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

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…

June 25

WYOMING VALLEY, 6″, Light Today’s block is one from Nancy Cabot, published in the Chicago Tribune in 1936. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download June 25 instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Beyer, J. (2009) The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns, p. 136 Brackling Press: Elmhurst, Illinois Fabric Image Credit: Cosy Home from Stof Fabrics Available…

June 24

VIRGINIA REEL, 6″, Light Today’s Block Clara Stone first published Virginia Reel in 1908, but it was also subsequently re-published by the Ladies Art Company (#484, 1922) as Tangled Lines. As you can see below, the Ladies Art Version did not have evenly spaced triangles in the corners or corners. Fabric Key for Cutting Please…