November 14

LITTLE LESS SUGAR, 6″, Light Today is World Diabetes Day. Today’s block is based on the Chocolate Cake block from EQ7. It is Chocolate Cake, modified, so I’ve called it Little Less Sugar. So just as we modify our cakes these days, I’ve modified today’s block! Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download November 14…

November 13

THE RED CROSS, 6″, Light We diverge from our dark blocks for a day or two! Today is World Kindness Day. The day was introduced in 1998, by the World Kindness Movement, which has 25 member nations. Their purpose: “to inspire individuals towards greater kindness and to connect nations to create a kinder world”. It…

October 31

ALL HALLOWS, 6″, Dark Happy Halloween! Today’s Block There is so much to celebrate today, not just Halloween: today’s block is your last 6″ dark block! And you’ve survived another month! We are so close to the end now. Our version of the All Hallows block is one from EQ7, which has lots of pieces,…

October 28

BLAZED TRAIL, 6″, Dark Today’s Block A 6″ block for you today .. but it’s really four 3″ blocks. Don’t get mad at me! Blazed Trail is one of Nancy Cabot’s blocks, first published in the Chicago Tribune in 1937. Nancy notes the history of the block in her article: Fabric Key for Cutting Download…

September 20

MOTHER’S FANCY, 6″, Dark Errata Another 6″ block today. Mother’s Fancy is yet another Ladies Art Company block. I do seem drawn to them! It is one of the original patterns in print in 1895 (#140). It was also published as Mother’s Fancy Star by Hall in 1935, and as Evening Star by Oklahoma Farmer…

September 15

FOUR LITTLE BASKETS, 6″, Dark Today’s Block A cute little block, originally from the Ladies Art Company (1897, #305) as Four Little Baskets. Hall (1935) and Nancy Cabot (Chicago Tribune, 1938) later published a version with applique handles. Hall called her block Four Little Baskets, while Cabot called hers Four Baskets. Note: today’s block is…

September 11

FREE TRADE, 6″, Dark In memorium of the September 11 tragedies, today we have Free Trade, for the World Trade Centres. Today’s Block This block was originally recorded by Ruth Finley in 1929 as Free Trade Block. Jinny Beyer also found it as Coronation (Nancy Page, Birmingham News, 1937) and as Free Trade Patch in…

August 21

BEST OF ALL, 6″, Dark Another 6″ block today. Best of All was first documented by Clara Stone in 1906. It was later called Christmas Star by The Workbasket leaflet published by Colonial Patterns Inc in 1950. It would make a fabulous addition to a Christmas quilt. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download 21…

August 20

FAIR AND SQUARE, 6″, Dark One of the larger border blocks today. This variation on Fair and Square, with the additional border, is as it was published in the Kansas City Star in 1938. Remember, the centre of the Four Queens Centre Medallion of your quilt was the more common Fair and Square block. Today’s…

July 6

SQUARE SURROUNDED, 6″, Light Today’s Block The last 6″, light block for the border! Today I have chosen a block to use up some of the light scraps you have generated, before we move onto dark blocks again. So gather all those off-cuts and odd bits for Square Surrounded. This block is from Judy Hopkins…