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…

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…

June 23

UNION SQUARE, 6″, Light Today’s Block Today, Britain votes to decide whether it remains in the European Union. For such a momentous referendum, I have chosen to make Union Square. Take the ‘Union’ to mean the European Union, or the Union Jack … depending on which way you think they should jump! The block was…

June 22

BUCKWHEAT, 6″, Light Buckwheat is a recent block. According to Barbara Brackman, it was first published in Quilt World in 1979 (Issue 10). Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download June 22 instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Brackman, B. (2012) BlockBase Version 2.2, “Buckwheat” The Electric Quilt Company: Ohio, USA Fabric Image Credit: Cosy Home from…

June 21

WINDBLOWN SQUARE, 6″, Light Welcome to Winter. Today is the Winter solstice, so let’s bring in the colder weather with Windblown Square. Our simple but attractive little block was first named by Ruby McKim in 1931, then recycled by Nancy Cabot in the Chicago Tribune under the names Balkan Puzzle or Windblown Star (1933) and…

December 21

SUMMER WINDS, 6″, Light Summer is here! Today is the summer solstice for us in the Southern Hemisphere. To celebrate the return of summer, today’s block is Summer Winds. We don’t know anything much about this block, except that it is attributed to Nancy Page, as the pattern came from an andated and anattributed newspapaer…

June 20

JOSEPH’S COAT, 6″, Light Joseph’s Coat was published by Ruth Finley in 1929 in Old Patchwork Quilts and the Women Who Made Them. She also noted that is was called Scrapbag, so feel free to play around with the block and use scraps. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download June 20 instructions (as .pdf)….

June 19

WCT UNION, 6″, Light Today’s Block The WCTU (

June 18

MINERAL WELLS, 6″, Light Today’s Block Nancy Page first published Mineral Wells in the Birmingham News, 1940. Although the original block was in just two colours, you may like to try colouring the centre Sawtooth Star … Colour Variation Fabric Key for Cutting Download June 18 instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Beyer, J. (2009) The Quilter’s…

June 17

SALUTE TO THE COLOURS, 6″, Light Today is the ‘Trooping of the Colours’ of the Queen’s Household Regiments in London to mark the Queen’s birthday. We are making the block, Salute to the Colors, for our own bit of pomp and ceremony! Regimental flags of the British Army were historically described as ‘Colours’ because they…