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 27

FOUR CROWNS, 6″, Light Today is Koningsdag, the King’s Day, which celebrates the birthday of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. It is a national holiday in the Netherlands. Enjoy your holiday, quilters! So our block today is Four Crowns, something suitably royal for the occasion. This block is from Molly Malone’s book, and greatly resembles…

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 Alternative

INTERLOCKED STARS, 6″, Light Because last year’s block was kinda like making four 3″ blocks, here’s an alternative for 2017. It’s a bit more complicated, but a better block, I think. Enjoy. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download April 23 Alternative instructions (as .pdf). Image Credit: Artisan Spirit Shimmer Echoes – Sunglow Range Available…

April 23

FOUR PATCH SAWTOOTH STARS, 6″, Light EQ7 gives it the name Four Patch Variable Stars, though for consistency I’ve called it Four Patch Sawtooth Stars, as it is just four Sawtooth Stars, like we did on April 10! As we saw on that day, Sawtooth Stars are also known as Variable Stars. Perhaps you could…

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…