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 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…