before computers got too smart. But now? Spellcheck really doesn’t like that name – perhaps we should just call it Wonky Stars instead. But whatever its called, it is a great way to use up scraps. This one is a 9-patch with smaller 4-patch stars in the cornerstones of the border.

wonky star 4 scraps

You can make each block with scraps of the same colour – as I have in my quilt

wonky star yellow scraps

Or you can make them with different scraps.

wonky star scraps

You could use different prints, but similar colour, backgrounds as in my quilt.

wonky star scraps2

At the moment the pattern for this little quilt is available as a Free Pattern in the Meadowside Designs Payhip Shop – along with several others – if you fancied giving it a go.

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Free Pattern Friday

The final free pattern from Meadowside Designs is posted today – next week sees the start of the Summer Mystery. As it’s the last one we felt a little light-hearted fun was called for so the pattern chosen is a toy. It twists and turns as you hold it making it fun for very small children, older children seem to use it as a crown, while adults use it as a stress-buster.

toy 028

Whatever you do with yours – have fun! Its very easy to make too.

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Free Pattern Friday

This week’s free pattern over on Meadowside Designs is another one just done with Electric Quilt and uses a block called Rolling Pinwheel

Rolling Pinwheel quilt a

You can find out more and download all the instructions and colouring sheets from the Meadowside Designs website.

We forgot last week to point you at the free pattern – it was for a very ancient quilt of Chris’s called Sweetie Jars. Find out more here and ponder what possibilities there are using this simple shape.

sweetie jars

 

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Free Pattern Friday

Another Friday rolls around and there’s another free pattern on the Meadowside Designs website. This one has been done with assistance from Electric Quilt and features a block based on one called Hayes Corner – but we played with it a bit.

Hayes Corner block

Why not wander over to the Meadowside and see what you could do with this block variation and while you’re there you can download the pattern, instructions to make the block and a quilt as well as a quilt to colour.

Don’t forget that the patterns in our Payhip shop are also free or substantially reduced at the moment.

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Free Pattern Friday

Actually two free patterns to tell you about this week because not only did Chris forget last week but her fumble fingers priced the ‘free pattern’ at 50p instead of 0. However . . .  all is put right now so you can download last week’s free pattern – Puss in the Corner – here and find out more here.

puss in corner

This week’s free pattern is Mum’s Wallpaper Strippy. Find out more and follow the link to download it on our sister site Meadowside Designs.

mum's wallpaper strippy

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Free Pattern Friday

Over on our sister site Meadowside Designs today there is the ninth free pattern available – 9 weeks of isolation / lock-down / social-distancing / whatever. This week’s pattern is in our Payhip shop (one of many available as a free pattern during this period) and is called Which Way is Up?. It just seemed rather an apt pattern for these times!

which way