July 6

SQUARE SURROUNDED, 6″, Light Today’s Block The last 6″, light block for the border! Today I have chosen a block to use up some of the light scraps you have generated, before we move onto dark blocks again. So gather all those off-cuts and odd bits for Square Surrounded. This block is from Judy Hopkins…

July 5

STAR AND PINWHEELS, 6″, Light Lots of movement in today’s block. It is Star and Pinwheels, first published by Nancy Cabot in the Chicago Tribune in 1957. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download July 5 instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Beyer, J. (2009) The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns, p. 70 Brackling Press: Elmhurst, Illinois

July 4

FOURTH JULY, 3″, Dark It’s Independence Day for the USA! And there is a specific block to celebrate: July Fourth was first made available by Nancy Page in the Birmingham News on July 3, 1934. It was later published in 1957 by the Kansas City Star under the heading ‘A Quilt Takes Patriotic Hues’. A…

July 3

TEMPLE COURT, 6″, Light Today’s Block We have only a few 6″, light blocks to complete! This is a very recent block, in quilting terms. it was published in Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine in 1973. Please play with the colouring; it has many possibilities. Here’s the original colouring: Fabric Key for Cutting Download July 3 instructions…

July 2

CLOWN’S CHOICE, 3″, Dark Carrie Hall and Rose Kretsinger first published his block in The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt in America in 1935. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download July 2 instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Brackman, B. (2012) BlockBase Version 2.2, “Clown’s Choice” The Electric Quilt Company: Ohio, USA

July 1

MAPLE LEAF, 3″, Dark Today is Canada Day. Happy birthday Canada, and a big shout out to our Canadian quilters. Today’s block had to be Maple Leaf! It is just the right size for a 3″, dark block, so pull out your dark fabrics again. Maple Leaf was originally published by Clara Stone in 1906;…

June 30

BEGGAR BLOCK, 6″, Light Since it’s the last day of the financial year, today, I thought it only fitting that we make Beggar Block! This in one of the earlier Ladies Art Company blocks (#86), so it was in print as early as c. 1895. It has been republished under the same name a number…

June 29

CONTRARY WIFE, 6″, Light Contrary Wife was first published in the Kansas City Star in 1941. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download June 29 instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Beyer, J. (2009) The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns, p. 126 Brackling Press: Elmhurst, Illinois Thank you to the fabulous Fat Quarter Shop, who sponsored our…

June 28

AUNT MALVINA’S CHAIN, 6″, Light This is an ultra simplified version of Aunt Malvina’s Chain. Today’s Block The original, first attributed to Nancy Cabot (although she spelled it Aunt Malvernia’s Chain), changes the orientation of the quarter-squares in the centre top and centre bottom units: You have two choices of method today. If you use…