Trip around the World

Here’s a cheaper trip around the world than that one you’ve promised yourself when you win the lottery. The pattern is available from both our Payhip and Craftsy pages.

A quick and easy (honest!) design with 2 and 1/2 inch wide strips to make a 44 inch square wall hanging or lapquilt. It looks great placed diagonally over a plain bedcover too.

Trip around world 1

Make it with different width strips (these were cut at 1 inch) to make a tiny quilt

Trip around world

Make it in just one colour family (and these strips were cut at 1 1/2 inches)

Trip around the world green

All sorts of colours will work. Here’s a few ‘works in progress’ from a recent class

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Why not set out on your Trip around the World today?

Simple Blocks – Fox and Geese

Fox and Geese is perhaps not as ‘simple’ as some of the others because there are a lot of units to make and you need to be fairly accurate in stitching everything together. But it is really not that complicated either! Take care with cutting and piecing for a super result. You can download the instructions for the block here.

Fox n geese block a

Make several for a quilt, either straight set –

Fox and Geese quilt a

or with sashing between the blocks

Fox and Geese quilt b

or set on point with alternate ‘plain’ squares

Fox and Geese quilt d

Try adding a darker colour in the setting

Fox and Geese quilt c

or a completely different colourway for the block

Fox n geese block b

and the quilt, set with sashing and cornerstones –

Fox and Geese quilt e

Fox and Geese

Puzzle Quilt Block 7

Rolling Stone is the name of this month’s Block of the Month Puzzle Quilt block and it introduces a new unit – the ‘square in a square’. You can download the instructions here and don’t forget to look on the Tutorials page if you need help with cutting or piecing the units.

The two photos below show the blocks from the original quilt –

Rolling Stone a


Rolling Stone b

Shown below are two more ideas drawn with EQ7

Rolling Stone d

Rolling Stone c

Block 7 Rolling Stone

Simple Blocks – Cups and Saucers

This is very similar to Captial T – the Flying Geese units are pointing the other way is the only difference. You can download the instructions for making the block here. Again – look carefully and you can see a cup and saucer in each corner.

cup and saucers a

Swap the colours around a bit and the illusion disappears –

cup and saucers b

or, look carefully, and they are back again

cup and saucers c

Set the block into a quilt

cup and saucers quilt a

or on point into a runner

cup and saucers quilt b

or use alternate colourings of the block

cups n saucers quilt

Cup and saucers


Puzzle Quilt Block 6

There’s more Quarter-Square Triangles plus some Flying Geese in this month’s Block of the Month Puzzle Quilt block – its name is In A Spin. You can download the instructions here and don’t forget you can get further information on cutting and piecing the units on the Tutorials page.

These are the colourways used in the two blocks in the original quilt –

In a spin a


In a spin b

Here’s two further ideas drawn with EQ7

In a spin c

In a spin d

Block 6 In a Spin

New pattern for St David’s Day

A new pattern has been added to the website – Daffodils and Daisies – just in time for March 1st which is the first day of Spring (according to the Met Office) and also St David’s Day.

Daffodils and Daisies

Springtime florals in a Garden Maze setting make a pretty quilt for any time of year. My fabrics were daffodils and daisies – yours could be tulips, roses, larkspur . . . see which Springtime floral fabrics are in store. You don’t have to use two prints, you could just use one you really love. This one shows ‘Dogwood Trail II’ from Moda Fabrics –

Daffs n daisies Dogwood trail

0r how about roses? Red ones?

Daffs n daisies red roses

or pink ones?

daffs n daisies pink roses

or tulips and daisies on a dark background looking very dramatic –

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The finished quilt measures 67 inches square – make it larger with more blocks or borders.

The pattern is available via Meadowside Designs’  Payhip page (for those based in the EU) or from Craftsy.


Simple Blocks – Capital T

Last time we looked at making Big T; this time it’s Capital T. There are 8 Flying Geese units in this block and you can download the instructions for making it here. You can see how it got its name – in each corner there seems to be a ‘T’.

capital T a

Putting this block into a quilt setting we get –

capital T quilt a

Turn alternate blocks around –

capital T quilt b

Add an extra colour in opposite corners and centres of the block –

capital T quilt c

or try setting the blocks on point

capital T quilt d

Capital T