Finding Past Blocks

PAST BLOCKS If you’ve only just signed up, you can find past blocks in two ways: 1. ‘Older Posts’. Scroll down to the bottom of the page. Click on ‘Older Posts’. 2. Search. Scroll down to the bottom of the page. Use the ‘Search’ Box. Type a month, or a specific date. NOTE: Scroll down…

Happy Birthday!

BIRTHDAY CAKE If today is your birthday, firstly, Many Happy Returns! Secondly, feel free to substitute today’s block with this birthday block … except perhaps if it’s the central medallion, centre borders, or perhaps the corner flowers (in this case, keep this block up your sleeve for when I give you something horribly difficult which…

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…

August 19

FLYING X, 3″, Dark Flying X, was published as Flying X Quilt in the Kansas City Star, 1938. It has also gone by the names Double Quartet (Capper’s Weekly, 1927), X Quartet (Women’s World) and with a slightly different spelling, X Quartette, in the Kansas City Star, 1939. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download…

August 18

HIT AND MISS, 3″, Dark An easy one today! Hit and Miss first appeared as a named block in Finley (1929). This name was also used by Carrie Hall in 1935, along with the alternative, Postage Stamp. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download 18 August instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Brackman, B. (2012) BlockBase Version…

August 17

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, 3″, Dark The perfect block for Usain Bolt, who ran his last race at the World Athletics Championships this week! According to Jinny Beyer, the name Catch Me If You Can came to us via an actual pieced quilt (c. 1900). Other names for this block are: Wheel (Ohio Farmer,…

August 16

RISING STAR, 3″, Dark This block was first known as Stars and Squares when it was published by the Ladies Art Company (1897). I’m going with the name, Rising Star given by Ruth Finley in 1929, because it is far more evocative. Other names for our block include Double Star (Illinios State Register, 1933) and…

August 15

FORWARD AND BACK, 3″, Dark Forward and Back was first published by Nancy Cabot in the Chicago Tribune in 1937; she also gave two alternative names for the block, Perpetual Motion and Tree Everlasting, in the same article. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download 15 August instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Beyer, J. (2009) The…

August 14

GREEK CROSS, 3″, Dark A variation on the more well known Greek Cross we made earlier in the year. This one was published one of the various Capper’s Publications, either in Capper’s Weekly, or their syndicated columns. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download 14 August instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Brackman, B. (2012) BlockBase Version…

August 13

MORNING GLORY, 3″, Dark This is a block designed by Maggie Malone, not just one she documented. Morning Glory is wonderfully evocative of the flower. Bonus for making it in blue, with a yellow centre. I looked at several different approaches to piecing this block, but think this is the easiest. Today’s Block Fabric Key…

August 12

STEPS TO GLORY, 3″, Dark This one has obvious Olympic link! Steps to Glory is a Nancy Cabot block, date unknown. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download 12 August instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Brackman, B. (2012) BlockBase Version 2.2, “Steps to Glory” The Electric Quilt Company: Ohio, USA