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…

February 22

X-QUISITE, 3″ Dark Today’s Block Another old pattern, dating from 1897, when it was published by the Ladies Art Company, spelled as X-Quisite, with or without the definite article. It was published later by Nancy Cabot as The Exquisite in the Chicago Tribune in June 1942. It’s only when a few blocks are adjacent that…

February 20 – Bonus

SAWTOOTH VARIATION, 3″, Dark The plain star for this block is called merely Nameless Star (Nancy Cabot), Sawtooth (Farm and Fireside, 1884; Hall, 1935) or Sawtooth Star (Dubois, 1978 or 1979). I have simply added a quarter-square triangle to the plain Sawtooth Star for extra practice; hence Sawtooth Variation. This was the block we had…

February 21

DUTCHMAN’s PUZZLE, 3″ Dark Today’s Block Barbara Brackman traced this block back to the Ladies Art Company, where it was named Dutchman’s Puzzle as early as 1895. This seems to be the most consistent name for the block over the centuries; however, it has paraded occasionally as Dutchman’s Wheel, Wheel, Wild Goose Chase and Windmill….

February 20

ROAD TO THE WHITEHOUSE, 3″, Dark It’s President’s Day for Americans. The block for today is Road to the Whitehouse, first published in Farm Journal Quilt Patterns, in 1935. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download February 20 instructions (as .pdf). UPDATED! Reference: Beyer, J. (2009) The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns,p. 146 Brackling Press:…

February 19 Bonus

Sailboat II, 3″, Dark Not really, a whole new block, but an amendment to the Sailboat block from February 5. Now that you are practised with Covered Corners, you might want to change the earlier block or indeed make a bonus block to have up your sleeve. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download 19…

February 19

TEA LEAF, 3″ Dark Today’s Block Is there anything better than a strong cup of tea? I still remember my dear old grandmother teaching me to drink black tea, rather than milky tea. It made me feel very grown up, as we boiled up the kettle on the old wood stove. This block is a…

February 18

ATTIC WINDOW, 3″ Dark Today’s Block This is a simplified version of another block called Attic Window that we will complete later in the year as a 6″ block. This one is an EQ7 version. Fabric Key for Cutting Download 18 February instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Electric Quilt Company, (2014), Electric Quilt, Version 7, Build…

February 17

SLANTED DIAMONDS, 3″ Dark Today’s Block I found the name for this block with the help of Jinny Beyer; however, there is not a skerrick of further information about its source! Fabric Key for Cutting Download 17 February instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Beyer, J. (2009) The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns, p. 57 Brackling Press:…

February 16

STREAK OF LIGHTENING, 3″ Dark Today’s Block Streak of Lightening, or Streak o’Lightening are the names given to this block; although it is usually pieced with triangles, as Barbara Brackman’s illustrations from BlockBase show below: Maggie Malone cites this exact block, though. We will piece it with Covered Corners, rather than triangles, or pyramids, which…

February 15

FLYING GEESE, 3″ Dark Today’s Block I’ve always called this type of unit Flying Geese, and I’m not entirely incorrect, though apparently, this title is more relevant to a long strip of them, rather than just a pair as is our block today. The correct goosey name for a patch with just two of these…