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…

March 27

WINDMILL, 3″ Dark Windmill and Outline is the full name for today’s block. It was first published by Ruby McKim as a block to be alternated with embroidered squares. According to Barbara Brackman, “McKim Studios in Independence, Missouri was a mail-order source for patterns and she also syndicated a newspaper column with full-size patterns in…

March 26

SNOWBALL, 3″, Dark Both my EQ7 and Maggie Malone give name today’s block Snowball, but unfortunately give us no other information. A nice easy block that is often used as a connector between another block to forma secondary pattern! Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download March 26 instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Electric Quilt Company,…

March 25

SQUARE STAR, 3″, Dark Maggie Malone calls this block merely Star, with no further information about its origins. I couldn’t even find it referenced elsewhere. Since Star is such a non-descript name, I’ve decided that we should call it Square Star. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download March 25 instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Malone,…

March 24

SNAIL’S TRAIL, 3″ Dark Although there are many more variations of Log Cabin type blocks, we will leave them here today, with Snail’s Trail. Don’t worry, we’ll have a chance to revisit them later. Snail’s Trail builds out the pattern with triangles. It was first published under this name, and its alternate name, Monkey Wrench,…

March 23

PINEAPPLE PLANT, 3″ Dark Today’s block is another variation on Log Cabin. I had to include a Pineapple block, since I come from a key pineapple growing area of Australia! This is the simplest of the Pineapple blocks, illustrating the introduction of corners (the triangles) into the pattern. We are just making one corner of…

March 22

COURTHOUSE STEPS, 3″ Dark We continue our investigation of Log Cabin blocks today. When the strips are sewn on opposite sides of the centre square, the block is called Courthouse Steps. Early Log Cabin blocks were usually pieced onto a fabric foundation, in a process similar to how we foundation piece today. However, the many…

March 21

LOG CABIN, 3″ Dark Log Cabin: the quintessential American block. This block is often said to represent the log cabins hewn by frontiersmen as settlers sprawled across the west of the American continent. The centre square is often red, to represent the hearth; though it is sometimes coloured yellow to represent candlelight. The logs (strips…

September 22

BUTTERCUP, 3″ Dark Today’s Block Welcome to Spring! What a wonderful time of year! To celebrate the change of seasons, today’s block is Buttercup. Try to work an exuberantly floral fabric into today’s endeavour! This block is a modern simplification of the original pattern, published in the Kansas City Star in 1940: Illustration from Barbara…

March 19

SARAH’S FAVORITE, 3″ Dark Today’s Block Sarah’s Favorite first appeared in 1897, as a Ladies At Company block. Although, apparently the girl’s name is somewhat negotiable: Nancy Cabot gave it Sally’s Favorite in 1934, and in 1935, it appeared as Sara’s Favorite. I have given the name the American spelling of favourite, as it was…