Squares, squares and yet more squares. You may recall that right at the beginning of this Covid madness Chris started joining her 2 1/2 inch scrap squares into 9-patches.
The number of those little blocks grew and grew.
What to do with them now? How about using up the bag of white strips? All different widths and shades of white (and a bit of cream). So the long enough lengths were sorted into another bag, pulled out at random and stitched around each 9-patch.
Surprisingly there was very little discrepancy in the block sizes – they ranged from 9 inches to 9 3/4inches in one direction and from 8 inches to 10 in the other. There were six 9 inch blocks, and six 9 3/4 inch ones so they formed the top and bottom rows of the quilt top. The other blocks were all around 9 1/4 to 9 1/2 so they were trimmed to make six blocks of each size for the remaining rows.
A little fiddling around with the layout on the design area (the bed) and they could be stitched together.
Another top done and awaiting a border.
And then . . . searching for ideas in the EQ block library there was this block – Flying Squares. It would have been ideal! Another day perhaps?
See you next week for more scrappy ideas and adventures.
The May doodle is called Jungle Flower – a variation on Drunkards Path. You can download the templates to make a 12 inch block here. Over on the Doodles page we have just shown the block and possible settings in grey-scale, such as this one –
We have shown various possibilities for shading but not for colour and the quilts use the same – or at most two – shadings. So what could the blocks look like with a bit of colour added?
And if we used lots of colour, making each block different, and then put them together in a wonderful colourful scrappy quilt?
Download a quilt to colour here – and remember that you can print it out as many times as you like, cut it up, turn the blocks around and generally play with the possibilities yourself.
Chris has been browsing her bookcase in the last few weeks and unearthed one of her earliest patchwork books – The Perfect Patchwork Primer by Beth Gutcheon.
All black and white, no colour at all, and lots of useful information on making and using templates and sewing patches together by hand – no rotary cutter or indeed machine stitching mentioned. On the other hand it does contain a lot of blocks and one that caught my eye was called Becky’s 9-Patch as it consisted of different width strips plus a couple of squares.
You can download the rotary cutting instructions to make a 9 inch version here (courtesy of Electric Quilt). I then had a play with the colours. If you make all your blocks the same colours (and remember they needn’t be the same fabrics as they are in my diagrams, they could just be the same shade of whatever colour) then you get some very interesting patterns appearing depending on where the colour emphasis is and which way you turn the blocks.
You do get more of a mish-mash if you make everything a different colour.
But you could try to make just the long edges all the same (ish) to get some pattern and symmetry back into your quilt.
Download a quilt to colour in and/or cut up to play with – you can print it out as many times as you like.
Can you believe it’s yet another post on squares? Barbara was rummaging in The Cupboard at the Rural Office and turned up this really simple (but finished!!) quilt she made a few years ago –
One or two Charm Packs may have been put to good use in a very simple sashed setting, longarm quilting courtesy of The Bramble Patch. This was definitely a quick and easy make.
Barbara’s hand stitched 4patch project has progressed to this tentative layout which would be 3x 9patch blocks of 4patch units and borders of 4patches on point. But the stack of 4patch units continues to grow so something larger may be in prospect –
Or maybe the 4patches themselves could be made into larger blocks, and maybe those blocks put on point….. One thing for sure is that the original stack of squares could make quite a few more 4patches and there seems to be no let up in the production rate. One 4patch is just 3 short seams and really fast to hand piece.
In fact the squares into 4patches concept has worked so well that Barbara is quietly considering opening up the (large) box containing 2 1/2inch strips cut from most fabrics in her stash and sacrificing just 5inches from each strip to cut again into squares. Just to see what happens……
Our April EQ Doodle is a Pineapple block.
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!
Reporting in with progress on the 4patch front – here’s the present position
About half of the first stack of squares have been converted first into pairs and then into 4patch units. No counting at this stage, just keep marking up and stitching and enjoying the process.
Then there’s the urge to lay out just a few 4 patch units to see how they look – maybe this block arrangement?
or maybe something like this? –
Remember that your local quilt shop will have jelly rolls, charm packs etc if you want to freshen up your supplies. Pre-cuts are a great way of enhancing yourstash and are excellent value for money. Barbara often starts a project or class sample with a selection of 2 1/2inch strips cut from half lengths of jelly roll strips – sort of having your cake and eating it….
You may remember these from a scrappy hexagons post last year –
At the time of writing these lovely fresh springlike fabrics are available at a discounted price at The Corner Patch – we just might be acquiring further supplies and adding to the stock of ready-to-use hexagons. Grandmother’s Flower Garden anyone??
Another free pattern for you over on Meadowside – this time it is a 9-patch quilt. The original quilt was made with a limited colour pattern but in keeping with our Scrappy Sundays theme you could use scraps as you will see from the post about it. Head over there now to download the pattern worksheet and a quilt to colour.
PS – All the patterns in the Meadowside Shop have been reduced – most are £1, some 50p and some are free!