December 31

HOPES AND WISHES, 6″, Light Even though it’s a tricky block, I have left Hopes and Wishes until last. It was first published in Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine in 1975, and has a wonderful three-dimensional effect. Today’s Block I’ve chosen it as our last block to convey to you my sincere thanks for a couple of…

December 30

ONE MORE BLOCK, 6″, Light One More Block is the name of today’s patchwork … because after today, you will only one more block to go! Can you believe we have almost made it to the end of the Challenge, and the end of the year. I’m not sure of the traditional name of this…

December 29

THE RANGE’S PRIDE, 6″, Light The Range’s Pride is from Farm Journal (Silver Anniversary Issue), 1945. Enjoy! Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download December 29 instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Beyer, J. (2009) The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns, p. 111 Brackling Press: Elmhurst, Illinois

December 28

JACOB’S LADDER, 6″, Light Today’s Block This version of Jacob’s Ladder is from Hall (1935). I prefer this version with all the half-square triangles. Most other versions have four-patches: Fabric Key for Cutting Download December 28 instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Brackman, B. (2012) BlockBase Version 2.2, “Jacob’s Ladder” The Electric Quilt Company: Ohio, USA

December 27

LIGHTNING IN THE HILLS, 6″, Light Lightning in the Hills is a Nancy Cabot block. Lightning in the Hills is so perfect for summer in Australia; perfectly evocative of the thunder storms rolling in in the afternoon bringing precious cooling rain. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download December 27 instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Brackman,…

December 26

GOOD CHEER, 6″, Light For many in Australia, the sound of willow on leather emanating from the TV is as ubiquitous as the grind of cicadas in the heat on Boxing Day. If not the Boxing Day cricket test at the MCG (Australia vs Pakistan this year), it’s the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race. The…

December 25

STAR OF BETHLEHEM, 6″, Light Merry Christmas! Very best wishes to everyone, today. Today’s Block Our block for Christmas Day is Star of Bethlehem (Hall, 1935; Aunt Martha Series; Home Art) … well actually a slight variation without the corner triangles, and with a variable star centre, rather than an eight-pointed star (drafted on a…

December 24 BONUS

CHRISTMAS TREE, 6″, Light This block was published with two options for its name, Christmas Tree or Pine Tree, by the Kansas City Star in 1934. It’s a bit simpler than the Bethlehem Star block, as I know you may not have much time this weekend! Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download December 24…

December 24

BETHLEHEM STAR, 6″, Light T’was the night before Christmas …. This block was published twice by Nancy Page: as Bethlehem Star in the Birmingham News in 1939, and earlier as Christmas Star in the same newspaper in 1934. The piecing differs slightly for the two patterns: Bethlehem Star has triangles at the corners, while Christmas…

December 23

MRS LLOYD’S FAVOURITE, 6″, Light Mrs Lloyd’s Favorite was first recorded by Clara Stone in 1906. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download December 23 instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Brackman, B. (2012) BlockBase Version 2.2, “Mrs Lloyd’s Favorite” The Electric Quilt Company: Ohio, USA