Simple Blocks – Martha Washington’s Star

This is another block with the three-triangle unit in the middle of the block giving a pinwheel effect. Just four of these units and four big Flying Geese units, together with squares in the corners, make this block with lots of opportunities for changing the look of the block with colour placement. Download the instructions to make the block here, along with ideas for colour and quilt settings.

mw-star-block-aMove the colours around –

mw-star-block-bAnd then put the blocks into a quilt –

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Dancing Blocks Quilt-along

Our second block is similar to last month’s – again just a few Half-Square Triangle units and a square make up the Eccentric Star.Download the instructions here.

block2-eccentric-star-aAnd here it is in two other colour choices –

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block2-eccentric-star-cNext month the instructions will be for making these blocks ‘dance’ and then in January we will have another block.

 

 

Simple Blocks – Mystery Flower Garden

I’m sure this block has featured on the blog before – probably as part of one the Block of the Month quilts – but no apologies for showing it again. You can download instructions for a 12 inch block here along with all sorts of ideas for colouring and quilt settings. Look on the Tutorials page for quick-piecing instructions for the various units in this block (and others in the series).

The instructions show the block in this colourway –

mystery-flower-garden-blockbut here’s a few more ideas from almost monochrome, through acid greens to Autumnal –

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mystery-flower-garden-block-cIn addition to the quilt ideas in the instructions, here’s a few more – starting with the block just straight set and no variations –

mystery-flower-garden-quilttwo differently coloured blocks –

mystery-flower-garden-quilt-bthen set on point –

mystery-flower-garden-quilt-aand finally two very different colourways set together (though the same pale fabric does appear in both) –

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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

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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 –

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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 . . .

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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.