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 BONUS

STORM SIGNAL, 6″, Dark I’ve been looking for block for our American quilters, something to let them know that we’re thinking of them while they are cleaning up after the floods in Houston and the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Florida and elsewhere. So, here is a bonus block for September, Storm Signal. This block…

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…

July 5

STAR AND PINWHEELS, 6″, Light Lots of movement in today’s block. It is Star and Pinwheels, first published by Nancy Cabot in the Chicago Tribune in 1957. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download July 5 instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Beyer, J. (2009) The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns, p. 70 Brackling Press: Elmhurst, Illinois…

July 3

TEMPLE COURT, 6″, Light Today’s Block We have only a few 6″, light blocks to complete! This is a very recent block, in quilting terms. it was published in Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine in 1973. Please play with the colouring; it has many possibilities. Here’s the original colouring: Fabric Key for Cutting Download July 3 instructions…

June 30

BEGGAR BLOCK, 6″, Light Since it’s the last day of the financial year, today, I thought it only fitting that we make Beggar Block! This in one of the earlier Ladies Art Company blocks (#86), so it was in print as early as c. 1895. It has been republished under the same name a number…