July 16

WEDDING RING, 3″, Dark Following on from yesterday’s discussion on the Rolling Stone variants, here’s another, Wedding Ring, named in Dakota Farmer in 1927. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download July 16 Wedding Ring instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Brackman, B. (2012) BlockBase Version 2.2, “Rolling Stone” The Electric Quilt Company: Ohio, USA

July 15

LETTER O, 3″, Dark Today, I’d like to introduce you to a whole series of blocks based on Rolling Stone, first published by the Ladies Art Company in 1897 (#216). The basic layout of the block is constant, however the name is slippery! I’ve tried to unravel the historical names, to bring some order to…

July 14

FRENCH PATCHWORK, 3″, Dark French Patchwork was published by the Needlework Supply Company in their mailorder booklet: Quilts and How to Make Them, 1938. It is quite similar to the block we made on 26 June, Cross within a Cross, which is why, I suppose, it was listed under this name in Phyllis Haders book,…

July 13

PATIENCE CORNER, 3″, Dark You won’t need too much patience for this block. Patience Corner is block from 1949. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download July 13 instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Beyer, J. (2009) The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns, p. 150 Brackling Press: Elmhurst, Illinois

July 12

MOCK LOG CABIN, 3″, Dark Mock Log Cabin is the name given to this little block by Mary Ellen Hopkins in 1989. I prefer this to the other name by which this block as been published, merely Nine Patch (Holstein, 1973), which is not only lacking description, but is the name we use for another…

July 11

STAR FLOWER, 3″, Dark This is one of my favourite variations on the classic Sawtooth block. According to Jinny Beyer, this pattern was published under the name Star Flower in a little booklet called Q Book 112, One Piece Quilts; however, the exact date of publication is unknown, but is c. 1960. Today’s Block Fabric…

July 10

ROSEBUD, 3″, Dark Rose Bud is the name given to our block by Carrie Hall and Rose Ketsinger in 1935, a slight change from Rosebud, published by the Ladies Art Company in 1928. You may also have hear it called: Hummingbird (Clara Stone, 1906), Bright Star (Nancy Cabot, 1934), Budding Roses (Nancy Page, 1939), Crow’s…

July 9

SUGAR BOWL, 3″, Dark Today’s Block This block was first published as Sugar Bowl Quilt by Nancy Cabot in the Rural New Yorker in 1932 (and again in the Chicago Tribune in 1941). I shortened the name to just Sugar Bowl. We did a variation on this block earlier in the year: Right and Left….

July 8

COFFIN STAR, 3″, Dark I love this little block. It’s a relatively recent one, published by Delores Hinton in her Quilting Manual, in 1966, and again in her A Quilter’s Companion, in 1973. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download July 8 instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Brackman, B. (2012) BlockBase Version 2.2, “Letter H” The…

July 7

ROAD TO CALIFORNIA, 3″, Dark Perhaps the earliest name for this classic block is The Railroad (#207) from the Ladies Art Company in 1897. But it goes by lots of other names: Blue Chains, Pacific Railroad and Golden Stairs (Nancy Cabot, Chicago Tribune, 1936), Double Hour Glass (Grandmother’s Patchwork Quilt Designs #20, 1931), Going to…