New pattern

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.

twisty toy

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.

New patterns

A new pattern has been added to the Meadowside site. This one is a small quilt of Bow Tie blocks. But perhaps not quite as you know it – these ties are folded and pieced to give a 3-D look to the quilt top. They are not hard to make, perhaps just a little fiddly at first until you get the idea. Step-by-step photos are included with diagrams as well to help you.

Mine was made in bright primary colours

bow ties folded

but you can make it darker for a more masculine feel ( a wall-hanging perhaps, rather than a playmat!?)

bow tie c

bow tie b

or go for a softer, pastel approach?

bow tie a

Another pattern has also been added to the Meadowside Craftsy page. This is the Jellyweave design that was in British Patchwork and Quilting magazine back in March 2011. It uses both a coloured and a plain jelly roll to make a quilt about 50 inches square.

jelly 004

It also lends itself to being made in other colours – several colourways are shown in the pattern including this one -

woven jelly a

And as if this weren’t enough, another step-by-step photo tutorial has been added – this time on Quarter-square triangles.

Block of the Month One

This is where the Block of the Month really starts. The quilt, if you recall, is a medallion. So for Month One we will start with the centre. This is a variation of Log Cabin – four blocks put together with pieced outer logs forming a star in the centre.

lc centre a

You can download Month 1 Centre instructions now and start cutting. Further instructions will follow at about the same time each month (first week) for the next eleven months. Don’t forget to look out for them as at the end of each month, as the new instructions are published, the old ones will be taken down.

More patterns

A couple more patterns have been added to Meadowside today including one from Ann Jermey’s collection of vintage quilts. Ann picked this one up in America and thinks it dates to about 1940.

Blue Windmills

It measures about 85 x 60 inches and would be a great way to use up scraps – if you look closely you can see that there are lots of different blues in the windmills. And can you spot the deliberate mistake (or two)?

Block of the Month

I had a potentially silly idea – why not start a Block of the Month? Now. In June. Half way through the year. So in celebration of the new website now up and running (still a lot of content to add but there is quite a bit there already) here’s the Requirements for a medallion sampler quilt.It is bed size, finishing at 72 inches square.

autumn star sampler

I will try to post a block at about this time each month for you to download (free), so next month (July) you will get the instructions for the Log Cabin centre. My quilt is done in browns and greens but it works well in all sorts of other colours – there’s a few ideas on the Requirements list and here’s a few photos from students.

lc centre a

lc centre c

lc centre b

Some of you may have seen the instructions for this quilt in Popular Patchwork a year or so back but it proved very popular in class as well as in the magazine so I thought I’d share it with a (hopefully) wider audience.

The instructions, like all Meadowside Design patterns, will be fully illustrated step-by step. Tutorials are now appearing on the website and these can be used in conjunction with the patterns if you are unsure of a particular technique. The quilt is designed to lead you through a number of different techniques from rotary cutting and piecing strips to quick piecing of units and using templates.


Further progress . .

Today I have been trying to write up the pattern for the Lone Stars quilt I made recently. It’s proving harder than making it! This is the quilt (partially quilted) at Nantwich earlier this year.

lone stars quilt

You may be pleased to know I have finally finished quilting it. It was deciding what and where and how to quilt that always takes the time. Once I’ve decided then I can get on and do it. Then all (!) I need to do is write the pattern. Doing that also involves a lot of play with Electric Quilt. More time lost . . . but the random recolor is such fun. Here’s the same quilt in a couple of completely different colourways -

lone stars b

lone stars c

Now, what I really must finish doing is the website. I think I’ve got the design almost right. Just need to finish off the menu and get some patterns up there. That’s all.


Some very slight and slow progress has been made on a new website. Its not much to look at and there’s no content as yet. But . . .

If you go there all you will find is a link back here and one to the Craftsy page. I’ll keep working at it though, chipping away a bit at a time.

Meanwhile I’ve had a load of quilts back from Popular Patchwork and another lot from Jane at the Corner Patch and there’s the quilts I took to Uttoxeter as well and they all need to be found a home rather than cluttering up the sitting room.

too many quilts

This is only half of them – there’s another chair full the other side of the room!

And I suppose I ought to make and write a new pattern or two to put on the website when it finally gets finished. I just need a few more hours in the day.