November 23

AIRPORT, 6″, Light Today’s block is chosen for all our American quilters, for the inevitable travel on the day before Thanksgiving. Airport was first published in Hall in 1935, with a similar block following in 1936 in the Kansas City Star (also called Airport). It is delightfully evocative of tarmacs and runways! Airport is a…

November 22

STAR AND CROSS, 6″, Light Today’s Block Star and Cross was first documented by the Ladies Art Company (#284, c1895); however, like so many of their patterns, it appeared much earlier. Lockport Cotton Batting Co noted in their description of the pattern from their 1940s batting wrapper that it is “truly an antique in every…

November 21

BLIND MAN’S FANCY, 6″, Light Another gorgeous block from the Ladies Art Company (#201, c. 1895). Enjoy! Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download November 21 instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Brackman, B. (2012) BlockBase Version 2.2, “Blind Man’s Fancy” The Electric Quilt Company: Ohio, USA

November 20

GIRL’S JOY, 6″, Light Errata I was looking for a slightly unusual block to mix things up for you, when I found Girl’s Joy. And since today is International Children’s Day, it seemed highly appropriate to schedule it for today. Today’s Block Girl’s Joy is yet another Ladies Art Company block (#382, 1897, also shown…

November 19

ALBUM, 6″, Light We’ve turned the corner for the final straight now! We’re back to our 6″ light blocks. According to Barbara Brackman, Album comes from Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine (from an Heirloom Plastics Catalogue). The date is not stated, but, of course it must be after 1969 (when the magazine began). Today’s Block Fabric Key…

November 18

CHAIN AND BAR, 3″, Dark Today’s block is first documented by Clare Stone in Practical Needlework, 1906. A lovely old-fashioned block. It is also your last dark block! Yippee! There is another BONUS Block for today. Can you believe how far you’ve come? Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download November 18 instructions (as .pdf)….

November 18 BONUS

COXEY’S CAMP, 3″, Dark Coxey’s Camp is an early Ladies Art Company block (#95, in print c. 1895). It has also been called Coxey’s Army in the 1930’s by Nancy Cabot. The block is named for Jacob Coxey who lead a peaceful march on Washington in 1894 to draw attention to the plight of the…

Second Dark Border

Second Dark Border At last, you can sew together the blocks for the Second Dark Border! Download Second Dark Border – Layout instructions (as .pdf).

November 17

WHIRLPOOLS, 3″, Dark We have only two dark blocks left! So for the next couple of days, I’ll give you some easy bonus blocks, just in case there are some in your collection you wish to replace before we start joining the blocks together. Today’s Block Whirlpools is the name given to this block by…

November 17 BONUS

RADIO WINDMILL, 3″, Dark The Radio Windmill looks quite contemporary, but it was actually first published in the Kansas City Star in 1941. Nancy Cabot also called it just Windmill. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download November 17 BONUS Radio Windmill instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Brackman, B. (2012) BlockBase Version 2.2, “Radio Windmill” The…