September 11

FREE TRADE, 6″, Dark In memorium of the September 11 tragedies, today we have Free Trade, for the World Trade Centres. Today’s Block This block was originally recorded by Ruth Finley in 1929 as Free Trade Block. Jinny Beyer also found it as Coronation (Nancy Page, Birmingham News, 1937) and as Free Trade Patch in…

September 10

BELLE’S FAVORITE, 3″, Dark This block was first published in Clara Stone’s Practical Needlework in 1906. The original pattern has no piecing in the D and B unit (see below), but I have had to break it to make it easy to piece. There are several ways to piece the pattern, but I preferred to…

September 9

FLAGSTONES, 3″, Dark Today’s Block Flagstones is the name Ladies Art Company gave this block when they added it to their catalogue in 1928. This was the very first block I learnt when I was introduced to rotary cutting techniques in a class at the local patchwork shop. No templates! We called it Snowball and…

September 8

INDIAN, 3″, Dark This is one of Nancy Page’s blocks. Barbara Brackman didn’t give a date for it, so we only know that it was published in one of her columns in the late 1920s – ’40s. Many of the women who published syndicated quilt block columns used aliases. Did you know that Nancy Page’s…

September 7

FOUR CORNERS, 3″, Dark Hello to all our quilters, from the four corners of the world! Four Corners comes from Grandma Dexter Applique and Patchwork Designs, Book 4, 1932. Barbara Brackman shows Four Corners as we are making it in her reference; however, Jinny Beyer illustrates it with a Hidden Square in the corner, rather…

September 6

GENTLEMAN’S FANCY, 3″, Dark Continuing on from yesterday, here’s another block for our male quilters. How many do we have this year? Gentleman’s Fancy is one of the original Ladies Art Company blocks (c. 1895, #208), although it was published in Ohio Farmer in 1894, with no name, so may well have been earlier than…

September 5

NECKTIE, 3″, Dark Today’s Block Sunday was Father’s Day in Australia, so we will celebrate a belated Father’s Day, with the Necktie block. Our version of Necktie, with the ‘tie’ part of the block made with two pieces was initially recorded in Finley in 1929, then again in Hall (1935) and later as Bowtie by…

September 4

AUNT DINAH, 3″, Dark Aunt Dinah was originally published in Successful Farming in 1946. This block is one of my favourites. Enjoy. Today’s Block Fabric Key for Cutting Download September 4 instructions (as .pdf). Reference: Brackman, B. (2012) BlockBase Version 2.2, “Aunt Dinah” The Electric Quilt Company: Ohio, USA

September 3

CHEVRONS, 3″, Dark Today’s Block Chevrons was published by the Spool Cotton Company (a brand under the merged Coats and Clark companies) in one of their pattern booklets, according to Barbara Brackman. They were actively publishing these booklets in the middle of the 20th Century, and at least one is recorded as being published in…

September 2

COUNTERCHANGE CROSS, 3″, Dark An easy block today, since you are probably still working on yesterday’s flower block. This little beauty goes together in minutes! You probably know this block as Disappearing Four-Patch, but I found that Judy Hopkins had called it Counterchange Cross in her book, 501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks. I have given you…