The May doodles have already gone up on our Chris & Barbara blog and you can find a link there to download a quilt to colour in – or cut up and re-arrange – to design your own doodle. This month’s block continues the 8-pointed star theme with a block called Goose Tracks Variation. You can download a pdf of the templates to make a 10 inch version of this block here.
Once again we have set-in or Y seams so the faint-hearted of us machine stitchers will probably pass on this one but if you have no fear of the Y seam or love hand-piecing then why not give this block a go.
You need to cut out your diamonds taking particular care of the orientation – you want half one way and half the other in both colours! The squares and triangles are much easier and could be rotary cut, you can download rotary cutting measurements here. (Isn’t EQ wonderful – what did we do before?!)
Stitch the diamonds into pairs – notice the changes in colour and orientation – and add the triangle between them.
Stitch these diamond pairs into fours, adding the square between them. Stitch the contrast triangle to the corner of each of these mini blocks.
Stitch a background rectangle between the mini blocks and a contrast square between the two remaining rectangles to make three rows.
Finally stitch the rows together to complete the block. The colouring here is the default colouring from EQ8.
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.
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.