Author: Chris Franses

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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…

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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…