So far, you have seen a few settings for Castle Wall Quilts. (More to come.)
This is quite a setting for a castle, isn’t it?
The climax of the kidnap plot in the last episode of series 5 occurs at “The Castle.” In real life it is Doyden Castle. It is owned by the National Trust and rented out as a holiday cottage.
It was while I was listening to Doc Martin that I got the idea for the bonus shapes for Castle Wall.
Inklingo makes it so fast and simple to prepare the shapes and sew the blocks that we can spend more time perfecting the designs!
All three Castle Wall shape collections have a bonus square and a bonus octagon with a heart to appliqué, but there is one more extra-special touch.
Each shape collection has another bonus shape and it is different in each one!
CASTLE WALL 9 INCH
Cathy in TN made a spectacular Castle Wall with kaleidoscope, don’t you think?(Thank you, Cathy, for letting me feature it here!)
I considered the same triangle for the 6 and 4.5 inch shape collections, but I did not think they were big enough shapes for a kaleidoscope that would really pop. Hmmm.
What to do? I still wanted a bonus shape for the other two Castle Walls.
CASTLE WALL 6 INCH
Monkey put on his thinking cap. Hourglass!
Castle Wall 6 inch has a quarter square triangle (QST) which can be used to make Hourglass blocks to replace the squares.
They are small triangles! Luckily, they can be sewn by machine before they are cut.
There is a new article on QuiltingHub today with a quick and easy method of sewing Inklingo Hourglass blocks! Good timing, eh?
Sew the stretchy bias seams before they are cut. No measuring. No paper to pick off. No “trimming up” afterwards.
The design options are endless when the sewing is this easy.
CASTLE WALL 4.5 INCH
Quarter Square Triangles did not seem like such a good idea to replace a 0.77 inch square in Castle Wall 4.5 inch! That is itty bitty. We don’t want to drive Mrs. Tishell to a nervous breakdown.
So . . . instead of dividing the square into 4 shapes, I cut it into 2 rectangles (above).
It is amazing that such a simple shape can make such a big difference!
You can see how Cathi in Toronto designed a fabulous “Cats in the Castle” block with the bonus rectangle on Quilt Obsession. I love it! (Thank you for being such an inspiration, Cathi!)
The only thing better than these bonus shapes might be sewing Castle Wall blocks in a castle like this one. I wonder if there is Internet access.
Ah, I can dream!
Mrs Tishell: Don’t worry, Doc! I already have my Inklingo shapes printed and ready to sew!
Join the journey down this road to the Castle with us!
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Linda & Monkey
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