Category Archives: Electric Quilt

Free Pattern Friday 12

This week’s pattern comes to you via Electric Quilt – although don’t forget that a lot of the patterns in our Payhip shop are free at the moment.

Browsing through the EQ block library we came across one called Hayes Corner.

Hayes Corner block

But then there was one of those ‘what if …?’ moments and a couple more seam lines were added to make what we’ve called Hayes Corner Variation. Never let it be said we lack imagination at Meadowside!

Hayes Corner Variation block

You can download the rotary cutting instructions for a 12 inch block here.

And then we put the blocks into a quilt and turned them around a bit

Hayes Corner Variation quilt a

And then we played with the EQ magic wand to change the colours randomly

Its interesting how moving the places where the lights and darks can change the look of the quilt design. You can download a quilt to colour here and have a play yourself.

If you fancy making a quilt the yardage requirements for a 4 x 4 12inch block setting are here and the block/quilt instructions are here. The instructions also include lots of other quilt setting ideas.

Yet another Star

This block is just called Two Colours according to Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia which seems a shame – it looks as if it could do with Star in there somewhere.

Two Colours block

The original block is a sort of 8-Pointed Star with lots of set-in seams which is fine for handstitching but a little trickier when machining and you can download the templates to make a 12 inch block here.

However it is the work of moments to add a few extra seam lines to make a block that is easy to rotary cut and easy to machine piece – and the rotary instructions can be downloaded here.

Two Colours block variation

It also gives opportunities for different colourings too.

Put in a quilt (with alternate blocks coloured as ‘rob-Peter-to-pay-Paul’ it can look quite acceptable.

Two Colours quilt variation

But then . . .  what if . . . ? We add another few seams and turn those corner squares into triangles? Download the rotary cutting instructions for this variation here.

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And then put that block into a quilt?

Two Colours quilt variation triangles

Want to have a play yourself? Download a ‘quilt to colour’ here – print it out lots of times and have fun adding lines and changing the block around. What else could you put in those corner squares?

Interwoven Star

Another week, another star. This week it is the Interwoven Star block – the name obviously coming from the fact that the star points appear woven together at the centre.

interwoven star block greyscale

You can colour the block in a variety of ways – just one colour family and a range of lights and darks; on a dark background or a light background (that can really change the look of a block).

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You can make it multi-coloured as well.

interwoven star block multi

There are lots of tricky angles in this star block – so it can’t be rotary cut unfortunately. But you can download the templates or the foundations to make a 12 inch block. It isn’t difficult to make once the pieces are cut – just remember to make it as four large triangles rather than the squares that we usually do.

But what about quilts? Here are the blocks in the three colourways above and just straight-set.

interwoven star quilt yellowsinterwoven star quilt yellows darkinterwoven star quilt multi

But if you flip (ie stitch a mirror image of half the blocks) then you can get quite a different pattern.

interwoven star quilt flip multi

And you can play with colour and settings yourself if you download the colouring sheet – cut it up, glue it back together again or just sit and colour – print it out as many times as you wish and just play.

Advance notice – only a few more weeks of stars. Starting in July will be a Mystery quilt sew-along. One ‘clue’ each week on a Tuesday. We’ll let you know what you will need once we’ve worked it out, but think scraps!

Free Pattern Friday 9

Welcome to another Friday and another free pattern while we are isolating / locked-down / socially-distanced or otherwise unable to meet up and go to classes.

This week’s is a simple to make design but at first glance looks quite complicated. It is one of a number that you can currently download for free from the Meadowside Designs Payhip shop. Called Which Way is Up? it seemed rather appropriate for things as they are at the moment. This is the link to go straight to the pattern in the shop to download it.

which way

Have a play with the colouring – download a colouring sheet here – to design your own. I had a quick play with Electric Quilt’s magic wand to change the colours randomly starting with my original black and white with red.

which way a

I saved a few to show you – notice that a very pale pastel colour for the arrows and one other colour doesn’t really show up the arrows likewise the purple and green one I felt I could see lots green arrows instead of the few greyish ones.

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A strong contrast colour for the few arrows makes them stand out more – like the original red – even though the other two colours are quite contrasting as well. But if you use similar tones for the many arrows and a strong contrast in tone and/or colour then those few arrows really pop out.

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What effect are you after? How many contrast arrows do you want to add in? Your quilt – your choices!

As for the border – feel free to change it, use a single fabric rather than the half-square triangles I used (they were left-over from something else and just happened to fit) or design your own border to suit. Flying Geese might be an idea?

which way a border

Although maybe not as many? Separate them out a bit with some random plain squares or rectangles?

which way b border

I quite like this version – I might just have to make it. Sometime.

Free Pattern Friday 8

Another ‘locked-down’ Friday and another free pattern for you, thanks to the magic that is EQ. Today’s block is called Flying Clouds and comes from one my favourite (and earliest) quilt book purchases – The Perfect Patchwork Primer by Beth Gutcheon. The illustration in the book is just greyscale so I have added a little colour and you can see I haven’t put my fabrics as suggested – what would happen if I had?

Because the block is not symmetrical you can turn them around to get different patterns when you put them together in a quilt.

You can also get different effects depending on where you put your lights and darks too.

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You can download a quilt to colour, the rotary cutting instructions for an 8 inch block and the instructions to make a quilt here.

As for what would happen if I moved my fabrics around to match the ones in the original diagram – here’s the block

Flying Clouds block a

and here’s the quilt (with alternate blocks turned once)

Flying Clouds quilt e

I’m beginning to think I prefer this version now  . . . !

More stars

Two star blocks today – both called Eight-Pointed Star in some books but one has the earlier name of Sun Ray’s Quilt. The Sun Ray’s Quilt block is just squares plus the unit that has come to be known as Peaky and Spike. Download the rotary cutting instructions, or templates to make a 9inch block here. If you prefer to foundation piece the Peaky and Spike units you can download a sheet of six of them here.

Sun Ray's Quilt block pink

The Eight-Pointed Star block is similar but has Half-Square Triangle units in the four corners. Download the rotary cutting instructions for a 9inch block here.

Putting the Sun Ray’s Quilt blocks together into a quilt can lead to some interesting colour ideas – I’ve just given one other here and you can download a quilt to colour in for yourself to see what you can come up with. And, of course, I have only done a straight edge-to-edge- set, they look will quite different set on point or with sashing between the blocks.

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The Eight-Pointed Star when put into a quilt (same set as before) can give the illusion of circles with the different angled triangles.

Eight pointed star quilt

This is increased if you extend the units out into the border. Download a quilt to colour and see what you can come up with. Don’t forget that the plain squares give you an opportunity for a bit of ‘fussy cutting’ as shown in the Sun Ray’s Quilt above.

Eight pointed star quilt blueEight pointed star quilt yellow

If you struggle with the Peaky and Spike units there are some instructions on the Tutorials page with step-by-step photos and diagrams.




Star Blocks – Lucky Star

Another different star this week and Lucky Star is probably easier to piece using either templates or foundation piecing – the angles are not quite right for easy rotary cutting – I have done both for an 8 inch block. The block is a 4-patch and each big square unit is made from two triangle units composed of smaller triangles, so when making the block using templates piece the smaller triangles first then add the larger triangles. Join the large triangles into pairs to make the square units before joining the four squares together. If you are foundation piecing the block is still a 4-patch but the units are four large triangles so the block is divided diagonally. The foundation piecing papers are numbered to guide you as to the piecing sequence.

In greyscale the star looks ok

Lucky Star greyscale

but once you start adding colour you find more interest – where do you put your light, dark or medium and what difference does it make?

Lucky Star block b

Lucky Star block a

And then you can try lots of blocks together into a quilt (and you start to see why it is a ‘star’ block – on its own it just looks like a variation of a Pinwheel) – but, depending on where you put the colour emphasis, you can see Pinwheels or you can see four-pointed stars, or sometimes even both.

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If you want to play with colour then you can download a colouring sheet to print out.