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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…

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…

October 13

PUSS IN THE CORNER, 3″, Dark Today’s block is called Puss in the Corner (Nancy Cabot; Kansas City Star, 1932) or Pussy in the Corner (Grandmother Clark, 1931; Kansas City Star, 1949), depending on your source. Today’s Block There are lots of other blocks that go by these names, too: Puss-in-the-Corner or Puss n’Boots Hall,…

October 12

OUR EDITOR, 3″, Dark Today’s Block Our Editor is one of Clara Stone’s blocks from 1906. It’s a strange little block, to me there is something unsatisfying about it. The diagonal symmetry? And yet, it is a very well known block; well known enough that I through it would be remiss not to include it….

October 11

UNION, 3″, Dark Union is the name given to today’s block by the Ladies Art Company (#120, c. 1895). Other slight deviations to this name were Union Block (Nancy Cabot) and Union Square (Carrie Hall, 1935). You may also know it by An Effective Square (Ladies’ Home Journal, 1899) or Four Crowns (Kansas City Star,…

October 10

THE SAIL BOAT, 3″, Dark This day, over 500 years ago in 1492, was the day Christopher Columbus discovered of the American continent. If you celebrate this day, in its many guises, whether in Spain, Italy, the United States, Latin America or the Caribbean, then I hope you will enjoy the The Sail Boat block….