Category Archives: Electric Quilt

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.

 

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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.

 

Simple Blocks – Susannah

This is a really simple block but so many design opportunities. Just one Square-in-a-Square unit surrounded by small squares –

You can download the instructions here. Don’t forget to check out the Tutorials page for further details on making the unit.

This is what happens when you change the emphasis of the dark and light blues around –

And when you put them into a quilt –

Mix the two blocks –

Put them on point –

Use striped fabric –

or a completely different colour –

Simple blocks – New Album

New Album is very simple block – a plain Square-in-a-Square block with a border. You can download the instructions here. The centre square is an ideal opportunity for ‘fussy cutting’ your print fabric (it doesn’t show too well on this snapshot from EQ) and you can do the same in the smaller cornerstones of the border.

Swapping the colours over gives the block a different look –

Or you can opt for something completely different using Autumnal batiks –

or in more muted fabrics so the centre square is not so prominent

And then put into quilts – first alternate colours, straight-set

and then on-point

And now let’s play around with the colouring a bit –

or blue –

or alternate with a plain Square-in-a-Square

make the background lighter –

 

Simple Blocks – Square in a Square

Sometimes called Diamond in a Square this unit/block is worth learning how to make as it crops everywhere from a unit in assorted bocks to a simple block used as a ‘spacer’ between more complicated blocks where, as you will see further down the page, it can create the illusion of a star within the quilt design.

The basic block is, as it says, a square within a square and you can find the instructions to make it on the Tutorials page or download them here.

square-in-a-square-blockBut suppose we keep adding squares around our square?

square-in-a-square-block-aand again

square-in-a-square-block-band again

square-in-a-square-block-cThe basic block on its own doesn’t make much of a quilt –

square-in-a-square-quiltBut if you alternate the colours it starts to look a little more interesting

square-in-a-square-quilt-aOr suppose you alternate the different variations of the block?

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square-in-a-square-quilt-dand then change the colours completely and emphasise the star in the centre –

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