April 19

NECKTIE, 3″, Dark Necktie was contributed by Eveline Foland to the Kansas City Star in January 1932. It’s very similar to True Lover’s Knot and Magic Circle, both patterns by the Ladies Art Company, but these patterns differ in having the “knot” of the “bow” unpieced. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download April 19…

April 18

MOSAIC #6, 3″, Dark The name gives it away. This is one of the Ladies Art Company Mosaic blocks, #334, from 1897. Nancy Cabot called it Mosaic #4 in her column in 1934. A mistake? It was given a less generic name by Nancy Page, Zig-Zag Tile, in the Nashville Banner, in 1932. other than…

April 17

REVERSE RIBBONS, 3″, Dark Just a little block I invented. Hope it’s fun. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download April 17 instructions (as .pdf). But First, Coffee! by Katie Doucett for Wilmington Prints Available from:

April 16 Easter Sunday – BONUS

EASTER LILY, 6″, Dark My little group of loyal pattern testers didn’t like Easter Morning, with all its mitres. This is a very experienced group, so I thought I’d better offer something easier for Easter, especially since it is a holiday and everyone is likely to be busy. Here’s you easier option: Easter Lily. This…

April 16 Easter Sunday

EASTER MORNING, 6″ Dark Happy Easter! Today is Easter Sunday in the Christian religions, their celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Of course, the festival harks backs many millennia prior to this, when pagans celebrated the Spring equinox and new life (McDougall, 2010). Hence we have a variety of images at Easter, from bunnies,…

April 15 Easter Saturday

CROSSES & LOSSES, 3″ Dark Today’s Block I hope there hasn’t been too many Crosses and Losses this month for you! Continuing on from yesterday, this seemed like an appropriate Easter Saturday block. Yet another Ladies Art Company block, Crosses and Losses harks back to 1897. It’s also masqueraded as Bouncing Betty (Betty, stop that!),…

April 14 Good Friday

CROWN OF THORNS, 6″ Dark Today is ‘Good Friday’ in the Christian religions, a solemn commemoration of the torture and death of Jesus Christ. Biblical accounts give this: “They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. And after twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed…

April 13

KING’S CROWN, 3″, Dark The King’s Crown is a Kansas City Star block, according to Jinny Beyer. It was first published in 1931, and then again in 1937 under the name Thrifty Block by Nancy Page in the Chicago Tribune. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download April 13 instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Beyer, J….

April 12

ARROWS, 3″, Dark Unlike yesterday’s block, I couldn’t find any names for today’s block. It slightly resembles a block called Blazing Arrow Point, which I hope to present later. It is an easier block than Blazing Arrow Point, so I’ve given it an easier name, too, Arrows. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download April…

April 11

MOSAIC STAR, 3″, Dark The naming of this block is very dependent on the placement of colours. While Jinny Beyer and Barbara Brackman don’t delineate the names on this basis, Maggie Malone does. Here is her schema: Variable Star Crystal Star Kansas City Star, 1934 Joining Star Nancy Page, Lowell Sun, 1934 Mosaic #10 Ladies…