The May doodles have already gone up on our Chris & Barbara blog and you can find a link there to download a quilt to colour in – or cut up and re-arrange – to design your own doodle. This month’s block continues the 8-pointed star theme with a block called Goose Tracks Variation. You can download a pdf of the templates to make a 10 inch version of this block here.
Once again we have set-in or Y seams so the faint-hearted of us machine stitchers will probably pass on this one but if you have no fear of the Y seam or love hand-piecing then why not give this block a go.
You need to cut out your diamonds taking particular care of the orientation – you want half one way and half the other in both colours! The squares and triangles are much easier and could be rotary cut, you can download rotary cutting measurements here. (Isn’t EQ wonderful – what did we do before?!)
Stitch the diamonds into pairs – notice the changes in colour and orientation – and add the triangle between them.
Stitch these diamond pairs into fours, adding the square between them. Stitch the contrast triangle to the corner of each of these mini blocks.
Stitch a background rectangle between the mini blocks and a contrast square between the two remaining rectangles to make three rows.
Finally stitch the rows together to complete the block. The colouring here is the default colouring from EQ8.
Despite best intentions to have another post up between Doodle posts I seem to have failed. Sometimes life just gets in the way . . . !
So, over on the chrisandbarbaraquilts blog you can find our April doodle which this month features Boxed Star – actually a very similar block to last month, Barbara is having an Eight-Pointed Star moment!
If you would like to make this block you can download the templates for a 12 inch square here.
If you prefer to rotary cut then you will need to cut two 3 and 3/8 inch squares, cut in half diagonally, for the four corner burgundy squares and the same for the purple triangles around the star; two 4 and 3/4 inch squares, cut in four diagonally, for the eight burgundy outer triangles; four 3inch squares in purple (or your colour choice – this one is a bit garish!) and from the white four 3 x 4 and 1/8 inches. The yellow star diamonds are cut from 2 and 1/4 inch wide strips – cut them as you did for last month’s star and the instructions are here. This block is not easy to rotary cut – the measurements are rounded up to the nearest 1/8 inch but a bit of fudging may be required to get everything to fit.
To piece the block the instructions are again similar to last month’s. Piece the centre star first. (oops – a triangle seems to have wandered off in the penultimate picture – I’ll probably find it on the virtual floor later!)
Piece the block corners and then add them to the centre star – opposite corners first is easier.
You can download the colouring sheet on the chrisandbarbara blog post here.
This is the first of our simple blocks which has Mary’s Triangles units and, as with most blocks with these units, they are in the corners.
You can download the free pattern for this block here, along with a few ideas for quilts.
Just because the block has the triangles on the outside doesn’t mean that you can’t turn the units around and make a completely different block.
Notice that the colours have been reversed as well. If you mix these two colourings in a quilt you get something far more interesting than just the blocks on their own.
Or you can put the blocks on point; all the same block but with a dark background –
– it looks far more dramatic than the light background.
But what happens if we turn those corner units so the triangles point outwards?
And then set into a quilt, with alternate colourings –
Its a very different quilt to the one we started out with.
The colouring (placement of lights and darks) of the block as well as the orientation of the corner units can have quite a dramatic effect on the appearance of the block and the quilts. Here’s a slide show of a few ideas –
We have been promised that Spring is just around the corner – hard to believe with all the snow and ice – so yesterday when I found a couple of projects we had done with Young Quilters over the Easter holidays back in the 1990s I felt it was time to write them up properly and offer them as free patterns. They are both cushions, but could be little quilts as well, measuring 12 inches finished, without borders. As they were designed with Young Quilters in mind they are nice and simple and a quite young child could manage them with adult help here and there. They can be sewn by hand or machine, although I did them on the machine.
First of all we have a basket – which is actually a pocket on the front of the cushion. The original hand-written pattern says for keeping a book or small toy, these days it is more likely to be a phone or tablet perhaps. You can download the pattern here.
Although the pattern has lots of diagrams sometimes photos show things more clearly so here are the step-by-step photos I took when I made the basket pocket –
The other pattern I found was a Snowball block turned into an animal – we apparently had dogs, cats, pigs and even hens, but the one I have chosen to do the ear templates for you today is the rabbit. Once you have made this one you might like to let your imagination run riot as our Young Quilters did on the day and see what you come up with. You could even add an appropriate tail to the back of your cushion or quilt.
You can download the pattern here.
There are several blocks called Monkey Wrench – this one is sometimes called Snail Trail and is essentially a 4-patch within several squares, so we’ve added it to the blocks associated with the Square-in-a-Square tutorial.
Just set on its own this two fabric block can look a bit so-so . . .
but turn alternate blocks around and you get the classic Snail Trail pattern.
But what if you add another colour?
The quilt could then look more like this
Or add yet another colour
which gives you more opportunities for playing with the arrangements
or this – which reminds me of waves breaking on the shore
or this (which looks more like arm wrestling!)
You can download your free block pattern here.
. . for children. The Christmas holidays are here and you are trying to find something (other than phones/tablets) to keep everyone amused? Here are two free patterns for you to download that first appeared as projects for Young Quilters some 20+ years ago (when we had Young Quilters).
The felt Christmas Pudding can be made (with a little help perhaps) by under 10s –
whereas the Christmas Bells are more suitable for older children to make on their own, or younger ones with a bit more help.
Of course there’s no reason why adults can’t make them – except possibly time!
Happy Easter! And welcome to Block six of our Block of the Month quilt-along. This month it is the turn of Card Trick.
This block relies on a clear difference between the colours used to create the illusion of interlocked squares. You can download the instructions for the block here.
Our alternative colourways could look like these –
And here’s some of the students’ blocks to give you an idea of how fabric choice can affect the look of a block, from the background to the contrast between colours –