Dancing Blocks Quilt-along

Time for the first block in our new Block of the Month Quilt-along. We’re starting nice and simple with the Friendship Star block. Download the instructions here.

block1-friendship-star-aJust a few squares and Half-Square Triangle units is all it takes to make this lovely easy block. block1-friendship-star-b



Simple Blocks – Crow’s Nest

This is a bit of a cheat because if you look carefully at the Crow’s Nest block you will see it is exactly the same as Card Trick – the difference is in the colour placement. Download the instructions for Crow’s Nest here.

Crows nest block aThis colouring makes the block look like two interlocking stars – red and blue.

We can keep these colours and just play around with them a bit –

Crows nest block dCrows nest block cto give two more very different looking designs, but still with those interlocking stars.

Playing around with different colourings in quilt settings can be fun as well –

Crow's Nest quilt b

Crow's Nest quilt c

Crow's Nest quilt eor if we use pastel colours –

Crow's Nest quilt mint

Crow's Nest quilt lilacYou’ll find plenty more ideas in the instruction sheet.

Crow’s Nest

Quilt along

It’s a while since the Puzzle Quilt block of the month so it is probably time for another Block of the Month quilt-along.

The quilt we’ve chosen is the one being made this year as one of the Block of the Month options at The Corner Patch – Dancing Blocks.


There are nine blocks in total plus there will be instructions for getting those blocks to ‘dance’. The photos show the shop sample done in blues but students have been making the blocks in a wide range of colours – including a vibrant orange and green one which looks amazing.


Instructions will be posted each month on the 15th – right in the middle of the month – starting today with the Requirements list.

As you can see from these Electric Quilt ‘random recolours’ the quilt can look great with a dark background or a light one; with a mixture of fabrics or a restricted colour palette. Each month’s instructions will have a blank block to colour in to help you choose your colours. You can download a blank quilt here to colour in. quilt-a




Its free to join in – just remember to check here on the 15th of each month to download the instructions and by this time next year you will have a new quilt – all ready as a Christmas present perhaps!

Simple Blocks – Card Trick

Time for another few in the Simple Blocks series now that the summer holidays are over. Today its that old favourite, Card Trick. The colouring of this block is key to making it look as if four squares are interlocking.Download the instructions for the block here. The block has Three-Triangle, HST and QST units. One key tip our students use is to always lay all the pieces out first before you start stitching – that way you can be sure you have got those colours in the right place. It helps to make one block first before you start on a quilt – that way you can be sure the measurements are correct and your colours are right.

Card Trick blueYou can make it in monochrome as above, or in rainbow colours or . . .

Card trick green

card trick rainbow

card trick purple

card trick floral

Card trick

card trick darkAnd the quilts you can make with this block? There’s a lot (as usual) and again, colouring and colour placement is key – so first a pastel colouring on a white background and straight-set

Card trick quilt pastel achange the background –

Card trick quilt pastel bor add sashing to separate the blocks –

Card trick quilt pastelSet on point the blocks look completely different –

Card trick quilt pastel dor with the dark background –

Card trick quilt pastel cAnd there are more ideas in the instruction sheet.

Card Trick.

Simple blocks – Key Lime Pie

This is another block that uses the 3-triangle unit and is to be found in the library of blocks that comes with ELectric Quilt. This time the unit is paired with 4-patch units to make a 9-patch block. This allows for all sorts of experimenting with colour and value placement. Download the instructions here. Instructions for piecing multiples of the unit can be found on the tutorials page.

key lime pie block c

key lime pie block dkey lime pie block e

key lime pie block f







These are just a few ideas, there are more in the instructions pages.


And then you can have fun making quilts as the 4-patch units create paths across or around the quilt depending, again, on how you colour them.


key lime pie quilt d

key lime pie quilt e

key lime pie quilt fkey lime pie quilt sashedSometimes you can see stars, and sometimes windmills. There are more ideas in the instruction sheet.

Key Lime Pie













Simple Blocks – Turnstile

I’ve finally written up a few more simple blocks. These next few feature the ‘Three Triangle’ unit       3-triangle unitand our first block is Turnstile, a simple 4-patch block consisting of four of these units.

You can download the instructions here.

Turnstile block cThe block can look quite different depending on the placement of your lights and darks –

turnstile blockTurnstile block bTurnstile block e







And so the quilts can look quite different too

turnstile quilt cturnstile quiltturnstile quilt bturnstile quilt dThis block is sometimes also known as WIndmill, especially when the units are turned –

windmill turnstileAs blocks they look different, but when put together in a quilt it is hard to tell which you started with. But what happens if you alternate these two?



Puzzle Quilt completion

If you have been following along and making at least two blocks each month you should now have 16 blocks to put together into a quilt. You can download the instructions here.

Puzzle quilt

It is your choice whether to quilt the blocks individually or in sections (quilt-as-you-go) or to join all the blocks together first and then quilt the top as a whole. Instructions are given for both methods.

You will also find some ideas for quilting the blocks, sashings and borders.

quilting detail

We hope you have enjoyed this Block of the Month with a difference. Perhaps you could send a photo of your completed Puzzle Quilt for others to enjoy.

Puzzle Quilt completion