February 14

LOVE & KISSES, 3″ Dark Today’s Block Did someone say Valentine’s Day? In keeping with the theme, today’s block is Love and Kisses, from Maggie Malone. Fabric Key for Cutting Download 14 February instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Malone, M. (2003) 5,500 Quilt Block Designs, p. 43 Sterling: USA

February 13

DIAGONAL STRIPS, 3″ Dark Today’s Block Today we discover the Covered Corners method of making triangles; well, beginners will, anyway. There are a series of interesting blocks over the coming days using this technique. Let’s start today with Diagonal Strips, as my EQ7 calls it; also known as Lightning, according to Molly Malone. Fabric Key…

February 12

DESIGN IN GEOMETRICS, 3″ Dark Today’s Block A Design in Geometrics harks from the Kansas City Star, October 24, 1959. It is our last Quarter Square Triangle practice before attacking something else! Fabric Key for Cutting Download 12 February instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Beyer, J. (2009) The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns Brackling Press: Elmhurst,…

February 11

CHAINED STAR, 3″ Dark Today’s Block This block is one of the many variations on the basic Ohio Star. It is Chained Star by Margaret Huckeby, from Quilter’s Newsletter in 2000. A recent block! Well, recently published; I’m sure it’s been around forever. Fabric Key for Cutting Download 11 February instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Unfortunately…

February 10

OHIO STAR, 3″ Dark Today’s Block Good old Ohio Star! I’d bet there are not many of you that haven’t turned out one or more of these, or its many variations, over the years. The history of the name of this block is fascinating. Jinny Beyer found that it was first known as Godey Design…

February 9

PRACTICAL ORCHARD, 3″ Dark Today’s Block This block was called The Practical Orchard when the Ladies Art Company included it in their catalogue in 1897. Although Clara Stone named it Hour Glass II in the Kansas City Star in 1906, Nancy Cabot reinstated the original name, Practical Orchard, in the Chicago Tribune, June 5, 1934….

February 8

BIG DIPPER, 3″ Dark Today’s Block Big Dipper is one of the original Ladies Art Company blocks, certainly in print by 1895. It’s gone by many other, disparate names, too. Jinny Beyer found: Bow Ties, Crazy Quilt, Electric Fan, Envelope Quilt Pattern, One Patch, Pinwheel, Triangles, The Whirling Blade and Yankee Puzzle. Most significantly for…

February 7

HOUR GLASS, 3″ Dark Today’s Block This block is often called Cotton Reel, or Quarter-Square Triangle for obvious reasons. However, we’ll call it Hour Glass … I’ll explain more tomorrow. There is a specific tutorial for this block, as it is utilised in many other blocks. Fabric Key for Cutting Download 7 February instructions (as…

February 6

SOUTHERN BELLE, 3″ Dark Today’s Block This block was introduced to the quilting world in circa 1906, when it was published by Clara Stone in Practical Needlework. Not much else is known about the block; but it’s good practise for those Sailboat blocks we discovered yesterday. Fabric Key for Cutting Download 6 February instructions (as…

February 5

SAILBOAT, 3″ Dark Today’s Block You’ve practised and practised your Half-Square Triangles, so now, I want to introduce you to a variation. What if you didn’t join just two squares of fabric to make a Half-Square Triangles, but instead, joined one square of fabric and one pre-pieced block? You could get something like today’s block!…