This is another block that uses the 3-triangle unit and is to be found in the library of blocks that comes with ELectric Quilt. This time the unit is paired with 4-patch units to make a 9-patch block. This allows for all sorts of experimenting with colour and value placement. Download the instructions here. Instructions for piecing multiples of the unit can be found on the tutorials page.
These are just a few ideas, there are more in the instructions pages.
And then you can have fun making quilts as the 4-patch units create paths across or around the quilt depending, again, on how you colour them.
Sometimes you can see stars, and sometimes windmills. There are more ideas in the instruction sheet.
The basic Sawtooth Star is a very simple block – it has 4 Flying Geese units surrounding a large central square and four smaller squares in the corners.You can download the instructions to make a 12 inch block here.
There are many ways to colour it and the centre square is ideal for ‘fussy cutting’ a big print. (But this hasn’t shown up well in my picture from EQ – it looked fine on the drawing board!)
But that central square can be used in other ways. All those simple shapes and blocks we’ve looked at before could be put in there to make a completely different block.
Here’s a few, starting with 16-patch Sawtooth Star –
Then Frayed Sawtooth Star
then Sarah’s Choice
Add Half-Square Triangles instead of corner squares to make Mosaic 19 –
Put Quarter-Square Triangles in the centre of Mosaic 19 to make Star Puzzle –
Or you could put a small Sawtooth Star in the centre –
And what if you turned the Flying Geese units round? This block is called King’s Crown –
Putting Sawtooth Star alternately with King’s Crown makes a much more interesting quilt (I think!) than Sawtooth Star on its own –
Star X, or The Silent Star, is both a variation of Ohio Star and of the Swamp Angel block. It has five QST units but unlike the last block it has Half-Square Triangle (HST) units instead of plain squares. You can download the tutorial pages for both these units from our tutorials page and the instructions for the block here.
Try playing with the block colourings and settings as before to see what you can make – there are lots of opportunities for play with the shapes in this block.
New Regulations on VAT are coming into force across Europe on 1st January 2015. These will affect VAT payable on digital downloads. Essentially at the moment if you buy a pattern as a digital download then VAT is payable in the seller’s country – if that seller has a high enough turnover to be registered for VAT. From Jan 1st the seller will have to register for and pay VAT on sales to the buyer’s country. This means (potentially) registering for VAT in every EU country and collecting data on all sales, working out the VAT for each country (and they are all different) and . . . need we go on?! The alternative is to register for VAT in the UK and to submit quarterly VAT returns and then all the hassle of the EU payments is done for you – but you still have to collect all the data and make the returns; and records have to be kept for 10 years . . .
Most small businesses – including this one – cannot afford to do this; in time if nothing else and so will be forced to stop selling online. We would still be able to sell a pattern and then manually email it later, as this (we understand) is not governed by the Regulations. As you might expect, a petition has been set up to protest about the unfairness of this Regulation which was designed to prevent large companies taking advantage of differing VAT rules and rates.