Another easy four-patch block is Frayed Four-Patch.
This just has a four-patch unit in the centre and a border with cornerstones. You can download instructions to make the block here and visit the website if you need a quick refresher on making four-patch units.
Below are a few quilt ideas for putting these blocks together. First of all just 16 blocks (4 x 4) set together.
Then turn alternate blocks :
Or put them on point :
You could try colouring alternate blocks differently. Or what would these blocks look like with the Double Four-Patch block as an alternate?
Ohio Star has to be an all-time favourite block as it is so versatile. The pattern currently on the Small quilts page on the website is for a large Ohio Star block with smaller blocks in the five plain squares.
What happens if we change some of the colours around? Using the ‘magic wand’ on Electric Quilt we can change to a darker background and a large print border -
Suppose we change the depth of colour of the main star? -
Or keep the white background but go for plain deep colours?
And how different does it look with a dark background?
Don’t feel you have to make patterns in the colours that are illustrated – and for sure you will never be able to find those fabrics again, even in the magazines the fabrics are out of date by the time the magazine hits the shops. Which is why they (nearly) always say ‘similar fabrics will be available’. Enjoy experimenting with colour. If you don’t like the result, someone else will!
We thought it might be fun to give you a few blocks based on the tutorials over on the Meadowside-Designs website. The first one is Double 4-patch several of which make a ‘chain’ quilt. You can find the tutorial on quick-pieced four-patch units here. Download the instructions to make the block here.
So, here’s the block -
and three of the possible arrangements of the block to make a quilt 4 blocks x 4. First a straight set
and then turn alternate blocks.
and then put the blocks on point, turning alternate ones again -
Aunt Dinah is the name of the block used in this table runner which is one of the latest patterns to be added to the Meadowside-Designs website – it also features in the image slider on the Home page. Three 12 inch blocks on point with ‘pointy’ ends makes a runner for a large table or one to be used as a ‘bed scarf’ ( a bit of decoration at the end of, or halfway down, the bed).
Please excuse crumpled look of bed – the cream quilt was tossed over to act as a background – only just realised how untidily ‘tossed’ it was now I’ve put the full size photo up.
This is the runner in its full glory – as it appears in the image slider -
And, courtesy of Electric Quilt, here’s some other colour ideas, including one for Christmas -
And of course, you don’t have to add the pointy ends if you want a shorter, squarer runner as also illustrated by the EQ doodles.
One of the patterns just added to the Meadowside Designs website is Emerald Stars. This is a small wall hanging about 36 inches square when finished. Its a very simple quilt – nine 9-patch blocks, five of one Star block and four of another.
One of the things we all love to do is try out these designs in different colours and this is where we find Electric Quilt (EQ) so useful. This is what the ‘random recolor’ button came up with for this one – first one that is close in colour to the original but what a difference a little change in emphasis makes -
Then one that is fairly pale and muted -
Next, similar colour placement (the red is in the same places) but much darker and bolder -
and finally -
So it may have started out being called Emerald Stars, but yours could be something else entirely.
While you are over at the website, just check out the new whizzy image slider Chris has managed to insert on the Home Page. We’re not letting on just how long it took, or how much hair-tearing!
This month we start on the border of blocks around the centre. You will be making two of each block. You can keep the colouring the same in both blocks as I did, or you can change the position of the lights and darks for a bit of variation.
Instructions for Month 2 Ohio Star are here. For inspiration here are photos of a couple of the blocks made in class.
A new pattern has just been added to the Meadowside Designs Craftsy page. It is toy for small children and first appeared in British Patchwork and Quilting magazine’s special issue Inspirational Toy Makes in August 2012.
It is really quick and easy to make by hand or machine and the design changes according to the fabrics used and whether or not you fussy cut a novelty fabric (or two). You can try making it with different fabrics such as velvet and flannels to make a more tactile toy too.
Not only that but it is an excellent ‘stress-buster’ for adults too – twist it, turn it, throw it about it the place (but possibly not towards the best china).
Better yet – it is only $4 (about £2.50) for the full pattern with step by step photos.