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EQ Doodles – March

Click over to our Doodles page for some ideas using the seasonally appropriate Tulip from North Carolina block – we’re trying hard to showcase more applique this year and this block is a real winner. Barbara included the block in a Hand Stitched Sampler taught at The Corner Patch a couple of years ago – here it is before and after quilting.

Free patterns, Sew along Sampler

Quilt-along

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.

dancing-block-blues-quilt

Free patterns, Piecing, Projects, Sew along Sampler

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 patterns, Piecing, Sew along Sampler

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.

Free patterns, Piecing, Projects, Sew along Sampler

Free Pattern

Risen from her sickbed (at last – Barbara) Chris has put the latest free pattern up on the website. This latest offering is Sawtooth Star – yet more half-square triangles, or you could make those star points with Flying Geese units (I’m sure we were supposed to be doing something with Flying Geese soon – Chris). A few ideas for settings are on the flickr page as well as included in the free pattern pdf.

Sawtooth Star block

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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!

Piecing, possibilities, Projects

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.

classes, Piecing, Teaching

They’re all stars!

Last night’s Sampler Quilt class was awash with stars –

Everyone has sufficient blocks made now to start thinking about how they will go together, fabric choices for the next blocks

and homework for next week is Log Cabin – or Courthouse Steps, or Cabin with Geese, or woven Log Cabin.  As well as the demo on Log Cabin and Courthouse Steps, we spent a few moments looking at Barbara’s fussy-cut sample for English Paper Piecing

We had all drooled over the fussy cut hexagons shown on Dragonfly Gypsy blog (http://dragonflyquilting.blogspot.com) and we suspect that several of us may be at the start of an ongoing obsession (not another one! – Chris). 

Today we’ll be back to the usual caffeine and chocolate in readiness for the Reversible Runners class on Saturday .

Piecing, possibilities

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