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.

Block of the Month Ten

This month we will put the various elements of the quilt top together – so perhaps ‘Block of the Month’ is not quite the right title. . It might be an idea to find a design wall – or spare floor or bed – to lay everything out so you can decide on your arrangement of the blocks. Once more – here’s some photos from classes :






Next month will be the final borders.

More new patterns

Two more patterns have been added to the new Meadowside shop at Payhip. The first has long been a favourite – In the Forest is just two simple blocks in soft greens, browns and creams with swirling leaves quilted in autumnal shades of variegated thread. The quilting designs are included in the pattern.

in the forest

The second one is called Interlocked Rings. This was a recent workshop at The Corner Patch in Eccleshall where students could choose whether to make the quilt as shown (about 42 x 52 inches) or just make one row as a runner. It probably shouldn’t be your first attempt at a quilt because, although the piecing itself is straightforward, keeping track of the colour placements can be tricky. The pattern in the shop is for the wall-hanging and includes full colour step-by-step instructions for each unit with both diagrams and photos to help keep you on track. This design would be a lovely alternative to Double Wedding Ring for a wedding or anniversary quilt.

Interlocked rings for blog



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!