Author: Chris Franses

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I’ve been having a sort out of my cupboards and finding all sorts of half-finished, or even barely-started bits and pieces left over from 30-odd years of teaching. My most recent find has been a bag full of applique bits some of which may have featured in a previous blog here a few years back.…

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Jan 5

Log Cabin

New Year, new term, new students; but hopefully into the second month and second of our monthly classes we’re all beginning to settle back and relax a little. We always start the year with simple rotary cutting for new students – just a few strips to start with and then how to cut those strips…

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Jan 1

Eye, Eye

Back in August 2020 (seems a very very long time ago now, doesn’t it?!) I had a bit of a fright. Well, ok, I admit it – a major panic. I can panic for England, if not the UK, or even Europe, given half a chance, and this was it. There I was sitting quietly…

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I’ve been burbling on recently about units and blocks and grids and other arcane patchwork stuff including blocks that don’t appear to have a grid but are pieced on the diagonal instead. I thought I would have a look at one of these blocks and the different ways and means of piecing it. The block…

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I’ve been burbling on recently about units and blocks and grids and other arcane patchwork stuff including blocks that don’t appear to have a grid but are pieced on the diagonal instead. I thought I would have a look at one of these blocks and the different ways and means of piecing it. The block…

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Those of us who have been patching (or quilting) for far too long blithely use all sorts of terms that may not be quite so obvious to those just discovering quilting. One of those is ‘block’. A related term is ‘unit’ which I explained in a previous post. I aim to explain what we mean…

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Last time we looked at making mini quilt sandwiches and the different ways to quilt some of the blocks for our Puzzle Quilt. Once the quilting is all done it is time to join the blocks or sections together. Lay the blocks out first and move them around so you don’t have two of the…

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When we started out on this Puzzle Quilt adventure I suggested that it would be a Quilt-as-you-Go (qayg) project. This means quilting the blocks (or several blocks) as you make them and then joining them together. I have suggested you add a sashing to each block as we have gone along so that you can…

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In a previous post I looked at some of the queries that have popped up on the UKQU Facebook feed about blocks and quilts and where to find patterns or sizes. I thought I would take this a step further (and also back) and look and the basic building bricks behind our patchwork quilt –…

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The final block for the Puzzle Quilt is called Hartford Hope and is a variation of the Hope of Hartford block. It has quarter-square triangle units (which we have come across in several of the previous blocks) and squares. However it has a slightly different construction technique which involves a partial seam. This is an…

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This is the penultimate block in the Puzzle Quilt series and is another nine-patch block. This one is called Rolling Stone and features strip-pieced units (we made similar units for Block 4, London Roads) and a new unit: – the Square-in-a-Square, sometimes called Diamond-in-a-Square. I will show you two methods for making these units. As…

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A query that frequently crops up on UKQU Facebook posts is ‘What is this . . . block/quilt design called?’ and is usually followed by ‘Where can I find the pattern?’ or ‘How can I make it?’. Sometimes these queries are answered in the comments, sometimes not – or (occasionally) perhaps not as helpfully as…