Author: Chris Franses

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Block 6 of the Puzzle Quilt has arrived. This month’s block, called In A Spin, introduces another unit – Flying Geese. But first a few words of apology and explanation. Last month I said there might be a random extra post and it was intended to look at quilts to make with last month’s block.…

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Block 5 is called Mystery Flower Garden. It includes the quarter-square triangle units we had in last month’s block (London Roads) and another unit consisting of two quarter-square triangles and one half-square triangle – we could call it a ‘three-triangle’ unit perhaps. If you struggle with the quarter-square triangles you could refer back to last…

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In previous blog posts I’ve compared Quilt-Pro 6 with EQ and explored how to design a simple quilt. This time I’ve been having a look at how to draw a simple block. All blocks in Quilt-Pro are drawn using patches rather than lines (if you are an EQ user, it is similar to Patch Draw).…

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We’ve reached Block 4 of the Puzzle Quilt and you will be half-way through when you have made these ones. This time the block is based on a 9-patch grid (the earlier ones were 4-patch) and has two new units to tackle – the quarter-square triangle (QST) and a stripped unit. Just for a change,…

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Quilt-Pro is a quilt design program for your computer. It works in similar way to EQ8 but there are a few differences particularly in the drawing functions. Both have pre-loaded blocks and fabrics and both offer further blocks and fabrics via their websites or blogs. Both have excellent technical support – you can email them…

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I had to join some strips of wadding together to make a big enough piece for a quilt top I had just finished and I thought I would take some photos to show how I went about it. There are lots of different ways to join your wadding bits together, but this is how I…

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I thought I would show you my Mosaic no.13 blocks that I have made as part of the Puzzle Quilt as I took some photos as I went along – I often find this helps in designing and colour placement. So my first confession is that I didn’t make the gazillions of half-square triangles by…

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The third block for our Puzzle Quilt is another one based on a 4-patch and has the exotic name ‘Mosaic Number 13’. It is very similar to the first block we made – Clay’s Choice – but has a few more half-square triangles. One thing that is certain is that by the time you have…

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Quilt-Pro 6 is a Windows-based quilt design program for your computer (for Mac users it is version 5). It does much the same as Electric Quilt (EQ) but does it slightly differently. They both have their good points and their drawbacks and I have owned both for a very long time although it is EQ…

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Like last month’s block (Clay’s Choice) this month’s is based on a 4-patch grid and is made just from squares and half-square triangles. Take care when you are making these triangle units – accurate cutting and accurate quarter inch seam allowances are a start but there is a reason all patterns tell you to press…

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Last month I burbled on about the Rail Fence design and how different it could look if you used strips of different widths instead of the usual equal ones. But I couldn’t just leave it there and went on with my playing around. What if, I thought, I added squares to the corners? All corners?…

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I have chosen my fabrics . . . This may not sound much but I have had my stash tipped out all over the floor, I’ve rummaged through it. I’ve held up various fabrics together and wondered ‘do they go?’ and ‘how much does it matter?’ and ‘oh I really like this one’ which is…