Still puzzling

Chris’s Puzzle Quilt classes at Pollyanna Patchwork were full of returning homework this week.  “Beginners’ and ‘Improvers’ turned up with lots of blocks.  After two blocks last time some of the Beginners were quite disappointed to be given only one block design this week and requested others be e-mailed.  We think the pictures just speak for themselves – first a sample from Beginners :

Chris didn’t manage to get many photos – beginners are shy and don’t think their work is worth photographing. How wrong can they be?! We love how different these pairs of blocks look – they are pairs of the same design, hence ‘Puzzle Quilt‘.

The ‘Improvers’ – and some are really Beginners – have been getting two different blocks to make each class so their piles of blocks are growing even faster. Again lights (or blocks) have been hidden under bushels (or in bags).

Saturday’s students had time to make blocks and speedy ones even quilted.

The others made the London Roads block first and will make their Mystery Flower Garden blocks at home.

Chris and Alison aren’t sure they can wait for a fortnight to see what comes in from this week’s ‘homework’. Some of the blocks are now starting to look like ‘proper’ quilts as students begin to quilt-as-they-go and everyone is getting excited at the prospect of having a finished quilt by the end of term.

Free Pattern

The final block in our Four-Patch Sew-Along Sampler is now on the website. This time we’ve chosen a block called Turnstile – yet more half-square triangles, but quarter-square ones too by way of a change! When we get round to it examples of quilts will show up on Flickr and on the EQ Doodles.

It was good to meet with many of you at Malvern  and yes, Barbara did catch the flight to Jordan – just have to hope she gets back now.  Chris will be doing Saturday’s Jelly Roll class with help from Ann Jermey (thanks, Ann!)

Free Pattern

The next block for our Sew-Along Sampler is up on the website. Hopefully this break will have given you a chance to catch up! What have we been doing, instead of posting Free Patterns? We wish we knew – it probably seemed important at the time … !

Back to sampler blocks – this time we bring you Dutchman’s Puzzle. Try making it the conventional way with triangles or try making it with Folded Geese or, even, folded triangles rolled back …. And as for ways to colour it … Enjoy the possibilities this block has to offer while we get busy organising the next Free Pattern block.

Sampler class solo

Well, who would have thought it?  Chris is still out of action so Barbara will be teaching solo for our Sampler Class tonight and probably also on Saturday for Flying Geese.  Tonight the topic is curved piecing by hand and/or machine with Drunkards Path variations for homework.  These are Barbara’s hand pieced blocks –

and the Flying Geese are gathering in readiness for Saturday –

Looking forward to seeing lots of sampler block homework in class!

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

The next block in our sew-along sampler is on our website. We’ve chosen Clays Choice as our next block and you can see some sample quilts on our flickr page – they’ve probably appeared on the sidebar here too – and some more will appear on the EQ doodles page soon.  If you visit Maggi’s blog http://todreamtostitch.blogspot.com you can see what great things she’s doing with our Sewalong Sampler blocks and a batch of her own hand-dyed fabric.

Clays Choice block