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…

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…

June 29

CONTRARY WIFE, 6″, Light Contrary Wife was first published in the Kansas City Star in 1941. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download June 29 instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Beyer, J. (2009) The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns, p. 126 Brackling Press: Elmhurst, Illinois Thank you to the fabulous Fat Quarter Shop, who sponsored our…

June 28

AUNT MALVINA’S CHAIN, 6″, Light This is an ultra simplified version of Aunt Malvina’s Chain. Today’s Block The original, first attributed to Nancy Cabot (although she spelled it Aunt Malvernia’s Chain), changes the orientation of the quarter-squares in the centre top and centre bottom units: You have two choices of method today. If you use…

June 27

NAVAJO, 6″, Light Today’s Block I adore this block, although the maths for it has driven me to distraction! It has a wonderful space for a feature fabric or quilting. It is much easier to start with a centre square and fit the half-square triangles along it, than to draft it to a certain size,…

June 26

CROSS-WITHIN-A-CROSS, 6″, Light Today’s block is another from the Ladies Art Company (#313, 1897), although it was republished again by Carrie Hall and Rose Kretsinger in The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt in America, without alteration in 1935. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download June 26 instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Brackman, B. (2012) BlockBase…