In a Spin is our block this month (somehow this feels like a very relevant block name for the last year or so) and it introduces a new unit – Flying Geese – in addition to some more quarter-square triangles.
Download the instructions here. They include a choice of methods for making both the QST units and the Flying Geese. If you need to you can find additional information on these (and other units) on our Tutorials page.
This month’s block is London Roads which has a couple of new units – no more half-square triangles! You can download the instructions which have some more colouring ideas and two blocks for you to design your own colourings.
These are the two blocks I made in my first quilt.
As you can see – no half-square triangles, but there are quarter-square triangles and a strip pieced unit. Because the blocks are 12 inches (finished size) each unit is 4 inches and as your Primary School maths will tell you 4 does not divide into 3 very easily! For the strip-pieced units therefore I have given you measurements to the nearest eighth. Once you have sliced your stripped band into four and half inch lengths you will need to trim a little bit off each long side (probably slightly less than a sixteenth) to make it square. Apologies for the colour choice in the first photo – wasn’t thinking about green fabric on a green board – but if you squint you can see where I have placed the ruler to trim a roughly equal amount off each outer long edge.
As ever I have had a play in EQ and come up with a few other colours you could make your blocks
Once more we link through to our sister site and another Tile Tuesday. This time is a rather lovely (if overgrown) path in Eastbourne.
We’ve turned this into a runner pattern which is available from our Payhip shop – although we have simplified the border design otherwise it overwhelmed the centre. Hopefully a full-size quilt pattern including the original border will be available soon (Chris is working on it!)
We’re a few days late but over on our sister site our April Doodle is Fools Square. It is quite an easy block to make by hand or machine with lots of possibilities.
You can download the rotary cutting instructions or the the templates to make a 10 inch block. To stitch it by machine we have added in a couple of extra seam lines to make things easier (no Y seams!) and rather than cutting triangles for one of the units we suggest you cut squares and rectangles and use the ‘stitch and flip’ method which is outlined (with measurements) here along with general piecing guidelines. And if you just want to sit and design your own, or do some colouring-in you can download a ‘quilt to colour’.
I’ve made my two Mosaic no 13 blocks in my reds and jades with white as a background.
I have written how I made them – pressing instructions and other hints and tips – over on the UKQU website as I am sharing this design with them via my blog. If you are struggling or need a break and some quilty reading then start with my blog (as I’ve given you the link) but then try exploring the rest of the site.
While I was writing that up I started playing with the block in EQ and ‘making’ quilts using just this Mosaic 13 block in various colour combinations , starting with it straight set and then with added sashing.
I then turned the blocks on point with plain blocks between them.
And then, back to straight set and combining different colour combinations.
If you fancy designing a quilt with this block, or just a bit of downtime with the colouring pencils you can download a Quilt to Colour. I’ve done it straight set with sashing but you can print it out several times, cut it up and re-arrange the blocks however you want.
The block for Month 4 will be here before we know it – on April17th.
This month’s block is called Mosaic number 13 – not exactly an inspiring name is it?! Like the last two blocks it is based on a 4-patch grid and is made from (yet more) half-square triangles, no squares this time – just lots of triangles. Think how good you’ll be at making these triangles by the time you have finished!