May 22

CORN AND BEANS, 6″, Light Corn and Beans is one of Ruby McKim’s patterns, this one published in the Kansas City Star in 1930. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download May 22 instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Beyer, J. (2009) The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns, p. 130 Brackling Press: Elmhurst, Illinois Image Credit: A…

May 21

ARROW CROWN, 6″, Light I don’t know very much about this block as I discovered it in Maggie Malone’s book. Enjoy Arrow Crown. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download May 21 instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Malone, M. (2003) 5,500 Quilt Block Designs, p. 149 Sterling: USA Image Credit: A huge THANK YOU to Sherry…

May 20

WEATHERVANE, 6″, Light Weathervane seems to have been published first in the Kansas City Star in 1929 (Brackman). Jinny Beyer references it in a Woman’s World publication called The Patchwork Book from 1932 (possibly 1931?), and to Nancy Cabot in the Chicago Tribune in 1937. Barbara Brackman also finds this block in Ruby McKim’s booklets…

May 19

SWING IN THE CENTRE, 6″, Light Put your dancing shoes on for Swing in the Centre! Ruth Finley identified the name of this block in Old Patchwork Quilts and the Women Who Made Them, in 1929, where she also cited the name Eight Hands Around. I went with Swing in the Centre, since I know…

May 18

BIRD’S NEST, 6″, Light Bird’s Nest is a pattern from Ruby McKim, first published in the Kansas City Star in 1929. Love this one, it has a bit of fiddling around, but looks great! Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download May 18 instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Beyer, J. (2009) The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork…

May 17

WINGED SQUARE, 6″, Light Today’s block was originally called Cut Glass Dish by the Ladies Art Company, which had the pattern in print in at least 1895; but since we already have a pattern by that name, I’ve used the moniker given alongside the original by Carrie Hall in The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt…

May 16

DOUBLE WINDMILL, 6″, Light According to Barbara Brackman, this is a Nancy Cabot block; although I have no further information. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download May 16 instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Brackman, B. (2012) BlockBase Version 2.2, “Double Windmill” The Electric Quilt Company: Ohio, USA Image Credit: A huge THANK YOU to Sherry…

May 15

RIBBON STAR, 6″, Light This has been one of my favourite’s for years! I discovered Ribbon Star, under the names Boxes, in Mary Ellen’s book when I first started patching … but didn’t have mitred corners in my bag of techniques. I made two cushion covers in this pattern … without the mitres. But now…

May 14

LOTUS, 6″, Light Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download May 14 instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Electric Quilt Company, (2014), Electric Quilt, Version 7, Build 3, “Lotus Block” Electric Quilt Company: Ohio, USA Image Credit: A huge THANK YOU to Sherry at Calico Cupboard in Ohio for sponsoring the April Prize Draw. I just adore…

May 13

UTILITY BLOCK, 6″, Light Today is Mother’s Day in Australia. I know Mother’s day is celebrated on different days in different countries … but I had to choose a day. If you are a Mum, or like a Mum to someone, blessings! A nice old block, Utility Block was first published in the Ohio Farmer…