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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…

January 25

LOST SHIP, 3″ Dark Today’s Block I just love blocks like this! Lost Ship, Birds In the Air, and so on. The Lost Ship pattern first appeared in print in 1897 from the Ladies Art Company, according to Jinny Beyer. Today’s block is very similar to Mixed T from yesterday; the components have merely been…

January 24

MIXED T, 3″ Dark Today’s Block An old pattern, we see the name Mixed T appear in 1897 from the Ladies Art Company. When repeated, the block forms a lovely tessellated design: Mmmmm … funny how I had that picture all drafted and ready to add to this post … Fabric Key for Cutting Download…

January 23

SMALL TRIANGLES, 3″ Dark According to Barbara Brackman, this block was christened in the Kansas City Star in 1945. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Tomorrow … smaller triangles! Download 23 January instructions (as .pdf). References: Brackman, B. (2012) BlockBase Version 2.2, “Small Triangles” The Electric Quilt Company: Ohio, USA

January 22

BROKEN DISHES, 3″ Dark Today’s Block Yesterday we had Broken Wheel, today we are going to get stuck into the crockery! Introducing: Broken Dishes. This was the name given to this block by Ruby McKim. Barbara Brackman tell us that Ruby McKim sold mail order patterns from McKim Studios in Independence, Missouri, and syndicated a…

January 21

BROKEN WHEEL, 3″ Dark Today’s Block This block goes by an amazing range of names: Jinny Beyer cites Corn Design, Crow’s Foot, Fan Mill, Fly, The Gay Pinwheel, Kathy’s Ramble (that’s not like me, to ramble), Mill Wheel, Old Crow, Sugar Bowl, Water Mill, Water Wheel, and Windmills; while Maggie Malone adds Pinwheel, Four Leaf…

January 20

TRIANGLE COMBINATION, 3″ Dark Today’s Block Let’s take those Half-Square Triangles down a size. Barbara Brackman tells us that this block was published by the Old Chelsea Station mail-order company. The company began in 1933, but this block was offered to their customers in 1974. I like the story Barbara relates of how collectors came…

January 19

HALF-SQUARE TRIANGLE, 3″ Dark Today’s Block Beginners, it’s time to flex your triangle muscles! This is an important block to get right, as permutations in its scale and arrangement, is the basis of so many designs. I call your attention to the Tutorial. So that you can make something like this: Fabric Key for Cutting…

January 18

DOUBLE FOUR PATCH, 3″ Dark Today’s Block More delicious practice for those gorgeous little Four Patches. Fabric Key for Cutting Download 18 January instructions (as .pdf).

January 17

THRIFTY, 3″ Dark Today’s Block I love this block. Thrifty originally appeared in the Kansas City Star on December 27, 1939, along with the quote: The idea for the ‘Thrifty’ design originated by Mrs Clarence Welker, Millersville, Mo. She chose this name for the pattern because she went to her scrap bag for the three…

January 16

MAGGIE’S MYSTERY, 3″ Dark Today’s Block Even though Maggie Malone illustrates this block, she doesn’t offer a name. It’s merely “unknown”. Well, not any more. Let’s christen it … Maggie’s Mystery! Fabric Key for Cutting Congratulations! You solved Maggie’s Mystery. How many Maggie’s do we have in our group at the moment? Download 16 January…