Category Archives: colour play

June EQ Doodles

Over on our sister blog (chrisandbarbaraquilts) our June blog for the doodles is Windmill.

EQ came up with a lot more ideas for colours when we played with the magic wand and here’s just three of them.

If you’d like to make this block or just play with colouring it and/or the quilt you can download it here.


April EQ Doodles

The block we chose for April over on our Chris and Barbara site was Bluebell. Lots of pointy points in this block so we have just given you templates in this month’s download – for both 6 inch and 8 inch blocks.

This is how EQ coloured the block

and then we had a play

Who said patchwork bluebells had to be blue?!


March EQ Doodles

Over on our sister site our March EQ Doodle block is Four Times Nine – four on-point nine-patch blocks.

EQ gives this greyscale and default colouring of the block

And we have had fun with the random recolour tool – here’s just two

But why not go for a scrappy look instead?

Download the colouring pages and cutting instructions for 6 inch, 8 inch and 12 inch blocks!

Saturday Six-Inch Sampler 31

A new month and a new letter – P. If you are making (or collecting) the applique letters you can download the pattern here.

There are many blocks beginning with P so today we have just two for you. The first – continuing our sweets/desserts/puddings/cakes theme – is Peach Cobbler.

This, as you see, has corners like those in last week’s Ornate Star block while the other units form a Friendship star. Download the cutting instructions and a block to colour. Add it to Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from a fortnight ago along with several others in previous posts (and there are more to come). Electric Quilt’s magic wand had some fun with the colours –

Our second block this week is a lovely simple block called Pinwheels – just lots of half-square triangles.

Download the cutting instructions and a block to colour here. Once more we played with the colours on Electric Quilt, changing lights and darks around and using different colours in one block.

More ‘P’ blocks next week!

Saturday Six Inch Sampler 22

More blocks beginning with J this week – Jewel Star and one of the many blocks called Joseph’s Coat. Both of these have a lot of potential for secondary patterns if you put four (or more) together as well as a lot of different patches to colour and so change the look of the block entirely.

Jewel Star has shapes that can really only be cut out with templates – you can download these and a block to colour – and it seems a rather odd-shaped ‘star’, until you put four blocks together when the star becomes apparent. These are the greyscale and initial colours from EQ

The magic wand in EQ then gave these four blocks – but how would you colour it?

This Joseph’s Coat block looks more star-like than Jewel Star and, oddly for a block called Joseph’s Coat doesn’t offer quite so many colour opportunities. It too is best cut out with templates or you can foundation piece it – both templates and foundation papers are included in the download along with a block to colour. These are the EQ greyscale and colour versions

Using the magic wand in EQ gave these four

Both these blocks could go into a star sampler along with Arkansas Star, Eccentric Star, Friendship Star and Interlaced Star.

Join us next Saturday for blocks beginning with K

Saturday Six Inch Sampler 20

More blocks beginning with ‘I’ this week and we’re getting tangled with Interlaced Star and Interlocked Squares.

Interlaced Star is two stars in one and can be foundation pieced or you can use templates to cut out the pieces – both are given in the instructions to download. This is the star in greyscale and in colour

With a wave or two of the magic wand in EQ these are some of the other ways you could colour it – there is a colouring page included in the download.

Our second block – Interlocked Squares – can be rotary cut or you can use templates for piecing, a block to colour is also included in your download.

These are the initial greyscale and coloured versions of the block

And these are some of the other colours EQ chose

What colours would you choose?

Next week we start our selection of blocks beginning with J.

Saturday Six-Inch Sampler

. . . . is for Apple Pie. This is the block in the original colours from EQ (Electric Quilt) and in greyscale.

Using the recolour magic wand in EQ we find these colours too – the look of the block can change depending on where you place your lights and darks.

As you can see it has four Flying Geese units in the corners and four two-strip units with a square in the centre. Download a block to colour and the rotary cutting instructions plus templates to make this six-inch block. You can find instructions for various ways to make Flying Geese on the Tutorials page if you need them.

As promised we also have an applique pattern for the letter A as shown at the top. Download it here. It too is a six-inch block – cut your background square at 7 inches and then trim it down to size (six and a half inches with seam allowance) once you have finished the applique. The letter has no seam allowance so if you want to turn the edges under rather than raw edge applique you will need to add seam allowances before you cut anything out.

Puzzle Quilt Block 7

This month’s block is Rolling Stone, another nine-patch block but this time with a new unit – Square (or Diamond) -in-a-Square – in the four corners.

These are the two blocks from the original quilt

Download the instructions to make a 12 inch block here.

These are the two blocks for the new quilt.

There are plenty of other colouring/shading ideas in the worksheet but somehow the new blocks are more or less the same version as the original ones!

Puzzle Quilt Block 6

In a Spin is our block this month (somehow this feels like a very relevant block name for the last year or so) and it introduces a new unit – Flying Geese – in addition to some more quarter-square triangles.

Download the instructions here. They include a choice of methods for making both the QST units and the Flying Geese. If you need to you can find additional information on these (and other units) on our Tutorials page.