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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…

April 26

OLD MAID’S RAMBLE, 6″, Light Old Maid’s Ramble is one of the original Ladies Art Company blocks, published circa 1897. According to Jinny Beyere, it has also gone by the names Double Triangle (Rural New Yorker, c. 1931) and Vermont, when Nancy Page offered it in the Birmingham News in 1936. I have adjusted the…

April 25

ARMY STAR, 6″, Light Today’s block is Army Star, chosen to commemorate Australia’s ANZAC Day, and Italy’s Liberation Day. The block was submitted to the Kansas City Star in 1943, by two soldiers in army training camp for WWII (Topeka Capital Journal, 2004). Today’s Block Today is an incredibly significant day in the Australian calendar:…

April 24

CARD TRICK, 6″, Light The McCall Pattern Company released a series of mail order booklets with quilt block patterns included in them between 1972 through 1975. Card Trick was one of these blocks. The booklets were reprinted as McCall’s Book of Quilts in 1975 (Brackman, 2012). lIGHT Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download April…

April 23

INTERLOCKED STARS, 6″, Light Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download April 23 instructions (as .pdf). Thank you to ‘Jeltje at 100 Rozen Quiltshop in the Netherlands, who sponsored our February Prize! Quilters in Europe will be excited to know that they now offer a Longarm Quilting Service, including edge to edge and custom quilting.

First Dark Border

INNER DARK BORDER You have now completed 96 3” x 3” blocks (and will have a few extra up your sleeve, if you have done the bonus blocks). You are ready to construct the first dark border of your quilt! 1. Lay out your 3” x 3” blocks into an arrangement that pleases you (the…

April 22

AUNT ELIZA’S STAR, 3″, Dark I’ve always known this block as Aunt Eliza’s Star, as it was labelled in Grandmother Clark’s Patchwork Book 19, from 1932 (Beyer, p. 124); but, oh my goodness, this block goes by a lot of names! You may have used: Godey Design (1862), Eastern Star (1973), Eight-Point Design (Ladies Art…

April 21

TURNSTILE, 3″, Dark Another Ladies Art Company block today, Turnstile, first published in 1928. But this block goes by lots of other names, mainly those associated with windmills. It was called Windmill, Windmill Quilt and Whirling Windmill in its various incarnations in the Kansas City Star over the years, as well as Old Windmilland Wind…

April 20

ELECTRIC FAN, 3″, Dark Electric Fan is the name given to this block in 1906 by Clara Stone in her booklet Practical Needlework: Quilt Patterns. However, it is probably better known by the name given by the Ladies Art Company in 1897 which is Big Dipper. I just love the imagery in the name Electric…

April 19

NECKTIE, 3″, Dark Necktie was contributed by Eveline Foland to the Kansas City Star in January 1932. It’s very similar to True Lover’s Knot and Magic Circle, both patterns by the Ladies Art Company, but these patterns differ in having the “knot” of the “bow” unpieced. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download April 19…

April 18

MOSAIC #6, 3″, Dark The name gives it away. This is one of the Ladies Art Company Mosaic blocks, #334, from 1897. Nancy Cabot called it Mosaic #4 in her column in 1934. A mistake? It was given a less generic name by Nancy Page, Zig-Zag Tile, in the Nashville Banner, in 1932. other than…