May 31

ROLLING PIN WHEEL, 6″, Light I love the movement in this block; it really does look like it’s rolling. Rolling Pinwheel has two primary forms with the same name, but with different piecing regimes. Take a look at the drawings below. The version pieced with the large background triangles (blue) is a Ladies Art Company…

May 30

NEW HOUR GLASS, 6″, Light New Hour Glass is another pattern from Clara Stone’s Practical Needlework from 1906. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download May 30 instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Beyer, J. (2009) The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns, p. 172 Brackling Press: Elmhurst, Illinois

May 29

EIGHT HANDS AROUND, 6″, Light A simple block with a nice secondary pattern, Eight Hands Around is yet another classic from the Ladies Art Company, 1897. According to Jinny Beyer it sometimes also gets called Eight Hands Round, but I’ve never heard of that one. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download May 29 instructions…

May 28

GARDEN MAZE, 6″, Light Today’s Block Hello UK quilters! Today is the last day of the Chelsea Flower Show in London … so looks like I’ve missed it for yet another year. I’ll get there some day! Let’s have a garden themed block instead. Today’s block, Garden Maze is from the Kansas City Star, 1932….

May 27

ROMAN CROSS, 6″, Light Hello to our Italian Quilters! Today’s block is Roman Cross, is one the old Ladies Art Company patterns, published in 1897. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download May 27

May 26

STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE, 6″, Light This block is from EQ7, and I have no idea from where they got it! Bonus if you can work it in pinks and creams. Enjoy. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download May 26 instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Electric Quilt Company, (2014), Electric Quilt, Version 7, Build 3, “Strawberry Smoothie”…

May 25

CUT GLASS DISH, 6″, Light Cut Glass Dish is the original name give to the Winged Square, which we made on May 17, which was originally published by the Ladies Art Company in 1897. The original pattern had the half-square triangles all facing in the same direction, whereas Winged Square reverses the colouring of the…

May 24

DOVE OF PEACE, 6″, Light This is a block drafted by Ruby McKim for her mail order customers and newspaper readers some time in the 1920s – 1930s. Hall also used this name in 1935 when she included it in her book. I was preparing this pattern form something else, when I heard the terrible…

May 23

UNION STAR, 6″, Light Union Star was first published by Clara Stone in her booklet, Practical Needlework: Quilt Patterns, from 1906. According to Barbara Brackman, this was one in a series of needlework booklets, and as Clara Stone has been widely published in Hearth and Home, many of her patterns were collected together in this…

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 Fabric Image Credit:…