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…

October 23

MASSACHUSETTS, 3″, Dark Today’s Block I adore this block, with its half-and-half colouring. It is recorded by Maggie Malone (2003), but she makes no other notes about its origin. There are two other bocks called Massachusetts: Massachusetts Hearth and Home Massachusetts Priscilla Workbasket, 1935 Hands up if you are from Massachusetts! Fabric Key for Cutting…

October 22

LONE STAR, 3″, Dark Today’s Block I’m sure this isn’t the block you think of when you hear Lone Star. You’ve probably conjured this: This version of Lone Star is from Old Chelsea Station Needlework Service (one of their booklets). Fabric Key for Cutting Download October 22 instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Brackman, B. (2012) BlockBase…

October 21

TULIP LADY FINGERS, 3″, Dark This is a weird little block, with a weird little name; but it has a nice centre square for a feature fabric. Tulip Lady Fingers is a Ladies Art Company block (#394, 1897; also reproduced by Hall in 1935). Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download October 21 instructions (as…

October 20

THE ARROWHEAD, 3″, Dark Today’s Block Today’s block was first published in the Kansas City Star in 1941. The correct name for this block is The Arrowhead, with the definite article. According to Barbara Brackman’s research, em>Arrowhead refers to other blocks. Oh what a difference a ‘the’ makes! Arrow Head Kansas City Star, 1936 and…

October 19

CAKE STAND, 3″, Dark I have an entire quilt make of this cute little block. I just haven’t finished quilting it yet! Oh to have endless days … Cake Stand is yet another Ladies Art company block (#59, c. 1895; then documented in Hall, 1935). Over the years, it has been known by a few…

October 18

THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT, 3″, Dark The House that Jack Built is an early Ladies Art Company block (#265, c. 1895), drawing its name from the 1755 English nursery rhyme, The House that Jack Built. A similar block (with more stripes in the squares) was documented by Carrie Hall in 1935; she called it…

October 17

BEGINNER’S CHOICE, 3″, Dark Today’s block was one presented by Laura Wheeler through the Old Chelsea Station Needlecraft Service, and also through Sioux City Journal, 1940. Those old quilters had a sarcastic sense of humour! This is the original block: Our version is a simplification of this: Today’s Block If you’d like to make the…

October 16

BABY BUNTING, 3″, Dark Orange Judd Farmer, the Western edition of American Agriculturist, c. 1901 was the original source of Baby Bunting. A nice easy block. Enjoy! Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download October 16 instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Brackman, B. (2012) BlockBase Version 2.2, “Baby Bunting” The Electric Quilt Company: Ohio, USA

October 15

TABLE FOR FOUR, 3″, Dark Today’s Block This is a simplification of a block by Nancy Page from the 1920s – 1940s era where it would have appeared in many publications as a syndicated column. The original block has an additional seam, feel free to adjust your pattern to resemble the original if you desire:…

October 14

BACHELOR’S PUZZLE, 3″, Dark This is one of the trickiest blocks I know; but I think you’re ready for it! It has a stunning 3-D effect. Today’s block was first published as Bachelor’s Puzzle in 1931, in the Kansas City Star, and shortly after in Carrie Hall’s book in 1935. It also goes by the…