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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.

Free Pattern Friday

First an apology for last week’s ‘Free Pattern’ – fumble-fingers changed the price to 50p instead of £0. That has now been changed, so this week it is free! Download Puss in the Corner for free.

Now to this week – another from the Payhip Shop (and I checked – it is free this week!). and this one is called Mum’s Wallpaper Strippy.

mum's wallpaper strippy

A simple strippy quilt for those wonderful prints that you can’t bear to cut up too much. You can also practice your free motion (or hand) quilting in those strips and any wobbles won’t show up in a busy print – ‘win-win’!

Of course, if you wish to show off your fabulous quilting skills, you can use plain fabrics in the strips instead.

Find the pattern for Mum’s Wallpaper Strippy here and discover why it has that name.

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And if it looks a little familiar – it appeared in a Patchwork and Quilting magazine special booklet titled Inspirational Strippy Quilts some years ago (there’s no date on my copy) probably around 2011 or 2012, maybe even 2013 – time seems somewhat elastic these days!

Free Pattern Friday

Another free pattern today from our Payhip Shop where nearly all the patterns have been drastically reduced in price down to £1, 50p or free. Edit – and the price on this has now been changed to Free (sorry for the fumble-fingered 50p earlier)

This is another one that appeared many years ago in Patchwork and Quilting magazine as a Junior Project and that we had made a year or two earlier at Staffordshire Young Quilters.

puss in corner

The block used is Puss in the Corner and our young stitchers decided it would be fun to put ‘puss’ in the middle (and maybe a mouse in the corner). We used the pattern to practice different methods of applique and in later years it also proved quite popular with adult education classes for the same purpose.

The pattern includes the template to make the applique cat and an outline of the different methods you could use to stitch your cat in place as well as instructions to make the blocks and the small wall-hanging illustrated.

Back in the ’90s computers were still quite new but some ten years later we used the same pattern to print the cats onto fabric – sadly I don’t have any photos of those nor of the times we used fabric paints, transfer crayons and even coloured paper bags to make our cats.

Download the pattern from here and have fun exploring the many different ways and colours you can make your cat appliques. Download a quilt to colour here.

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.

Double Star

The more usual name for this block is Hope of Hartford but I prefer Double Star – it is, after all, two stars superimposed.

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The construction of this block is a little different from the other stars we have looked at so far – it involves a partial seam. You can download the instructions to make the block – with step-by-step diagrams of the partial seam constructions – here. The measurements will make a 12 inch block to fit with the previous ones (although 10 inches would make for simpler measurements as it is a 5-patch block).

With the aid of Electric Quilt I had a bit of a play with the colouring of the block

and then ‘made’ a few quilts – these first two have sashing between the blocks, the second one has cornerstones added as well..

These next ones are ‘made’ with the yellow and grey fabrics, no sashing

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You can download a quilt to colour here.

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  . . . !

Free Pattern Friday 7

Our free pattern today is a simple little runner or banner that first appeared in Patchwork and Quilting magazine, in 2007, as a Junior Project – so this is ideal for something quick, or for a beginner, or as a craft project to do with children stuck at home.


It takes a few fat quarters and/or scraps of fabric and some fusible web – especially if working with children – or you may prefer to use your own favourite applique method.

Add your own fun embellishments and variations as well to make it your own. Some children I worked with added a hungry caterpillar to their apples.

Download your free Apple-a-Day pattern here – complete with templates.