Simple Blocks – Triplet

As suggested by its name, Triplet has three QST (Quarter-Square Triangle) units. You will find instructions for these units on our tutorial page and can download the instructions for the block here.

triplet block

This is another block that on its own, set edge to edge, all the same colouring doesn’t look too interesting, but change the colours around a bit and rotate the blocks or set them on point and you start to develop something a liitle more exciting.

triplet quilt a

triplet quilt b

and in a completely different colourway –

triplet quilt c



New pattern added

Another star sampler pattern has been added to our Payhip page. This time its a small one – the blocks are only 6 inches square. The quilt appeared in The Little Book of Stars published by David and Charles back in 2001 but the pattern was not given. After repeated requests Chris has finally got around to writing it up.

mini star sampler

Ideal as a table topper or a wall hanging the quilt measures 26 inches square. Templates are given for all blocks and rotary cutting instructions and/or foundation piecing patterns are included where appropriate. You could hand or machine piece it as you prefer.

Here are a few ideas for different colourings –

mini star sampler a

mini star sampler b

mini star sampler c

You can go straight to the pattern to download it here. It costs £8 as there are so many blocks and patterns included.




Simple Blocks – Practical Orchard

Practical Orchard is a good block to start with as an introduction to the Quarter-Square Triangle (QST) unit as it only has one of them. Download the instructions for the block here.

Practical Orchard block b

You can find a fully illustrated tutorial to download on our tutorial page for making these units.

The block set edge to edge on its own is not very exciting but if you mix and match different colourings you can get some more interest into your quilt.

Practical Orchard quilt d

Practical Orchard quilt e

Practical Orchard

More patterns

A few new patterns have been added to our Payhip page – the Autumnal Stars sampler (recently available as our ‘Block of the Month’), a different stars sampler, a Christmas table topper and the Tangled Stars runner.

The All Stars sampler below was another Block of the Month at The Corner Patch so the instructions are step by step through various different techniques for piecing the main patchwork units – a useful adjunct to our tutorials on the same units, with the bonus of a quilt at the end.

all stars sampler

The table topper was developed from the centre of last year’s Block of the Month at the Corner Patch. Based on Log Cabin, it can be pieced conventionally or foundation-pieced.

Christmas star small

The Tangled Star runner is done in Christmas colours but looks good in other colourways as well. Both conventional piecing and foundation piecing methods are described and you can choose which to follow (or try both).

tangled star runner small

A new ‘Block of the Month’ pattern will be appearing on these page from September, so remeber to look out for it. In the meantime the Simple Blocks series will be starting up again very soon.

Block of the Month Twelve

This is more of a postscript to show a few photos of the quilting on the featured quilt. It was sent off to be longarm quilted at The Bramble Patch in Northampton. As you see I chose a variegated thread and an allover pantograph pattern of leaves in keeping with the autumnal theme of the fabrics.



And the completed quilt looks like this –

autumn star sampler

The full pattern is now available to buy on our Payhip page.

Sadly I can’t find any photos of the quilts completed from the classes.


More new patterns

It’s been a bit quiet here at Meadowside as we’ve been busy with a related project – Heritage Quilts – which you may have read about on our sister blog chrisandbarbaraquilts. If you love the look of vintage quilts, want to make one of your own (perhaps in modern fabrics, perhaps in reproduction fabrics) by hand or machine then our Heritage Quilts patterns could be just what you’re looking for. There are only a few there for now but we hope to add to them over the coming months. You can buy them as direct downloads from either Payhip or Craftsy and get stitching almost straightaway.  So far they are mainly patchwork but we will be adding some applique ones before too long and also some of Barbara’s quilting designs as well as designs taken from vintage quilts.

Just to whet your appetite here’s a few photos of some of the quilts available, starting with a couple for those of you wishing to use up your stash and scraps.

hexagon medallion quilt




Hmmm – seems to be a bit of a red theme to these. There are a couple of blue ones available as well – and, of course, you don’t have to make your quilt in the same colours as the originals.



Block of the Month Eleven

The final borders are added this month. This is your chance to ‘audition’  various borders and fabrics to see which you prefer. A narrow border followed by a wider one is the usual choice and generally looks better.

These are a couple of photos of possible borders for the final quilt – should it be the narrow dark brown border ?


or the narrow brighter brown?


And next month? There’s a lot of quilting to be done – although the one above was quilted ‘by credit card’ – then there’s the binding. So we’ll leave you to complete the quilt in the way you prefer, take a month (or so) off and then perhaps find another long-term project to keep you busy for a few months.

If you make this quilt then please send a photo to our usual email (on the sidebar) and then we can have a ‘show and tell’ post one day.