March 18

MOSAIC #3, 3″ Dark Today’s Block The name Mosaic gives away the provenance of this block. The Ladies Art Company published around twenty blocks merely given the title Mosaic and a number in 1897. Our block is based on Mosaic #3. The original pattern is in only two colours. Fabric Key for Cutting Download March…

March 17 Bonus

FOUR LEAF CLOVER, 6″, Dark Here’s an alternative block for those of you who are having angst with mitred corners. Believe me, you’ll be fine with them in time … but I’ll let you off today. This block is from Maggie Malone’s 2003 catalogue of blocks. Unfortunately, there is no information about its source. Today’s…

March 17

LUCKY CLOVER, 6″ Dark Today’s Block Another 6″ x 6″ block today, to celebrate St Patrick’s Day! Good luck and pots o’ gold as you make Lucky Clover, today. Special luck to those with green in their colour scheme. Lucky Clover is from Quilt Designs, circa 1952. Enjoy. Fabric Key for Cutting Will you celebrate…

March 16

LATTICE SQUARE, 6″ Dark Today’s Block Let’s make another 6″ x 6″ block today. This block is identical to March 14‘s Diversion Quilt block … the colouring makes all the difference! I wanted to let you make one of these three-dimensional blocks in repeat, but that’s too fiddly for a 3″ x 3″ block. Lattice…

March 15

SHADOW BOX, 3″ Dark Today’s Block This is the Shadow Box block to which I referred a couple of days ago. Since I just drafted it up before checking whether it was a named block, it is not exactly the same as the original Shadow Box, from Farm Journal and Farmer’s Wife, published around 1957…

March 14

DIVERSION QUILT, 3″ Dark Today’s Block Such a simple block, The Diversion Quilt block, published in Kansas City Star in 1945. It may have been quite a diversion from world events at that time, with four mitres! Although, in fairness to our grannies, it is less troublesome with templates than sewing with machines. Fabric Key…

March 13

ATTIC WINDOW, 3″ Dark Today’s Block For the rest of March, I want to quickly cover a swag of essential techniques, so that I can throw just about anything at you in April! Every quilter needs to know how to mitre corners. Don’t groan, it’s not that bad. After a couple of blocks you’ll be…

March 12

PINWHEEL STAR, 6″ Dark Today’s Block We need twelve 6″ x 6″, dark blocks for the second dark border of our quilt. Today we will jump ahead to make one of these, since I couldn’t resist showing you the Pinwheel Star block, and it’s much too fiddly for a 3″ x 3″ patch. I discovered…

March 11

MARCH BASKET, 3″ Dark Errata Today’s Block I know you won’t believe it, but this is not one of the 86 baskets identified by Jinny Beyer, and it’s not on Barbara Brackman’s list either! It’s jut one I invented for you. Fabric Key for Cutting Download March 11 instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Beyer, J. (2009)…

March 10

SPINNER, 3″ Dark Today’s Block Here’s a spinner to match anything from Warney. This is a block from Nancy Page, first published in the Birmingham News in February 1935. It was identified as Brave World, or Forest Paths in the 1945 silver anniversary edition of Farm Journal and Farmer’s Wife though, according to Jinny Beyer….