Author Archives: Chris

Simple Blocks – Monkey Wrench

There are several blocks called Monkey Wrench – this one is sometimes called Snail Trail and is essentially a 4-patch within several squares, so we’ve added it to the blocks associated with the Square-in-a-Square tutorial.

Monkey Wrench block 1

Just set on its own this two fabric block can look a bit so-so . . .

Monkey Wrench quilt 1

but turn alternate blocks around and you get the classic Snail Trail pattern.

Monkey Wrench quilt 2

But what if you add another colour?

Monkey Wrench block 2

The quilt could then look more like this

Monkey Wrench quilt 3

or this

Monkey Wrench quilt 6

Or add yet another colour

Monkey Wrench block 3

which gives you more opportunities for playing with the arrangements

Monkey Wrench quilt 4

or this – which reminds me of waves breaking on the shore

Monkey Wrench quilt 7

or this (which looks more like arm wrestling!)

Monkey Wrench quilt 8

You can download your free block pattern here.

 

 

 

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Simple Blocks – Coxey’s Camp

This block comes under the heading of ‘Square in a Square’ although in reality it is a 4-patch turned on point and then given a fancy border.

Coxey's Camp block

 

There are many different ways to colour it in changing the emphasis of the block by changing the dark and light colours around.

Using the different colourings can add interest to the quilt setting too.

Coxey's Camp quilt 3

Coxey's Camp quilt 7

As does turning on point –

Coxey's Camp quilt 5

It makes a good block to alternate with other blocks – more complicated ones or much simpler ones. Have a play with some of the other blocks we’ve already featured.

Coxey's Camp quilt 6

You can download the block instructions here.

Quick Christmas makes . .

. . for children. The Christmas holidays are here and you are trying to find something (other than phones/tablets) to keep everyone amused? Here are two free patterns for you to download that first appeared as projects for Young Quilters some 20+ years ago (when we had Young Quilters).

The felt Christmas Pudding can be made (with a little help perhaps) by under 10s –

christmas pudding

whereas the Christmas Bells are more suitable for older children to make on their own, or younger ones with a bit more help.

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Of course there’s no reason why adults can’t make them – except possibly time!

xmas pudding

Christmas Bells

 

Quick projects free pattern

Meadowside seems to have had a rather extended summer break this year – more by accident than design as Life rather took over the last few months.

By way of an apology (and to celebrate the arrival of EQ8 which was used to design them) we bring you these two quick and easy free Christmas projects to download. They are both on the same pattern sheet and you can choose whether to make a runner or a little quilt. Of course, there’s nothing (except possibly time) to stop you from making both.

The runner is just three blocks and will finish at about 18 x 42 inches. You can choose to make yours longer or wider by adding more blocks or borders or giving your runner ‘pointy’ ends.

Christmas runner

Christmas runner 2

Christmas runner 3

The small quilt could be a wall-hanging or table topper and will finish at about 30 inches square – depending on the size you make your borders. And neither of them have to be made in Christmas colours – you could go mad and do one for each season.

Christmas quilt

Christmas quilt 2

Download your Quick Christmas projects

The pattern also includes a colouring sheet for both the runner and the quilt so you can design your own colourway.

Dancing Blocks quilt-along – the final

It’s time to find all the blocks, the wadding and the backing and put the quilt together.

It is up to you whether you put it together first and then quilt it or whether you quilt each block – Quilt-as-you-go.

The instructions allow for either of these techniques but do not describe them in any detail. Border and binding instructions are given and the heart quilting in the border uses the heart template from the applique design last month, adapted to fit the space.

You can download the quilt completion instructions here.

This is the quilt displayed in the shop where the pattern was first taught – The Corner Patch.

And here’s a few different colour ideas from EQ using the ‘random recolor’ button (such a brilliant idea!)

We hope you have enjoyed stitching along with this quilt over the last year. There will be another quilt-along or Block of the Month coming soon.

 

Dancing Blocks Quilt-along

Our final block is applique hearts

This one is machine appliqued but there is no reason why you can’t hand-stitch, or use glue if you prefer. The instructions do not include applique details – there are plenty of tutorials available for you to choose your own favourite method. Download the templates pattern here and the placement instructions here.

And a few colour ideas from EQ

No student’s blocks to show, sorry – not quick enough with the camera that month.

Some students preferred not to make an applique block and instead substituted a pieced block of their choice.

Next month – how to put it all together.

Dancing Blocks Quilt-along

Our last pieced block is 54-40 or Fight.

You can download the pattern instructions here. The block uses the same templates as last month’s Snowflake, but if you prefer to try foundation piecing you can download that pattern here.

Once more here’s a few ideas for different colours from EQ and from students –  Next month is the final block – an applique design.