December 2

BASKETWEAVE, 6″, Light Easy peasy! I’ve called this block Basketweave, just to distinguish it from earlier blocks. It is more correctly called Rail Fence (1970) or Fence Rail (Q Book 108, Centennial Quilts); although, EQ7 calls it Four by Three. Today’s Block A hint for those of you following closely: if you cut an additional…

December 1 – Lazy Sunday Lily

LAZY SUNDAY, 6″ or 12″ Today’s Block This is one of the Corner Flowers I designed 18 months ago when I first started working on the 365 Challenge. As you know, that first design (pictured at the side) was more about communicating a general idea, than a prescriptive pattern, and at the time, I threw…

December 1

CRISTMAS IRIS, 12″ Errata Can you believe it’s December? Congratulations on making it this far! Today’s Block Your last Corner Flower block is called Christmas Iris. I have adapted two existing patterns to make this block: Christmas Basket (Quilt World, 1991) and Iris Rainbow (Quilt World, 1980). Don’t fear, there will be a few easy…

November 30

WHITE SQUARE QUILT, 6″, Light The White Square Quilt block was first recorded in the Kansas City Star, 1939. The main variation in this block between sources is the width of the diagonal strips; they range from the thin stripes in our version, to strips as wide as the central cross. Today’s Block Fabric Key…

November 29

CELTIC TWIST, 6″, Light This pattern was originally published as Plaited Block by Nancy Cabot in the 1930s; however, I like the name McCall’s Quilting gave it when they published it as part of their ‘Ireland Quilt’ Block of the Month in 2012, Celtic Twist. It’s a different block, to mix up amongst all those…

November 28

DOMINO AND SQUARE, 6″, Light The Ladies Art Company have brought us yet another block! This one is Domino and Square (#278, 1897). Today’s block was also published under the names: Domino and Squares (the plural) by Nancy Cabot and Building Blocks (Needlecraft Supply, c 1938). Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download November 28…

November 27

WHITE HEMSTITCH, 6″, Light White Hemstitch was originally published in the Grandma Dexter Booklets (book #36B), sometime between 1930 and 1949. There are two methods from which to choose today, depending on whether you hate Flying Geese units. Today’s Block Method I Fabric Key for Cutting Method II Fabric Key for Cutting Download November 27…

November 26

MERRY KITE, 6″, Light Merry Kite is one of the later Ladies Art Company blocks (#515, 1928-1934). It was also published by Hearth and Home under the title Mrs Fay’s Favorite Friendship Block. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download November 26 instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Brackman, B. (2012) BlockBase Version 2.2, “Merry Kite” The…

November 25

SQUARES AND STRIPS, 6″, Light A nice easy block today, for those of you still recovering from an excess of turkey! Judy Hopkins calls today’s block Squares and Strips, and EQ gives it an equally uninspiring name: Centre Nine-Patch. But it’s a fun block, and gives you some large squares to show off your favourite…

November 24 BONUS

TURKEY TRACKS, 6″, Light Turkey Tracks is a very common name for this block (for instance Bonnie Hunter used it in her version of the block in her book, String Fling, 2012; and Pam Kay used it to describe an old quilt she was repairing in 2012); however I couldn’t track down when this block…