Instant downloads

Instant downloads of patterns is slowly returning thanks to London-based PayHip. Meadowside Designs now has an account with this company and patterns are being added to the site a few at a time. It works in much the same way as before – go to our website, find the pattern you want, click on the buy link (it says ‘Buy ebook’) and you are taken to the page for that pattern. Once there you can read a bit more about the pattern, view a much larger photo and make a final decision about buying. If you decide to buy then, as before, you are taken to Pay Pal where you can choose to use your Pay Pal account if you have one, or pay by credit card. Once payment is received you will get an email with your pattern and a link to download it. Prices now include VAT, which Pay Hip deals with no matter which country you are from, thus complying with the new EU Regulations.

Those of you who follow us on Facebook will have seen this happening over the last few days as any pattern uploaded is ‘shared’ with Facebook. To give you an idea of what the new pages look like click on the link for this Charm Square picnic set pattern.

charm square picnic set

The sun is shining (briefly) so today seemed like a good day to think of summer picnics!

Block of the Month Nine

The Sawtooth Star block – cornerstones for the Flying Geese border – is the Block of the Month for March. This is a lovely, simple block which incorporates the Flying Goose unit. You can download the instructions here.

And here are a few pictures of blocks (and borders) under construction in class.




Flying Geese and Sawtooth Star

Month 9 Border one cornerstones

Block of the Month Eight

We start on the borders this month – the first one being the Flying Geese. Several options are given in the instructions for this border, both for the number of units to make and the methods for making them. You can download the instructions here.

These are some of the borders under construction in class. First a batch of units, sorted and ready to stitch –

Flying Geese (1)

And then two very different border options –



Next month we’ll feature the cornerstones for this border.

Month 8 Border one

Simple blocks – True Blue

I found this block in Electric Quilt and it struck me as an ideal one to feature in the Simple Blocks series as it combines the Half-Square Triangle units we have been concentrating on lately and the 4-patch unit we looked at early on in the series. I have, of course, coloured it with blues; you can choose whatever colour(s) takes your fancy!

True Blue block a

It looks quite different if you change the dark blue and the background over . . .

True Blue block

. . . and if you do it in lighter/brighter blues

True Blue block b

Putting the block into a quilt with just the one colourway doesn’t look too interesting, but combining the coloursways livens it up quite a lot.

True Blue quilt b

as does putting the blocks on point

True Blue quilt f

You can find further setting ideas for quilts as well as the instructions to make the block in the free download here.

True Blue


Simple blocks – School Girl’s Puzzle

This week we have a 4-patch block with squares and half-square triangles, but two different sizes of triangle to add a little extra to the block. You can download the instructions for School Girl’s Puzzle here.

Schoolgirl's Puzzle block

Like last week’s block (Road to California) this block lends itself to different colouring and changes in value.

Schoolgirl's Puzzle block pink


Schoolgirl's Puzzle block orange


Schoolgirl's Puzzle block floral

Once again it is asymmetric so you can have fun turning the blocks around –

Schoolgirl's Puzzle quilt


Schoolgirl's Puzzle quilt green

School Girl’s Puzzle

Simple blocks – Road to California

This is another 9-patch block with squares and half-square triangle units. You can download the instructions here.

Road to California block

This colouring is only one of a number of different ways to colour this block.  Put together in a quilt this colouring looks like this-

Road to California quilt

As it is an asymmetric block it can be turned around to create different patterns –

Road to California quilt c

Road to California quilt b

Road to California

New pattern

A new pattern is about to appear on my Craftsy page. It was in Popular Patchwork magazine about a year ago and on display at the quilt show in Uttoxeter. I called it Chicken Run because of the fabric I’d used.

chicken nine-patch

You can use any large print in this type of design and its ideal for those fabrics you don’t want to cut into small pieces. You can ‘fussy cut’ your fabrics to make more of the design as I did with the chickens (you do need more fabric for this, which is why those borders have extra 9-patch units in them!), and as shown in the EQ quilt below using Chris Chun’s Cherry Blossom design.

9-patch birds

The three quilts below are used to showcase the latest fabric of the month download from EQ – Moda’s Fresh Cut range. First is the dark grey large floral print –

9-patch grey

and see what a difference changing the value of the large print makes – this uses the same print with a white background

9-patch orange

and finally using the green print together with softer colours in the 9-patch units makes for a more ‘romantic’ approach.

9-patch green